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Surprise: DeAngelo Hall wants out of Atlanta

Posted Feb. 22, 2008 @ midnight
Falcons CB DeAngelo Hall showed up in a hallway at the Combine and held an impromptu press conference, saying “he didn’t want to stay” in Atlanta and felt “stabbed in the back,” by the franchise, sources told PFW. Hall said he has not demanded a trade, but will go to any team where he’s wanted. He was upset to find out that new GM Thomas Dimitroff was listening to trade offers for him ...

Stewart sticks out among RBs

Posted Feb. 23, 2008 @ midnight
Well, I had hoped to send a blog after our annual PFW St. Elmo's bash, but in the back of my mind, I knew that was going to be an ambitious undertaking. More on Elmo's later; the main topic in this post is the RBs that were on display yesterday. By far the most impressive is Oregon's Jonathan Stewart, who weighed in at 5-10, 235 and has his sights ...

Trying to get a copy of Jerry Reese's template

Posted Feb. 23, 2008 @ midnight
One of my favorite Garrison Keillor pieces dealt partially with writers who complain too much and fully with what to expect when you start getting older. Something he wrote about people reaching their 60s has stuck with me: "People who used to ignore you now treat you with reverence. There is great silence when you natter and pontificate, and people ask the secret of your success. You have become eminent. Inside you feel mischievous and ...

Scouting Combine blogging begins Feb. 21

Posted Feb. 20, 2007 @ midnight
Pro Football Weekly will have editors in Indianapolis for this year's Scouting Combine. In addition to this blog, there will be continuing coverage all week long on our main site at

Indianapolis, here we are

Posted Feb. 21, 2007 @ midnight
Team PFW arrived in Indianapolis tonight, and we've set up camp. Two editors are already fighting The Common Cold. The good news: They are rooming together. The bad news: One of them will read this and sneeze on me for good measure. The festivities kick off on Thursday, and we'll be checking in from time to time to report on the happenings from Indy. Not much is going on tonight. We saw one ...

Mouse-less PFW captain must carry on

Posted Feb. 22, 2007 @ midnight
Hello, friends. This is executive editor Dan Arkush reporting for duty. I'm in the lobby of the Hampton Inn East typing away with an extra-strong cup of black coffee by my side. I woiuld prefer to be in my room, but we have discovered that our wireless capabilities aren't as perfect as we hoped. That said, compared to where the PFW troops camped out in previous Combines, this place is a 500-star facility ...

The curse of the Combine

Posted Feb. 22, 2007 @ midnight
So on the drive down to Indianapolis, Wilky asked me whether or not I made sure my tape recorder worked because the first time he had come down to the Combine his recorder had busted and he was forced to search downtown Indy for somewhere to purchase a new one. Well, I had used my recorder just a few days earlier and had tested it right before leaving so I felt confident. But this morning ...

Slow start as always but just wait

Posted Feb. 22, 2007 @ midnight
It's high noon in the annex room for the media at the Indianapolis Convention Center. We've already had visits from a few high-profile NFL types — in order, new Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who bears a strong resemblance to actor Omar Epps; Bills head coach Dick Jauron; and Saints head coach Sean Payton — but very few of the college kids have graced us with their presence. The top PK prospect, Mason Crosby, has ...

Lions' Martz tightens his lips

Posted Feb. 22, 2007 @ midnight
It didn't take long for my introduction to the Combine to get jump-started with a bang. Not 20 minutes after I got settled in at the convention center, I caught Mike Martz speaking with a reporter in the hallway and was able to jump in when their conversation came to a close. Now, Martz drew a little criticism for his outspokenness at the Senior Bowl in Mobile when he publicly revealed they had needs ...

So far, so slow

Posted Feb. 22, 2007 @ midnight
Well, it's been a slower day so far, as Dan talked about in his earlier blog, but I have been able to get started on my feature on offensive guards which will be posted on the site tomorrow. I was wandering around the lobby when I saw Redskins Assistant Head Coach - Offense, Joe Bugel, a legendary offensive line coach. I was able to speak to him for a while and he was articulate and ...

Browns, Bucs coin flip at 7:45 a.m. Thursday

Posted Feb. 22, 2007 @ midnight
Winner gets the No. 3 pick. Loser drafts fourth. "Pregame show at seven," one reporter joked.   No word on which team will call the flip in the air. I asked NFL spokesperson Steve Alic about this, and he said he didn't know. No stone unturned, my friends, no stone unturned.     

From Division III to the NFL...

Posted Feb. 22, 2007 @ midnight
That's the jump that Michael Allan is trying to make. Allan is a tight end from Whitworth College, a Presbyterian school of 2,400 students located in Spokane, Wash. Allan stands a good chance of being drafted on the second day, perhaps as early as Round Five. In a TE class that lacks depth and quality, Allan is a somewhat intriguing prospect. So how does a 6-6, 252-pound tight end who's athletic enough ...

Wisconsin OT Joe Thomas makes big impression

Posted Feb. 23, 2007 @ midnight
The most interesting collegian on display yesterday? Probably Wisonsin's Joe Thomas fills the bill. Although I didn't hear his whole spiel, he emphatically showed that he wasn't an Ordinary Joe, aggressively scorning comparisons that have been made between him and former first-round bust (second overall) Robert Gallery, who has bombed with the Raiders. Thomas appears to be a very self-assured young man without forcing the issue. Beyond that, nobody was overly noteworthy ...

Bears' Lovie Smith on the Combine docket

Posted Feb. 23, 2007 @ midnight
Bears head coach Lovie Smith is scheduled to address the media early this morning at the Combine, and for a change, it will be interesting to hear what he has to say. Those of us who have covered the Bears locally and nationally have come to expect the mundane from Lovie in his tenure in Chicago. However, in recent weeks, we've started to see a little more of the man behind the mask ...

Browns to draft third

Posted Feb. 23, 2007 @ midnight
Bucs called heads, but the coin came up tails. Tampa drafts fourth and gets the wind in the second half...