Archive for February, 2011

UNC’s Quinn, Austin apologize for mistakes

North Carolina defensive linemen Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin garnered attention for all the wrong reason last season, as NCAA rules violations wiped out their seasons and disrupted their draft status heading into this week’s NFL Scouting Combine. Now they’re trying to repair their images and maintain top-prospect status.

Casey Matthews aims to break Clay’s mold in NFL

Oregon LB Casey Matthews, like brother Clay before him, adores the prestigious football family he was born into, but he’s determined to carve out a name for himself in the NFL.

Mike Pouncey loses sleeves, shows tattoos

We couldn’t help but notice Florida center Mike Pouncey went without sleeves during workouts at the Combine Saturday. Well, sort of.

Nevada TE Green’s numbers hard to ignore

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s never a bad thing to show up at the NFL Scouting Combine and post measurables that grab people’s attention. If nothing else, it could force teams to go back and take another look at game film. Nevada TE Virgil Green might have put himself in that category Saturday. Green posted the second-best combine numbers among tight ends since 2000 in both the vertical jump (42.5 inches) and the broad jump (10 feet, 10 inches). He also posted the third-best 40-yard dash time (4.64 seconds) among tight ends who ran. NFL Network analyst Charles Davis expected Green to test well but called the numbers “a big surprise.” The biggest question for Green will be if he can translate those numbers during games. Green, […]

Photo: Constanzo takes a leap

Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo leaps 8 feet, 9 inches in the broad jump.

Newton controls crowd in polished performance

Almost on cue, reporters and photographers cleared a path that winded around the massive crowd in front of Podium C, allowing Auburn QB Cam Newton to make as grand an entrance as this event has ever seen.

Little, Sherman lead WRs, RBs in bench press

Wide receivers and running backs are scheduled to hit the field Sunday for their NFL Scouting Combine workouts, but Saturday, they hit the weight room for the bench press.

Nuggets from Newton, statement and all

Cam Newton‘s news conference at the NFL Scouting Combine media center is over, so here’s a breakdown of the topics the Auburn QB covered before a throng of reporters Saturday afternoon.

Next up for the 40-yard dash: RoboCop

A strange sight unfurled Saturday in the crowded Lucas Oil Stadium concourse, just outside the media center.

Mallett denies concerns about his character

Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett dismissed multiple reports of character issues when confronted by reporters Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine, saying, “I’m not going to talk about that right now.”

Newton tackles ‘entertainer and icon’ comments

Auburn QB Cam Newton, the NFL Scouting Combine’s biggest draw, opened with a prepared statement in an attempt to clarify his recent comments about being an entertainer and an icon.

Dizzying interview schedule gives media a workout

Part of the peril of covering the NFL Scouting Combine is having to choose which person to interview in a room with three podiums, eight tables and over 700 reporters.

Saunders aggravates broken foot, out for drills

South Carolina TE Weslye Saunders‘ experience at the NFL Scouting Combine was cut short Saturday when he aggravated an existing foot injury, which was later diagnosed as a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Peppers Part II? Bowers might be it

The Panthers might be without a talent like Julius Peppers for only one season, if they decide Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers is their guy with the No. 1 overall pick in this April’s draft.

Broncos’ public stance on QBs begs questions

Can’t quite figure out the thinking behind new Broncos coach John Fox making a point to tell reporters Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Kyle Orton is his team’s starting quarterback.

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