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Archives: Feb. 2010

Feb.
28th

Inside the ropes at the scouting combine


Notre Dame receiver Golden tate

I just finished watching the second group workout inside the stadium here at Indianapolis.

Traditionally, reporters are allowed to watch one group workout during the week, with the duty or writing a pool report on an individual player.

I was given Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, who actually threw the ball better than expected today. Snead was kind of a surprise entry into this year’s draft because of his struggles on the field, throwing as many interceptions (20) as touchdowns in 2009.

Here’s what I wrote:

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Feb.
28th

Maybe Deion Branch has trade value

Hey folks, I had computer issues on Saturday so I didn’t get a chance to post some tidbits from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s conversation with Seattle-area reporters who cover the team.

I wrote a story on that conversation for today’s paper, which you can check out here. And I’ll post the full transcript later today.

But here’s a few tidbits.

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Feb.
27th

A few minutes with Ole Miss RB McCluster

Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster did not lack for charisma this morning talking to reporters at the scouting combine.

A broadcast journalism major, McCluster felt comfortable at the podium.

But he says he feels just as comfortable taking on defensive ends on third down in pass protection, and told reporters that most teams are looking at him as a running back at the next level.

McCluster said he measured in at 5-foot-8, 172 pounds, and expects to run in the 4.3 range in

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Feb.
27th

Morning links: Tebow time

They moved quickly upon spotting him, but it wasn’t a member of concession staff at Lucas Oil Stadium bringing in more sandwiches for a hungry group of reporters.

It was the arrival of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow on Friday, a Heisman Trophy winner who led the Gators to two national titles, but is considered perhaps the fifth best quarterback in this year’s draft and a likely second or third-round pick.

Members of the media hurried toward Tebow and jostled for position as he made his way to the podium.

“Some guy named Tebow at Podium C,” announced a member of the league’s public relations crew, making light of the obvious.

Tebow was his usual charming self as he graciously answered questions from reporters for over 20 minutes. He will be doing everything but throwing at the scouting combine this week, choosing to wait until his Florida pro day in mid-March as he goes through a makeover to shorten up his elongated throwing delivery with former NFL coaches Sam Wyche and Marc Trestman.

“It’s more like a tweak,” Tebow said, when describing the throwing change. “It’s not necessarily a change in my whole throwing motion.”

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Feb.
26th

Big Show on Big Walt: Keep playing

The Big Show, former Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, talked to reporters this afternoon, albeit now holding a different title as president of the Cleveland Browns.

Holmgren said he enjoyed being back at the NFL Scouting combine amongst his peers, but admitted not being on the field coaching once training camp starts will take some adjusting to.

“I told a couple of our security guys that you are standing by me at all times, and if start to run out there, ‘Grab him!’” Holmgren joked. “That was one of things I talked to Eric about when we decided to do it together. I’m going to have my challenges, there is not question about that in watching practice, watching games and those kind of things.”

On Walter Jones’ possible retirement, Holmgren, who said at the time that Jones had microfracture surgery in November 2008 that he believed Jones would return to the field, had this to say:

“I hope that he plays some more,” he said. “I believe if I was still there I would be coaxing him into something, or trying anyway. But he’s played a long time and I think he’s really been a warrior the last, couple years, because he’s played on some bad wheels and a bad shoulder, those kind of things. He’s played a lot of football.”

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Feb.
26th

A few minutes with OSU QB Sean Canfield


Sean Canfield, Oregon State QB (Bruce Ely, The Oregonian)

Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield is not your average, left-handed quarterback. He writes, eats and golfs right handed. He kicks right footed. But he plays ping pong, bowls and plays tennis left handed.

“I’m pretty weird,” Canfield said.

But NFL scouts here are only concerned with how he throws the ball.

Canfield said he’s heard he could selected anywhere from second round to fifth round. He said he talked to the Seahawks at the Senior Bowl, and is scheduled to talk to team representatives again on Saturday.

One thing Canfield would like to improve on is his perceived lack of arm strength, which is something scouts begin to question after his Senior Bowl performance.

“I’ve never doubted my arm strength,” he said. “I’ve always considered myself to have a pretty strong arm. And so I think showing that off on Sunday will be big for me.”

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Feb.
26th

Morning links: Idaho OG Iupati a DT?

Idaho offensive tackle Mike Iupati, considered the top offensive guard prospect in the draft, looked every bit the part on Thursday as offensive linemen talked to reporters. Although he’s considered a guard, at 6-foot-5, 331 pounds with 35-inch arm length, in a thick, muscle-filled frame, Iupati is considered a possibility to move out to tackle in the NFL

Iupati talked about his versatility, with an ability to play both guard and tackle. But with some gentle coaxing, Iupati beamed when asked about his first love in football — playing defense. He even saw some time on the defensive side of the ball for the Vandals on goal-line situations.

“I really love defense,” Iupati said. “That’s my favorite passion of the game of football, because I know I’m very physical. I can hold up two gaps, take on double teams and stuff like that. I always tried to push my coach to make me a defensive player because I know I’m very good at it, but they really like me on offense and they need me on the offensive line.”

Iupati said he’s been working out individually in Southern California with Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater on playing offensive guard and tackle. Iupati said the Seahawks talked to him during a meet and greet on Wednesday.

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rangs talks about the possibility of Iupati playing defensive tackle at the next level in this post on his scouting combine blog.

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Feb.
26th

Rams focused on 4 players with top pick

Who the St. Louis Rams select with the No. 1 overall pick will have ramifications in the NFC West race as this team continues to rebuild and work its way out of the cellar of the division.

Rams general manager Billy Devaney got a big laugh from reporters after his response when asked about a prediction from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who guaranteed the Rams will select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick.

“We feel really good about the health status of Sam Bradford now with Dr. Schefter giving him a clean bill of health and guaranteeing our pick,” quipped Devaney. “So we’re on to the second round right now.”

Kidding aside, Devaney understands that the Rams have to get this one right, and with the team’s uncertainty at quarterback most experts believe they will ultimately settle on Bradford or perhaps Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen at the top spot.

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