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    Official Combine Thread

    Please post reports from the Combine on this thread.

    Here is the schedule for the event:

    Schedule | NFL Combine


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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Per Jim Thomas, the Rams will be meeting with Jake Matthews tomorrow.

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Jake Matthews - T - Player

    Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews measured 6-foot-5 1/2 and 308 pounds at Thursday's NFL Combine weigh-in.

    He has somewhat short arms at 33 3/8 inches, although not quite short enough to eliminate Matthews from left tackle consideration. There has been some odd buzz about NFL teams fancying Matthews as an interior lineman, which would hurt his stock. We expect him to stay at tackle and be a top-ten pick in May's draft.

    Source: Gil Brandt


    Greg Robinson - T - Player

    Auburn OT Greg Robinson measured 6-foot-5, 332 with 35-inch arms at Thursday's NFL Combine weigh-in.

    He's a truly massive man, and NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted Robinson carries the weight impressively. Robinson was listed at 6-foot-5, 305 by Auburn, but it was always clear on game tape that he's far bulkier than that. Robinson is the early, tentative favorite to be St. Louis' pick at No. 2 overall.


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    Source: Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

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    19 OL measured 6-5 or taller. Tallest: KSU's Luke Lucas (6-8 3/8). Lewan came in at 6-7 1/8. Matthews 6-5 1/2, 308 -looked great.

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    CSU OC Weston Richburg 1 of 4 players under 300 lbs. Came in at 298, lighter than you'd want. #NFLCombine

    Gil Brandt ‏@Gil_Brandt 7h
    6 OL had 35-inch or longer arms led by Luke Lucas (36 3/4). Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio had 2nd-longest arms (35 5/8)

    Gil Brandt ‏@Gil_Brandt 7h
    Only 2 OL had arms under 32 inches.:#Alabama OG Anthony Steen (30 1/2) and Utah St. OC Tyler Larsen (31 1/2). #NFLCombine

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    2014 NFL Combine: 5 takeaways from Thursday
    By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
    February 20, 2014 7:18 pm ET

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Day 1 of the 2014 NFL combine provided scouts and coaches throughout the league their first opportunity to see in person the talent available for the upcoming draft. Their reaction to the class was euphoric, in large part due to an avalanche of underclassmen whose talent and depth could prove historic.

    "I've been doing this for 30 years," said Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert. "This is the deepest draft I've ever seen."

    The influx of 102 underclassmen is spread throughout virtually every position, with high-end prospects at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end and the defensive line likely to draw the most buzz this week.

    "The whole draft is really strong," new Tampa Bay Buccaneers' general manager Jason Licht said. "Best draft I've seen. It's probably tilted a little more toward offense but it's a strong draft."

    The athletic drills for which the NFL combine is so well known don't begin until Saturday so the big news of the first day centered on the measurements of underclassmen offensive linemen and tight ends.

    These were the five biggest takeaways of the day:

    5. They may have been opponents in the biggest game of the 2013 season but Auburn's Greg Robinson and Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio both looked like big winners on the first day of the combine.

    Robinson, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 overall prospect, measured in at a massive 6-foot-5, 332 pounds with 35 inch arms. Kouandjio, was even longer, coming in at 6-foot-6, 322 pounds with 35 and 5/8 inch arms.

    Each lack the elite agility to necessarily remain at left tackle early in their respective NFL careers but their length, physicality and aggression in the running game project well as potential right tackle converts. Also working in their favor is the success that the similarly built D.J. Fluker (6-foot-5, 339 pounds, 36 3/8 inch arms) enjoyed as a rookie, after earning the No. 11 overall selection of a year ago.

    4. Equally impressive measurements occurred among the interior line, where a trio of Pac-12 juniors certainly looked the part of top 64 picks.

    Southern Cal center Marcus Martin came in at 6-foot-3 3/8, 320 pounds. Though Martin currently checks in as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 center, his thick build and long arms (34) could help him ascend quickly, just as Travis Frederick did a year ago as a "surprise" first round pick of the Dallas Cowboys.

    Stanford's David Yankey sits atop NFLDraftScout.com's guard rankings after a spectacular career playing inside for the Cardinal, but after measuring in at 6-foot-5 5/8, 315 pounds, a move outside to tackle could be in his future. His broad-shouldered frame and physical game is complemented by 34-inch arms.

    Yankey certainly sounded like a player ready to take on the challenge of pass protection in the NFL, citing his ability in this role and overall versatility as strengths of his game.

    "I think [pass protection] is definitely one of my strengths, being able to go from guard to tackle, really on either side of the line and play all four of those positions," the 2012 winner of the Pac-12's Morris Trophy said.

    While Yankey projects well to the NFL in this regard, UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo has evidence on tape of his ability to handle this role.

