Archive for February, 2011

Gates plays hurt, still flashes top speed

Edmond Gates of Abilene Christian tied for the fastest 40-yard dash time among wide receivers Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, and it turns out he did it with a lingering groin injury.

Cobb could rise up draft boards

One prospect who might have helped himself Sunday is Kentucky WR Randall Cobb, who ran faster than most expected with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash.

Waiting is the hardest part

It’s a long wait for the running backs, who will work out later Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. A group of them chose to take in the atmosphere at Lucas Oil Stadium as the quarterbacks and receivers ran through drills.

Taylor, Locker top QBs in 40; Newton sits fifth

With an athletic group of quarterbacks working out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, all eyes are on their every move as they rotate between skill and position drills on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In Indy, they follow the ‘Manning Rule’

Pointing out Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof, a security man said it’s rarely opened for games. “The ‘Manning Rule,'” he said. “We don’t open that thing unless it’s the perfect conditions for Peyton.”

Morning after: Reviews of Newton, Mallett mixed

Sunday morning’s NFL Scouting Combine buzz has been dominated by the reviews of Saturday’s news-conference performances of Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett.

Comfortable, smiling Newton enjoying himself

No question

Cam Newton

appears pretty comfortable as the center of attention at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Abilene Christian WR Gates on fast track

One player who certainly didn’t hurt his draft stock Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium is Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates.

Tale of the tape on top QBs and WRs

Here’s a look at how some of the top quarterback and wide receiver prospects measured out Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

A look ahead at Day 4

This really is the day everyone at the NFL Scouting Combine has anticipated. We’ve reached Day 4, when quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wisconsin DE Watt travels windy road to Indy

The quickest route from one point to another is a straight line, but that’s not the road Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt traveled to reach the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

2010: The year that hurt Locker

Instead of applying for the 2010 NFL Draft, Washington QB Jake Locker decided to stay in school for his senior year. One year later, his draft stock has fallen following a less-than-stellar season and a poor performance at the Senior Bowl.

How much does character count?

In separate news conferences Saturday, two high-profile quarterback prospects — Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett — fielded questions from the media that had nothing to do with their ability to run an offense. The inquiries stem from both combine participants’ off-the-field problems and legal issues.

A look back at Day 3

A look back at what was said and what went down around the Combine at Lucas Oil Field on Saturday.

Forget the 40: Splits are where it’s at for scouts

It’s an odd (and occasionally unpleasant) sight to see linemen legging out 40-yard dashes, and most NFL talent evaluators feel the same way. While a 40 time offers a window into a prospect’s athleticism, it really has no bearing on his overall evaluation.

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