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The 2011 NFL Combine ended and we have a week's worth of stories to sort through. Here are five story lines that I felt were important or interesting throughout the week:
-QB Blaine Gabbert doesn't throw. The former Mizzou QB is, along with QB Cam Newton, one of the top two quarterbacks available. He was the only one quarterback who didn't throw at the Combine (outside of QB Greg McElroy, who was injured) so we're still not sure where scouts stand with him. But after Combine week, it's still Gabbert and Newton leading the pack for quarterbacks.
-QB Greg McElroy gets a 48 on the Wonderlic Test. That's the highest reported score we've heard so far and one of the highest ever (a top score is 50). The highest score for an active player is 48 by Kevin Curtis of the Chiefs. McElroy didn't throw at the Combine because of an injury.
-DT Nick Fairley vs. DT Marcell Dareus debate emerges. Several weeks ago, Fairley was considered the top defensive tackle in the draft. In the last two weeks, though, Dareus has stated his case, and some people are buying it. Reports have indicated that some teams consider Dareus the best defensive tackle in the draft -- not Fairley.
-Cam Newton comes and goes. Newton was by far the biggest star at the Combine. He did OK on the field -- not greatbut not horrible -- and some teams weren't totally impressed with him during the interview process. He did some things right and did some things wrong but nothing, I don't think, really affected his draft stock this week.
-Patrick Peterson vs. Prince Amukamara. We're leaving the Combine thinking Peterson is still the top cornerback in the draft, and we're not sure that will change. But Amukamara quieted some concerns about his speed running in the 4.3s and possibly bumped his stock up to top 10 status. These are your top two corners and it looks like it'll stay that way in April.
The 2011 NFL Combine continues on in its final day on Tuesday with the defensive backs working out. This is a position group that's usually among the most athletic and the fastest so the 40-yard dash times and jumping drills are important here.
The first group of defensive backs have run the 40-yard dash and the early winner if Ohio State's Chimdi Chekwa who ran the 40 in 4.33 seconds. He was followed by Chris Culliver of South Carolina who ran it in 4.36 and then Nebraska's Prince Amukamara who clocked in at 4.37 seconds.
Perhaps the biggest notable out of that is Amukamara's time since he had heard some criticisms about his speed. Apparently, those criticisms aren't valid.
There will be more defensive backs running on Tuesday but for now here's the top 10 (times are unofficial):
1. Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio St. - 4.33
2. Chris Culliver, South Carolina - 4.36
3. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska - 4.37
4. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia - 4.40
5. Brandon Harris, Miami - 4.43
5. Davon House, New Mexico St. - 4.43
7. Cortez Allen, Citadel - 4.45
7. Chykie Brown, Texas - 4.45
9. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson - 4.46
10. Dejon Gomes, Nebraska - 4.47
We noted that the top two corners in the 2011 NFL draft would be facing off on Tuesday, the final day of the 2011 NFL Combine. LSU's Patrick Peterson is expected to be the top cornerback taken (for now) while Nebraska's Prince Amukamara is expected to be the second cornerback taken.
We're not saying that will change but my ears perked up when I heard Amukamara ran a 4.37 40-yard dash. Clearly, speed isn't a question for him.
So how will Peterson do in the 40-yard dash? According to SB Nation's Mocking The Draft, the 6'0", 219-pound cornerback said over the weekend he plans to beat 4.37 seconds.
Peterson said he feels fluid at that weight. So fluid that last week he said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.29 seconds. He intends to run in the 4.2-second range during defensive back workouts on Tuesday.
Amukamara said over the weekend that he feels he's the better cornerback of the two. It's a nice rivalry developing between these two, who should be the first two cornerbacks off the board in April.
Check out Mocking The Draft for more on the cornerback workouts on Tuesday.
The final day of the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis is here. Defensive backs will be the final position group to take the field for workouts. This group includes what could be a pair of top 10 picks in LSU's Patrick Peterson and Nebraska's Prince Amukamara, the two best corners in the draft.
Peterson is the Thorpe Award winner and projected to be the top cornerback taken in the 2011 NFL draft. He left LSU after his junior year, a breakout season that saw many quarterbacks avoid throwing his way. Amukamara is expected to be the second cornerback off the board and he's hoping to push his way into the top 10.
Amukamara says he and Peterson are friends and, as the top two cornerbacks, they've been developing a friendly rivalry.
"Patrick Peterson is an amazing player, and whatever attention or notoriety he's getting, he deserves," Amukamara said.
It's hard to envision a scenario where Amukamara outperforms Peterson by so much that he surpasses him in the draft but, it's the NFL, and anything can happen.
After the final workouts, the next step for many of these prospects will be pro day and then private visits with various teams as they prepare for April's draft.
It seems that we're seeing another record set at the NFL Combine every year. So far, 2011 has been no different. After Oregon State DT Stephen Paea set a new Combine record for bench press reps, Nevada DE Dontay Moch may have set a new record for defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash.
According to Frank Tadych of NFL.com, Moch ran a 4.45 40-yard dash -- that time being unofficial for the moment. If it stands, it would be a new Combine record for defensive linemen. UAB's Bryan Thomas ran a 4.47 in 2002.
4.45 seconds is awfully fast for a 6-foot-1 3/8 and 248 pound lineman. The speed among all players is becoming such that some of the best 40 times from just a decade ago would be considered average today. Moch is good evidence of that.
He's coming out as a 4-3 defensive end but obviously with his combination of size and speed he's a candidate to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
The day isn't over yet so perhaps we'll see another Combine record.
One of the most intriguing battles that will play out over the next two months leading up to the 2011 NFL draft is Auburn DT Nick Fairley vs. Alabama DT Marcell Dareus. Two weeks ago conventional wisdom had Fairley getting picked ahead of Dareus. That thought process has been changing over the last couple of weeks as some now say Dareus is ahead of Fairley.
If their performance in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week means anything, Fairley is still ahead. The Auburn DT put up times of 4.86 and 4.82 in the 40-yard dash on Monday while Dareus posted slightly slower times of 4.94 and 4.92. Both these times come from National Football Post and are unofficial.
40 times for a defensive tackle are, in one way, pointless because your defensive tackle will rarely, if ever, have to run 40 yards in a straight line. But it does help speak to the overall athleticism of each player. Their times are close enough where it doesn't clearly put one ahead of the other at this point.
