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Cam Cameron kicks off Combine Day 2

Posted Feb. 23, 2007 @ midnight
It's a busy day here at the Combine and it should get started pretty quickly, as compared to yesterday when things were slow until about 1 or 2 p.m. With QBs, RBs and WRs on the docket for the day, the media is much more excited to get to work and the dry erase board at the front of the room is full of NFL coaches and personnel guys that will make an ...

Dolphins coach media-friendly. Dump Devin Hester for Ted Ginn Jr.?

Posted Feb. 23, 2007 @ midnight
Well, after the tumultuous exit of former Dolphins head coach Nick Saban, new coach Cam Cameron was gracious and inviting to the media horde that gathered around his press conference, including yours truly. After answering questions regarding the hiring of an offensive coordinator ("I haven't come to that conclusion because I haven't had to come to that conclusion."), Daunte Culpepper ("I looked out of my office, my office looks down on the practice ...

Anthony Gonzalez: One engaging interview

Posted Feb. 23, 2007 @ midnight
One of the best interviews at the Combine has been Ohio State WR Anthony Gonzalez, whom I suspect is going to come across very well with teams because of his intelligence. Gonzalez has heard about the tests teams administer to players, and he doesn't know quite what to expect.  "In all honesty, I can't say what they're looking for in a psychological test," Gonzalez said. "I don't know if anybody can ...

Combine launches Brady Quinn vs. JaMarcus Russell

Posted Feb. 24, 2007 @ midnight
Over the next couple months, we'll hear all about the commonalities and differences between the top two QB prospects, Notre Dame's Brady Quinn and LSU's JaMarcus Russell. With them standing head and shoulders above the other passers and all but assuredly going in the top 10 if not higher, you better believe the comparison will be scrutinized. With both stepping to the mic on Saturday, it struck me just how polar opposite ...

Brady Quinn, JaMarcus Russell measure up in different ways

Posted Feb. 24, 2007 @ midnight
Good morning, friends. I wanted to crank out a blog last night after the annual PFW Friday-night bash at St. Elmo's Steakhouse, but my brain was swimming in a sea of spirits, if you catch my drift. Suffice it to say, we had a great time. Compadres Tenorio and Mann held their own when it came to eating Elmo's famous shrimp cocktail. And all of us had steaks the size of footballs. As ...

Hollis Thomas vs. the Giants: The feeling is mutual

Posted Feb. 24, 2007 @ midnight
Saints DT Hollis Thomas raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he told a Sirius radio show that he'd never play for the Giants, calling their situation a "mess." (Here's a link to the story.) Giants general manager Jerry Reese was asked about Thomas' comments this morning, and here was his response: "As far as I know, Hollis Thomas has never been inside the New York Giants' offices, so I'm not sure ...

Calvin Johnson steals defenders' thunder

Posted Feb. 24, 2007 @ midnight
I'm back at the hotel, blogging away with a big group of people sitting around in the lobby, apparently in town for some type of athletic competition, I'm guessing. Fellow editors Court and Neuby are sitting down here, too, and we'll be cranking out copy well into the night. As for today's proceedings, I was struck most notably by Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson among a sea of defensive prospects. Johnson ...

Quotes from the Combine

Posted Feb. 25, 2007 @ midnight
Well, it's our last day here at the Combine, and it started out with a glitch in the internet that had the room grumbling with unhappy journalists. It's bad enough that some people trying to fly out of here are being told by airlines that they may not be able to leave until Tuesday, but to not have internet to file stories and check flight status...well, let's just say the NFL ...

NFL draft boasts heavy-hitters at the top

Posted Feb. 25, 2007 @ midnight
After three days of watching the prospects parade in front of us and handle their business,  I have to say I've come away very impressed with the way the top guys carry themselves. Of course, there's a lot more to football than that, most obviously the physical element, but I'm quite certain that Alan Branch, for example, wouldn't be considered a top-10 pick if he couldn't get it done between ...

Calvin Johnson has the respect of his opponents...

Posted Feb. 25, 2007 @ midnight
N.C. State CB A.J. Davis faced Calvin Johnson in college, and he thinks highly of the Georgia Tech standout. "Calvin Johnson is the best player I've faced in my life," Davis said. "He doesn't miss a down, and he does everything." That's what stands out to me as much as anything about Johnson: No one questions his effort, and the guys who've played him make quick note of that ...

Aaron Ross on Tarell Brown's injury; prospect asked to contemplate reincarnation

Posted Feb. 25, 2007 @ midnight
— Texas CBs Aaron Ross and Tarell Brown are projected first-day draft picks. Ross has a slight leg up on Brown, but Brown is a player to watch. Brown played with a break in his foot between his toes as a senior, an injury that didn't receive much attention. "Having a broken toe, it's hard to come out of your plant," Ross said of his teammate, whom he says is healthy and will participate ...

Peterson performs well at Combine despite heavy heart

Posted Feb. 25, 2007 @ midnight
The prevailing thought around the NFL coming into this weekend was that Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson was an extremely tough guy with a warrior's mentality. He proved that Sunday when he performed, as planned, with the other running backs, even running scintillating 40 times, despite the fact that his 20-year-old half-brother was shot seven times and killed Saturday night. We hear that Peterson's performance, despite likely not getting much sleep at ...

DT Branch seems to be slipping in NFL draft

Posted April 03, 2007 @ midnight
Is it me or does it seem like Michigan DT Alan Branch is gradually dropping out of the upper echelon of the NFL draft's first round? When I attended the Combine in February, there seemed to be six elite talents that would somehow comprise the first six picks of the draft. More often than not, however, I'm seeing draft pundits describe this as a five-deep draft, with the sixth player just outside that ...

Non-first-round pairings throwing myself out on a long limb

Posted April 04, 2007 @ midnight
As part of my contribution to the draft blogosphere, I thought I would roll the dice a little and project certain players going to certain teams past the first round. We spend so much time looking at the first 32 picks, and rightfully so, that we often forget about which matches could be made thereafter.I am hoping for maybe a 15-percent success ratio — so if I project, say, 50 potential players (about 1.5 ...

PFW radio show kicks off draft talk; NFL trying to induce fans to stay through draft's long, winding second day?

Posted April 05, 2007 @ midnight
I'll start with a plug for PFW's nationally syndicated radio show. Draft expert Nolan Nawrocki appeared on the show this week, and he will be appearing on the show for at least the next three weeks. At some point we'll have an extensive draft show, most likely in the week leading up to the draft. We'll keep you posted as to the details. This week, Nolan took a few minutes and ...

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