3.03.2005
 
NFL Draft - Upcoming Pro Days

The NFL.com site has a nice page up to cover the draft.
http://nfl.com/draft

Also of note is their 'Pro Day' calendar and results.

The Miami Hurricanes had their workout today.
A couple of notes from Gil Brandt's comments:

Antrel Rolle
Rolle (6-0 5/8, 197) ran twice for times of 4.49 and 4.52. He had a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-3 long jump, a 4.01 in the short shuttle, an 11.43 in the long shuttle, and a 6.70 in the three-cone drill.

Frank Gore
Gore was 5-9 5/8 and 208 pounds, which was down from his playing weight of 230. He did 15 strength reps, had a 9-foot-1 long jump, a 32-inch vertical jump, a 4.13 short shuttle, an 11.33 long shuttle, a 7.78 in the three-cone drill, and times of 4.66 and 4.65 in the 40.

OTHER PRO DAY RESULTS OF NOTE:
Oklahoma State, Missouri, Northwestern, Utah
California, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida
Purdue, West Virginia, Florida State, Maryland


3.02.2005
 
NFL Combine - Monday (TE, DL)

QB, RB, WR - Official Times
TE, DL - Official Times
LB, DB - Official Times
K, OL, RB - Saturday Notes
WR, RB, QB - Sunday Notes


Titans coach Jeff Fisher appeared on Monday night's NFL Total Access and ended his conversation with TD and Rich Eisen by stating that he believed part of the reason that more players were participating in this year's combine was because it was being televised. I think Fisher brings up a good point that is only part of an even bigger shift in trends. It's not just the televised workouts that is bringing the combine into public arena, it's the internet, the fantasy leagues, the NFL rocketing over all other North American sports, and maybe even the bloggers.

Okay maybe not so much the bloggers yet, but maybe one day. I think, just by looking at how many more top offensive players worked out (Ronnie Brown, Cadillac, Mike Williams, etc) versus the defensive decliners (Shaun Cody, Dan Cody, Pacman, Antrel Rolle, Corey Webster) one can find support behind the theory that the public pressure to perform on a stage is having an influence on certain athletes' decison to workout at the combine.

TIGHT ENDS

On Monday, the tight ends and defensive linemen worked out. A look at the times for the tight ends and it's pretty obvious that field wasn't that deep. Nine TEs chose to run the 40, leaving Jonas Crafts, Kevin Everett, Alex Holmes, Heath Miller, and Alex Smith as the remaining 5 who will look to impress scouts with their 40 times during their own 'pro day.' Everett, Smith, and Miller are the top three TEs on many draft boards, so the group that took the field on Monday was a little light at the top end.

Smith and Holmes did participate in a few drills, including the gauntlet, but looking at players from this group is done with lowered expectations. Most of these are guys are going to be fourth round picks and higher.

Out of the pack, Billy Bajema, Adam Bergen, Jerome Collins, and Joel Dreessen were impressive during Monday's workouts. Interestingly, all four of those have similar body sizes (6.4 - 260 lbs) to the previously mentioned top three of Everett, Smith, Heath Miller.

In the gauntlet drill, Alex Smith had a couple of ugly dropped passes. He had two balls bounce hard off the palms of his hands and he may have some trouble with his eye-hand coordination when he's running. In an interview with Rod Woodson, Smith come across as a player with very good character. He comes from Stanford, he is very articulate and very personable. Smith also showed he was a willing blocker during the bag drills.

Collins comes from a Notre Dame program that moved him through 5 different positions during his 4 years there. With a 4.75 in the 40, he ran the best time in the group. Collins is a project.

Joel Dresseen is a guy who looked to me like he'll be a Ken Dilger type tight end in the NFL. Dreessen is a tough kid who lifted 22 reps in the bench press, and he ran a solid 40 time, with a 4.81. He seems to have good hands, but Dreessen didn't do a very good job on Monday of looking the ball in. That resulted in a few unnecessary drops. Joel also ran a couple of curl routes that did not at all impress me. He may work better in a game situation, but on the two curls I saw him run, he gave away the direction of his route off the line of scrimmage. Dreessen will need some 'coaching up,' as Mel Kiper loves to say.