Another top defensive tackle, North Carolina's Marvin Austin, posted times of 4.8 and 4.86. Miami DT Allen Bailey ran 4.77 and 4.76 40-yard dash times and Iowa's Christian Ballard had 4.7 and 4.75. Another Iowa DE, Adrian Clayborn, put in times of 4.81 and 4.82 while Cal DE Cam Jordan, a fast-riser this week, ran it in 4.71 and 4.74 seconds. Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan ran it in 4.67 and 4.73 seconds while Illinois DT Corey Liuget posted times of 4.95 and 5.06 seconds.
As with the rest of the players in the NFL, defensive linemen are not only getting bigger but faster as well. The athleticism for some of these guys, considering their size, is incredible. We'll see how that translates to the pro game.
It's believed that the highest score an active NFL player has scored on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Combine is a 48 by Kansas City Chiefs WR Kevin Curtis. Assuming former Alabama QB Greg McElroy is drafted, Curtis will soon have company in the 48 club.
The Star-Telegram reports McElroy scored a 48 on the Wonderlic test -- just two points away from a perfect 50. Former Harvard punter Pat McInally is believed to be the only player who has scored a perfect 50.
In a time when the "Patriot Way" has an influence on the way teams prepare, scoring a 48 on the Wonderlic can be a nice draft boost. Teams need to know that players can A.) handle the physical part of being a quarterback, B.) handle the media that comes along with it and C.) handle learning an NFL playbook.
It looks like McElroy has that third one taken care of. Still, McElroy looks like a late round draft pick anyway.
McElroy didn't do much at the Combine because he has a cast on his throwing arm after breaking his hand. He's expecting to get it off next week and start throwing again. He's not expected to be ready for Alabama's March 9th pro day which means he'll need to take visits to teams when he's ready to throw.
Every year at the NFL Combine there's one prospect who receives the bulk of the attention and stands out above the rest. Last year it was Tim Tebow as huge crowds converged on him to see whether he had the skill set to become an NFL quarterback.
This year, it's Cam Newton. SB Nation's Mocking The Draft attended Newton's media session at the Combine over the weekend and we'll let them set the scene....
The Heisman Trophy winner had an appearance like a rock star. He received a mike check. More flash bulbs popped. Reporter microphones were propped in the air like lighters in a love song. Newton was controlling the crowd like Mick Jagger. One reporter, perhaps facetiously, said he was going to ask for an autograph.
Newton's Combine is over now but, outside of him, you know, actually throwing the ball, the story was of the weekend was all the attention placed upon him. He addressed the "entertainer and icon" statement, said he's interested in every NFL team and tiptoed around the question marks surrounding him including his legal trouble at Florida.
Now that Newton is gone, some of the flair around the Combine has left. The rockstar is gone but, if you can't get enough, Mocking The Draft has a full recap of what he had to say to the media (including video).
The 2011 NFL Combine rolls along on Monday with quite a few less players. The following position groups have left Indianapolis already: kickers, offensive line, tight ends, quarterbacks, receivers and running backs. The quarterbacks are usually the main focus so the final two days of the Combine won't have the same star power.
On Monday, though, we'll see the defensive linemen and linebackers workout. The top of the draft this year is loaded with defensive line talent and multiple personnel evaluators said this week that the defensive end class is really strong. You've got DEs like Robert Quinn and Da'Quan Bowers who could make a case to be the top pick while you've also got solid defensive tackles like Nick Fairley and Marcell Dareus, another two players could be the top pick.
Following Monday's workouts, the defensive linemen and linebackers will exit Indy. The next time we'll see a lot of them will be a their pro day. Most pro days are starting over the next couple of weeks.
The final group that will be in Indy is the defensive backs. They're on day three right now which means they have an NFLPA meeting, psych tests and interviews with teams. By Tuesday, though, they'll be working out.
That's the Combine schedule for Monday, the second to last day in Indianapolis.
Check out Mocking The Draft for more Combine and draft coverage.
Check out MTD to get caught up on all the weekend Combine stories. Here are a few links to get you going:
-Oregon State's Stephen Paea sets NFL Combine record with 49 bench press reps of 225 pounds. Before the draft, several draft analysts predicted he would do a number on the bench press and that's what he did as he set a Combine record with 49. His response to breaking the record? "I think I can go back and do another one."
-Top two corners battle it out. The top corner in the draft is CB Patrick Peterson and he's followed by CB Prince Amukamara. Peterson is expected to go before Amukamara, perhaps as high as the top five. Amukamara spoke over the weekend and, according to Mocking The Draft, confidently said he thought he was the better corner compared to Peterson. All that matters is the NFL teams and it only takes one to take Amukamara over Peterson.
-DT Nick Fairley spoke over the weekend defending his play, which some have said is dirty, and talking about where he may go in the draft. He said he's ready to be the top pick by the Panthers but hasn't scheduled a meeting with them. He "most likely" has a meeting with Buffalo.
We have a new record at the NFL Combine, thanks to Stephen Paea's prodigious strength. (Well, sort of, anyway.)
Paea set a new record on the bench press with 49 repetitions at 225 pounds, showing some of the strength that made him a great player at Oregon State and a promising draft prospect.
It may not be the best bench press performance at the NFL Combine, though.
According to multiple sources, Eastern Kentucky's Justin Ernest did 51 reps at 225 pounds back in 1999. Paea's performance is being cited as a record by NFL Network — and if any source is an authority, it's the NFL's own network — but there is some wonder whether this is actually the record.
Paea ought to hope that he can put together a more complete performance and a better NFL career than Ernest: the Eastern Kentucky product went undrafted and never played a down in the NFL.
The most-discussed 2011 NFL Draft prospect is assuredly Cam Newton. And the Heisman Trophy winner and national champion gave the chattering classes more to talk about at the 2011 NFL Combine today.
Newton and the rest of the quarterbacks are running through their workouts on this Sunday, and his results have already gotten reactions. First, his massive 10-foot, six-inch broad jump got hailed as "explosive" and "elite" by Chris Mortensen, and then he ran his 40-yard dash in a very respectable 4.58 seconds.
Then Newton started throwing a football. At the same time, people started getting pessimistic! A scout told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio that Newton "looks terrible," which is about what one would expect to hear about a performance that included Newton throwing six consecutive incomplete passes at one point.
As always with Newton — and most things — the truth is probably somewhere between the two extremes. Analyst David Pollack may have made the best point:
Cam looks like a project that needs some work, but that project has A+++++ potential.
