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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    My boy Nuk Hopkins is putting on a clinic!! Crisp routes, amazing hands. Guy has looked terrific in the route's department, the gauntlet, and good enough in the 40.



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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    2013 NFL Combine: 40-yard dash results - WR
    By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
    February 24, 2013 9:36 am ET

    40-Yard Dash Results - WRs (Unofficial)

    Tavon Austin, West Virginia (4.25, 4.31)
    Marquise Goodwin, Texas (4.25, 4.29)
    Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech (4.37)
    Josh Boyce, TCU (4.38)
    Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech (4.40)
    Justin Hunter, Tennessee (4.41)
    Tavarres King, Georgia (4.43)
    Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky (4.44)
    Chris Harper, Kansas State (4.46)
    Alan Bonner, Jacksonville State (4.47)
    Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (4.47)
    Mark Harrison, Rutgers (4.47)
    Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (4.50)
    DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (4.50)
    Darius Johnson, SMU (4.50)
    Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington (4.53)
    Alec Lemon, Syracuse (4.56)
    Keenan Allen, Cal (DNP, injured)


    2013 NFL Combine: Bench Press Results - WRs
    By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
    February 24, 2013 11:26 am ET

    Bench Press Results - WRs
    T.J. Moe, Missouri (26)
    Josh Boyce, TCU (22)
    Markus Wheaton, Oregon State (20)
    Lanear Sampson, Baylor (20)
    Chris Harper, Kansas State (20)
    Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech (19)
    Mark Harrison, Rutgers (17)
    Kenny Stills, Oklahoma (16)
    Ryan Swope, Texas A&M (16)
    Ryan Spadola, Lehigh (15)
    DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (15)
    Robert Woods, Southern Cal (14)
    Alan Bonner, Jacksonville State (14)
    Tavon Austin, West Virginia (14)
    Marquise Goodwin, Texas (13)
    Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech (12)
    Tavarres King, Georgia (11)
    Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (11)
    Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (11)
    Terrance Williams, Baylor (11)
    Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky (10)
    Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech (10)
    Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington (9)
    Aaron Melltte, Elon (9)
    Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech (8)
    Kenbrell Thompkins, Cincinnati (8)
    Alec Lemon, Syracuse (7)
    Ace Sanders, South Carolina (7)
    Marquess Wilson, Washington St. (7)
    Darius Johnson, SMU (6)
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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    2013 NFL Combine: Jarvis Jones: No changes in spine since stinger in '09
    By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
    February 23, 2013 6:08 pm ET

    Indianapolis -- Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones led the country in sacks (14.5), tackles for loss (24.5) and forced fumbles (seven) but the first 10 minutes of his interview with the media at the combine all anyone wanted to talk about was the narrowing of his spine.

    Jones suffers from a condition called spinal stenosis. Specifically, he says that there is a narrowing between the C4 and C5 vertebrae in his neck. The injury was discovered after he suffered a stinger in 2009 while playing at Southern Cal. It was considered serious enough by the USC team doctors that they refused to clear him, leading Jones to reach out to spinal specialists on his own. They, along with team doctors at the University of Georgia, cleared him to return to the game and Jones transferred to the Bulldogs, where, after sitting out the 2009 as part of the NCAA transfer policy, he's proven to be a dominant force.

    The condition is not unique to Jones. It led to former Auburn left tackle Marcus McNeill slipping to the second round back in 2006 where he was selected by the San Diego Chargers. He established himself as one of the better left tackles in the AFC but abruptly retired in part due to the condition at just 28 years-old, which is why some teams have reportedly taken Jones off their board, at least when it comes to first round.

    NFLDraftScout.com spoke to representatives of three teams regarding Jones' medical grade. Each of the three clubs claimed that Jones had passed their medicals.

    Jones acknowledged the risk he was taking in playing but pointed out that he hasn't had any problems since the stinger three and a half years ago.

    "Not at all," Jones said when asked if he has any reservations about playing.

    "Anybody who steps on that field has a chance of getting hurt. If you think about it like that, nobody would ever play football. For me, I'm just taking advantage of the opportunity. I love this game. I'm passionate about it. I know that I've got to be careful about my technique and how I play this game. Therefore, I do the extra stuff to protect my neck, to protect my shoulders."

    Jones didn't sound like a player likely to quit any time soon. He repeatedly voiced his love for the game and spoke of his wish to continue as a coach once his playing career is over.

    The Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and St. Louis Rams all seem hopeful Jones will continue his playing career, as well. These fives have already met with the SEC star, Jones said.

