In my story today, considered a potential first-round selection at the beginning of the 2012 college season, former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson is attempting to rebuild his draft stock after quitting the team and leveling allegations of abuse against first-year Cougars head coach Mike Leach and his coaching staff.
Leach and his staff were cleared of any abuse issues after investigations by the school and the Pac-12.
At 6-2 and 194, there’s no question about the speedy Wilson’s ability. He set Washington State’s single-season receptions record in 2011 with 82 catches for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.
However, Wilson will have to clearly explain his side of the story to NFL personnel executives and coaches who wonder about his toughness, honesty and ability to handle adversity.
You can watch today’s combine drills live here. Offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers are up today.
Everybody in the media room is talking about Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead, who ran an unofficial 40-yard time of 4.65 seconds this morning at 309 pounds. Watch it here.
Here’s my story on Pete Carroll’s press conference on Friday, where he says the Seahawks would like to keep Matt Flynn in the fold.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that Carroll will not necessarily seek a veteran pass rusher in free agency.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports provides some pretty frank comments from Carroll on the NCAA after a botched investigation of the University of Miami. Carroll also took issue with the way the NCAA handled the investigation into his former school, USC. Carroll: “It’s just not right, and it’s not OK for an NCAA to take down institutions of higher learning. That’s not how this should go. That should not be the target. There should be other ways to go about it. To do what they’ve done to Penn State and to do what they’ve done to other schools and what they’ve been doing to Miami after all of that mess with the NCAA’s investigation of its own investigation and it coming to light how the NCAA staff has operated, it begs for deeper investigation and a big-time investigation.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Carroll’s focus in the draft will be to continue to build on the depth that he and general John Schneider have created since taking over the team three years ago.
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin tweeted out the picture below in response to a question on Twitter asking why he missed the Green Bay game last year. Baldwin was questionable going into the contest because of a shoulder issue. Man, that’s nasty.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the key questions for the combine that need to be answered. It’s a nice overview on the top storyline at this week’s combine. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.