As expected, Jake Locker is acquitting himself nicely in the parts of the 2011 NFL Combine that don't require him to throw passes. The Washington quarterback ran his 40-yard dash in a swift 4.52 seconds, second among quarterbacks to Tyrod Taylor, and prompted a bit of snark and perspective on Twitter from pundits who aren't exactly convinced that Locker has proven himself worthy of a draft pick yet.
First, from Smart Football's Chris Brown:
Final thought on Locker. I like him but would he get all these extra looks at QB if he was a black QB from spread O who ran a 4.5 w/ 54%?
Remember: Pat White ran a 4.55 40-yard dash time at his NFL Combine, had a track record of success and accuracy in college behind him — and was regarded as a poor selection even before he washed out with the Dolphins.
And then there was the snark, from a faux Mel Kiper:
Jake Locker runs a 4.52 in the 40 yard dash. Perfect speed to chase down defenders that intercept his passes.
Yeah, that sounds about right.
The 2011 NFL Draft entrants at the 2011 NFL Combine certainly have plenty of talent. But will any of them come close to matching the all-time NFL Combine records? You be the judge: thanks to Top End Sports, we have some of the best numbers in NFL Combine History, including for the 40-yard dash.
Caveats: these aren't the NFL's official numbers, because the NFL doesn't keep official numbers, and they only date back to 1999. So if Deion Sanders blazed a ridiculous 40-yard dash time back in his day — and rumor has it that he ran in the 4.19 range — it's not part of these records.
4.24 - Rondel Melendez, WR, Eastern Kentucky - 1999
4.24 - Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina - 2008
4.28 - Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton - 2005
4.28 - Champ Bailey, CB, Georgia - 1999
51 - Justin Ernest, DT, Eastern Kentucky - 1999
45 - Mike Kudla, DE, Ohio State - 2006
45 - Leif Larsen, DT, Texas-El Paso - 2000
Side note: Eastern Kentucky's weight room must have been fun in 1998, huh?
46 - Gerald Sensabaugh, FS, North Carolina - 2005
45 1/2 - Derek Wake, OLB, Penn State - 2005
45 - Chris McKenzie, CB, Arizona State - 2005
45 - Chris Chambers, WR, Wisconsin - 2001
1.43 - Aundrae Allison, WR, East Carolina - 2007
1.43 - Eric Weddle, SS, Utah - 2007
1.43 - Marcus McCauley, CB, Fresno State - 2007
1.45 - Leon Hall, CB, Michigan - 2007
3.73 - Kevin Kasper, WR, Iowa - 2001
3.76 - Deion Branch, WR, Louisville - 2002
3.78 - Dunta Robinson, CB, South Carolina - 2004
3.79 - Champ Bailey, CB, Georgia - 1999
6.45 - Sedrick Curry, CB, Texas A&M - 2000
6.48 - Rogers Beckett, FS, Marshall - 2000
6.49 - Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn - 2005
The 2011 NFL Combine enters its fifth day in Indianapolis, Indiana, today. And this is one of the more important days of the Combine: quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs will do their workouts today, according to the schedule for day five, which means scouts will be looking for playmakers and viewers can catch Cam Newton's NFL Combine workout:
Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), and Group 6 (RB)
- Workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
- NFLPA meeting
- Psych tests
Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
- Psych tests
And here's a rough outline of the TV schedule for the events you will be able to catch either on NFL Network or at the NFL Network website's NFL Combine stream.
10:00 a.m.: QB, WR Positional Skill Drills
11:00 a.m.: QB, WR Vertical Leap and Broad Jump
11:45 a.m.: QB, WR Three-Cone and Shuttle Drill
12:30 p.m.: RB 40-Yard Dash
1:30 p.m.: RB Positional Skill Drills
2:30 p.m.: RB Vertical Leap and Broad Jump
3:30 p.m.: RB Three-Cone and Shuttle Drill
For more on the NFL Combine, check out the rest of this StoryStream.
Cam Newton met with the media on Saturday and displayed the typical confidence that’s been associated with the Heisman winning quarterback since his rise to stardom during the 2010 season. After an interview earlier in the week in which Newton came off as arrogant to many, saying he sees himself as an entertainer and icon, Newton has been in damage control, trying to display a more humble persona at the combine. Still, he faced some criticism after his media session on Saturday, with reporters picking apart his words and scoffing at his propensity to refer to himself in the third person.
But behind closed doors, in individual meetings with NFL teams at the combine, Newton was forced to answer tough questions about his own character and some of the decisions he’s made in the past. According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Newton was caught by surprise when a coach asked about his decision to disobey a directive to take a knee near the end of the BCS Championship, instead calling for a quarterback sneak.
According to the source, an NFL assistant coach questioned Newton about why he disobeyed his coach’s orders in the BCS National Championship Game. Newton ran a quarterback sneak toward the end of the game rather than take a knee as he was instructed.
Newton reportedly became defensive when asked about the game, thinking NFL teams would gloss over it. The question may seem small, but asking why Newton disobeyed his coach’s orders is legitimate, especially when he’ll be expected to fall in line at the NFL level.
From the way he left Florida to the pay-for-play allegations levied against his father, Cecil Newton, there’s been plenty of questions about his character ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft. With teams about to invest tens of millions of dollars in him, general managers and coaches are attempting to do their due diligence ahead of the draft. It’s a vetting process, and getting defensive about a simple question doesn’t help his case, tough it’s unlikely it hurts it significantly either.
Newton and the rest of the quarterbacks hit the field on Sunday morning to run through test and drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. For more on the workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.
On Saturday, tight end Weslye Saunders was forced to drop out of the 2011 NFL Combine. The South Carolina alumnus left thanks to an aggravated foot injury. Tony Pauline tweets:
Weslye Saunders/TE reaggravated a broken bone is his foot warming up for the forty. His day is over. Pro day is March 30
Saunders reportedly failed to turn in the proper paperwork, which would not be the first time the big tight end made a significant error in judgment, if it's true.
He missed the 2010 football season after getting kicked off the team for becoming mixed up in the Marvin Austin investigation and skipping team meetings.
This was the final day of the combine for Saunders and the rest of the tight ends. He was scheduled for timing, station, and skill drills on Saturday before departure from Indianapolis.
News and notes from the 2011 NFL Combine:
USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith is pulling out of the Combine. Our Mocking the Draft says it might not matter that much: Smith lost 22 pounds between his days as a Trojan and now, and that might have helped his draft stock as much as a complete and impressive Combine showing would have.
Stanford's Owen Marecic, the nation's best two-way player in 2010, won't be trying that trick in the NFL. He's at the Combine as a fullback, and also cut his signature long hair.
