Thursday Combine Blog: Archive
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Posted Feb 25, 2010


Here's our first archive of breaking news from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis!

Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 02/25/2010 03:43 PM ET

Adios Antonio

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant's career in Tampa Bay is over according to his soon-to-be former head coach Raheem Morris.


Posted by:  JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/25/2010 03:40 PM ET

Chicago-born Asamoah Talks up Odrick

Jon Asamoah of Illinois is a Windy City guy through and through, which is why he wasn't happy when Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald didn't recruit him coming out of Rich East High School in Park Forest, a suburb of Chicago. A pure guard at 6-4 and an even 300 pounds, Asamoah used the snub as motivation and made sure he played his best against Fitzgerald during his career downstate in Champaign. However, he didn't fare quite as well facing Penn State, as he didn't hesitate in naming Nittany Lions defensive tackle Jared Odrick the best player he has seen yet.


Posted by:  TIM yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 03:30 PM ET

Erik Cook Loves his Cell Phone

One of the more entertaining questions New Mexico offensive lineman Erik Cook came up against in team interviews: If his house was burning and he made it out safely with all the people and pets, what would you go back for? He told the Dolphins it would be his cell phone. “I’m still trying to figure out what would be a better answer,” he said


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, Scout.com
at 02/25/2010 03:25 PM ET

Ratliff Classic Diamond in the Rough

Not only was Dallas Cowboys starting NT Jay Ratliff non-combine invitee in 2005, he didn't have one pre-draft workout or visit with any teams before the draft. In fact, had Ratliff may not have been drafted at all had Dallas not been scouting other players from Auburn University that year. They saw Ratliff on tape when they were scouting other players. Dallas rewarded Ratliff with new deal late during the 2007 season, but he's become such a dominant player since then, they may have to extend his contract again in the not too distant future. His current deal expires after the 2012 season.

For daily updates on the Dallas Cowboys, visit The Ranch Report!


Posted by: Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com  & Tim yotter, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 03:23 PM ET

Five Teams Talk to Hawkeye TE

Former Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki has talked with the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville JaguarsHouston Texans and St. Louis Rams since he's arrived at the combine, and he will perform all of the workouts.

Moeaki has had a broken hand, dislocated elbow, torn ligament (those three all on one play) and ankle and foot injuries, but he called them “just little dinky stuff,” noting he didn’t have any knee or shoulder injuries. He also said he didn’t have any injuries in high school and checked out fine with his physicals in Indianapolis.

The Iowa tight end said he looks up to former Hawkeyes TE Dallas Clark. “I wish I could do half the things he does.” Iowa’s pro day is March 22.

For those keeping track at home, we now have two tight ends in Indy who have remarked that the Rams are looking for help at that position.


Posted by: DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET  
at 02/25/2010 03:16 PM ET

Gronkowski Still Rounding Into Shape

Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the entire 2009 season with a back injury, has said that while he’s received a clean bill of health, he will only do the bench press at the Combine. Gronkowski, who is projected behind only Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham on many lists of draft-eligible tight ends, will perform all other drills at Arizona’s Pro Day on March 12, and later at a private workout (TBD). Gronkowski’s reason for skipping the drills here is that he just started running at full speed “two or three weeks ago” and wants more time to get into prime shape. Gronkowski could be a late first/early-second round pick if he has a stellar workout.


Posted by:  AdaM CAPLAN, SCout.com
at 02/25/2010 03:12 PM ET

Broncos Need to Replace Wiegmann

With the release of veteran C Casey Wiegmann, the Denver Broncos are set to transition to more of a power running game next season. Denver is expected to replace Wiegmann possibly with another veteran in free agency or with a player from this year's draft. A source said his replacement wouldn't come within their current 80-man roster. They are also expected to sign or draft bigger offensive linemen.


Posted by:  CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 03:05 PM ET

Packers Circling Small-School OT

Hillsdale College OT Jared Veldheer, who I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, said that he's received strong interest from the Green Bay Packers so far this offseason. He said that he met with Packers general manager Ted Thompson at the Texas vs. The Nation game, and has already met with the Packers brass at the Scouting Combine.