    The concerns teams have about Jones' condition makes him one of this year's most polarizing prospects. As such, there is a dramatic difference in where Jones is projected in Dane Brugler and my own mock drafts.

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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    Cordarrelle Patterson runs an unofficial 4.37. Don't bank on him being there @ 16, people.

    Justin Hunter just hit an 11'4" broad jump, very impressive.

    Robert Woods w/ unofficial 4.44, Terrance Williams w/ unofficial 4.46.
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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    I can't shake the feeling that Cordarrelle is going to be this year's Julio Jones. I really hope the Rams make a concerted effort to grab him.

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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    The official WR times are in for the 40-yard dash...

    Allen, Keenan California WO -
    Austin, Tavon West Virginia WO 4.34
    Bailey, Stedman West Virginia WO 4.52
    Bonner, Alan Jacksonville St. WO 4.59
    Boyce, Josh TCU WO 4.38
    Brown, Marlon Georgia WO -
    Davis, Marcus Virginia Tech WO 4.56
    Dobson, Aaron Marshall WO -
    Fuller, Corey Virginia Tech WO 4.43
    Goard, Tyrone Eastern Kentucky WO 4.50
    Goodwin, Marquise Texas WO 4.27
    Hamilton, Cobi Arkansas WO 4.56
    Harper, Chris Kansas St. WO 4.55
    Harrison, Mark Rutgers WO 4.46
    Hopkins, DeAndre Clemson WO 4.57
    Hunter, Justin Tennessee WO 4.44
    Johnson, Darius SMU WO 4.60
    Kaufman, Brandon Eastern Washington WO 4.67
    King, Tavarres Georgia WO 4.47
    Lemon, Alec Syracuse WO 4.59
    Mellette, Aaron Elon WO 4.54
    Moe, T.J. Missouri WO 4.74
    Patterson, Cordarrelle Tennessee WO 4.42
    Patton, Quinton Louisiana Tech WO 4.53
    Robinson, Denard Michigan WO 4.43
    Rogers, Da'Rick Tennessee Tech WO 4.52
    Sampson, Lanear Baylor WO 4.46
    Sanders, Ace South Carolina WO 4.58
    Smith, Rodney Florida St. WO 4.51
    Spadola, Ryan Lehigh WO 4.48
    Stills, Kenny Oklahoma WO 4.38
    Swope, Ryan Texas A&M WO 4.34
    Thompkins, Kenbrell Cincinnati WO 4.54
    Vernon, Conner Duke WO 4.68
    Wheaton, Markus Oregon St. WO 4.45
    Williams, Terrance Baylor WO 4.52
    Wilson, Marquess Washington St. WO 4.51
    Woods, Robert USC WO 4.51


    WR broad jump numbers, ordered by largest first...

    Hunter, Justin Tennessee WO 136.0
    Goodwin, Marquise Texas WO 132.0
    Rogers, Da'Rick Tennessee Tech WO 132.0
    Boyce, Josh TCU WO 131.0
    Harrison, Mark Rutgers WO 129.0
    Patterson, Cordarrelle Tennessee WO 128.0
    Swope, Ryan Texas A&M WO 125.0
    Vernon, Conner Duke WO 125.0
    Stills, Kenny Oklahoma WO 124.0
    Goard, Tyrone Eastern Kentucky WO 123.0
    King, Tavarres Georgia WO 123.0
    Mellette, Aaron Elon WO 123.0
    Robinson, Denard Michigan WO 123.0
    Wilson, Marquess Washington St. WO 122.0
    Thompkins, Kenbrell Cincinnati WO 121.0
    Austin, Tavon West Virginia WO 120.0
    Davis, Marcus Virginia Tech WO 120.0
    Fuller, Corey Virginia Tech WO 120.0
    Moe, T.J. Missouri WO 120.0
    Smith, Rodney Florida St. WO 120.0
    Wheaton, Markus Oregon St. WO 120.0
    Sampson, Lanear Baylor WO 119.0
    Spadola, Ryan Lehigh WO 119.0
    Williams, Terrance Baylor WO 119.0
    Patton, Quinton Louisiana Tech WO 118.0
    Bailey, Stedman West Virginia WO 117.0
    Bonner, Alan Jacksonville St. WO 117.0
    Sanders, Ace South Carolina WO 117.0
    Woods, Robert USC WO 117.0
    Harper, Chris Kansas St. WO 116.0
    Hopkins, DeAndre Clemson WO 115.0
    Kaufman, Brandon Eastern Washington WO 115.0
    Lemon, Alec Syracuse WO 112.0
    Johnson, Darius SMU WO 109.0
    Hamilton, Cobi Arkansas WO 107.0
    Dobson, Aaron Marshall WO -
    Brown, Marlon Georgia WO -
    Allen, Keenan California WO -



    Vertical numbers...