Rams scout Luke Driscoll's NFL Combine experience has reportedly included him urinating on a building and exposing himself to a female police officer. This does wonders for Super Bowl XLVI host Indianapolis' reputation as an exciting town, I'm sure.
On Saturday, the 2011 NFL Combine rolls on with its fourth day of action. In Indianapolis, Indiana, Combine officials will spend the day assessing every measurable quality of the players at hand, from skill drills and reaction time to psych tests and interviews. Here is the schedule for day four, according to the NFL Combine's official website:
Group 1 (ST, PK, OL), Group 2 (OL), and Group 3 (TE)
- Workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
Group 2 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)
- NFLPA meeting
- Psych tests
Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
- Psych tests
Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
- Pre-exam and X-ray
For more on the NFL Combine, check out the rest of this StoryStream.
Former Missouri TIgers QB Blaine Gabbert spoke to the media at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Friday and sounded confident in his work ethic heading into the NFL He said, "Anything's possible" when asked about going No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers and that, wherever he goes, he's going to work to become a starting quarterback.
"I'm going to go in with the mindset that I'm going to be the starter from Day 1," he said. "That's how quarterbacks have to be. You've gotta be the competitor that's going to go in there, work your tail off and fight for the starting job. As soon as I'm drafted, I'm going to work to be the starting quarterback."
Gabbert's the only top quarterback not throwing at the Combine instead waiting for Missouri's pro day on March 17. He said he would make "every throw" and wouldn't shy away from any throw.
Gabbert weighed in on Friday at 234 pounds and standing 6'4". Wes Bunting of National Football Post wrote he "looks the part".
Through one day of the Combine, Gabbert certainly says the right thing. He won't be throwing this week but he will run on Sunday when the rest of the quarterbacks work out.
Carolina Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen didn't participate in the drills at the 2010 NFL Combine because he was coming off of an injury but still remembers the importance of the week. Clausen spoke on a radio show this week describing his experience at the NFL Combine and what these guys are going through this week at the 2011 NFL Combine.
"You know I think it is definitely important. The draft is a long, long process and the combine is a big portion of that process and you have your Pro Day and then you are just waiting, sitting back until draft day. For me, last year going in I couldn't workout or do anything because I just had surgery on my foot but it is a good time to go into those meetings and meet the coaches, meet the general managers, and just to sit with them one-on-one face-to-face and sometimes it is going to be the first time you are going to meet a head coach or a general manger, so you could get your story out there and just get a feel for that and they could get a feel for you as well."
The most important things at the NFL Combine probably don't even involve the actual workouts. First, the medical exams are critical. If a player is injured, this gives teams an opportunity to see where he is with that injury. Second, just getting face-to-face with some of the GMs and NFL decision-makers is critical as well. Teams can talk to players in an uncomfortable environment (i.e. not their school) and at least begin to figure out who he is.
SB Nation's Mocking The Draft, who is in Indianapolis at the 2011 NFL Combine, passes along the media schedule for the various NFL GMs and head coaches who are speaking to reporters today.
There are a few of the folks scheduled to talk today who could have some interesting draft-related nuggets. Rams GM Billy Devaney will likely be asked about holding the No. 1 pick last year and your thought process as you consider a quarterback. Packers' Ted Thompson will likely talk about building a Super Bowl roster, which every team should take note of.
Broncos GM Brian Xanders holds the second pick so people will want to hear if they're leaning a certain direction (I promise, he won't tell us even if he is). The Cardinals head coach (Ken Whisenhunt) and GM (Rod Graves) will also speak. They hold the fifth overall pick.
The Redskins hold the 10th pick in the draft and head coach Mike Shanahan will be at the podium. Do they go quarterback? I wouldn't expect Shanahan to let the cat out of the bag.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera spoke to reporters at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday. The topic of conversation, to no one's surprise, was the 2011 NFL draft. The Panthers hold the top pick and there isn't a consensus on which way they're learning.
It's possible, though, that they're looking at quarterbacks, most likely QB Blaine Gabbert and QB Cam Newton. Rivera confirmed that they planned to bring Newton in for a private visit, and will likely do so with other top quarterbacks.
When the topic came around to Newton, Rivera had good things to say. Via Charlotte Observer:
"He's a tall, powerful young man. He's got great athletic ability. He might be the better athlete of all of them (current QB prospects). But again, the one thing he does have is he's got a great arm. And he's a winner. You go back to his junior college and his college days, you can't pass that up, either. We've got to explore. There's eight, 9, 10 guys that we're looking at. We're going to explore all avenues with everybody."
There's no reason for the owner of the No. 1 pick to be bluffing anyone so I'd assume most of his praise is genuine. The Panthers are likely talking themselves into Newton -- whether they're successful or not remains to be seen -- because if you don't have a franchise quarterback, that's the first move you should make.
Friday is actually a big day at the 2011 NFL Combine even though place kickers and special teamers are the only ones working out. That's because the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, who arrived in the second group on Thursday, will be meeting with the media on Friday.
That means we'll hear from the likes of QB Blaine Gabbert and QB Cam Newton, the top two quarterbacks in this class. We'll also hear from WR A.J. Green, the top running back in the class. As for running backs, RB Mark Ingram is going to be a popular individual.
The first group of players -- offensive linemen and tight ends -- are on their third day at the Combine. They'll have an NFLPA meeting, which should be interesting given the current state of the league, as well as take more tests and interview with more NFL teams.
The second group of players -- quarterbacks, receivers and running backs -- will have physical measurements, take psych tests and interview with NFL teams after meeting with the media. They won't work out until Sunday.
The third group of players -- defensive linemen and linebackers -- arrive Friday (today). They'll do registration stuff, some medical exams and meet with teams for interviews. They won't workout until Monday.
The fourth group of players -- defensive backs -- will arrive on Saturday.
Well, of course the Dallas Cowboys are planning to interview Cam Newton during the 2011 NFL Combine. They pick No. 9 in the NFL Draft, and Newton is expected to be a top-10 pick — of course they’re interviewing him.
Could just be Jerry Jones hoping to learn more about what his alma mater Arkansas Razorbacks ever did to deserve the worst pounding Newton ever dished out while at Auburn, of course.
This story is only a story of note to anyone outside of Dallas because it’s the Cowboys and because it’s Newton. Dallas already has a very good quarterback in Tony Romo. Jones loves him, last we heard, and famously dismissed Tim Tebow’s chances to “get on the field” for the Cowboys last year. Tebow is the player Newton’s most-often compared to.