The Packers have huge concerns at the offensive tackle position moving forward with Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher being injury-prone and in their 30's. Drafting Veldheer, who is receiving mention as a top five OT prospect this year, could be a surprise first round selection for the Packers.

For more on Green Bay, head to Packer Report!


Posted by: ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM 
at 02/25/2010 02:50 PM ET

Top Guard Sets the Bar

Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati will likely be the first offensive guard selected in this year's NFL Draft, so he's got three main goals for the NFL Combine--to bench 30 reps, run a great 40 and show his quickness. He's been working with Hall of Famer Jackie Slater to further refine his skills as a guard and even as an offensive tackle in case the team that drafts him wants him to switch to the outside of the line. The Rams, Seahawks and Bills are just a few of the teams that have already talked with the talented lineman.


Posted by:  FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT  & Tim YoTTER, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 02:41 PM ET

Pioli Speaks

Second-year Kansas City Chiefs' GM Scott Pioli said the Chiefs will be active in free agency. "We try to be active", Pioli said, "but deals don't always get done." The ex-Patriots front office exec said he will not change his methods faced with the prospects of an uncapped salary cap. "I will operate the way I always operated."

The Chiefs boss said re-signing Chiefs' free agents was just as much a part of free agency as signing free agents from other teams, including WR Chris Chambers. He said the team signed QB Matt Gutierrez and RB Kolby Smith. "We're trying to hold on to our players, as well."

Pioli said getting a defensive lineman was important to him last year because he thought there would be a run on them. They drafted DE Tyson Jackson third overall, the only DE taken in the top 10.

To coache Jackson and the rest of the defense,  Pioli said the Chiefs tried to bring former Browns coach Romeo Crennel to Kansas City last year.

"We talked to Romeo last year but he needed to stay out," he said. "Romeo was available and wanted to join with us. Any time you have the opportunity to improve your team, you do. It was a good marriage."


Posted by:  JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/25/2010 02:48 PM ET

Panther Finds a Role

A good athlete that has never truly fit at any one position, Pittsburgh's Dorin Dickerson finally moved to tight end his junior season and felt comfortable. Originally a wide receiver, Dave Wannstedt switched him to linebacker as a sophomore because the Panthers had a need there -- Dickerson admits he wasn't a good defender and his heart was always on offense. Weighing in at just 226 pounds, he figures to be more of a flex tight end and hybrid receiver, and although he's a sound blocker, he says he's not suited to be an every-down fullback.


Posted by:  FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT  & ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 02:12 PM ET

Jerry Not Blindsided

Ole Miss OL John Jerry was taught and mentored by former Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher. A first round draft choice by the Ravens in 2009, Oher had a movie made about him starring Sandra Bullock entitled Blindside.

"I learned a lot from Michael Oher," Jerry said. "He took me under his wing and I talk to him a lot and he told me last week what to expect at the combine."

A  Mississippi Defensive Player of the Year in high school, Jerry was converted to offense and played right tackle and guard. His brother, Peria, was a first-round choice of the Falcons last season. Jerry is the cousin of former Browns linebacker Dwayne Rudd, who was infamously known for throwing his helmet in celbration in the season opener against the Chiefs and ultimately costing the Browns a win. 

Jerry measured in at 6-foot-5, 328 pounds--which is a few pounds lighter than he was at the Senior Bowl--and he plans to drop even more weight before his Pro Day. Jerry tipped his hat to Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams as the toughest competitor he faced while at Ole Miss.


Posted by: John CRIST, BEAR REPORT 
at 02/25/2010 02:03 PM ET

Seven Teams Interested in Saffold

Another four-year starter at left tackle, like LSU's Ciron Black, Indiana's Rodger Saffold has the kind of experience NFL scouts are looking for during the draft process. While with the Hoosiers, Saffold said that Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield was the best pass rusher he faced, although Schofield's stock was sent tumbling after he tore his ACL during preparations for the Senior Bowl. Saffold mentioned several teams that appear to be hot on his trail: JAC, BUF, IND, MIA, ATL, OAK and SD.