My favorite tight end in this year's draft is Health Miller, but my favorite tight end on the field Monday was Adam Bergen. Although he ran an unofficial 40 time of 4.84, I loved how smoothly Adam ran his routes and how naturally he caught the football and turned upfield. Bergen benched 25 reps and got the last four or so done by using a technique that John Lott, the combine's stength coach from Cleveland who has achieved a cult status with NFL Network viewers, had advised the group to do during their preparations. Coming from a small school like Lehigh, Bergen showed on Monday that he is a coachable kid who has a lot to prove on the next level.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Like the tight ends, too many players in the DL group chose not to work out on Monday. The ones that did participate were asked to take part in a number of drills that they probably haven't done too much in their careers before this. Monday's DL group was a tough one to get a handle on because of the few highly rated players that did participate, like Matt Roth, Erasmus James, and David Pollack, there weren't too many impressive times in posted. And because of the nature of these drills, probably the only positions that could be effectively judged were the one-gap, athletic DTs and the DEs who may be able to play the 3/4 OLB hybrid position.

One of the most athletic DE/OLBs I saw on the field Monday was Andre Frazier, and it wasn't just because of the impressive times he posted. At just 234 pounds, the 6'4 Frazier ended up in the top 5 for the 40, the 3 cone, the short shuttle, the vertical leap, and the broad jump. He is a very athletic, very agile player who should be just as good covering backs and tight ends as he is rushing the quarterback. Frazier is too small to play on the line and since he doesn't have the same kind of quickness that a player like Dwight Freeney or David Pollack has, his only future in the NFL is at OLB. It would have been better if Andre would have worked out with the linebackers, like Demarcus Ware did. The only top 5 time Frazier had with the DLs that would have been a top 5 time with the LBs is his 3 cone result. So maybe it wouldn't have been better for him, but just better for the scouts.

A couple of other undersized DEs that looked good in their drills were Jonathan Goddard (6'0 - 238) and Jonathan Welsh (6'3 - 244). Again, these are two guys who have an advantage on the rest of the group because of their size. But Goddard is small, even for a linebacker. His 30.5 inch arm length was second lowest only to David Pollack's 30.4 among all DEs at the combine. Out of these two Jonathans, the productive Welsh from Wisconsin looks like a better fit for the NFL.

Of the two rush ends from Florida State, Chauncey Davis' athleticism came across a little better than Eric Moore's. DEs from FSU don't exactly have the best track record at the pro level (Reinard Wilson, Jamal Reynolds) so maybe a guy like Davis needs to make an impact in the NFL as a rush LB like Peter Boulware. Chauncey didn't show good technique in the coverage drills but he's got such quick, powerful legs he could probably be coached into that position. At almost 6'2 and 279 pounds, Davis is sized a little oddly to play OLB, but he may not be strong enough to be an every down DE. Terrell Suggs came out a couple of years ago with the same questions and he currently is listed at 6'3, 260 pounds. So the end position is probably a better fit for Davis, but it's hard to ignore how many DE busts have come out of Tallahassee.

Before commenting on the three big names, there's one more defensive end that looked strong during Monday's drill and that's Bernard Thomas. He's more of a right end type, but there's not much of a body of work behind Thomas' career at Nebraska to get excited about. He did show some good athleticism for his size, and taking Thomas with a late round pick isn't a bad idea.

Now for the top three. Actually, there are six top defensive ends in this year's draft: Erasmus James, Dan Cody, Marcus Spears, David Pollack, Matt Roth, and Shawne Merriman. Spears, Cody, and Merriman did not work out.

Erasmus James did participate and he caught some bad press for not looking particularly fast at the combine. I think the 6'4, 266 pound James still showed the kind of quickness he'll need to succeed at the pro level. He probably had the best side to side movement in the bag drill of all the DLs and the Network added some nice practice footage from the Senior Bowl that showed James' ability to move around and through blockers. I think he'll be a good pro player, but he may not be worth the top 10 pick that some NFL team will probably spend on him.