    Su'a-Filo measured in at 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds, showcasing the length and relatively slim, athletic frame to project nicely to the NFL as a guard and potential fill-in tackle -- the same duties that helped him take over Yankey's reign as the Pac-12's top offensive lineman in 2013.

    3. Given the proliferation of tight ends as legitimate big-play options in the NFL, the size and athleticism of Notre Dame's Troy Niklas, Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Southern Cal's Xavier Grimble is certain to catch the attention of scouts.

    Niklas, who measured in at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, may have been the most physically-impressive player to walk through the media doors on Thursday. He began his career at linebacker and while a work-in-progess as a receiver, shows off the physicality and aggression one might expect as a blocker.

    Seferian-Jenkins weighed in nearly 20 pounds lighter than expected, measuring in at 6-foot-5 1/2, 263 pounds. Scouts knew that he used his unique body control, long arms and soft hands to help him earn the 2013 Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end but his 80" wingspan and 33 3/4" arms helped provide a quantitative illustration of the length which should make him a mismatch against NFL defenders.

    Grimble hasn't generated nearly the attention of his conference foe but he may soon after measuring in at 6-foot-4, 257 pounds with huge (10 1/4) hands. Grimble said he received a third- to fourth-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee but his size, experience in a pro-style scheme and underrated athleticism could make a quiet riser this week.

    2. North Carolina left tackle James Hurst entered the 2013 season as a projected early round draft pick, but after suffering an ill-timed broken leg in the Tar Heels' bowl game, he is rehabbing not only his injury, but also his draft projection. Hurst, who grew up just outside of Indianapolis, missed the Senior Bowl due to his broken left fibula and won't be able to work out at the combine this week. However the battle back has been positive. "The rehab is good, coming along fast," Hurst said. "I started walking two weeks ago and it feels good walking around here, feeling normal about it. I still have a week before I'm up and running."

    Hurst said he expects to be fully healthy and do a complete workout regimen at North Carolina's pro day on March 25. He understands there will be no second chances; the pro day will be his only chance to impress scouts during the draft process on the field. "It's my full physical audition," said Hurst.

    "Most of these guys will do their stuff here (in Indianapolis). But I feel good that I'll do be doing everything at the University I played at and graduated from."

    1. While Hurst's recovery is certain to create big news with scouts, it was a former teammate who may have provided the prediction of the day.

    North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) isn't as imposing as some of the other gifted prospects at the position but he expects to run fast. How fast? Ebron wouldn't specify his goals but cited a conversation with former teammate Giovanni Bernard as an indicator of his plans for the 40-yard dash. "I'm going to run faster than [Bernard] did, let's put it that way."

    Bernard, at 5-foot-9, 202 pounds was clocked at 4.50 seconds in Indianapolis a season ago. Should Ebron beat the Cincinnati Bengals' time, it would be the fastest 40-yard dash run by a tight end of similar size, production and success against top-notch competition at the combine since Vernon Davis was clocked at 4.38 seconds back in 2006.

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Couple of OL bench numbers...

    Antonio Richardson: 36
    Greg Robinson: 32
    Taylor Lewan: 29
    Jake Matthews: 24
    Cyrus Kouandjio: 21

    In prior posts, I've talked a bit about how the Jake Matthews/Greg Robinson debate at OT kind of reminds me of the Eugene Monroe/Jason Smith debate from 2009, and their bench numbers are supporting that.

    In 2009, Smith showed a lot of power by benching 225 lbs 33 times, while Monroe put up 23 reps in 2009. Smith, like Robinson, was viewed as the guy who was less polished but huge upside due to his athleticism, whereas Monroe, like Matthews, was viewed as being very technically sound but not an elite athlete.

    So while it really means nothing in regards to what these two current prospects can and will be at the next level, it still seems a bit eerie to me that it's mirroring that situation like it is.

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    2014 Combine Results: Bench Press (Offensive Line)
    By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
    February 21, 2014 4:23 pm ET