Posted by:  Ed THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 01:54 PM ET

Manning Mentor Helping Duke QB

The first quarterback to appear in the media room was Thaddeus Lewis of Duke, who believes that his head coach, David Cutliffe, has provided him with the knowledge he needs to be successful as an NFL quarterback. Cutliffe mentored both Peyton and Eli Manning during separate coaching stints at Tennessee and Ole Miss. "The first thing he taught me was defenses, and I didn't understand why he was teaching defenses," he said. But Lewis quickly saw the benefit during his playing time and now plans to showcase his depth of knowledge and ability to make the correct reads prior to the snap during his interview sessions with NFL head coaches.  


Posted by:  CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 01:48 PM ET

Can Brown Do For Them?

USC OT Charles Brown said that he met with 12 teams so far and specifically named the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

Prospect Profile: Charles Brown


Posted by:  Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com
at 02/25/2010 1:30 PM ET

Blood Testing: A No-Win.

A top NFLPA exec claims that they are in a "no-win situation" regarding the prospect of blood testing. He claims that "we will always be chasing science and it won't do any good."


Posted by:  Chris Steuber, Scout.com
at 02/25/2010 1:28 PM ET

Trent Williams, on Trent Williams

One of the top offensive tackles in the draft, Oklahoma's Trent Williams, stood at the podium today and addressed his athleticism and his desire to play left tackle in the NFL. Williams, who measured in at 6045 (6-4 1/2) and 315 pounds, has played inside and outside on the offensive line during his career; most of his starts coming from right tackle, but he moved to left tackle in 2009 to replace the departing Phil Loadholt.

"I've played left tackle my whole life," Williams said. "It was kind of weird playing on the right side rather than moving to the left side once again. I just have to prove the doubters wrong and show them that I can play the left side."

As far as where he believes he stands among the top four tackles in the draft, "I'd say that I rank towards the top, not saying that I'm the best, but this is what the Combine is for to help separate the competition."


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 02/25/2010 1:27 PM ET

Troy State QB Levi Brown Studies Up

He spent two hours watching tape last month at NFL Films with Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell. He also has been tutored by former NFL QB Scott Brunner. Brunner tutored Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco before the 2008 draft.


Posted by:  Adam Caplan, Scout.com
at 02/25/2010 1:18 PM ET

Rucker to Expand Role?

Depending on Philadelphia Eagles TE Cornelius Ingram's recovery from his second ACL injury, Martin Rucker could have an expanded role in the team's offense next season as a flexed out tight end. Rucker opened the eyes of practice observers last season with his speed and athleticism. Rucker was signed last season to Philadelphia's practice squad on September 24. He spent the final three weeks of the active roster, but never appeared in a game.


Posted by:  Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 02/25/2010 1:17 PM ET

Beadles: Something to Prove

Utah offensive tackle Zane Beadles said that he thinks that the interviews he has with NFL head coaches this week will be very important to his draft positioning, but he also believes that he has something to prove on the field while he's in Indianapolis. "I think my athleticism is a little bit underrated,so I'm looking forward to getting out on the field and showing people that I can run around and show them I'm a pretty good athlete," he said. Beadles has met with some position coaches already and has learned that some teams still see him as a tackle at the next level, but some would likely move him inside to guard. A few teams even talked to him about playing center.


Posted by:  Doug Farrar, NorthwestFootball.net
at 02/25/2010 1:14 PM ET

Singletary Comfortable With Smith’s Development

49ers head coach Mike Singletary talked about the ways in which quarterback Alex Smith developed last season, and the team’s confidence in him going forward. The thing that hurt Alex Smith more than anything, he really didn’t have a surrounding cast,” Singletary said. He also cited consistency at the offensive coordinator position and an increase in shotgun sets (last season, the 49ers ran shotgun 44 percent of the time, ninth in the NFL) as reasons that Smith should be better and more consistent in future.