The same can be said for Georgia's David Pollack. At 6'2 and 265 pounds he has most likely filled out his body as best he can. Pollack is a hard worker who I just think has reached close to his ceiling in terms of potential. He plays at a very high level, but may be a little undersized to hold down in the NFL the LE spot he played in college. Pollack's game is quickness and relentlessness and the best place for him will be at the RE position on a 4-3 defense. But he's not as fast as Dwight Freeney so his game will be a little different. David is a good character guy, but if he's not at least the fourth DE taken, some team has paid too high of a price to draft him.

At 278 pounds, Matt Roth came in bigger than I expected. He didn't post any great times but there is something there with this guy that looks like he'll be able to get to the quarterback at the pro level. Like James and Pollack, Roth is the kind of player that should play with his hand on the ground. But unlike James and Pollack, I think this DE from Iowa could do well in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense.

For the defensive tackles, Jonathan Babineaux looks to be the most athletic of the bunch that worked out. At 6'2, 286 lbs, he's another Iowa kid that could either play end on a 3-4 team, or a one-gap tackle on a team like Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, or Chicago. I also really liked the 6'3, 325 pound Sione Pouha from Utah. He was explosive in the rush drills and also benched 32 reps at the combine.


3.01.2005
 
NFL Combine - Results (LB, DB)

QB, RB, WR - Official Times
TE, DL - Official Times
K, OL, RB - Saturday Notes
WR, RB, QB - Sunday Notes
TE, DL - Monday Notes


The below times have been taken directly from the NFL Network's coverage.
These numbers represent electronic times, not someone just holding a stopwatch.

OFFICIAL TIMES - LINEBACKERS
 
40 YARD DASH TIME
Robert McCune 4.51
Adam Seward 4.60
Derrick Johnson 4.65
Demarcus Ware 4.65
Michael Boley 4.66
VERTICAL LEAP INCHES
Derek Wake 45.5
Jordan Beck 41
Margues Harris 40.5
Darryl Blackstock 39
Demarcus Ware 38.5
   
3 CONE DRILL TIME
Demarcus Ware 6.83
Darryl Blackstock 7.05
Michael Boley 7.08
Boomer Grigsby 7.10
Jordan Beck 7.11
BROAD JUMP FEET/INCHES
Derek Wake 10'10"
Kevin Burnett 10'10"
Jordan Beck 10'8"
Darryl Blackstock 10'6"
Tyjuan Hagler 10'4"
   
20 YARD SHORT SHUFFLE TIME
Derrick Johnson 3.87
Barrett Ruud 3.94
Rian Wallace 3.94
Marques Harris 4.07
Jonathan Pollard 4.07
Demarcus Ware 4.07
60 YARD LONG SHUTTLE TIME
Demarcus Ware 10.93
Jordan Beck 11.25
Liam Ezekiel 11.27
Derek Wake 11.28
Adam Seward 11.50
   
LB SWIM PASS RUSH LEFT TIME
Demarcus Ware 2.36
Derrick Johnson 2.44
Michael Boley 2.49
Derek Wake 2.53
Alfred Fincher 2.56
LB SWIM PASS RUSH RIGHT TIME
Adam Seward 2.45
Liam Ezekiel 2.60
Jonathan Pollard 2.60
Derrick Johnson 2.62
Demarcus Ware 2.62

 

OFFICIAL TIMES - DEFENSIVE BACKS
 
40 YARD DASH TIME
Fabian Washington 4.33
Darrent Williams 4.34
Karl Paymah 4.35
Stanford Routt 4.39
Chris McKenzie 4.42
VERTICAL LEAP INCHES
Dustin Fox 43.5
Ellis Hobbs 42
Domonique Foxworth 41
James Butler 40.5
Nick Collins 40
   
