With the NFL schedule release on Tuesday, Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension on Wednesday and the 2010 NFL Draft from Thursday-Saturday, it would stand to reason that Commissioner Roger Goodell would have a lot on his mind.
Often lost amid all the news, business and media aspects of the draft is the fun. It’s easy to focus on what team is taking which player, what kind of contracts will eventually be handed out and how much exposure and/or endorsements the top prospects will receive. But the fact remains, football is a game and it is meant to be enjoyable.
One player rapidly moving up the charts and catching the eye of talent evaluators is Houston TE Fendi Onobun. Prior to Texas’ pro day on Wednesday, Onobun’s name dominated the breakfast conversation among scouts for the sensational performance he had at Houston’s pro day on Tuesday.
here is no mistaking that the defensive backs are working out Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. With the defensive linemen and linebackers performing Monday, the chatter was at a minimum. Boy does that seem like a long time ago. This class of defensive backs are certainly living up to the mouthy reputation of their position group.
Florida cornerback Joe Haden just spoke with NFL.com and expressed happiness with how his time at the NFL Scouting Combine turned out. He told Scott Hanson and Bucky Brooks on NFL.com/Live that he enjoyed meeting with teams, and was pleased with all his workouts — with one significant exception.
The official 40-yard dash times have just been released for the defensive backs, and Taylor Mays was indeed the fastest, just not with a 4.24. He was officially clocked with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash.
USC safety Taylor Mays was clocked with an unofficial 4.24-second 40-yard dash. If that number holds, it would tie Chris Johnson for the fastest 40 time in combine history.
While many of the group 11 cornerbacks emerged from the vertical jump station frustrated or disappointed that they couldn’t quite get that extra inch or two, Florida junior Major Wright let loose a series of fist pumps at the conclusion of his second jump.
The NFL Scouting Combine did not start out the way Florida’s Joe Haden would have liked.
Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas, who came into the NFL Scouting Combine hoping to enhance his draft stock after an All-American season, tweaked his right hamstring on his first 40-yard dash run and is out for the remainder of the drills.
Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 | Jason Feller | Tags: 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Donald Butler, Eric Olsen, Jeffrey Owens, Joe Hawley, Linval Joseph, Mitchell Petrus, Russell Okung, Sean Weatherspoon
With the defensive backs showcasing their speed and quickness on the field right now at the NFL Scouting Combine, it’s worth reflecting on what the power players accomplished in their workouts.