Posted by:  Amberly Dressler, AZ Red Report
at 02/25/2010 1:PM ET

Black Interviews

Ciron Black, LSU, said by now he's spoken with most of the teams, but he had a few interviews with the Packers. The Browns also tried to really get to know him. He's met with a few Browns scouts but no coaches yet. He expects it by the end of the week. He also spoke with the Eagles.


Posted by:  Doug Farrar, NorthwestFootball.net
at 02/25/2010 1:04 PM ET

Will College Teams Run More 3-4 To Meet NFL Demand?

I spoke to San Francisco 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan about transitioning defensive lineman from the 4-3, which most teams play in college, to the 3-4 run by the Niners and an increasing number of NFL squads. He said that he’s looking for nose tackle prospects that can eat up space inside, as opposed to superior disruptors. And 3-4 ends, which are rare in college (Cal’s Tyson Alualu excepted) can be found in those ends and linebackers who can hold the point without being too “stumpy”. As the NFL enjoys more 3-4 looks, will college teams follow?


Posted by:  Tim Yotter, Viking Update
at 02/25/2010 1:03 PM ET

Favre Returning? Sigh...

Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said the team has no inkling on whether or not Brett Favre will return. Spielman said he didn’t think it was tough not knowing and he expressed confidence in Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.


Posted by:  John Crist, Bear Report
at 02/25/2010 12:51 PM ET

Black To Tackle or Guard

LSU offensive tackle Ciron Black started four years at left tackle, although he's also preparing himself for a potential slide inside because some teams think he would be a better guard. While Black believes he has superior footwork for a lineman of his size, he admits his hand placement needs some work. And if playing in the NFL doesn't work out, perhaps he can make a career covering it -- Black is interested in a broadcasting career one day.


Posted by:  Ed Thompson, Scout.com
at 02/25/2010 12:42 PM ET

Kickin' It With Matt Dodge

East Carolina punter Matt Dodge said that he'll likely do some kickoff drills while he's in Indianapolis and believes he has a strong enough leg to contribute in that area for an NFL team to add to his special teams value. In regards to his punting, Dodge has been working on becoming more of a finesse punter and improving his ability to hit the same punt every time rather than "just trying to kill it" which can result in hitting a couple of bombs, but then shanking one.


Posted by:  CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 12:41 PM ET

J.D. WALTON READY TO GUARD

Baylor center J.D. Walton, the first highly touted lineman in the draft to stand at the podium today, who primarily played center during his three-year career (transferred from Arizona State after his freshman season) at Baylor, discussed the possibility of playing guard at the next level.

"I don't think it will be a big deal," Walton said. "You just put your hand all the way down on the ground and change angles up a little bit. I'm comfortable with it and I'm ready to do it"

Walton compares favorably to Buffalo Bills 2009 first round pick Eric Wood, who was a four-year starting center at Louisville. Wood started at guard as a rookie prior to his season-ending leg injury. Walton is projected to be a late second, early third round draft pick.


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 12:28 PM ET

TEAMS MESS WITH THE ZOLTAN

Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko said that last night he went through what he called the "special teams gauntlet" that included eight different special teams coaches who were rotated at tables and peppered the players with detailed questions, including how they hold the ball prior to punting and how they make adjustments as they punt. One of the special teams coaches that Mesko specifically mentioned took the lead in firing questions at him was Scott O'Brien of the New England Patriots


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 12:24 PM ET

MORE: JONES OUT OF NEW YORK?

The Newark Star Ledger reported this week that New York Jets veteran RB Thomas Jones has been approached by the team to renegotiate his contract or they'll likely release him.

Jones is set to make $2.8 million in 2010, the final year of his four-year contract. A source told Scout.com that he also has a $2.8 million roster bonus due on March 9. The team could always agree to push back the date of the roster bonus if they feel they are close to coming to agreeing to a revised deal with Jones.

The fact that they are reportedly approaching him to renegotiate means he'll be asked to take a paycut. And that means RB Shonn Greene could be taking over as the starter even if Jones returns.