    Davis, Marcus Virginia Tech WO 39.5
    Hunter, Justin Tennessee WO 39.5
    Rogers, Da'Rick Tennessee Tech WO 39.5
    Harrison, Mark Rutgers WO 38.5
    Patterson, Cordarrelle Tennessee WO 37.0
    Swope, Ryan Texas A&M WO 37.0
    Wheaton, Markus Oregon St. WO 37.0
    King, Tavarres Georgia WO 36.5
    Robinson, Denard Michigan WO 36.5
    Goard, Tyrone Eastern Kentucky WO 36.0
    Hopkins, DeAndre Clemson WO 36.0
    Moe, T.J. Missouri WO 36.0
    Harper, Chris Kansas St. WO 35.5
    Bailey, Stedman West Virginia WO 34.5
    Smith, Rodney Florida St. WO 34.5
    Wilson, Marquess Washington St. WO 34.5
    Boyce, Josh TCU WO 34.0
    Kaufman, Brandon Eastern Washington WO 33.5
    Mellette, Aaron Elon WO 33.5
    Sampson, Lanear Baylor WO 33.5
    Spadola, Ryan Lehigh WO 33.5
    Stills, Kenny Oklahoma WO 33.5
    Thompkins, Kenbrell Cincinnati WO 33.5
    Woods, Robert USC WO 33.5
    Bonner, Alan Jacksonville St. WO 33.0
    Patton, Quinton Louisiana Tech WO 33.0
    Vernon, Conner Duke WO 32.5
    Williams, Terrance Baylor WO 32.5
    Austin, Tavon West Virginia WO 32.0
    Johnson, Darius SMU WO 32.0
    Lemon, Alec Syracuse WO 32.0
    Sanders, Ace South Carolina WO 32.0
    Fuller, Corey Virginia Tech WO 31.5
    Hamilton, Cobi Arkansas WO 29.5
    Goodwin, Marquise Texas WO -
    Dobson, Aaron Marshall WO -
    Brown, Marlon Georgia WO -
    Allen, Keenan California WO -
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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    If Amendola walks, this...
    Moe, T.J. Missouri WO 4.74
    ...could be the answer. Anyone that has watched any 'zou football will see the similarities. I'm not saying something crazy, like a day 1 option, or anything. But he could come in and with a year or two take over the slot.
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    Please stop posting unofficial times!!!!!!

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    One of my favorites, Le'veon Bell, weighed in at 6'1, 230 lbs., ran a 4.60, and is getting good reviews on drills. If SJax leaves, he's my guy.
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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    2013 NFL Combine observations: Looks like a 'Gronk' draft at tight end
    By Pat Kirwan | NFL Insider
    Feb. 24, 2013 1:34 PM ET

    When you attend the NFL Combine, there's more than staggering 40 times and bench press weights to take in. Here are a few observations:

    1: It's a Gronk year at TE
    Everyone who loves NFL offense realized that Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots has had a big impact. The formula: Get a big, athletic tight end, occasionally ask him to block a defensive end or block down on a defensive tackle; but also make sure he can get vertical on a safety and dominate as a receiver -- especially from a flexed alignment. This draft class is starting to look like a gold mine when it comes to that concept.

    Sound too good to be true? Think again. This draft is shaping up as a "Gronk" draft for tight ends. Gronkowski came out of college at 6-foot-6, 258 pounds, ran 4.63-second 40 and did 23 reps on the bench. On Saturday at the combine, I felt like I was looking at some Gronk clones. There were five guys who averaged 6-5, close to 257 pounds, ran close to his 40 time and could throw the weight around.

    If your team needs a versatile tight end, this is the year to grab one -- probably in the second round -- from among Zach Ertz (Stanford), Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame), Gavin Escobar (San Diego State), Vance McDonald (Rice), and long shot Dion Sims (Michigan State). To say I was impressed with the tight ends might be an understatement.

    2: Silver lining to Manti Te'o
    I made myself attend Manti Te'o's news conference. Not because I wanted to hear the story all over again, but how he would handle himself under the pressure of the moment.