The chances of Newton ending up in Dallas are very slim, but it would be an oversight for the Cowboys to avoid interviewing a top pick like Newton.
Rex Ryan...you can't say he's boring.
The New York Jets head coach took the podium in Indianapolis, site of the 2011 NFL Combine, on Wednesday as his team prepares for the 2011 NFL draft.
Ryan opened his media session talking about his recent acting work on CSI and that he outperformed GM Mike Tannenbaum on set. And before he was even asked a question, he was already guaranteeing a Super Bowl.
"I guarantee we'll win it this year," Ryan said today at the NFL scouting combine. "I believe we'll be the team that wins it, period. I feel it."
Last year it was Tim Tebow who had the largest media contingent at the Combine, but Ryan is challenging him this year. He said the Jets have an excellent scouting department and a GM who understands the route to success so they "have no excuses" and will "find a way to get it done."
For more on the Jets (and the Super Bowl guarantee), check out Gang Green Nation.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, like the rest of the NFL's 32 teams, is in Indianapolis at the 2011 NFL Combine. Rivera spoke with the media on Thursday morning and talked about, what else, the 2011 NFL draft. The Panthers hold the top pick so plenty of folks are interested in what they're going to do.
Rivera said they have 8-10 players under consideration for the top overall pick including defensive linemen and quarterbacks.
Who might those players be?
Looking at SB Nation's latest 2011 NFL mock draft, I would guess the defensive linemen include Auburn DT Nick Fairley, Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, North Carolina DE Richard Quinn and Alabama DT Marcell Dareus. As for the quarterbacks, the top two include Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert and Auburn QB Cam Newton. Other players they could be considering at the top of the draft include LSU CB Patrick Peterson, Texas A&M LB Von Miller and Georgia WR A.J. Green.
Obviously some of those players -- like the top two defensive linemen and quarterbacks -- may have a better shot at becoming the No. 1 pick than others. But this gives us a glimpse at a few of the names that are likely on the Panthers radar for the top pick.
The 2011 NFL Combine isn't all about the NFL draft prospects came to Indianapolis to workout for teams. It's also about the NFL GMs, head coaches and other executives that make their way to Indy.
Many of the NFL's head coaches and GMs will be available to the media throughout the week. Already on Thursday we've got a full spread of interviews.
There are a few interviews you should catch including ones with the head coaches of the teams with the first three picks in the draft including Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey. In the context of the draft, those are the three folks people care about right now. We'll see if any of them give us a clue on where they're leaning in the draft (don't count on it).
Courtesy of Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, here's the full media list for Thursday:
The first group of players to arrive at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis were kickers, offensive linemen and tight ends -- hardly an exciting group. The second group, though, will draw some attention. On Thursday we'll see quarterbacks, receivers and running backs arrive at the Combine in Indy.
That includes the top two quarterbacks in the 2011 NFL draft Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton. As it's been reported, Gabbert will not be throwing this week but will perform other drills like running. As of now, Newton is planning on doing all workouts, including throwing.
Top receivers include Alabama's Julio Jones and Georgia's A.J. Green. Both players are incredibly athletic and should do really well at Combine week (since it's made for players like them).
The running back class isn't very strong this year so there aren't any major notables outside of Alabma's Mark Ingram (he's the only first-rounder in SB Nation's latest NFL mock draft).
The players will go through registration and some pre-workout medical exams before meeting with various NFL teams Thursday evening.
The 2011 NFL Combine is underway, although we've yet to see anyone actually work out. The first group of players -- place kickers, special teamers, offensive linemen and tight ends -- arrived on Wednesday and will continue on the four-day NFL draft prep process on Thursday.
On Thursday, these players will go through some physical measurements, which is always interesting. Colleges tend to inflate a player's height or weight so NFL teams will get the real numbers on them. They will also take the Wonderlic test. You can read about the usefulness (or uselessness) of that test here. If it matters, offensive linemen are generally among the smarter guys on the field.
And finally the players will end their second day meeting with NFL teams. Every team comes to the Combine with a list of 60 names. They'll get time for a 15-minute interview with those 60 players.
The offensive line class this year isn't nearly as top heavy as we're used to seeing. In SB Nation's latest NFL mock draft, an offensive tackle isn't taken until the 12th pick and not again until the 18th pick where there's a run on them.
Often times the players expected to be picked high in the 2011 NFL draft won't participate in all the drills as the NFL Combine. The thinking is that they don't want to do something that could negatively affect their draft stock. So you have players like QB Blaine Gabbert that won't perform in all the drills in Indianapolis.
Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara is not taking the Gabbert approach. Instead, he's taking the Ndamukong Suh approach and participating in all drills even though he's expected to be a high draft pick. Via the Omaha World-Herald:
"If there was something you were unsure about, yeah, maybe I'd not do it," Amukamara said. "But I don't feel that way."
Amukamara will be the last group to arrive in Indianapolis and won't be working out until next Tuesday. He and CB Patrick Peterson are the top two cornerbacks in the draft. I'd be curious to see if a strong performance can push him closer to Peterson.
Quarterbacks will start to arrive at the 2011 NFL Combine on Thursday and prepare for a four-day journey of workouts and passing drills under the watchful eye of the NFL's 32 teams. According to reports, nearly all of the top quarterbacks are expected to throw at the Combine.
Among the top quarterbacks expected to throw include Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton, Ricky Stanzi and Christian Ponder. The biggest name there of course is Newton. As one of the top two quarterbacks, it's somewhat of a surprise that he'll throw.
Things can change but for now, according to various reports, those are the top quarterbacks that will throw. QB Blaine Gabbert is expected to do other drills, like running, but will not throw. (Note: Greg McElroy won't throw because of an injury)
Quarterbacks arrive on Thursday and they'll get registered and go through some medical exams on the first day.
The 2011 NFL Combine is getting very close. On Wednesday, players in the first group are starting to arrive and register with Combine officials. The first group of players include place kickers, special teamers, offensvive linemen and tight ends.
The arrivals are staggered so that more position groups arrive daily until Saturday.
What are the players doing today? Not a whole lot.
According to the schedule, they'll be traveling to Indianapolis Wednesday and registering with Combine officials upon arrival. They'll have medical exams and x-rays to ensure that nothing is medically wrong with the players and this could end up being important information for the team for players that have been injured.
From there they'll go through an orientation with the Combine folks explaining the process of the entire week.
