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The Official NFL Combine Thread (Feb. 24 - March 1)
 

 
NFL Scouting Combine

Thursday, Feb. 24-Tuesday, March 1

More than 300 top prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft will be invited to participate at the combine in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This event is a vital step in athletes achieving their NFL dreams. Follow this event on NFL.com and NFL Network.

What Goes On At The Combine:


Each February, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft. Here is a brief breakdown of the measurable drills:

40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical jump
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

3 cone drill
The 3 cone drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

Shuttle run
The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodse out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.

Starts tomorrow morning on the NFL Network :dancingcool:

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Featured Participants:

QBs:

Player College

Dalton, Andrew TCU
Devlin, Patrick Delaware
Gabbert, Blaine Missouri
Kaepernick, Colin Nevada
Locker, Jake Washington
Mallett, Ryan Arkansas
Newton, Cam Auburn
Ponder, Christian Florida St.
Stanzi, Ricky Iowa

RBs:

Player College

Hunter, Kendall Oklahoma St.
Ingram, Mark Alabama
Murray, DeMarco Oklahoma
Thomas, Daniel Kansas St.

WRs:

Player College

Brown, Vincent San Diego St.
Green, A.J. Georgia
Hankerson, Leonard Miami
Jernigan, Jerrel Troy
Jones, Julio Alabama
Little, Greg North Carolina
Young, Titus Boise St.

TEs:

Player College

Clay, Charles Tulsa
Kendricks, Lance Wisconsin
Stocker, Luke Tennessee
Williams, D.J. Arkansas

OL:

Player College

Carimi, Gabe Wisconsin
Castonzo, Anthony Boston College
Ijalana, Ben Villanova
Pouncey, Mike Florida
Solder, Nate Colorado
Wisniewski, Stefen Penn St.

DL:


Bowers, Da'Quan Clemson
Clayborn, Adrian Iowa
Dareus, Marcell Alabama
Fairley, Nick Auburn
Heyward, Cam Ohio St.
Jordan, Cameron California
Kerrigan, Ryan Purdue
Liuget, Corey Illinois
Paea, Stephen Oregon St.
Quinn, Robert North Carolina
Watt, J.J. Wisconsin
Wilkerson, Muhammad Temple

LB:

Player College

Ayers, Akeem UCLA
Carter, Bruce North Carolina
Herzlich, Mark Boston College
Jones, Greg Michigan St.
Matthews, Casey Oregon
Miller, Von Texas A&M

CBs:

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Amukamara, Prince Nebraska
Peterson, Patrick LSU
Smith, Jimmy Colorado
Williams, Deunta North Carolina

Safeties:

Player College

Black, Ahmad Florida
Johnson, Jeron Boise St.
Mcdaniel, Deandre Clemson
Williams, Nate Washington

Specialist:

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Bosher, Matt Miami
Forbath, Kai UCLA
Henery, Alex Nebraska
Henry, Chas Florida


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 02-23-2011, 09:38 AM         #3
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lets see if mallet walks out with white powdery substance on his upper lip..
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With the start of the NFL Scouting Combine only two weeks away, scouts and coaches are in the midst of intense discussions regarding the 2011 NFL Draft class.

These meetings are often the first time that coaches are included in the evaluation process, and the introduction of background information doesn't have an impact on the grading scale at this point.

All-star games, however, have forced some scouts to reconsider their fall grades, as top prospects exceeded or fell short of expectations in workouts. While most teams operate under the premise that a performance at an all-star game can't hurt a player's grade, the impact of passing or failing the eyeball test ultimately results in prospects sliding up and down draft boards.

Given the significant weight and impact of these games, let's take a look at my latest ranking of the top 25 prospects in the 2011 draft:

1. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: A dominant interior defender with outstanding physical tools, Fairley has the ability to play with finesse or power against the run or pass. Though questions about his work ethic and nasty on-field demeanor will concern some scouts, his remarkable ability to take over games makes it hard to supplant him at the top of the board.

2. Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson: A phenomenal athlete with outstanding speed and quickness, Bowers has natural rush skills off the edge and led the nation with 15.5 sacks. Some will tag him as a "one-year wonder" due to his dramatic jump in production from his previous years, but his exceptional talent and athleticism will lead scouts to bank on his tantalizing potential early in the draft.

3. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia: Green is a big-play receiver with outstanding overall skills. He shows rare polish at the position and has the tools to thrive as a dynamic playmaker. If he posts impressive numbers in workouts, Green will enter the discussion as the possible top pick.

4. Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: Peterson is a natural cover corner with exceptional physical tools. He can play from press or off, and shows a natural feel for the position. Throw in his big-play ability as a returner, and scouts are salivating over his outstanding skill set.

5. Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama: Dareus is a rugged defensive tackle with excellent skills. He shows good strength and power at the point of attack, and possesses enough athleticism to slip through cracks when used on the move. With dominant interior defenders coveted at a premium, Dareus will intrigue teams looking for an instant impact on defense.

6. Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: An explosive pass rusher with rare speed and quickness, Quinn races past offensive tackles on speed rushes. Quinn possesses the athleticism to develop an array of moves that could make him impossible to block on the next level. If he tests and interviews well at the combine, he could emerge as one of the draft's top picks, despite missing his final college season due to a suspension.

7. Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M: A dynamic edge rusher with explosive speed and quickness off the edge, Miller's sudden first-step puts immediate pressure on offensive tackles, and his evolving arsenal of rush moves has made him the premier 3-4 pass rusher in this draft. Given his exceptional performance against some of the country's top offensive tackles in rush drills, Miller is flying up draft boards as a potential impact player.

8. Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: A crafty corner with good speed, quickness and athleticism, Amukamara's skill set translates well into any system, and he is one of the few polished cover corners in the draft.

9. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: A talented pass rusher with good quickness and athleticism, Clayborn shows natural skills off the edge and has the ability to take over when he is on his game. Although his motor doesn't run high at all times, his occasional flashes of brilliance make him an intriguing prospect.

10. Cameron Jordan, DE, California: Jordan is an athletic five-technique player with an outstanding motor. He is relentless in his approach and outworks blockers at the point of attack. Jordan was one of the most dominant defenders at the Senior Bowl, and his impressive combination of strength, power and athleticism makes him a possible match as a 3-4 defensive end.

11. Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: Solder is an athletic offensive tackle with good feet and movement skills. Although he is not a physical or aggressive blocker at the point of attack, his athleticism makes him an intriguing possibility at left tackle. His struggles in one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl raised some concerns about his readiness to be a premier tackle from Day 1, but his tremendous upside and potential makes him the top choice at the position.

12. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: A strong-armed quarterback with good instincts and intangibles, Gabbert struggled down the stretch, so his lofty status on draft boards could fall upon further review. Regardless, he is one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft, and he will carry a solid first-round grade based on his potential.

13. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: A big, talented playmaker with exceptional physical tools, Newton possesses rare size, strength and athleticism for the position, and made tremendous strides as a passer over the course of the 2010 season. While some of his production has been inflated due to Auburn's spread system, few can match his arm strength from the pocket. Questions about his character will also affect his status, but his winning pedigree and big-game performances will make it tough for teams to pass on his talent.

14. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: Jones is a dynamic receiver with excellent size and skills. He looks like a classic No. 1 receiver on film and could blossom into an all-star performer on the next level. With big, talented receivers coveted in most offensive systems, Jones will carry solid first-round grades on all boards across the league.

15. Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois: A talented interior defender with good strength and power, Liuget effectively occupies double teams and flashes sneaky athleticism while slipping through cracks. Although his sudden emergence will lead to a potential "one-year wonder" tag, he is too talented to pass up in the first round.

16. Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA: Ayers is an athletic linebacker with outstanding instincts, awareness and versatility. He is capable of playing multiple spots on the second level and is a legitimate playmaker at the position. Given his quickness, he looks like a nice fit in a 4-3 scheme.

17. Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida: An athletic interior blocker with excellent movement skills, Pouncey -- the brother of Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey -- shows good instincts and awareness, and is capable of making all of the calls along the line. Throw in his ability to log snaps at center or guard, Pouncey should be an instant starter as a pro.

18. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: Kerrigan is a high-motor rusher with an explosive first step. He is relentless off the edge and routinely wins with his effort and energy. Although he still needs to develop a more complete array of rush moves, his blue-collar mentality will lead to success on the next level.

19. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: A polished technician with good feet, balance and body control, Castonzo excels in the running game and is capable of thriving in a man- or zone-based blocking scheme. He helped himself with a solid showing at the Senior Bowl and could creep up draft boards once evaluators start to appreciate his overall game.

20. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Watt is a high-motor edge player with the size and strength to play as a defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3 front. He shows good first-step quickness, and his ability to anticipate the snap creates disruption at the point of attack. Throw in his relentless effort and energy, and it is easy to see why he carries a high grade heading into the combine.

21. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State: Paea is a big run-stopper with outstanding strength and power. He routinely stuffs runs at the point of attack, and is an immovable anchor in the middle of the defense. Although an injury prevented him from fully displaying his skills at the Senior Bowl, he still ranks as a highly coveted player at the position.

22. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas: Mallett might be the most talented passer in the draft. He can make all of the throws from the pocket, and shows good accuracy and touch on intermediate and deep throws. While his prickly personality and questionable mobility will cause some concerns, Mallett will be a tempting prospect for teams in desperate need of a quarterback.

23. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: A physical runner with exceptional feet, quickness and vision, Ingram shows an outstanding feel for finding cracks in the defense, and his rugged style allows him to run through tackles in the hole. He might not be an every-down back on the next level, but his skills will intrigue teams looking for a dependable front-line runner.

24. Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: A big, physical blocker with the strength to move defenders off the ball, Carimi excels in the running game and appears to be an ideal right tackle prospect. He showed better-than-anticipated footwork and movement skills in pass protection during Senior Bowl workouts. He looks like a solid late first-round pick at this point.

25. Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple: Wilkerson is a big-time player who is creating a buzz in scouting circles. He has the ability to play anywhere on the line in a 3-4 front and scouts are salivating over his potential to dominate on the next level. Given his versatility, size and skills, he is an intriguing prospect poised to make a late surge up draft boards.

Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.

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 Lowkey18 said:
lets see if mallet walks out with white powdery substance on his upper lip..


22. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas: Mallett might be the most talented passer in the draft. He can make all of the throws from the pocket, and shows good accuracy and touch on intermediate and deep throws. While his prickly personality and questionable mobility will cause some concerns, Mallett will be a tempting prospect for teams in desperate need of a quarterback.
Truth...
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With the draft process just getting under way, here is a look at the top five prospects by position (underclassmen are indicated by a *). It is too soon to evaluate the quarterback position based on rankings, so they are separated into groups of four.

Quarterback:

*1. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
2. Jake Locker, Washington
*3. Cam Newton, Auburn
*4. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
5. Andy Dalton, TCU

Running back:

*1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
2. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
*3. Mikel LeShoure, Illinois
*4. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
*5. Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Wide receiver:

*1. A.J. Green, Georgia
*2. Julio Jones, Alabama
3. Titus Young, Boise State
*4. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
*5. Torrey Smith, Maryland

Tight end:

*1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2. Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
3. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
4. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
5. Virgil Green, Nevada

Guard/center:

1. Mike Pouncey, Florida
2. Danny Watkins, Baylor
3. Clint Boling, Georgia
4. John Moffitt, Wisconsin
5. Rodney Hudson, Florida State

Tackle:

1. Anthony Castanzo, Boston College
*2. Tyron Smith, Southern California
3. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
4. Nate Solder, Colorado
T-5. Ben Ijalana, Villanova
T-5. Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

Defensive end:

*1. Robert Quinn, North Carolina
*2. Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
*3. J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
4. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
5. Cameron Jordan, California

Defensive tackle:

*1. Marcell Dareus, Alabama
*2. Nick Fairley, Auburn
*3. Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
*4. Corey Liuget, Illinois
5. Stephen Paea, Oregon State

Outside Linebacker:

1. Von Miller, Texas A&M
*2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
*3. Justin Houston, Georgia
4. Bruce Carter, North Carolina
5. Chris Carter, Fresno State

Inside Linebacker:

*1. Martez Wilson, Illinois
2. Colin McCarthy, Miami (Fla.)
3. Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
4. Casey Matthews, Oregon
5. Kelvin Sheppard, LSU


Cornerback:

*1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Prince Amukamara
*3. Aaron Williams, Texas
4. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
*5. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.)