    2014 Scouting Combine - Bench Press Results (OL)

    Russell Bodine, North Carolina - 42

    Matt Feiler, Bloomsburg - 36

    Tyler Larsen, Utah State - 36

    Corey Linsley, Ohio State - 36

    Antonio Richardson, Tennessee - 36

    Brandon Thomas, Clemson 35

    Greg Robinson, Auburn - 32

    Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 30

    Brandon Linder, Miami - 30

    John Urschel, Penn State - 30

    Taylor Lewan, Michigan - 29

    Zack Martin, Notre Dame - 29

    Chris Watt, Notre Dame - 20

    Jack Mewhort, Ohio State - 28

    Jonotthan Harrison, Florida - 27

    Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State - 26

    Cameron Fleming, Stanford - 26

    Ryan Groy, Wisconsin - 26

    Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt - 26

    Zach Fulton, Tennessee - 25

    Cyril Richardson, Baylor - 25

    Weston Richburg, Colorado State - 25

    Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA - 25

    Billy Turner, North Dakota State - 25

    Trai Turner, LSU - 25

    Jake Matthews, Texas A&M - 24

    Justin Britt, Missouri - 23

    Dakota Dozier, Furman - 23

    Marcus Martin, USC - 23

    Matthew Paradis, Boise State - 23

    Joel Bitonio, Nevada - 22

    Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma - 22

    Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee - 22

    Matt Patchan, Boston College - 22

    James Stone, Tennessee - 22

    David Yankey, Stanford - 22

    Conor Boffeli, Iowa - 21

    Cyrus Kouanddio, Alabama - 21

    Charles Leno Jr., Boise State - 21

    Travis Swanson, Arkansas - 20

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    2014 NFL Combine: Giant receivers earning buzz at weigh-ins
    By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
    February 21, 2014 12:44 pm ET

    While the flavor of the month in the NFL may be small quarterbacks and tall cornerbacks, teams have always held big receivers in high regard.

    This fact likely played a role in a quartet of hulking underclassmen -- Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, Penn State's Allen Robinson and Clemson's Martavis Bryant -- declaring early for the 2014 draft.

    As Seattle Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll noted Friday, "There are a lot fewer of the tall guys because it's really hard to be tall and fast."

    Their great size stands out among the 13 highly regarded underclassmen receivers who were measured Friday at the Combine. The thick builds of Clemson's Sammy Watkins (211 pounds), LSU's Jarvis Landry (205 pounds), Fresno State's Davante Adams (212 pounds), South Carolina's Bruce Ellington (197 pounds) is an indication of the strength and aggression with which they play the game. This size gives each the potential to handle slot duties as well as playing on the outside, potentially boosting their stock that much more.

    Players are listed alphabetically:

    Davante Adams, Fresno State -- 6-foot 7/8 , 212 pounds

    Odell Beckham, LSU -- 5-foot-11 1/4, 198 pounds

    Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State -- 6-foot-5, 240 pounds

    Martavis Bryant, Clemson -- 6-foot-3 1/2, 211 pounds

    Brandin Cooks, Oregon State -- 5-foot-9 3/4, 189 pounds

    Bruce Ellington, South Carolina -- 5-foot-09 3/8, 197 pounds

    Mike Evans, Texas A&M -- 6-foot-4 3/4, 231 pounds

    Austin Franklin, New Mexico State -- 5-foot-11 7/8, 189 pounds

    Jarvis Landry, LSU -- 5-foot-11, 205 pounds

    Marqise Lee, Southern Cal -- 5-foot-11 3/4, 192 pounds

    Paul Richardson, Colorado -- 6-foot 3/8, 175 pounds

    Allen Robinson, Penn State -- 6-foot-2 5/8, 220 pounds

    Sammy Watkins, Clemson -- 6-foot 3/4, 211 pounds

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State -- 6-foot-5, 240 pounds
    Very interested to see how he works out at this size. Could really earn that "Baby Megatron" nickname this week.
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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Official times 40 yard dashes:

    Taylor Lewan: 4.87
    Greg Robinson: 4.92
    Jake Matthews: 5.07


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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Very interested to see how he works out at this size. Could really earn that "Baby Megatron" nickname this week.
    This is their comparison:

    Kelvin... 6'5, 240, 10 1/4", 34 7/8" arms.
    Calvin... 6'5, 239, 9 1/4", 33 3/8" arms.


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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    Official times 40 yard dashes:

    Taylor Lewan: 4.87
    Greg Robinson: 4.92
    Jake Matthews: 5.07
    From what I was able to watch myself and read from others, all three had very good days.

    Robinson and Matthews confirming a lot of what most thought going in; Greg is an incredible athletic specimen for a man that size, and Jake is just so technically sound, fluid, and consistent. Lewan is doing enough to make me nervous about him being there @13 should the Rams pass on an OT with their first choice.

    You could argue all three are better than the Fisher/Joeckel/Johnson group from last year, and this class is deep enough where you can find solid starting OTs in the second and third round as well. It'd be a great year for the Rams to choose from the best of the best.

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote of the day from Matt Millen: "Jake Matthews was probably potty-trained in the right stance."
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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Some unofficial TE forty times...

    Jace Amaro: 4.62
    Eric Ebron: 4.50
    CJ Fiedorowicz: 4.82
    Colt Lyerla: 4.47

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Quote of the day from Matt Millen: "Jake Matthews was probably potty-trained in the right stance."
    If I heard Millen say "Your film is your DNA, the combine is just a reinforcement" I would have turned it off. I literally heard him say that stupid DNA crap at least 9 times.


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