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Singletary prefers tape study to Combine workouts

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 12:55 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Singletary is old school. Hard knocks. Real football played by real men. And he believes that when it comes to scouting prospects, it ought to be done the way it was done when he was entering the league. Back then there was more of an emphasis on judging a player based on what he did on the field in games, not so much on what he did in a workout without pads. That ...

Pioli not thrilled with QBs who avoid Combine workouts

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 2:59 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — If you're a quarterback who hopes to land with the Chiefs, you'd better not duck out of the workouts during the NFL Scouting Combine. Speaking to a group of reporters at the Combine Thursday afternoon, the Kansas City general manager said that he personally downgrades QBs who are healthy yet avoid participating in the Indy drills. "I'm just a firm believer that when you have an event like this when all ...

Wild Friday about to begin

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 9:18 a.m.
After a relatively calm first day of Combine interviews, an action-packed Friday is on tap at Lucas Oil today. On the NFL front, Bears head coach Lovie Smith will begin a steady stream of interviews at 10 a.m. sharp. Before the day runs out, 12 NFL heavy hitters are expected to address the national media, with Titans head coach Jeff Fisher filling out the bill in the late afternoon. Meanwhile, today is the day ...

Devaney won't be 'poop-canning' Jackson

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 10:36 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Rams GM Billy Devaney chose an interesting phrase while knocking down rumors that he was interested in trading RB Steven Jackson. "We need more players like Steven Jackson," he said Friday at the Combine. "We can't be poop-canning them out of the building. You know what I mean? We have to get more guys like that (on our team). There's no talk about trading Steven Jackson and there won't be any ...

Year away allows Shanahan to actually enjoy watching football

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 11:37 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes a year off can change you're perspective on things. Just ask Mike Shanahan. Speaking to the media Friday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine, the Redskins' new head coach reflected on his year away from the game and how he was able to be a fan and actually enjoy watching football for the first time in decades. "I think it's always good," Shanahan said of his time off. "Anytime you're ...

Texans GM Rick Smith talks Robinson, Walter and L.T. possibilities

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 2:47 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Texans GM Rick Smith addressed a host of issues while speaking to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday afternoon, but he started with the team's bad luck in the morning's coin toss to determine draft picks. Houston and Atlanta both finished with identical 9-7 records in 2009 and flipped a coin to determine who would choose 19th. Smith said the league produced a coin with each team's logo ...

St. Elmo's with a twist

Posted Feb. 27, 2010 @ 8:56 a.m.
Before setting the stage for what figures to be a busy Saturday, a quick rundown on the PFW editorial staff's annual St. Elmo's dinner is the first order of business. As usual, nobody was feeling any pain, as football celebs flowed past our table of six in a steady stream. But there's one thing that was definitely different - the decision by PFW editor-publisher Hub Arkush, who also happens ...

Rex Ryan is “working on those abs.”

Posted Feb. 27, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Jets' season ended when they lost to the Colts in the AFC Championship game, but head coach Rex Ryan hasn't vanished from view since then. He discussed being involved in two notable offseason incidents — flipping the bird to Dolphins fans at a mixed martial arts event in Miami and flashing his stomach while changing hockey jerseys at a Carolina Hurricanes-Florida Panthers game — Saturday at the Combine. "I appreciate everybody's interest in ...

McCluster thankful for predecessors like Bush, Harvin

Posted Feb. 27, 2010 @ 1:09 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Thanks to Reggie Bush and Percy Harvin, Dexter McCluster is now a coveted NFL prospect. With the league becoming more and more about speed and getting quick playmakers out in space, the Ole Miss product is entering the pro ranks at just the right time. Measuring in at a slight 5-8 and 172 pounds, he might not have had a place in the NFL before guys like Bush and Harvin changed the way offenses ...

Tebow the star attraction at Florida pro day

Posted March 18, 2010 @ 10:50 a.m.
It’s hard to believe the focus at a pro day at a football factory like Florida could be so intensely fixated on one player, but that was the case yesterday in Gainesville where QB Tim Tebow was put through the paces for the final time publicly before his draft fate is decided. The combination of Tebow’s historic on-field exploits, celebrity status and polarizing scouting ...

Edwards' speed legit

Posted March 22, 2010 @ 10:56 a.m.
  • Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards ran in the 4.4s and worked out at quarterback, receiver and punt returner at his recent pro day. Edwards' speed is better than former West Virginia star Pat White, who went to Miami in the second round last year.

Ole Miss' McCluster improves 40; Hardy faces character questions

Posted March 25, 2010 @ 8:53 a.m.
  • For those who watched Mississippi's Dexter McCluster slice up SEC competition in the fall, his high-4.5s 40-yard dash times at last month's Combine were a bit surprising, but he ran better at the Rebels' recent pro day. Meanwhile, enigmatic DE Greg Hardy, who did not help himself with pedestrian 40 times of his own, is trying to alleviate questions about his makeup.
  • New Washington Redskins head man Mike Shanahan will get an ...

QB sleepers

Posted April 15, 2010 @ 9:19 a.m.
With all the attention (rightfully) focused on the draft's top signal callers emerging from premier programs, a handful of less publicized passers can go overlooked. In the last 10 years, quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Marc Bulger, Matt Schaub, David Garrard, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, Trent Edwards and Bruce Gradkowski have been unearthed in Round Three or later. Additionally, Charlie Whitehurst was taken in the third round and stashed away by the Chargers who ...

On the lookout for the next Antonio Gates

Posted April 15, 2010 @ 3:05 p.m.
For as much as evaluators, decision makers and fans alike cling to numbers in an effort to eliminate the unknown and hone in on predictive factors, scouting and the draft process remains more art than science. No matter the sport, the thirst for the competitive edge and the desire to win is so intense that one axiom has remained true from the days of George Halas and Branch Rickey: if you can play, they will ...

RB sleepers

Posted April 16, 2010 @ 10:52 a.m.
Gone are the days when teams would be willing to give up a king's ransom for a workhorse running back coming out of the college ranks. Given the nature of the position, a running back's shelf life is short and even the elite producers flame out, as evidenced by the career trajectories of LaDanian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson most recently. Further, teams know they can find contributors and even starter-caliber runners after Round ...