3 CONE DRILL TIME
Carlos Rogers 6.48
Stanford Routt 6.63
Domonique Foxworth 6.78
Ellis Hobbs 6.80
Jerron Wishom 6.81
BROAD JUMP FEET/INCHES
Justin Beriault 11'0"
James Butler 10'7"
Domonique Foxworth 10'5"
Marlin Jackson 10'5"
Ellis Hobbs 10'4"
   
20 YARD SHORT SHUFFLE TIME
Justin Beriault 3.80
Markus Curry 3.89
Domonique Foxworth 3.89
Marquis Weeks 3.89
4 players tied at 3.90
60 YARD LONG SHUTTLE TIME
Sean Considine 10.65
Stanford Routt 10.65
Domonique Foxworth 10.70
Josh Bullocks 10.82
Justin Beriault 10.87
   
REACTION RIGHT TURN TIME
Vincent Fuller 4.19
Darrent Williams 4.21
Josh Bullocks 4.22
Jason Harmon 4.26
Bryant McFadden 4.26
REACTION LEFT TURN TIME
Carlos Rogers 4.12
Vincent Fuller 4.20
Scott Starks 4.20
Darrent Williams 4.20
Karl Paymah 4.23


UPDATE: 3.24.05- Added links to nfl.com player profiles.

 
NFL Combine - Results (TE, DL)

QB, RB, WR - Official Times
LB, DB Official Times
K, OL, RB - Saturday Notes
WR, RB, QB - Sunday Notes
TE, DL - Monday Notes


The below times have been taken directly from the NFL Network's coverage.
These numbers represent electronic times, not someone just holding a stopwatch.

OFFICIAL TIMES - TIGHT END
 
40 YARD DASH TIME
Jerome Collins 4.75
Billy Bajema 4.80
Tony Jackson 4.80
Joel Dreesen 4.81
Bo Scaife 4.81
VERTICAL LEAP INCHES
Adam Bergen 38
Joel Dreesen 36
Dave Kashetta 35.5
Tony Jackson 33
Bo Scaife 32.5
   
3 CONE DRILL TIME
Billy Bajema 7.05
Joel Dreesen 7.09
Adam Bergen 7.11
Bo Scaife 7.21
Kelly Griffeth 7.25
BROAD JUMP FEET/INCHES
Adam Bergen 10'1"
Jerome Collins 9'10"
Tony Curtis 9'7"
Bo Scaife 9'6"
Billy Bajema 9'5"
Joel Dreesen 9'5"
Tony Jackson 9'5"
   
20 YARD SHORT SHUFFLE TIME
Joel Dreesen 4.01
Adam Bergen 4.10
Bo Scaife 4.12
Billy Bajema 4.25
Kelly Griffeth 4.27
60 YARD LONG SHUTTLE TIME
Adam Bergen 11.60
Joel Dreesen 11.64
Bo Scaife 11.66
Billy Bajema 11.76
Tony Jackon 11.82
   
BENCH PRESS (225 lbs) REPS
Alex Smith 28
Adam Bergen 25
Bo Scaife 24
Jonas Crafts 24
Tony Jackson 23
 

 

OFFICIAL TIMES - DEFENSIVE LINE
 
40 YARD DASH TIME
David McMillian 4.58
Jonathan Welsh 4.63
Khari Long 4.69
Jonathan Goddard 4.72
Andre Frazier 4.73
VERTICAL LEAP INCHES
Jonathan Welsh 40.5
Khari Long 38.5
Andre Frazier 38
Erasmus James 37.5
Chauncey Davis 37
David Pollack 37
   
3 CONE DRILL TIME
David Pollack 6.86
Andre Frazier 7.09
Jim Davis 7.11
David McMillian 7.11
Khari Long 7.22
BROAD JUMP FEET/INCHES
Jonathan Welsh 10'10"
Andre Frazier 10'4"
Vincent Burns 10'2"
Erasmus James 10'2"
Khari Long 10'1"
   
20 YARD SHORT SHUTTLE TIME
David Pollack 3.90
Khari Long 4.07
David McMillian 4.07
Andre Frazier 4.12
Jonathan Goddard 4.14
BENCH PRESS (225 lbs) REPS
Tim Bullman 35
Shaun Cody 34
Jovan Haye 33
Luis Castillo 32
Sione Pouha 32
   
DL SWIM - PASS RUSH LEFT TIME
Vincent Burns 1.90
Adrian Awason 1.93
Adell Duckett 1.98
Shaun Cody 2.00
Jonathan Goddard 2.03
DL SWIM - PASS RUSH RIGHT TIME
David Pollack 2.12
Jonathan Goddard 2.13
Jonathan Babineau 2.15
Shaun Cody 2.22
Jovan Haye 2.22

UPDATE: 3.24.05 Added links to nfl.com player profiles.


