NFL Scouting Combine Thursday schedule


One question for every head coach or executive scheduled to speak today

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine begins today in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium with offensive linemen, tight ends and special teams players meeting with the media.

The headliners for the day will be Auburn's Greg Robinson and Texas A&M's Jake Matthews. The top two offensive tackles in the draft will have been measured by the time they speak with the media. Evaluators will be particularly curious about Robinson. As a redshirt sophomore entrant, teams don't know the exact length of Robinson's arms or his height.

From a storyline standpoint, the tight ends should be more interesting than the offensive linemen. Players like Jace Amaro of Texas Tech, Eric Ebron of North Carolina, Troy Niklas of Notre Dame and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (the draft's top tight ends) will get to explain their reasoning behind coming out.

The most interesting story of the day will be former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla. Arrested on drug charges and kicked out of Oregon, Lyerla will have to explain a lot to teams and the media will press him on it.

Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs arrive in Indianapolis for registration, X-rays and orientation.

In addition to those players speaking today, several head coaches and executives are talking. Here's the planned schedule and a question that should be posed for each:

9:45-10 a.m. - Joe Philbin, Dolphins head coach
How are you changing the culture in Miami?

10-10:15 a.m. - Marc Trestman, Bears head coach
What is the more important upgrade for the Bears this offseason, the secondary or the pass rush?

10:15-10:30 a.m. - Kevin Colbert, Steelers general manager
Considering Pittsburgh is currently over the salary cap, do you feel more pressure to hit on your picks in the draft this year since you may not be able to supplement them with free agents?

10:30-10:45 a.m. - Ken Whisenhunt, Titans head coach
How well do you think some of the pieces you have on defense fit in with defensive coordinator Ray Horton's scheme, particularly on the defensive line?

10:45-11 a.m. - Ruston Webster, Titans executive vice president and general manager
You're three year's into having Jake Locker as you're quarterback. He's started just 18 games and has a career completion percentage under 60. What makes you think he's your franchise quarterback? If he is, are you in the process of a new contract with him?

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11-11:15 a.m. - Phil Emery, Bears general manager
Is there a certain size you look for or prefer in a cornerback?

11:15-11:30 a.m. - Doug Marrone, Bills head coach
How do you evaluate EJ Manuel's first season and is there a concern in the organization about his growing list of knee injuries?

11:30-11:45 am. - Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager
Last year, you took some risks taking a guard in the top 10 and a potential character concern player in Tyrann Mathieu. How do you weigh potential versus immediacy in evaluating players?

11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Mike Smith, Falcons head coach
How beneficial was the Senior Bowl process for you, and does that make the combine week easier?

12-12:15 p.m. - Jim Caldwell, Lions head coach
On a team with so much obvious star talent, what do you think has stopped the Lions from getting over the top, and how do you address that in the draft?

12:15-12:30 p.m. - Jim Harbaugh, 49ers head coach
If Anquan Boldin can't be brought back, does wide receiver become the biggest offseason need for San Francisco?

12:30-12:45 p.m. - Tom Telesco, Chargers general manager
Do you envision D.J. Fluker as the long-term answer at left tackle?

12:45-1p p.m. - John Fox, Broncos head coach
How many more quality years do you think Peyton Manning has in him?

1-1:15 p.m. - Lovie Smith, Buccaneers head coach
Now that you've probably gone back and watched every game, how would you evaluate Mike Glennon?

1:15-1:30 p.m. - Rick Spielman, Vikings general manager
You took a chance on Christian Ponder and it hasn't really paid off yet. How do you weigh the risk of taking another quarterback?

1:30-1:45 p.m. - David Caldwell, Jaguars general manager
The perception is the Jaguars need a quarterback. When you're evaluating players, how do you ensure you're not overvaluing what's considered to be the most position in the game?

1:45-2 p.m. - Dennis Allen, Raiders head coach
Do you have a viable quarterback on your roster?

2-2:15 p.m. - Jason Licht, Buccaneers general manager
What is Mike Williams' standing with Tampa Bay considering his off-field issues?

2:15-2:30 p.m. - Dennis Hickey, Dolphins general manager
How much of your offensive line is going to be changed by the time next season starts?

2:30-2:45 p.m. - Howie Roseman, general manager
You statistically had the worst pass defense in the NFL last year. Is that a product of your players, or the fact that they were on the field more than any defense?

2:45-3 p.m. - Rex Ryan, Jets head coach
How has developing Geno Smith been than developing Mark Sanchez?

3-3:15 p.m. - John Idzik, Jets general manager
Is the most important part of your offseason getting weapons for Geno Smith?

3:15-3:30 p.m. - Andy Reid, Chiefs head coach
Do you think the Chiefs should draft a developmental quarterback in the draft this year?

3:30-3:45 p.m. - Dave Gettleman, Panthers general manager
Last year Steve Smith advocated for the Panthers to draft a wide receiver last year. Is this the year you pull the trigger on a wide receiver early?

4-4:15 p.m. - Jason Garrett, Cowboys head coach
What move do the Cowboys need to make to push you over the 8-8 threshold?

4:30-4:45 - John Schneider, Seahawks executive vice president and general manager
Now that you've won the Super Bowl, other teams may begin to copy your style, particularly on defense. How do you stay ahead of the curve with your personnel decisions?

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