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Archives: Feb. 2012

Feb.
25th

A few minutes with Melvin Ingram

Any doubts I had about South Carolina Melvin Ingram’s athletic ability and a possible transition to linebacker were eliminated when I asked him if he played basketball in high school

“Yes sir,” said Ingram

And what position did you play?

“Point guard.”

I’m sorry, did you say point guard?

“Yes, sir,” Ingram said.

I was too dumbfounded to ask the follow-up question, but Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times bailed me out, asking if Ingram was a pass-first guard or a shooter.

“I was a scorer,” he said.

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Feb.
25th

Brian Billick talks QBs

Former NFL head coach turned analyst Brian Billick held court for about 15 minutes this morning, talking about the available options for teams at the top half of the draft looking for a quarterback.

Billick said any team considering Peyton Manning will have to make sure they do their homework on the veteran quarterback’s health, along with getting used to the fact that they will be handing over the keys to their offense.

And similar to what Kansas City went through when they brought in Joe Montana at the end of his career, any organization that takes on Manning will be looking at a band-aid for two to three years that could set them back at the quarterback position long-term.

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Feb.
25th

Fisher: Bradford not going anywhere

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

New St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher addressed reporters here in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine for the first time as the leader of the Rams.

Fisher said his team will consider all options with the No. 2 overall pick. And he’s been in this position before. In his first year as head coach with the Tennessee Titans when the franchise was still in Houston the team had the No. 3 overall pick in 1995.

And the Titans made a pretty good choice, drafting Steve McNair out of Alcorn State.

There had been some speculation that the Rams would consider trading quarterback Sam Bradford after his disappointing sophomore season in 2011. But Fisher, who chose St. Louis over Miami largely because of Bradford’s presence on the Rams’ roster, put a rest to those rumors here at the combine.

“That wouldn’t be an option,” he said.

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Feb.
25th

Morning links: Do Hawks have a shot at RG3?

Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III shows off his monster socks during a news conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Davey O'Brien Award dinner. (AP Photo/Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Max Faulkner) MAGS OUT

The action finally shifts to the field here at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, as the offensive linemen and tight ends will go through their workouts today.

CBS Sports’ draft blog has the full list of bench press results for the offensive line and tight ends.

My story today from the scouting combine focuses on the Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s search for a quarterback in this year’s draft.

Carroll will have to figure out if guys like Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins make sense as a developmental prospect behind Tarvaris Jackson.

However, probably the best fit for Seattle is Robert Griffin III. He has the mobility, athleticism, accuracy and smarts the Seahawks are looking for. But he’ll likely go in the top five in the draft, and Seattle has to determine at No. 12 overall if they have the draft capital to leap quarterback-hungry teams like Cleveland, Washington and Miami to get him.

So what would it take?

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Feb.
24th

Carroll likes Wright at OLB; Hawthorne on Hawks’ radar?

NOTE: I uploaded the video again so it should work now.

With middle linebacker David Hawthorne set to become a free agent in March, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has sent mixed signals on the possibility of the TCU product returning to Seattle.

Hawthorne has led Seattle in tackles the past three seasons, but Carroll said he wanted to get faster at linebacker and liked the way rookie K.J. Wright played inside when given the opportunity.

However, when asked about Wright’s role on the team moving forward at the combine today, Carroll said he believes Wright’s best position is at outside linebacker.

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Feb.
24th

The RG3 experience

NOTE: I’m waiting for video to upload. And Pete Carroll will be talking at 12:15 pacific time here.

Wow.

Baylor’s Robert Griffin III is probably the most impressive person I’ve seen interviewed in the short period of three years coming to the NFL Scouting Combine.

I’ve never witnessed a player so comfortable answering questions in front of a large group of reporters.

Griffin showed an impressive grace in answering questions while still appearing in command of the situation. It’s easy to understand while teams like Seattle will be clamoring to trade up in order to make Griffin the face of their franchise.

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Feb.
24th

Packers’ GM mum on franchising Flynn

Reporters who showed up this morning looking for some clarity on whether or not the Green Bay Packers will franchise coveted, soon-to-be free agent quarterback Matt Flynn left the podium disappointed.

A man of few words, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson stayed true to his ways, politely dodging repeated questions about what his team will do with the reserve quarterback.

“I don’t talk specifically about any of our guys that may or may not be free agents, and I certainly wouldn’t speculate on what our plans may be,” Thompson said.

Asked to talk about Flynn as a quarterback, Thompson still wouldn’t budge.

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Feb.
24th

Morning links: Competition for Flynn

Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository writes that the Cleveland Browns will make a play for Green Bay reserve quarterback Matt Flynn this offseason with the hopes of making him the team’s starter in 2012.

According to the report, the Browns will have budget they will not exceed in the pursuit of Flynn, and Miami will likely be the other suitor.

It’s an interesting report, and I think makes sense when you consider that Browns president Mike Holmgren already made a similar decision in trading for Matt Hasselbeck a decade earlier while with Seattle.

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