 
NFL Combine - Sunday (WR, RB, QB)

WIDE RECEIVERS


Braylon Edwards didn't participate in any of the on-field workouts, but he did make an appearance on the bench press. Edwards threw up 23 reps in a shocking display for the top rated WR. 23 is a number some tight ends will struggle to reach.

Edwards is nearly everyone's #1 wideout. Here are three other receivers who looked real good during their combine workouts:

Mark Clayton - WR Oklahoma
5'10
193
4.43 (40)
6.95 (cone)
- (vert)
  I'd like to know what Clayton's vertical leap was, but he didn't make the top 5. That's not Mark's game anyhow. Clayton ran very crisp routes on Sunday. He's a one step stopper on those in and out routes and he's also one of the few that ran the gauntlet drill at top speed. In comparison, most others at the combine slowed as they looked the ball into their hands. Clayton has the unique ability to accelerate through the catch. Another thing I noticed about Clayton when he's running is that his head and his hips stay on the same plane. In other words, if you speed up the tape of him running a route, his arms and legs should blur while his torso and head stay level. Clayton showed on Sunday he has all the skills. In the past, his interviews have showed that he his a true competitor. Running a 4.43 - 40 was huge for him because it removed any last bit of doubt about his game. Mark is not only the most crisp and quickest WR in the draft, he's also one of the fastest. He'll block, catch the ball over the middle, and make plenty of plays in the NFL.

 

Mark Bradley - WR Oklahoma
6'1
201
4.47 (40)
- (cone)
39.5 (vert)
  I can't remember which OU game last year I saw Bradley catch a pass on a 5 yard slant route and turn it up the field for a long touchdown. But I do recall making a note to myself to remember Bradley's name because of the explosiveness he showed on that play. Bradley finished his college career exceptionally strong and he looked very good on Sunday. In the gauntlet drill, Bradley showed natural hands and caught each ball in stride (although not at the impressive top speed that his former teammate Mark Clayton did). I don't see a 3 cone time for him, but Bradley did lead the pack in the 60 yard long shuffle, the broad jump, and the vertical leap. Bradley has a ton of upside in the NFL if he can find some consistency.

 

Vincent Jackson - WR N. Colorado
6'5
241
4.55 (40)
- (cone)
- (vert)
  Jackson didn't register in the top five for any of the explosive or quick testing drills but he did run a nice 40 and looked pretty good in the gauntlet. Jackson is giant for a receiver and he makes nice, tight cuts even though he's not the quickest. His height is actually closer to 6'4 and a half, but either way Jackson is a huge target. He looks something like a Joe Jurevicius type; a big guy to put in the slot against a LB or safety and work to get him into open space with the ball. Jackson should be a nice fit for a west cost offense.

I've read that some people really like Troy Williamson as a late first round pick, but other than his size, I didn't see a whole lot from him on Sunday that separated the 6'1, 203 pounder that much from the rest of the pack of speedy WRs. His moves were smooth and he made good cuts, but Williamson needed an extra step to break down into his turns and his hands were just okay. I didn't see much of him in college, so maybe he's got more to offer.

The Georgia duo of Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson both looked like good first day picks. Brown will be a solid deep threat in the NFL with his 4.51 speed and 41.5 vertical leap. I also like that Brown led the 20 yard shuffle because it shows that he has the kind of quickness to get into the secondary with a double move before his quarterback has to get rid of the ball.

