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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    Some DB's I thought had pretty good days:

    Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert, Haha Clinton-Dix, Terrence Brooks, Keith McGill, Phillip Gaines, and Antone Exum.
    I liked Phillip Gaines prior to this and like him more now. Was hoping for a mid round pick on him.


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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    What we learned: Takeaways from Tuesday at NFL combine
    By Chase Goodbread and Dan Parr
    Published: Feb. 25, 2014 at 03:11 p.m.
    Updated: Feb. 25, 2014 at 03:49 p.m.

    INDIANAPOLIS -- If Darqueze Dennard didn't enter the NFL Scouting Combine as the draft's top cornerback, he may well have exited it with that distinction. He solidified any questions about his speed Tuesday on the combine's final day of testing for cornerbacks and safeties, with an official 40-yard dash time of 4.51.

    Here are some of the other things the College Football 24/7 team learned at the combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday, the final day of the event.

    Haden high on Manziel

    Some NFL players are not on the Johnny Manziel bandwagon, but the former Texas A&M QB can count on one of the league's top cornerbacks welcoming him with open arms if he's drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Browns CB Joe Haden said Tuesday that he's a Manziel fan.

    "I would have no problem with it," Haden said of Manziel potentially landing with the Browns. "... I love the way he plays, his passion. You need that, especially with the young team we have with the Browns. He would bring that fire to us, just the excitement. With Johnny Football, you never know what he's going to do on any play. I like that about him."
    40-yard crash

    Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler took a tumble after one of his 40-yard dash attempts on Tuesday, but recovered nicely by going into a forward roll. Speaking of rolls, roll the tape.

    Bortles over Manziel

    An anonymous NFL starting quarterback put Central Florida's Blake Bortles ahead of Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel as the NFL draft prospect who could win more, according to cleveland.com. The Cleveland Browns could very well invest the No. 4 overall pick in a quarterback, and the options include not only Manziel and Bortles but Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, as well. Fans in Cleveland are starved for a winner right now, however, and NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock sees Bridgewater as the quarterback most NFL-ready in the short term.

    Falcons appreciate Clowney's interest

    Will the Falcons return the love to Jadeveon Clowney and do whatever it takes to fill a need at pass rusher and land the draft's most intriguing talent? Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was asked by NFL Media's Kimberly Jones for his reaction to Clowney's comments that he would love for the Falcons to trade up and get him.

    "That's great to hear that from someone," Dimitroff said. "I'm sure he's saying that to everyone, as well. He's making sure he follows back around."

    Dimitroff is too smart to tip his hand, but he didn't shut the door on trading up or down. That said, if the Texans end up taking a quarterback with the first overall pick, we have to imagine it will be tough for him to resist the urge to pull the trigger on a deal to move up to No. 2 if the Rams are willing to move down.

    Raiders like Manziel

    The results of Johnny Manziel's combine performance in interviews with teams are coming in, and it sounds like the former Texas A&M quarterback nailed it. A report said the Jaguars thought he was very impressive and the Raiders apparently agreed. It's only getting harder to envision Manziel not being picked in the top five.
    Digging in

    The appealing thing about combine results for NFL coaches and scouts is that everything is quantified. Performances can be measured to the hundredth of a second, to an eighth of an inch, and the numbers don't lie. Evaluating character, by contrast, can be a far more arduous task. And as NFL Media reporter Albert Breer writes, that process starts way before the athletes gather in Indianapolis with some of the most exhaustive background searches imaginable.

    Falcons buzz

    Khalil Mack of Buffalo to the Falcons with the No. 6 pick? Two big ifs first: If Mack is available at No. 6, and if the Falcons go with a linebacker. But if he is, and if the Falcons do, word is they like Mack over UCLA's Anthony Barr.

    Rave reviews for Donald

    Whether it's Mike Mayock, Bucky Brooks, Adam Schein or Shaun O'Hara, everyone is in agreement that Aaron Donald left the combine Monday as one of its biggest stars. He might not have ideal size, but Donald has been building momentum throughout the draft process and might find his way into the first round after a strong showing in Monday workouts.

    No one was more effusive in his praise of Donald than O'Hara.

    "I think this kid's already a better pass rusher right now than Ndamukong Suh was when he was coming in," he said.

    Back at it

    Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins wasted no time getting back on the workout grind after leaving the combine. He posted this Vine clip of himself Tuesday, getting further prepared for Clemson's pro day event on March 6.

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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    I liked Phillip Gaines prior to this and like him more now. Was hoping for a mid round pick on him.
    Yeah, he looks good. I think he can be had in rounds 4-7. Probably 4th or 5th round latest though. Good size and speed. Good hands and nice loose hips.


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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    I haven't seen this posted elsewhere, so I'll share. Below are the prospects who met with the Rams at the Combine:

    Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
    Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
    Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
    Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
    Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
    Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

    Not sure if there are others. Names may surface.
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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    I haven't seen this posted elsewhere, so I'll share. Below are the prospects who met with the Rams at the Combine:

    Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
    Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
    Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
    Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
    Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
    Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

    Not sure if there are others. Names may surface.
    Hopefully, for my liking, the meeting went well with these two players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    Not sure if there are others. Names may surface.
    I'm pretty sure Jake Matthews said in his Q&A with the press that he had a meeting scheduled with the Rams for last Friday.
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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    I'm pretty sure Jake Matthews said in his Q&A with the press that he had a meeting scheduled with the Rams for last Friday.
    I would have thought so. Surprised to not see his name on the list (h/t WalterFootball), nor Clowney's name, nor any WR's name. That left me to assume the list was not complete.
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    Re: Official Combine Thread

    According to Bleacher Report / Ryan Van Bibber
    Feb. 20, 2014


    Jake Matthews Meeting with Rams at the Combine

    The Texas A&M offensive tackle will be one of 60 15-minute interviews the Rams conduct in Indianapolis this week.

    Jake Matthews will be getting a little face time with a familiar face during the Combine this week. The Texas A&M offensive tackle said Thursday that he's scheduled to meet with the St. Louis Rams during the week.

    Teams are allowed 60 interviews of 15 minutes with prospects at the Combine, sort of a scouting via speed dating thing, but one that does give them a feel for the player and his development both on and off the field. We'll learn more as the week goes on about the other 59 players the Rams are interviewing in Indianapolis.

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