Safety:

*1. Rahim Moore, UCLA
2. Ahmad Black, Florida
3. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
4. Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
5. Deunta Williams, North Carolina

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two guys i'm going to be checking for is greg little and ben ijalana

if the bears could draft those 2 dudes within their first 3 picks i would be a happy man
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Looking forward to see AJ Green perform, big possibility he may be in a Bengals Jersey come April.
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marvin austin as well
 02-23-2011, 01:34 PM         #10
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I wanna see Aj Green's combine..dudes a freak..no doubt about it
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I kinda wish I had enter that contest to go to the actual combine now
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 TH35 said:
Truth...
Except ole boy has s**tty footwork when pressured, has maturity issues and can be extremely inaccurate when trying to pass more than 10 yards.

Still, I hope he falls to the 2nd so the Bills can draft him there!
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Except ole boy has s**tty footwork when pressured, has maturity issues and can be extremely inaccurate when trying to pass more than 10 yards
basically what i was gonna say
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Mallett could be a great player, but I think he needs a lot of work still and is more worthy of a 2nd round pick than a 1st round
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Damn, they got Robert Quinn ahead of Bowers on that one list. Im hoping he balls out and is in top shape because I would love to have him on our defense. He would be there at 10 too considering how much Millers stock has risen
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 ttime236 said:
Damn, they got Robert Quinn ahead of Bowers on that one list. Im hoping he balls out and is in top shape because I would love to have him on our defense. He would be there at 10 too considering how much Millers stock has risen
Mayock said he could challenge for number 1 pick.. some think von may go number 1 after this combine.. s**ts insane..

hell last thing i heard is patriots were interested in moving up to get AJ Green.
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look at that list of DE's...deep. Come on Seattle.
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 Lowkey18 said:
Mayock said he could challenge for number 1 pick.. some think von may go number 1 after this combine.. s**ts insane..

hell last thing i heard is patriots were interested in moving up to get AJ Green.

I have heard about 6 different names of possible number 1 picks so far this year
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 lilsnatch770 said:
I have heard about 6 different names of possible number 1 picks so far this year
im content with just phil taylor for us.. we need a NT.. and i think he will be a stud in our scheme.
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INDIANAPOLIS — After the Super Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine is easily the league’s largest media event.

And it only keeps growing.

An NFL spokesman told me that the league issued a combine-record 715 credentials, beating the previous mark of 628, set last year. Extra tables and chairs had to be added to accommodate the heavier influx of writers and broadcasters seeking to interview some of the nation’s top college prospects invited to participate in drills from now through Tuesday, as well as NFL coaches and executives.

Unlike the Super Bowl, which draws several thousand reporters from around the world and those not necessarily specializing in football or sports coverage, the combine attracts mostly football-intensive journalists from NFL and college beats.

Another major difference: No off-the-wall, entertainment-type folks dressed in outlandish costumes and working marriage proposals and other bizarre requests into their questions.

It’s ironic that the section of Lucas Oil Stadium housing print and broadcast journalists is the Baker & Daniels Club (named after a local law firm), a high-end dining and drinking area for suite holders at Colts games.

“Not the place for an unwashed group like this,” one reporter cracked.

Two large podiums are set up in the middle of the room for news conferences staged by select coaches and executives (usually newcomers or those from teams holding higher picks) and higher-profile college players. The lower-profile players end up at circular tables, generally surrounded by just enough chairs for media (often from the location of that player’s college) looking to spend a little time with him. The mission is as much about stocking up material for use in the weeks/days leading up to the draft as it is about finding immediate, news-breaking stuff (which tends to be in short supply).

So far, coaches have drawn the largest crowds. And the biggest draw to this point is new 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, formerly of Stanford. He drew a few laughs when he said he didn’t want to address the controversy over whether the Dolphins interviewed him for their coaching job and when he offered an abrupt “no” to a question about if he was approached by the Browns.

A former Colts quarterback, Harbaugh stood just feet away from a gigantic photo of his successor, Peyton Manning. Harbaugh was the starter for the Colts’ 1997 season finale, which they lost and, therefore, were able to gain the top overall draft pick in ’98 that allowed them to select Manning.

The next-largest media crowd here is expected to form in front of the most quotable person in the NFL: Jets coach Rex Ryan.

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