One of the more impressive interviews I checked out during this year’s combine was California defensive end Cameron Jordan.
Jordan appeared chiseled, was well-spoken and articulate, made people laugh and appeared very confident on the podium.
Jordan’s talent is undeniable. The son of former NFL TE Steve Jordan, a six-time Pro Bowler for Minnesota, the Cal product wreaked havoc on the field for the Bears, taking over where Tyson Alualu left off last year.
I watched Washington quarterback Jake Locker, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet and others during the morning session workout in Indianapolis here at Lucas Oil Stadium.
While Locker was not perfect and had a few errant throws, I thought overall he performed well and helped answer some questions about his accuracy.
Now, I understand that ultimately coaches are going to go off of the film from Lockers’ final season for the Huskies, where they will see him struggling at times with accuracy throwing from inside the pocket.
My story today focuses on UW linebacker Mason Foster, who the Seattle Seahawks could be interested in as a mid-round pick. grabbed some attention nationally with his performance at the Senior Bowl last month.
Foster played weak-side outside linebacker for the Huskies, leading the Pac-10 in tackles for a second straight season. NFL scouts like his versatility. He possesses enough athleticism to play outside linebacker, but also has shown enough instincts to play inside.
Add to that the fact that he played in a similar defense at Washington, and Foster could be a nice fit for Seattle as a mid-round pick.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked to Seattle-area reporters this afternoon, and stated that he liked the overall depth in the draft, which should work in Seattle’s favor in picking up a quality player with the team’s No. 25 overall pick in the first round.
“I don’t think there’s any question that there’s going to be some choices at that spot,” he said. “There’s enough positions that have enough guys that there’s going to be a lot of guys there as we move are way through it. And I can’t imagine that position will get wiped out, so we’re going to have some good shots there. But it’s not nearly as easy to call as last time. We really had a real good idea what was going on.”
Carroll went on to say the most important thing that happened in his first season with Seattle is cultivating a good relationship with general manager John Schneider by spending a lot of time together picking each others brain and understanding each person’s philosophy in building a winning football team.
“We worked hard at that,” he said. “We hung out. We stayed together, and just kind of lived together, and just kept talking and working together until our language became more connected and more common.”
He confidently flashed his pearly-white teeth as he glided to the podium, sharing a laugh with NFL draft guru Gil Brandt before beginning a 15-minute-long Q & A with reporters
Newton read from a written statement to begin the press conference, addressing his recent remarks about being an entertainer and an icon after the announcement for his new endorsement deal with Under Armour.
“I was making the point that I want to be the best possible ambassador for them, just like I want to be the best possible ambassador for whatever team I’m blessed to play for,” said Newton, reading from a prepared statement.
Newton also accepted blame for those comments being misinterpreted.
He did slip into third person a couple times – a no-no unless you have reached Deion Sanders and Kobe Bryant’s stratosphere in terms of super stardom. But overall Newton was very impressive and looked like a person who could lead an NFL team.
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider had some interesting things to say about receiver Golden Tate, who did not live up to his potential in his rookie season, finishing with just 21 catches for 227 yards.
Schneider said that he has high expectations for the Notre Dame product moving forward, and believes he can develop into a consistent playmaker.
Tate failed to get on the field on a regular basis because of his struggles with route running and picking up the intricacies of a pro-style offense. But during practices last year, he showed the most ability out of any receiver to consistently make plays deep down the field.