Gibson didn't crack the top 5 in any category except for his 38.5 inch vertical. He's not an elite skills guy but he does have good potential. Mike Mayock noted that he's reminded by Gibson of Michael Jenkins, last year's 1st round pick to the Falcons who played sparingly in 2004. At the same time, I was thinking that Gibson looked very thin, like Todd Pinkston thin. But the Jenkins comparison will do as well. Either way, the team that picks the 6'4, 195 lbs Fred Gibson probably shouldn't look for immediate production from him.

On NFL Total Access, Mike Williams admitted that he only changed his mind to run in the 40 because of the poor reaction he got from teams when he said that he wasn't going to run. Williams borrowed a pair of size 13 cleats from a friend and went out onto the track to run a 4.6, 40. Some have said wondered if that's too slow for a top 25 pick but, to me, that's exactly what his ceiling needed to be. I think Williams did just enough to prove that he belongs in the first round. His size (6'4, 229) and hands are exceptional and a 4.6 time is just enough to keep him on the field. Williams will work out on March 10th in Tampa and will probably come through with a 4.5 time.

I don't get too excited about a receiver just because he runs a sub 4.4 - 40, but as a kick returner speed like that is a weapon. There are at least 4 receivers in this draft that should at the very least provide their team with an immediate playmaker at kick returner. Roscoe Parrish, Jerome Mathis, and Courtney Roby impressed all with their times. But even though his 40 time (4.63) wasn't great, Chad Owens is the one I'm looking at. The Hawaii WR is as quick as anyone and his size, 5'7 - 183 lbs, makes him even more difficult to catch. Consider also that Parrish is two inches taller and 15 pounds lighter than Owens. In 2004, Chad caught 17 TD passes and added 5 more on special teams. Mathis, Parrish, and Roby will probably be drafted earlier because of their 40 times, but that just makes Chad a pretty good value.

Finally, the receiver everyone is talking about is Matt Jones:

Matt Jones - QB/WR Arkansas
6'6
242
4.4 (40)
- (3 cone)
39.5 (vertical)
  I've seen enough of Jones in college to know that he is a great open field runner. His 40 time did not come as a surprise to me, but I still question his ability to run through traffic. The reason he didn't put up Michael Vick numbers in college is because he doesn't have that same quickness to escape the pocket that #7 has. When Jones did get out of the pocket, he was an effective runner- leading the Razorbacks in 2004 with 622 yards on the ground. But I don't even see the same quickness in Jones that even someone like J.P. Lossman has. Jones has an amazing 40 time for a guy his size. He also had a 39.5 inch vertical leap during the combine's trials. So there's no doubt he has the physical tools to be a receiver; and I don't think the tight end position is a right fit for him. Drew Bennett was a QB at UCLA before he became a receiver with the Titans. Bennett is 6'5 and I think Jones' career will take a similar path that Drew's has. Ultimately, I wonder how competitive Matt Jones is. I wonder how seriously he will take the position of wide receiver. I wonder if he has the will in him to be one of the best. After all, what good is a guy who helps your team get to 14-2 if he isn't able to step his game up in week 19, 20, and 21. Jones chose to work out with the QBs on Sunday, saving the WR drills for his own session. So until then, the interviews he gives will be the deciding factor on what kind of team looks seriously at him. Will it be someone who just values talent? Or will it be a team with a history of winning? Here's a good back story to Jones as well.

RUNNING BACK

A couple of more notes about the backs. Carnell Williams ran on Sunday (4.5) and looked much bigger than I thought. By now, everyone has reported that Cadillac showed good enough hands and ran good enough routes to solidify his top 10 status. I still wonder about his durability. In college, he seemed to be the kind of back that always was nicked up; always playing at 85%.

I mentioned earlier that I liked the 5'6 Darren Sproles. He ran a top 40 (4.46) and benched 225 pounds 23 times (Sproles only weighs 187 lbs). He has short, powerful legs and turns corners just as fast as he runs straight ahead. He won't fit into every team's system, but Sproles is a tough and effective runner who shares an obvious comparison to Warrick Dunn.