    After attending the combine for 23 straight years, I got used to players deciding not to discuss issues, making excuses or leaving me with more questions than answers. I was impressed with Te'o, when he stood in front of hundreds of media people and cameras and discussed what went on with the Internet girlfriend relationship.

    He helped himself because he was relaxed, at peace with himself and able to convince me that the issue will not affect his NFL career. One GM I respect said, "He answered my question about being able to leave the life stress issues in the locker room and go out to practice or a game with his mind focused on football."

    Some people believe the poor performance in the national championship game was because of off-field issues. I don't think that was the case. But one thing I know happened in Indianapolis on Saturday -- teams feel like they can focus on the football evaluation of Manti Te'o. I watched two of his games closely: Stanford and Alabama. His spot in the NFL is dependent on fitting his aggressive run-and-hit mentality into the right scheme. He should play "covered up." A Will linebacker in a 4-3 defense would keep linemen from getting a clean blocking angle on him and let a club take advantage of his aggressive style of play.

    3: Looks like hybrid heaven
    The Jaguars are talking about being a hybrid defense -- something between a 4-3 and a 3-4. One head coach said: "Offenses are full of hybrid players able to morph into all kinds of sets. The defense needs to be able to handle all the offensive hybrid stuff or they will get torched."

    Keep a close eye on the Saints, Eagles, Browns and Jaguars, as they all embark on a structural defensive changes. On Saturday I sat down with Alec Ogeltree (Georgia), Jarvis Jones (Georgia), Alex Okafor (Texas), and Barkevious Mingo (LSU) and Denard Robinson (Michigan).

    I felt like I was in "hybrid heaven," after discussing all the positions these guys told me teams were discussing with them. How did Denard Robinson, the former Michigan QB turned receiver, make my defensive hybrid list? Because he said one team he met with discussed playing cornerback.

    4: Is Fluker only a right tackle?
    There is great buzz about the three left tackles at the top of this draft.

    Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M) may be the early favorite to go first, but the combine clearly helped Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson. According to some observers, we shouldn't be surprised if a tackle not named Joeckel goes first.

    After the top three left tackles -- and they're all expected to be gone in the top 10 picks -- where does a team go for that position? Don't discount Alabama's D.J. Fluker. He's labeled and looks like a right tackle, but one coach said: "Not so fast on D.J. being a right tackle."

    Fluker could come out of the combine as another left tackle candidate, and if that happens, he will challenge the top three for a top spot.

    5: Questions from Saturday
    Everyone is talking about how fast offensive tackle Terron Armstead (Arkansas Pine Bluff) ran.

    Rarely do we see a 4.7 40 from a 6-5, 306-pound offensive tackle. My questions were: Why Arkansas Pine Bluff? And why not defensive end in college with those physical attributes?

    I found out he was at Pine Bluff because of a miscommunication with his high school grades and the NCAA clearninghouse. Turns out he was eligible to attend bigger schools that recruited him but didn't find out until after school started, so he stayed. As for why he is not on defense, I'm still tracking that one down, but surely will ask him when I see him. Guys who run that fast, bench 225 31 times and have a 34-inch vertical usually rush the passer.

    Armstead ran as fast or faster than Bjoern Werner, Damontre Moore and Datrone Jones -- three of the top DEs in the draft.

    6: Questions about USC QB Barkley
    Matt is not participating in drills but is here to answer questions.

    A number of NFL people asked him the same question I ask every player: What is your best game tape from this season? Barkley said check out the Oregon game. I did just that on Saturday night when I returned to my hotel room. He threw for more than 400 yards and three TDs, but decision-making and occasional accuracy issues would lead me to sitting down with Matt and watching the whole game if I were looking for a franchise QB.

    The Oregon tape is a perfect way to find out what went right and wrong this past season for the Trojans and what kind of QB a team would be getting in Barkley.

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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    Judgements: Jones just one among group of boom-or-bust prospects
    By Clark Judge | Senior NFL Columnist
    Feb. 23, 2013 8:05 PM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS -- He didn't draw a Manti Te'o crowd, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be interested in what happens to Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones because there are a lot of teams that are.

    And for good reason: He could be the best player in this draft.

    But he's not, and he's not because of spinal stenosis -- a narrowing of the spinal canal -- that should make Jones and NFL clubs nervous. It caused USC to fail him on a physical, and it had doctors examining him for so many hours Saturday he didn't appear for an interview until after 5 p.m. -- or hours after the Te'o crush dispersed.