Posted by: JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/25/2010 12:07 PM ET

JONES TO RETURN TO CHICAGO?

Rumors are circling the Big Apple that the Jets could cut Thomas Jones to make room for Shonn Greene, which would put a 1,402-yard rusher on the street. Since the Bears need a secondary option behind Matt Forte, could Jones return to Chicago? The Bears only traded Jones away because of the presence of No. 4-overall pick Cedric Benson, but with Benson now long gone, Jones and Forte might be a solid one-two punch.


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 11:58 AM ET

BROWNS: RUBIN READY?

While he played in just under a third of the defensive snaps last season, Cleveland Browns backup NT Ahtyba Rubin graded out well by the defensive coaching staff, a source said. Rubin could in store for a bigger role next season in Cleveland's defense. Rubin was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the Browns.

The Orange and Brown Report is the ultimate website for Cleveland Browns news and discussion!


Posted by:  CHARLIE BERNSTEIN, JAGNATION.COM & FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT
at 02/25/2010 11:52 AM ET

FINS COMMIT TO HENNE

Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland stated that Chad Henne is their quarterback now and for the future and the experience he received last season was valuable. Ireland said it was a huge advantage for Tony Sparano and his staff to coach many of the college seniors at the Senior Bowl. The Dolphins GM added that linebacker is one of the primary needs of the team. LB Joey Porter was released on Feb. 12 but the team had to re-instate him until March 5.


Posted by:  ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 11:50 AM ET

THE LONE RETURNER

Louisiana State's Trindon Holliday is the only player who is listed strictly as a return specialist. "I think I'm a guy who can make a big difference on the field," he stated during his press conference. Holliday told the media that his goal is to run a 4.23-second 40-yard dash on Saturday. Holliday said he has two formal interviews with NFL teams set up for Friday night so far.


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 11:44 AM ET

PACKERS: MARTIN MAKES A DEAL

Green Bay Packers CB Derrick Martin received $355,000 guaranteed in his two-year deal, a league source confirmed. Martin saw most his snaps last season on special teams. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the guaranteed portion of Martin's deal. Also, Amberly Dressler relays that East Carolina P Matt Dodge said that he's spoken with the Packers more than any other team.

Cheeseheads should check out Packer Report for all your Packers scoop!


Posted by: CHRIS STEUBER, SCOUT.COM 
at 02/25/2010 11:41 AM ET

SMALL-SCHOOL OT CLIMBING

In speaking with a few sources this morning, Hillsdale College Jared Veldheer is gaining momentum and they expect the 6-foot-8, 315-pound small school gem to have an impressive workout and ascend into the second round. This 2010 offensive tackle class is deep, but beyond the top four (Russell Okung, Trent Williams, Anthony Davis, Bryan Bulaga), its wide open and Veldheer could ultimately be the fifth OT off the board.

Posted by:    JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/25/2010 11:32 AM ET

BEARS LOOKING FOR PASS RUSHERS

With Adewale Ogunleye expected to leave in free agency, not to mention the tragic offseason death of Gaines Adams, the Bears are in desperate need of a pass rusher. But with no picks before Round 3, small-school prospects like Austen Lane of Murray State and Alex Carrington of Arkansas State have to be considered. The Bears spent some time with Lane at the Senior Bowl last month, although Scout.com NFL Draft analyst Chris Steuber believes Lane is a better fit at outside linebacker in the 3-4.

For more on the Bears, join John Crist on Bear Report!


Posted by:  FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT
at 02/25/2010 11:31 AM ET

GAILEY: LOOKING FOR A NT

Bills coach Chan Gailey said that every team is looking for a nose tackle in the 3-4 and there are not a lot of them. There are some trade rumors swirling around Browns NT Shaun Rogers, but the team has not acknowledged his availability.


Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/25/2010 11:18 AM ET

STEELERS: HAMPTON CONTRACT, REED TAGGED

Pittsburgh Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert confirmed that the team reached a contract extension with NT Casey Hampton. He also confimed that the team will place their non-exclusive franchise tag on K Jeff Reed. "We hope Casey plays the rest of his career with the Steelers", Colbert added.