Mayock has compared Virginia RB Alvin Pearman to Mewelde Moore because of Pearman's multiple abilites. They both are similar sized backs with similar 40 times, but I think Moore runs with a little more fluidity. Still, Pearman benched 24 reps and looks strong . He's a good value for anyone looking for an immediate backup.

A lot of backs chose not to work out. Marion Barber, Cedric Benson, Ciatrick Fason, Frank Gore, Cedric Houston, Ray Hudson, and Vernand Morency all declined to participate in the running drills.

QUARTERBACKS

I like that Adrian McPhearson still has a will to compete. I like that he spent most of his two years out of the NCAA in the arena league. I like that he looked the reporter directly in the eye when answering the question about his troubled past. I wonder about Adrian's accuracy, though. I see him becoming something like Quincy Carter on the field, and hopefully not like Carter off of it. McPherson's 40 time (4.72 from Sunday) is probably closer to a high 4.5. It was also impressive that he benched 22 times but I do worry that he had one of the smallest hand sizes (9 inches) of all the quarterbacks.

Charlie Frye was moving up draft boards after a strong Senior Bowl, but I think he will need some time to adjust to the next level. Frye may end up a good NFL quarterback but if he doesn't sit for at least his first season, the former Zip will make a lot of mistakes as a rookie.

Jason Campbell probably hurt himself by not working out at in Indy. His pure athletisicm would have had people talking about him, instead of Adrian McPherson. From what I saw of Campbell this year, I wonder if his type of leadership will be successful at the pro level. Think, Aaron Brooks.

Ryan Fitzpatrick aced the Wonderlic (50 out of 50) in just 9 minutes. Reports are that he checked his answers twice and turned in the test with 3 minutes remaining in his allotted time. Ryan also looked good on the Indy turf. He's got decent footwork, and enough of an arm to keep a job in the NFL.

The Network didn't show a lot of coverage of the QBs, but here is one guy I'm interested in seeing more:

Timmy Chang - QB Hawaii
6'1
211
5.15 (40)
- (3 cone)
- (mph)
  Chang played in a shotgun offense with the Rainbows and he faces a similar challenge to adjust to the pro game that Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury and BJ Symons have had to bear. Chang will need a few years to get his footwork right from under center but he's taller than I thought he was and has one of the quickest releases ever. Arm strength is a question, but you can't overlook three straight years of 4,000+ yards.


UPDATE: 3.24.05- Added links to nfl.com player profiles.

2.28.2005
 
NFL Combine - Results (WR, RB, QB)

LB, DB - Official Times
TE, DL - Official Times
K, OL, RB - Saturday Notes
WR, RB, QB - Sunday Notes
TE, DL - Monday Notes

The below times have been taken directly from the NFL Network's coverage.
These numbers represent electronic times, not someone just holding a stopwatch.


I haven't had a chance to watch all of the stuff from Sunday yet, but from what I saw I noticed the coverage got a little better in some areas, and a little worse in others. Having NFL Total Access there to do shows helps round things out, but I still have a few complaints:

  1. Way too much time spent covering the 40 yard dash. Especially for the WRs. They're all fast, we don't really need to see them run the 40 twice. Once will do just fine. But I could live with none. The guantlet challenge is basically a 53 yard dash added with each player having to adjust to catch the football along the way It's a much better representation of what a receiver can do.
  2. It would be nice to get some more of those unofficial split times from the 40. The first 20 yards of a 40 time can tell just as much as the full time can. Give us more of those like you did on Saturday.
  3. The Network is still using closeups when we need more depth to the shot and when they go to their wide angles they are pulled way too far back. Why not just give us the same camera angle we would normally watch a NFL game with? Then throw in a few closeups from there. This is not NFL films; zooming out from a tight shot of a ball spiraling in mid-air does not allow us to get a good judgement on how a receiver is adjusting to the route.
  4. Not nearly enough time spent on the QBs. Even though Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers weren't working out, there is still some good story lines in McPherson, Frye, and the rest.