    "Most of the doctors checked me out and feel that I'm fine," said Jones. "I feel that I'm healthy. The doctors feel like I'm healthy. So I'm excited."

    That's great, except it's what tests reveal that matter. Jones admitted there was "no final word" from physicians and that he hopes to receive it by the end of this weekend or sometime next week. In the meantime, however, color his future uncertain.

    "There's real concern," one scout said. "It's serious. I doubt that he's going to pass many teams' physicals."

    That's too bad because the guy has so much talent that the same scout said he might make him his top draft pick ("certainly in my top five"), but that medical concerns worry him. And he won't be the only one.

    "If doctors told me I couldn't play today, I think I've had a great run and I would just take it for what it's worth," said Jones. "It would hurt me [not to play]. I love this game. I'm passionate about this game. But I'd rather walk and enjoy myself and my family than not be able to walk away from this game."

    2. Jones isn't the only Georgia linebacker under the microscope. Alec Ogletree is another. There are plenty of teams out there that can use someone of his ability, but it's not his ability that's an issue. It's his maturity.

    "The guy's an immature idiot," said one player personnel director.

    That's one way of putting it. Another is that he's a character concern, with last week's DUI arrest the latest blip on the radar. It wasn't his only arrest; only his most recent, and combine that with a four-game suspension for a positive drug test, and you have a risk some people may not be willing to take.

    "I'm a good person," Ogletree told reporters. "Everybody makes mistakes. I feel bad about the situation, but I'm learning from it and I'm moving forward."

    He may not be moving forward in the draft. Ogletree is a potential first-round pick who is explosive, strong, quick, and instinctive, and he could be a high first-round choice. But his recent arrest will back off potential suitors, with one scout telling me it could cause his team to pass on the guy.

    "I don't know what it's going to do (to my draft status)," said Ogletree. "I feel bad about it. I'm really sorry about it, but I just have to move forward and take whatever I get."

    3. Congratulations to Te'o. He set the unofficial attendance record at the NFL Scouting Combine with an overflow audience estimated at 250 in attendance.

    4. Te'o's biggest hurdle isn't getting through Saturday's inquisition with no scars. It's proving to his next football team that he's not the linebacker we saw in the BCS title game.

    5. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is here, but not to throw. He'll work out Sunday as a wide receiver despite an injured elbow that causes numbness in his hand and is, by his own admission, "60 percent." Nevertheless, Robinson said he'll do what he can at his new position. "There are no excuses," he said." I'm going to go out (Sunday) and try my best." I like that. I like Robinson's attitude toward his position change, too. He's willing to play wide receiver, running back and return kicks, and he's receptive "to whatever a team tells me." Asked if he'd consider himself a gamble, he didn't flinch. "A lot of people like to gamble, don't they?" he said. "I'd say, 'I'd be a pretty sure thing.'"

    6. If you're wondering what that first practice with Chip Kelly will be like in Philadelphia, listen to Oregon running back Kenjon Barner. "He pushes you to a limit that you didn't know you had," he said. "I was really used to the coach Bellotti (former coach Mike Bellotti) way -- which was run a play; take a break; run another play; take another break. With coach Kelly it was, 'I want it right now.' You have your tongue hanging out of your mouth. You're tired. You're dry-heaving. It was a rough day." Can't wait.

    7. The scouting report on Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead says the guy is "nimble and light on his feet," and he proved it with a 4.71 40 Saturday, the fastest unofficial time for an offensive lineman at the combine.

    8. Look for BYU defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah to wow scouts with his workout. People tell me he's the best athlete in this draft, and it's easy to see why. He ran a 21.9 200 meters, has a 39-inch vertical leap and failed in two tryouts with the BYU basketball team. There have been comparisons to the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul, who, like Ansah, was raw, had limited football experience and was projected as a first-round pick. Ansah can play defensive end or outside linebacker and has the build (he's 6-5, 271) to add more weight. "I like the challenge a lot," he said. "There are a lot of people who have doubts about me, and I want to prove them wrong."

    9. Since we're on the subject of JPP, one question for Ansah: Can he do back flips? "Not yet," he said.

    10. Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said he'd like to run a 4.4 40 on Sunday, but he doesn't sound that confident. "I hope to run a good 40," he said, "but if I don't that doesn't make a good football player. It's all about what you do between the numbers." Speed is an issue with the guy, and while he said he can't remember getting caught from behind, a fast 40 could improve his draft standing.

    11. Tell me Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel doesn't look like a young Tony Boselli. Good news for Kansas City: Some people think he plays like one, too.