Colbert said he's not concerned about safety Troy Polamalu's injury status. "I'm not worried about Troy as he gives his all when he plays and injuries are going to happen."

For more on the Pittsburgh Steelers, visit Jim Wexell's Steel City Insider!


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 11:11 AM ET

KEEP AN EYE ON CARLOS DUNLAP

According to various NFL scouting sources, University of Florida DE Carlos Dunlap has the highest risk/reward ratio of just about any potential first-round pick.

Dunlap should work out well in a combine setting and tremendous talent, but off-the-field issues and a questionable work ethic have personnel evaluators concerned.


Posted by: FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT & ED THOMPSON, SCOUT.COM
at 02/25/2010 11:05 AM ET

BILLS LOOKING AT QB, RB OPTIONS

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey said he is evaluating the quarterback position. "Every team in the league that doesn't have an all-pro quarterback (or one that got votes_ is trying to upgrade the position. Gailey said he didn't want to sidestep the question when asked about the Bills, but said "you're always trying to improve."

Gailey said that he believes that moving second-year defensive end Aaron Maybin to outside linebacker is the right move for the former Penn State star and the team. Gailey praised the former Penn State star's physical talent and said he believed that allowing Maybin to stand up rather than having his hand on the ground would help improve his ability to bring pressure off the edge.

When asked about troubled running back Marshawn Lynch's future with the team and whether the Bills might try to trade him, Gailey didn't directly answer the question but said that he liked Lynch's running and pass catching ability. He also said that all NFL teams are learning that you need more than one top-quality running back to get through a full season


Posted by:  CHARLIE BERNSTEIN, JAGNATION.COM
at 02/25/2010 10:59 AM ET

LIONS: BUILDING ON "GREAT" 2009 DRAFT

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz believes that his team had a great draft last season and hopes to build on it this year.  "Last year we got the best quarterback in the draft, the best tight end and the best safety... "


Posted by:  CHARLIE BERNSTEIN, JAGNATION.COM
at 02/25/2010 10:56 AM ET

NINERS: GORE TO BE LIMITED

According to 49ers GM Scot McCloughan, running back Frank Gore will be limited this season in terms of carries.  "The
goal is to get Frank to play all 16 games."


Posted by:  AMBERLY DRESSLER, AZ RED REPORT
at 02/25/2010 10:54 AM ET

SINGLETARY: WARNER'S EXIT IRRELEVANT

Kurt Warner's retirement doesn't change anything for the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Mike Singletary. He says he doesn't focus on what the other teams in the division are doing. He thought his team had the division before Warner's retirement. He wants his team to have that mentality every season.

For more on the Arizona Cardinals, check out AZREDREPORT.COM!


Posted by: FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT  
at 02/25/2010 10:44 AM ET

LIONS' SCHWARTZ: TEAM NEEDS TALENT

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the Detroit team needs to continue to make good decisions in the draft as the number one need is talent. He singled out DB Louis Delmas was one of the Lions top defensive players.


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN
at 02/25/2010 10:41 AM ET

BILLS: SCHOBEL SITUATION HAZY

The situation concerning Buffalo Bills DE Aaron Schobel remains up in the air.

Schobel, who turns 33 before the 2010 begins, hasn't decided whether he still wants to play. Schobel is due just over $6 million in base salary for next season, but is due a $2 million roster bonus on March 9, a source said.

Buffalo is transitioning to a 3-4 defensive scheme this season, one that he hasn't played in during his nine previous seasons with the team.


Posted by: FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT
& TIM YOTTER, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 10:36 AM ET

NINERS: QB AND FREE AGENCY PLANS

49ers GM Scott McCloughan said the 49ers were going to act as if there is a salary cap. "We're heading into unchartered waters," McCloughan said. Head coach Mike Singletary said that Alex Smith will be the team's starting quarterback.