Finaly, players will meet with NFL teams for interviews in the evening. Teams enter the Combine with a list of players they want to interview, and then Combine officials coordinate those interviews. They're supposed to last about 15 minutes apiece and it gives teams a few minutes to get to know the player better, which is a more difficult task with agents and other people coaching up the prospects so that they answer it the right way.
So the first day at the Combine won't include any working out.
The 2011 NFL Combine is known for physical measurements, 40-yard dashes, vertical leaps and the bench press. It's a time when many of the players eligible for the 2011 NFL draft get together in a workout environment to show scouts what they can and can't do.
It's also known for the Wonderlic Test. As SB Nation's Andy Hutchins explained, the Wonderlic is the cognitive ability test that's been used on NFL draftees dating back to the Tom Landry era.
So what does it actually mean?
A low score and you're going to get hit with a media storm questioning whether you have the ability to process NFL playbooks at a rapid pace. However, a low score doesn't mean your NFL future is ruined. QB Vince Young reportedly received a six on the Wonderlic -- that's a very low score -- but was still drafted third overall.
A high score doesn't seem to help you as much as a low score can hurt you. I think that teams, if they use the Wonderlic at all, are more concerned with a player showing at least average intelligence (a score of 20). Harvard QB Pat McInally scored the only verified perfect score saying at the time, "One of the reasons I did so well is because I didn't think it mattered. So I think I didn't feel any pressure at all. It was more of a lark, and that's when you do your best. If I took it 100 times I'd probably never do that again."
IIf a player like Young comes along again, the team drafting him third overall may say it doesn't matter (what else would they say). And then we may see other teams who say they passed on a player like Young because the Wonderlic does matter.
So ultimately we don't really know how teams use the Wonderlic.
We'll see at least one of the top two quarterbacks throwing at the NFL Combine.
According to the AP, former Auburn QB Cam Newton will be a full participant in the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis this weekend. That means Newton will be throwing, unlike former Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, who along with Newton, is expected to be one of the top two quarterbacks selected.
Newton's decision to throw is a curious one. Many of the top quarterbacks at the Combine decide to throw only at their pro day because it's a more comfortable environment with receivers and routes that you know well.
On the other hand, some NFL executives like to see that players want to compete and are willing to show their talent anywhere. To me, though, It seems more likely that you'd hurt your draft stock rather than help it by throwing at the Combine.
Newton conducted a workout last week for the media and reviews ranged from good to "phenomenal" as ESPN's Trent Dilfer put it.
Missouri TIgers QB Blaine Gabbert is expected to be one of the top two quarterbacks taken in the 2011 NFL draft but we won't see him put his arm on display at the 2011 NFL Combine this week. According to Sporting News, Gabbert's agent has confirmed that he will not throw at the Combine instead waiting for Mizzou's March 17th pro day.
This doesn't come as a complete shock because a lot of top quarterbacks don't throw at the Combine.
Working out at a pro day makes the most sense. At the Combine, you're likely going to be throwing to receivers you're not familiar with, on a field you're not familiar with and in an environment you're not familiar with. That could potentially lead to some errant throws that would negatively affect a player's draft stock.
On the other hand, a pro day is done with receivers you've been working with and usually at your home field in a comfortable (or familiar) environment. That's when you're more likely to be spot-on with a lot of your throws because you've made the same throw to the same receiver hundreds if not thousands of times.
So Gabbert's throwing session will come at the Tigers March 17th pro day.. You can expect a nice attendance at that one because it looks like it's between him and Newton to see who will be the top quarterback selected.
The Wonderlic Test — less colloquially known as the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test — has been used to assess candidates for jobs since its creation in the 1930s by E.F. Wonderlic, and has been used at the NFL Combine to test the cognitive ability of potential NFL Draft selections for decades. (The Wonderlic's website credits Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry as the first person to use the test in the NFL.)
Despite the NFL Combine's reputation as a meat market for incoming players full of scouts who care about measurable physical attributes, the Wonderlic Test results invariably cause consternation each year. Who doesn't remember the hubbub over Vince Young's reputed 6 on the test (average is 20, which corresponds to an IQ of 100), or hasn't heard that Harvard quarterback Pat McInally scored a perfect 50?
Wonderlic scores may or may not correspond to NFL performance — Paul Zimmerman was the first to note that NFL teams look for different scores for different positions; a recent study suggested Wonderlic score isn't particularly predictive of a player's NFL career — but they will certainly be fodder for sports talk radio and Internet chatter this week and going forward. Just wait: Cam Newton's Wonderlic score will be repeated more often than that $180,000 figure that got attached to him by that NCAA investigation last fall.
In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?
The answer, if you do the math, is 17. Now, if you can do 50 problems like that in 12 minutes, you can compare your brain to those of the next NFL stars.
The 2011 NFL Combine invite list has already been released and now we're looking at the schedule each of these players will be going through in their four days in Indianapolis.
The schedule is broken down into groups. The first set of arrivals comes in on on Wednesday and includes place kickers, special teams, offensive line and tight ends. The second day (Thursday) will see quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs arrive, while the third day (Friday) will see the defensive linemen and linebackers arrive and the final day (Saturday) will see the defensive backs arrive.
The arrival times for each group are staggered so NFL draft junkies have nearly a full week of 40-yard dash times, vertical jumps and quarterback heights to measure.
Here's a break down of the schedule:
Day one: The players will be traveling to Indianapolis and going through registration once they arrive. There will be some medical things on that first day -- pre-workout exams and x-rays -- before they move into orientation explaining what the week is all about. After that there will be interviews with various NFL teams who want to speak with that particular player.
Day two: There will be physical measurements of the players, some exams, media time, psych tests and then more interviews with NFL teams.
Day three: The third day includes a meeting with the NFLPA, which should be somewhat interesting because there were rumors that the union was thinking about boycotting the Combine. Obviously that's not the case now but that will be something that's raised during the media session. After that, there will be more interviews with NFL teams.
Day four: There wil be workouts on this day -- timing, stations and skill drills -- and then players will prepare to depart Indy.
The NFL does a tremendous job every year making their offseason action-packed. From the NFL Combine to free agency to the draft, there's always something going on in the NFL, even in the offseason. This week that would be the 2011 NFL Combine, which takes place in Indianapolis.
The Combine is, in a way, a job interview. Players are invited to Indianapolis to work out in front of NFL scouts and executives as part of their preparation for the 2011 NFL draft. You'll see how high a player can jump, how much he can lift, how fast he can run the 40-yard dash and all sorts of other workout events. This is the time for teams to get official measurements and numbers on all the players that are invited.
