Archive for February, 2012

North Alabama CB Jenkins shoots straight on troubled past

Janoris Jenkins knows he can’t run from his past, especially here at the NFL Scouting Combine, where scouts and coaches rattle every skeleton in the closet to avoid taking a risk on a prospect.

Official vertical jump, broad jump results: Wide receivers

Here are the leading vertical jump and broad jump results for wide receivers who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Official vertical jump, broad jump results: QBs

Here are the leading vertical jump and broad jump results for quarterbacks who worked out Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Luck displays rare athleticism in 40-yard dash, jumps

Andrew Luck elected not to throw for scouts at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, but the numbers he’s posting in other drills certainly are worth noting.

Few receivers can hang with RGIII’s speed

Just to put Robert Griffin III‘s unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds, just four wide receivers ran faster Sunday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Blackmon runs the gauntlet, sits out 40 as expected

Justin Blackmon‘s tender hamstring didn’t keep him out of every drill Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, as the Oklahoma State receiver participated in the gauntlet, in which players are thrown passes in rapid-fire succession while running from sideline to sideline.

RGIII unofficially timed at 4.38 seconds in 40-yard dash

Robert Griffin III opened Sunday’s NFL Scouting Combine workouts with a flash, running 40-yard dashes in 4.38 and 4.41 seconds unofficially.

Skill players flash some strength in bench press

Before quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers run 40-yard dashes and sprint around cones, they visited Cardinals strength coach John Lott in the weight room Saturday to bench-press 225 pounds as many times as they could. Here’s how they did

Lott takes pride in being motivating force on bench press

Fifteen years ago, the NFL Scouting Combine experience dramatically changed for the better when John Lott took over spotting prospects on the bench press.

Coples unfazed by criticism, appreciates high expectations

North Carolina’s Quinton Coples is considered by some to have the most to gain here at the NFL Scouting Combine, but the Tar Heels’ defensive lineman isn’t concerned about people who knock him for a lack of consistency or an overall drop in play in 2011.

Dimitroff: Falcons don’t regret trading up for WR Jones

This is a big offseason for Thomas Dimitroff. With 18 unrestricted free agents to contend with and no picks in the first round of the upcoming draft, the Falcons general manager has his work cut out for him.

Alabama’s Upshaw draws energy from Saban, Indy visit

Whether Courtney Upshaw winds up at linebacker or defensive end in the NFL largely will depend on where he goes in April’s draft, but no matter. After four seasons under coach Nick Saban at Alabama, Upshaw feels prepared.

Colts’ Saturday can see Manning moving on if he must

Colts center Jeff Saturday said he could envision QB Peyton Manning playing for another team but also could see him harmoniously co-existing with the projected No. 1 overall draft pick, Stanford’s Andrew Luck.

Colts: Only medical staff can watch Manning before March 8

Colts center Jeff Saturday was emphatic Saturday during NFL Network’s combine coverage that if the team really wants Peyton Manning, it should call the quarterback and schedule a throwing session to check his health.

Ravens center Birk not retiring, agent says

Ravens center Matt Birk isn’t retiring, according to his agent, Joe Linta. Birk wants to return to Baltimore, and Linta began contract talks with the team Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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