Singletary said you can’t get carried away with the physical attributes of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine: “The thing that I’m looking for are all the intangibles that you can’t see on film,” Singletary said. “… When you come here, you can’t lose sight of what you see on film.”

The Niners head coach later added that, while the team could use an offensive lineman, he expected the team to draft the best available player.


Posted by:  Scout NFL Combine Team
at 02/25/2010 10:25 AM ET

DA SCOOP ON DA BEARS

In this exclusive audio feature for BearReport.com, Scout.com NFL Draft analyst Chris Steuber gets with Bear Report publisher John Crist to assess what the Chicago Bears can expect at the Scouting Combine...

http://chi.scout.com/2/949146.html


Posted by:  TIM YOTTER, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 10:23 AM ET

NINERS GM: DEAL WITH THE SPREAD

After drafting Michael Crabtree last year, 49ers GM Scot McCloughan said the spread offense in college is not going away, so scouts are forced to just pay attention to the athletic abilities of receivers, not the offense they are in. He expects Crabtree to take a big step forward this year after missing training camp and some regular-season game


Posted by:  ADAM CAPLAN
at 02/25/2010 10:19 AM ET

QB METAMORPHOSIS IN INDY?

Northwestern University QB Mike Kafka has a very good chance to move up draft boards with a strong performance at the combine, some NFL scouts told Scout.com.

Kafka had a strong string of practices leading to the East-West Shrine game. Kafka is believed to be a good fit for a West Coast or timing based offense.


Posted by:  TIM YOTTER, VIKING UPDATE
at 02/25/2010 10:05 AM ET

MEETING OF THE MINDS

One of the interesting aspects of the Combine is observing conversations. Yesterday in the Indianapolis airport, Browns president Mike Holmgren, the former Seattle Seahawks coach, had an extensive conversation in front of a baggage claim with Pete Carroll, the new Seahawks coach.


Posted by: FRED GREETHAM, ORANGE & BROWN REPORT 
at 02/25/2010 10:03 AM ET

BROWNS QUIET UNTIL FRIDAY

The new Cleveland Browns brain trust isn't going to be talking much today. Based on what we're hearing, we'll hear from new Team President late on Friday, with the other two members of the team's new troika on Saturday: Tom Heckert and Eric Mangini.


Posted by: CHRIS STEUBER 
at 02/25/2010 09:53 AM ET

BEHIND LEFEVOUR'S DECISION

I've learned that Dan LeFevour is 100-percent healthy and health is not a reason why he's not throwing. He will participate in all of the drills and will even do a little throwing (throwing to stationary targets) at the Combine. But he decided to wait until his Pro Day to throw routes, because he feels more comfortable with his own WRs than throwing to guys he's not familiar with.


Posted by:  DOUG FARRAR, NORTHWESTFOOTBALL.NET
at 02/25/2010 09:48 AM ET

EXECS AT THE PODIUM

Here is the schedule of NFL execs and coaches at the podium today, based on what we know so far:

10:00 Scot McCloughan, 49ers GM
10:15 Mike Singletary, 49ers HC
10:30 Jim Schwartz, Lions HC
10:45 Chan Gailey, Bills HC
11:00 Kevin Colbert Steelers GM
Noon Jeff Ireland, Dolphins GM
2:15 Scott Pioli, KC GM


Posted by:  CHRIS STEUBER
at 02/25/2010 09:36 AM ET

DOORS OF MYSTERY

A little change in Indy in 2010. Chris Steuber reports this morning that players are not being told which teams they're meeting with prior to their interviews. Instead, they're being given a room number and a time to meet. They find out which team it is when they show up.


Posted by:  JOHN CRIST, BEAR REPORT
at 02/25/2010 09:31 AM ET

Ruskell to Join Bears

Although no announcement has been made, the Bears are expected to hire ex-Seahawks president Tim Ruskell as their new director of player personnel. Ruskell and general manager Jerry Angelo worked together in Tampa Bay, with Ruskell actually taking Angelo's position with the Buccaneers when Angelo went to Chicago in 2001. The Bears could make the Ruskell hiring official at this week's Scouting Combine.






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