Every year, there is a player (or players) that significantly elevates or hurts their draft stock at the Combine. A player may come in and run 4.3 40-yard dash and jump up the draft board because NFL teams didn't think he was that fast. Or a player may come in a couple inches shorter than he was listed causing him to drop. There are all kinds of things that could conceivably help or hurt a player's draft stock during the NFL Combine.
The week will begin on Wednesday with the first batch of players arriving (but not working out until Thursday) and continue until Tuesday when the final group leaves.
With that said, here are the players that have been invited:
|Player||Goes by||School||Group #||Camp #||CP|
|BUTLER, MARIO||GEORGIA TECH||10||DB10||DC|
|CARMICHAEL, RASHAD||VIRGINIA TECH||10||DB11||DC|
|CHEKWA, CHIMDI||OHIO ST||10||DB13||DC|
|CULLIVER, CHRIS||SOUTH CAROLINA||10||DB16||DC|
|HINES, JERMALE||OHIO ST||10||DB23||SS|
|HOGAN, BRANDON||WEST VIRGINIA||10||DB24||DC|
|HOUSE, DAVON||NEW MEXICO ST||10||DB25||DC|
|JOHNSON, JERON||BOISE ST||10||DB27||SS|
|LEGREE, MARK||APPALACHIAN ST||11||DB30||FS|
|MARSH, CURTIS||UTAH ST||11||DB31||DC|
|MCGEE, ANDREW||OKLAHOMA ST||11||DB34||DC|
|PETERSON, PATRICK*||LOUISIANA ST||11||DB37||DC|
|RUCKER, CHRIS||MICHIGAN ST||11||DB39||DC|
|SANDS, ROBERT*||WEST VIRGINIA||11||DB41||FS|
|SEARCY, DA'NORRIS||NORTH CAROLINA||11||DB43||SS|
|SIMS, DAVID||IOWA ST||11||DB45||SS|
|TARRANT, JERRARD*||GEORGIA TECH||11||DB48||FS|
|THOMPSON, BRANDYN||BOISE ST||11||DB50||DC|
|TORRENCE, DEVON||OHIO ST||11||DB51||DC|
|VAN DYKE, DEMARCUS||MIAMI-FL||11||DB52||DC|
|WILLIAMS, DEUNTA||NORTH CAROLINA||11||DB54||FS|
|WRIGHT, SHAREECE||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||11||DB56||DC|
|BURNEY, KENDRIC||NORTH CAROLINA||10||DB8||DC|
|CARTER, CHRISTOPHER||CHRIS||FRESNO ST||7||DL10||DE|
|CASEY, JURRELL*||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||7||DL11||DT|
|CHINASA, UGO||OKLAHOMA ST||7||DL12||DE|
|DANIELS, WAYNE||TEXAS CHRISTIAN||7||DL14||DE|
|AJIBOYE, OLUFEMI||LADI||SOUTH CAROLINA||7||DL2||DT|
|GRAVES, JOHN||VIRGINIA TECH||7||DL21||DT|
|GUY, LAWRENCE*||ARIZONA ST||7||DL22||DT|
|HEYWARD, CAMERON||CAM||OHIO ST||7||DL23||DE|
|LEVINGSTON, LAZARIUS||PEP||LOUISIANA ST||7||DL28||DT|
|MATTHEWS, CLIFF||SOUTH CAROLINA||8||DL31||DE|
|MCCLAIN, TERRELL||SOUTH FLORIDA||8||DL32||DT|
|MCPHEE, PERNELL||MISSISSIPPI ST||8||DL33||DE|
|MILLER, BRUCE||CENTRAL FLORIDA||8||DL34||DE|
|NEILD, CHRISTOPHER||CHRIS||WEST VIRGINIA||8||DL36||NT|
|NEVIS, DRAKE||LOUISIANA ST||8||DL37||DT|
|PAEA, STEPHEN||OREGON ST||8||DL39||DT|
|AUSTIN, MARVIN*||NORTH CAROLINA||7||DL4||DT|
|QUINN, ROBERT*||NORTH CAROLINA||8||DL42||DE|
|THORNTON, CEDRIC||SOUTHERN ARKANSAS||8||DL51||DT|
|WATT, JUSTIN*||J J||WISCONSIN||8||DL52||DE|
|WHITE, MARKUS||FLORIDA ST||8||DL53||DE|
|WHITLOCK, COLBY||TEXAS TECH||8||DL54||DT|
|WILLIAMS, IAN||NOTRE DAME||8||DL56||NT|
|WINTERSWYK, RYAN||BOISE ST||8||DL57||DE|
|IRVING, NATHANIEL||NATE||NORTH CAROLINA ST||9||LB11||OB|
|JONES, GREG||MICHIGAN ST||9||LB12||IB|
|LEMON, ORIE||OKLAHOMA ST||9||LB14||IB|
|MILLER, VONNIE||VON||TEXAS A&M||9||LB19||OB|
|BELLORE, NICHOLAS||NICK||CENTRAL MICHIGAN||9||LB2||IB|
|ROLLE, BRIAN||OHIO ST||9||LB23||OB|
|SHEPPARD, KELVIN||LOUISIANA ST||9||LB24||IB|
|SMITH, DARRYL||D J||APPALACHIAN ST||9||LB25||OB|
|STURDIVANT, QUAN||NORTH CAROLINA||9||LB27||IB|
|THOMAS, JAMES||J T||WEST VIRGINIA||9||LB28||OB|
|WHITE, CHRIS||MISSISSIPPI ST||9||LB29||IB|
|CARTER, BRUCE||NORTH CAROLINA||9||LB3||OB|
|WRIGHT, KENNETH||K J||MISSISSIPPI ST||9||LB32||OB|
|HERZLICH, SANDON||MARK||BOSTON COL||9||LB6||OB|
|HOMAN, ROSS||OHIO ST||9||LB8||IB|
|ARKIN, DAVID||MISSOURI ST||1||OL1||OT|
|CASTONZO, ANTHONY||BOSTON COL||1||OL10||OT|
|CHISOLM, GARRETT||SOUTH CAROLINA||1||OL11||OT|
|FUSCO, BRANDON||SLIPPERY ROCK||1||OL15||OC|
|BARKSDALE, JOSEPH||JOE||LOUISIANA ST||1||OL2||OT|
|HUDSON, RODNEY||FLORIDA ST||1||OL21||OG|
