Posted by: ed thompson, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 01:06 PM ET
Tate Has Long Interview List
Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate just wrapped up a lengthy and crowded press conference, and provided his entire formal visits schedule.
Last night he met with the Rams. Tonight he will be meeting with the Steelers, Patriots, 49ers, Dolphins, Cowboys, Packers and the Buccaneers.
Saturday night he's scheduled to meet with the Colts, Jets, Raiders, Lions, Panthers, Chiefs, Bengals and Ravens.
Posted by: john Crist, Bear Report
at 02/26/2010 01:10 PM ET
Ford A Hidden Return Gem?
Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford may be one of the more gifted return men in this year's draft, although NFL teams won't have much tape on him in that capacity. His teammate with the Tigers, C.J. Spiller, might have returned kickoffs and punts better than anyone in recent memory, which is one of the reasons the dynamic running back is expected to be a first-round pick. But while Ford promises to blow away teams at the Scouting Combine with his time in the 40-yard dash, he refused to set a specific goal for himself -- well, at least he didn't share any specific goal with reporters.
Posted by: chris steuber, scout.com
at 02/26/2010 12:46 PM ET
Benn Hopes Blocking Makes a Difference
Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn is one of the premier big, physical receivers available in this year's draft, and when asked today about his ability to dominate smaller defenders, Benn was confident in his ability.
"I like to think that I have the advantage, because I use my body a lot," Benn said. "The things that I do allow's me to have success against smaller guys."
Benn measured in this morning at 6-foot-1, 219 pounds. He has a strong frame and does everything well. However, he understands that there is a lot of talent at the Scouting Combine, but knows that he brings an aspect to the field that not everyone in Indianapolis possesses.
"All of the receivers are great here," he said. "I know that I can do some things and I know they can do some things that I can't do. But, I take a lot of pride in blocking. I think my ability as a blocker will standout."
But, when asked about his ability to separate and his burst off the line, Benn had this to say about what he hopes to run in the 40 on Sunday.
"If I hit it [my time in the 40], I'll come across as being fast."
And the time he expects to hit...
"If I hit it, I'll be fine."
Nothing is exact during the draft process, but in Benn's case, it will become clearer on Sunday. Benn has meetings scheduled for this evening, but only knew one of the teams that he would be meeting with, the Baltimore Ravens.
Posted by: DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET
at 02/26/2010 10:42 AM ET
Rams Tracking Bradford Closely
St. Louis Rams GM Billy DeVaney said that he’s been aware of Sam Bradford’s workout progress through his rehab, and cognizant of the efforts to build more muscle. DeVaney told me that he’s been in contact with Tom Condon, Bradford’s agent, and that Bradford is throwing “50 balls per day.” DeVaney said that he doesn’t know what kinds of throws those are, but that all signs are encouraging. The Rams will obviously interview Bradford here at the Combine and will watch his workout on March 25 with great interest.
Posted by: Adam caplan, SCOUt.com
at 02/26/2010 08:55 AM ET
Falcons Win Coin Flip
The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons had a coin flip on Friday morning to determine picks 19 and 20 in the first round. The Falcons will pick 19th and the Texans will pick 20th.
The Texans, Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers, who all finished with 9-7 records in 2009, will alternate the 18th, 19th and 20th selection throughout the rest of the draft.
Posted by: CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM
at 02/26/2010 08:43 AM ET
McCluster Talks to the Panthers
Ole Miss wide receiver Dexter McCluster met with the Carolina Panthers last night and said that he has "many" meetings scheduled for this evening. Players are not being told what teams they're meeting with prior to their interviews; they receive an itinerary with a room number and time.