There were some improvements. Mike Mayock brought in some great clips from the Senior Bowl practices that showed players, in pads, engaging each other in drills from the sessions in Mobile last month. Watching that really helps balance out what we are seeing on the turf in Indy. The Network also did a good job of using the scrolling bottom line to display times and results. After watching the live coverage at noon, I was going to offer this as a suggestion but due to a local power failure I ended up having to tivo the 8pm replay and noticed that they added the scrolls to their bottom line. Thanks to that info, I can provide the below stats.

More thoughts to come later on.

OFFICIAL TIMES - QUARTERBACKS
 
40 YARD DASH TIME
Matt Jones 4.40
Stefan LaFors 4.62
Dustin Long 4.67
Josh Haldi 4.69
Adrian McPherson 4.72
BALL SPEED MPH
Kyle Orton 57.3
Adrian McPherson 57.2
Bryan Randall 55.3
Charlie Frye 55.1
Josh Haldi 54.7
 
3 CONE DRILL TIME
Dustin Long 6.77
Alex Smith 6.82
Josh Haldi 6.89
Adrian McPherson 6.93
Charlie Frye 6.94
20 YARD SHORT SHUTTLE TIME
Alex Smith 3.96
Ryan Fitzpatrick 4.07
Charlie Frye 4.08
Dustin Long 4.08
Adrian McPherson 4.08
Bryan Randall 4.08

 

OFFICIAL TIMES - WIDE RECEIVER
 
40 YARD DASH TIME
Jerome Mathis 4.32
Courtney Roby 4.36
Troy Williamson 4.38
LeRon McCoy 4.41
Mark Clayton 4.43
Roscoe Parrish 4.43
VERTICAL LEAP INCHES
Reggie Brown 41.5
Mark Bradley 39.5
Vincent Jackson 39
Tony Madison 39
Fred Gibson 38.5
   
3 CONE DRILL TIME
Courtney Roby 6.60
Chad Owens 6.70
Jamaica Rector 6.78
Rasheed Marshall 6.81
Mark Clayton 6.95
BROAD JUMP FEET/INCHES
Mark Bradley 10'8"
Reggie Brown 10'8"
Fred Gibson 10'6"
Courtney Roby 10'6"
Airese Currie 10'5"
   
20 YARD SHORT SHUFFLE TIME
Reggie Brown 3.94
Chad Owens 3.94
Courtney Roby 3.94
Rasheed Marshall 3.95
Mark Clayton 4.07
Airese Currie 4.07
60 YARD LONG SHUTTLE TIME
Mark Bradley 10.88
Aurese Currie 10.91
Rasheed Marshall 10.95
Efrem Hill 11.08
Chad Owens 11.08

 

OFFICIAL TIMES - RUNNING BACK
 
40 YARD DASH TIME
J.J. Arrington 4.46
Darren Sproles 4.46
Ronnie Brown 4.48
DeAndra Cobb 4.49
Ryan Moats 4.49
Walter Reyes 4.49
VERTICAL LEAP INCHES
Marion Barber 40
Eric Shelton 38.5
Anthony Davis 38
Kay-Jay Harris 38
Brandon Jacobs 37
   
3 CONE DRILL TIME
J.J. Arrington 6.81
Carnell Williams 6.94
Noah Herron 6.95
Darren Sproles 6.96
Vernand Morency 7.02
BROAD JUMP FEET/INCHES
Marion Barber 10'7"
Eric Shelton 10'7"
Kay-Jay Harris 10'2"
Anthony Davis 10'1"
Lionel Gates 10'1"
   
20 YARD SHORT SHUTTLE TIME
Darren Sproles 3.96
Noah Herron 3.95
Ronnie Brown 4.08
Eric Shelton 4.08
Lionel Gates 4.10
Kay-Jay Harris 4.10
Ryan Moats 4.10
60 YARD LONG SHUTTLE TIME
Ryan Grant 10.65
Noah Herron 11.07
Alvin Pearman 11.11
Ryan Moats 11.13
Darren Sproles 11.13

UPDATE: 3.24.05- Added links to nfl.com player profiles.



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