    12. History tells you the Dallas Cowboys don't draft a quarterback. I mean, they've drafted two since 1995. But reality tells you they must: Tony Romo turns 33 in April, and while the club is talking about an extension with him it's talking extension for one reason -- there's no one of consequence behind him. This year's quarterback class isn't strong at the top, but it is deep. Add the Cowboys to the list of clubs that should make a move.

    13. Oklahoma's Lane Johnson is a tackle to watch because of his athleticism and versatility. He can play either side, starting at right tackle as a junior before moving to the side as a senior. But his 40-yard dash time Saturday will boost his stock more. He ran a 4.72. So will his strength. He did one more rep in the bench press than Joeckel and Eric Fisher, the top two tackles on the board.

    14. UNC's Jonathan Cooper, the second-best guard in the draft, showed position flexibility Saturday by working at guard and center -- showing teams he can play either position. While Chance Warmack is the top-ranked guard, Cooper just made himself a more attractive option. Reason: Warmack plays only one position.

    15. Expect defensive end Alex Okafor to be recovered from a hip flexor injury by his March 26 Pro Day. He said he's "very close" to being ready but won't go through drills until he is -- which is why he's skipping this weekend's workouts. Okafor had 12 sacks this year, including four in his last game vs. Oregon State.

    16. Another casualty who is here, Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine, promises that he'll be "100 percent" by the April draft and able to go through all drills by mini-camp. Carradine suffered a torn ACL late in the 2012 season. He was the team's leading tackler and could be a steal for someone if he's on schedule with his recovery. "I'm more than healthy," said Carradine. "I actually have been doing a little bit of running, not that much, but I'm really going to start running this Monday (Feb. 25). My knee feels good, and I'm actually a month ahead of schedule." Carradine, who had 13 tackles for losses and 11 sacks before he was hurt, could be an option for the Dallas Cowboys if they don't re-sign Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys have taken two injured players in the second rounds of the last two drafts -- linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter -- and both paid off.

    FIVE QUOTES TO REMEMBER

    • "No, not right now." -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o when asked if he's dating anyone in "real life."

    • "I played a lot of Madden. That's how I got to know the NFL." -- FSU defensive end Bjorn Werner.

    • "I'm going to make some noise right off the bat and, hopefully, play some meaningful minutes." -- Texas defensive end Alex Okafor.

    • "It's not how you drive. It's how you arrive. If you stay focused you can be what you want to be." -- Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

    • "I don't have to be around coach (Bill Belichick) to know you just got to shut up and get it done." -- La. Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton on what it would be like to play for the Patriots.

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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    Report: Utah DT Star Lotulelei dealing with heart condition
    By Will Brinson | Senior Blogger
    February 24, 2013 5:43 pm ET

    Utah's Star Lotulelei is the top-rated defensive tackle on NFLDraftScout.com's big board. But a report on Sunday that Lotulelei is dealing with a heart condition could seriously hurt his draft stock (and, more importantly, be an issue for his personal health).

    According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Lotulelei will not work out at the 2013 NFL Combine after an echocardiogram test detected that he has a heart condition.

    Mortensen reports that Lotulelei is dealing with a left ventricle that is pumping at 44 percent efficiency (verus a "normal range" of 55 to 70 percent).

    The report came out after Sunday afternoon's media session with players ended; Lotulelei never spoke to the press and his absence was certainly curious considering his position on big boards and in mock drafts.

    Lotulelei is expected to undergo further tests in Salt Lake City. Mike Garafolo of USA Today spoke to Lotulelei's agent, who says the tackle will see a heart specialist this week but "expects him to do everything at his pro day."

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    Re: Official Scouting Combine Thread

    Jamie Collins (OLB, So.Miss), one of my sleepers, just wowed the Scouts with a broad jump of 11'7" (avg. for LBs is 9'9").

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    The wheels are already turning for me regarding my next draft board and watch list. Right now, here are some of my Combine risers and fallers:

    Risers
    Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
    Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
    Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
    Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
    Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
    Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

    Fallers
    Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
    Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
    Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
    Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
    Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

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    Some interesting DB 40 times:

    Matt Elam 4.54
    Tony Jefferson 4.75
    T.J. McDonald 4.59
    Xavier Rhodes 4.43
    Dee Milliner 4.37
    D.J. Swearinger 4.67
    Phillip Thomas 4.65
    Dave Amerson 4.44
    Kenny Vaccaro 4.63
    Eric Reid 4.53

    Cyprien and Rambo did not run.

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