|HUGHES, KEVIN||SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA||1||OL22||OT|
|JACKSON, ANDREW||FRESNO ST||2||OL26||OG|
|KILGORE, DANIEL||APPALACHIAN ST||2||OL29||OT|
|KING, JARRIEL||SOUTH CAROLINA||2||OL30||OT|
|LAPHAM, RICHARD||RICH||BOSTON COL||2||OL31||OT|
|LINNENKOHL, ALEXANDER||ALEX||OREGON ST||2||OL32||OC|
|NEWTON, DEREK||ARKANSAS ST||2||OL35||OT|
|O'DOWD, KRISTOFER||KRIS||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||2||OL36||OC|
|PERSON, MICHAEL||MIKE||MONTANA ST||2||OL37||OT|
|REID, JAH||CENTRAL FLORIDA||2||OL41||OT|
|SHERROD, DEREK||MISSISSIPPI ST||2||OL44||OT|
|SMITH, TYRON*||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||2||OL45||OT|
|SMITH, WILLIE||EAST CAROLINA||2||OL46||OT|
|BOREN, JUSTIN||OHIO ST||1||OL5||OG|
|WILLIAMS, ZACHARY||ZACK||WASHINGTON ST||2||OL53||OC|
|WISNIEWSKI, STEFEN||PENN ST||2||OL54||OG|
|CANNON, MARCUS||TEXAS CHRISTIAN||1||OL7||OT|
|BAILEY, DAN||OKLAHOMA ST||1||PK1||PK|
|FORREST, REID||WASHINGTON ST||1||PK5||PT|
|JASPER, JOSHUA||JOSH||LOUISIANA ST||1||PK8||PK|
|COLBURN, RYAN||FRESNO ST||4||QB1||QB|
|PONDER, CHRISTIAN||FLORIDA ST||5||QB12||QB|
|PORTIS, JOSHUA||JOSH||CAL U-PENN||5||QB13||QB|
|TAYLOR, TYROD||VIRGINIA TECH||5||QB15||QB|
|VAN CAMP, JEFF||FLORIDA ATLANTIC||5||QB17||QB|
|YATES, TAYLOR||T J||NORTH CAROLINA||5||QB18||QB|
|DALTON, ANDREW||ANDY||TEXAS CHRISTIAN||4||QB2||QB|
|JOHNSON, JERROD||TEXAS A&M||4||QB6||QB|
|ALLEN, ANTHONY||GEORGIA TECH||6||RB1||OH|
|DEVINE, NOEL||WEST VIRGINIA||6||RB10||OH|
|DRAUGHN, SHAUN||NORTH CAROLINA||6||RB11||OH|
|EVANS, DARREN*||VIRGINIA TECH||6||RB12||OH|
|HAVILI, STANLEY||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||6||RB16||FB|
|HUNTER, KENDALL||OKLAHOMA ST||6||RB18||OH|
|ALLEN, ARMANDO||NOTRE DAME||6||RB2||OH|
|JONES, TAIWAN*||EASTERN WASHINGTON||6||RB21||OH|
|RIDLEY, STEVAN*||LOUISIANA ST||6||RB28||OH|
|RODGERS, JACQUIZZ*||OREGON ST||6||RB29||OH|
|ROYSTER, EVAN||PENN ST||6||RB30||OH|
|SAINE, BRANDON||OHIO ST||6||RB31||OH|
|THOMAS, DANIEL||KANSAS ST||6||RB35||OH|
|WHITE, JOHNNY||NORTH CAROLINA||6||RB38||OH|
|WILLIAMS, RYAN*||VIRGINIA TECH||6||RB39||OH|
|BRADFORD, ALLEN||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||6||RB5||OH|
|CAMERON, JORDAN||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||3||TE1||TE|
|PIANALTO, ZACK||NORTH CAROLINA||3||TE10||TE|
|RUDOLPH, KYLE*||NOTRE DAME||3||TE12||TE|
|THOMAS, JULIUS||PORTLAND ST||3||TE15||TE|
|WILLIAMS, DAVID||D J||ARKANSAS||3||TE16||TE|
|GANTT, CHARLES||MICHIGAN ST||3||TE3||TE|
|HOUSLER, ROBERT||ROB||FLORIDA ATLANTIC||3||TE7||TE|
|OORDT, SCHUYLAR||NORTHERN IOWA||3||TE9||TE|
|GATES, EDMOND||ABILENE CHRISTIAN||4||WO10||WO|
|GREEN, ADRIEL*||A J||GEORGIA||4||WO11||WO|
|GURLEY, TORI*||SOUTH CAROLINA||4||WO12||WO|
|HAMLER, JAMEL*||FRESNO ST||4||WO13||WO|
|HARRIS, DWAYNE||EAST CAROLINA||4||WO15||WO|
|JEAN, LESTAR||FLORIDA ATLANTIC||4||WO17||WO|
|JOHNSON, RONALD||SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA||4||WO19||WO|
|KERLEY, JEREMY||TEXAS CHRISTIAN||4||WO21||WO|
|LITTLE, GREG*||NORTH CAROLINA||4||WO22||WO|
|LOCKETTE, RICARDO||FORT VALLEY ST||4||WO23||WO|
|MURDOCK, ORENTHAL||O J||FORT HAYS ST||5||WO27||WO|
|NEWSOME, JAMAR||CENTRAL FLORIDA||5||WO28||WO|
|PETTIS, AUSTIN||BOISE ST||5||WO30||WO|
|SAMPSON, DEMARCO||SAN DIEGO ST||5||WO34||WO|
|SANDERS, JOCKEE||JOCK||WEST VIRGINIA||5||WO35||WO|
|SANZENBACHER, DANE||OHIO ST||5||WO36||WO|
|SHORTS, CECIL||MT UNION||5||WO37||WO|
|BROWN, DEANDRE*||SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI||4||WO4||WO|
|SPENCER, OWEN||NORTH CAROLINA ST||5||WO40||WO|
|TOLIVER, TERRENCE||LOUISIANA ST||5||WO41||WO|
|WILLIAMS, MARSHALL||WAKE FOREST||5||WO44||WO|
|YOUNG, JIMMY||TEXAS CHRISTIAN||5||WO45||WO|
|YOUNG, TITUS||BOISE ST||5||WO46||WO|
|BROWN, VINCENT||VINCE||SAN DIEGO ST||4||WO5||WO|
|BURTON, STEPHEN||WEST TEXAS A&M||4||WO6||WO|
|DELL, MARK||MICHIGAN ST||4||WO8||WO|
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