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Category: Scouting combine

Feb.
26th

“Young Tru” sizzles, “Honey Badger” impresses in final day at combine

Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu stretches before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu stretches before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

University of Washington product and Tacoma native Desmond Trufant predicted he would run fast when given the opportunity to perform at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

And “Young Tru” did not disappoint, posting unofficial times of 4.31 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash today.

Check out Trufant running the 40 here.

Trufant’s official time of 4.38 seconds put him among the leaders in the 40-yard dash for cornerbacks, and tied him with older brother Marcus Trufant, who also posted a 4.38 at the combine in 2003.

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Feb.
24th

Desmond Trufant upholding family name at combine

“Mic check — one-two, one-two,” echoed Desmond Trufant’s voice trough the microphone, as the Tacoma native began his interview session at the NFL Scouting Combine, like a rapper preparing to drop some lyrics.

Yes, the youngest Trufant is a little more boisterous than his more reserved older brothers Marcus and Isaiah.

“I feel like they’re way more relaxed and chill on the field,” Desmond Trufant said. “I think just being the youngest brother, I’ve always had to fight my way onto the court or the field. Or just to play video games – just anything with them. And it definitely translated to the field.”

But he’s just as proud of the legacy established by his older brothers, and looked forward to joining them in the NFL.

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Feb.
24th

WR Tavon Austin impresses in morning group

West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

I had a chance to go inside Lucas Oil Stadium this morning and watch the first group of receivers and quarterbacks work through the route tree from a box suite.

I saw Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell watching from the field, and head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider sitting together watching from the stands.

You also see interesting pairings of people sitting together watching the action. For instance, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson sat with San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke and Seahawks senior executive Scot McCloughan watching the action.

Obviously, all three know each other from their years working together — Thompson and McCloughan in Green Bay, and Baalke an McLoughlin in San Francisco.

Here’s some thumbnail notes that I took on players that could make sense for Seattle.

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Feb.
23rd

The Manti Te’o experience

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

A fatigued but contrite Manti Te’o talked for roughly 20 minutes with hundreds of reporters here at the NFL Scouting Combine, the first time he’s talked with a full media group since a report surfaced on Jan. 16 that the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, was a hoax.

“It was just a whirlwind for stuff for me, a 22-year-old – 21 at the time – just trying to get your thoughts right,” Te’o said, when asked why he waited so long to publically address the situation. “Everything was kind of chaos for a little bit, so you let that chaos kind of die down. And wait until everybody’s ready to listen.”

Te’o said he’s met with two teams so far, the Texans and the Packers, and he’s scheduled to meet formally with 18 more at the combine. Te’o said all the teams that have contacted him so far have asked by the incident.

And what are they asking?

“Just tell me the facts,” Te’o said. “They want to hear it from me basically what happened.”

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Feb.
22nd

Carroll favors keeping Matt Flynn

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll understands that reserve quarterback Matt Flynn would like an opportunity to earn a starting job on another NFL team.

However, Carroll might be leaning toward keeping the LSU product in the fold as part of his talented quarterback room.

“To have a caliber of second quarterback like Matt, you can’t get better than that,” Carroll said. “That’s a great deal for us. And so we’re very solidly in favor of keeping that together if we could.”

That news might not sit well with Flynn, who would like another chance to earn a starting job on another team. However, Carroll could point to 8 million reasons why Flynn should continue to remain a good soldier in Seattle.

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Feb.
22nd

A few minutes with Matt Barkley

USC quarterback Matt Barkley (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)
USC quarterback Matt Barkley (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)

Quarterback Matt Barkely has lost a little bit of his shine heading into this year’s draft after a disappointing senior campaign with the Trojans.

However, the USC product still believes he’s the best quarterback in the draft, even though most draft analysts have West Virginia’s Geno Smith rated ahead of him.

It seems unlikely the Seahawks would take a quarterback like Barkley in the first round because Seattle would have to move up to get him, and they already have a potential franchise quarterback in Russell Wilson.

Still, Carroll has a good relationship with Barkley. He started him as a true freshman while serving as the head coach at USC. Carroll compared Barkley to Wilson in terms of his knack for being clutch in late-game situations, along with his competitive nature.

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Feb.
21st

Schneider on franchise tag: “I don’t necessarily see us using it.”

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked with reporters here at the scouting combine this afternoon.

And he confirmed my earlier thought that it will be unlikely for Seattle to use the franchise tag on one of the seven players set to hit free agency in March.

“We’re still evaluating that,” he said. “I don’t necessarily see us using it.”

Many of the questions Schneider fielded had to do with his evaluation of quarterback Russell Wilson during last year’s draft, and why the Seahawks believed at 5-11 he would be successful at the next level.

“We liked him a lot,” Schneider said. “For me to tell you that he was going to do what he did in his first year, I would be lying to you. We were able to acquire Matt Flynn, so we thought that we had a great setup, all the way around. And Tarvaris Jackson actually did a lot of great stuff for us, too in the previous season.”

Schneider also addressed the possibility of trading reserve quarterback Flynn, saying he likes the talent level at the quarterback position right now.

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Feb.
21st

49ers GM Trent Baalke on trading Alex Smith: “We’re going to look at all options available.”

San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke was the first person to take the podium and address reporters this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine here in Indianapolis.

And of course, one of the main topics of discussion was what his team will do with backup quarterback Alex Smith moving forward.

The University of Utah product was replaced by Colin Kaepernick midway through the season last year, but still has some value on the market via trade. Smith finished with a 104.1 passer rating in 2012 before he was replaced by Kaepernick.

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