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Loadholt, Robinson have much to prove

Posted Feb. 19, 2009 @ midnight
Oklahoma OG Duke Robinson and OT Phil Loadholt are two high-profile players who are under the microscope this weekend in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler says the ex-Sooners stars have work to do to erase some negative perceptions from NFL scouts.

And here...we...go!

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday, my first day ever at the Combine, was a whirlwind. There were NFL coaches coming and going, players all over the place and news constantly breaking as the PFW contingent here in Indy worked to bang out notebook items while also trying to keep up with all the hustle and bustle. It was hectic no doubt, but it was still fairly manageable.   Something tells me that today might take it to another extreme ...

Frenzied Friday on tap

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
Ah, the ingtrigue. Will Josh Freeman continue his under-the-radar rise among this year's draft-eligible quarterbacks? Will first-round candidates Beanie Wells and or Knowshon Moreno be a runaway hit before the national media among this year's running backs? Will Michael Crabtree outshine Jeremy Maclin in the WR ranks? And then there are the NFL heavy hitters who will be conducting intervidews, 21 strong to be exact. Will new head coaches Steve Spagnuolo, Rex Ryan ...

Offensive linemen take center stage

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
Offensive linemen and tight ends were under the spotlight in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday as they met with the media prior to their workouts Friday. Baylor OT Jason Smith talked up his work ethic and why it's a big reason he could be the first tackle taken. Alabama OT Andre Smith apologized for the "bad decision" that led to him being suspended for the Sugar Bowl.  

Canadian player declares for draft

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
Vaughn Martin of the University of Western Ontario has declared for the 2009 NFL draft, according to published reports in Canada. The 22-year-old Martin is a 6-3, 328-pound defensive lineman. He plans to work out in Atlanta in preparation for the draft.

Bama's Smith speaks

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
Alabama OLT Andre Smith always dreamed of playing in the NFL, but really didn't care which position he played until he had a conversation with his dad when he was in the sixth grade. Offense, defense, quarterback it didn't matter to Smith -- he just wanted to make big money.

Getting to know you

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
Throughout the six days at the Combine, teams try to get a snapshot of the personality traits belonging to prospects they may have interest in drafting, but in a time-crunched atmosphere, it’s hard to tell just how much valuable insight the club can gain into the players. Many of the interviews in Indianapolis are brief, clocking in around 15 minutes. To those not involved in the process, it seems like a stretch to think ...

Morris vs. Tomlin in heavyweight head-coaching boxing match

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
The Bucs’ Raheem Morris arrived at the media room at the Combine for the first time as a head coach Friday and didn’t waste much time making his mark. He was asked about his widely documented tight friendship with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, and veered off in a direction that had reporters cracking up. “We’re very close friends,” said Morris. “We talk a lot. We were actually talking last night about meeting ...

Rubbing shoulders with Belichick

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
You meet the nicest people at the Combine. Well, not exactly. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn't nearly as stand-offish as he usually seems in the public light, but he definitely had his usual game face as he passed right by me a bit earllier today while I was sending an e-mail to PFW's Neil Warner back in Chicago. Briskly walking down a flight of stairs next to my Combine work station, trailed ...

Josh Freemans lofty comparison

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
Almost every prospect that walks through the media throng gathered in Indianapolis is asked to compare their “game” or “style” to another NFL player. Some of the rookies take the bait, some pass and others say they’re just too unique. Kansas State QB Josh Freeman, who is projected as a late first-round/early second-round pick, wasn’t bashful in his comparison. He went straight to the top. When asked who he compares to, Freeman ...

Louis Vasquez: Master of the bench press

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
INDIANAPOLIS -- The offensive linemen took to the bench press at the Combine on Friday, and Texas Tech's Louis Vasquez proved to be in a league of his own. Vasquez, the fifth-ranked guard according to PFW, lifted 225 pounds 39 times, significantly more than BYU's Travis Bright and Washington's Juan Garcia, who each finished with 34 reps. We have Vasquez rated as a fourth- or fifth-round selection this April, but his impressive feat ...

Prospects being scouted even when they don't know it

Posted Feb. 20, 2009 @ midnight
One of the great things about attending the Combine is the access you get to a who's who of NFL heavyweights. All day Friday, NFL head coaches and general managers were paraded up to the podium to answer about 10 minutes worth of questions. One coach's presser I sat in on today was with new Rams sideline boss Steve Spagnuolo, who shared with us that he's actually studying prospects even when they ...

Annual St. Elmo's blog

Posted Feb. 21, 2009 @ midnight
As the PFW troops get set for Day Three of their four-day Combine odyssey, the time seems right to recap of our annual Friday-night dinner at St. Elmo's Steakhouse. True to form, Elmo's was overflowing with pro-football celebs. With our three-man group of me and fellow editors Dan Parr and Michael Blunda barely inside the door into St. Elmo's, former Niners head coach and new Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan immediately brushed ...

Giants GM Jerry Reese likes the big guys

Posted Feb. 21, 2009 @ midnight
Giants GM Jerry Reese just left the podium a few mintues ago after sounding off on a variety of topics, among them:  On what he looks for when evaluating offensive linemen: "You want the big guys at offensive line. You don’t want a bunch of small guys out there. I don’t know if it was Tom Boisture or George Young, back when I first started scouting, who said, ‘We’re the Giants. We ...

Breaking Combine news: Crabtree needs foot surgery

Posted Feb. 21, 2009 @ midnight
INDIANAPOLIS -- Sitting here in the media room at the NFL Scouting Combine, the NFL Network is just reporting that Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree -- expected to be the top wideout selected in April -- has a stress fracture in his left foot that will require surgery. Crabtree injured the foot in the Red Raiders' final regular-season contest, and apparently the Combine medical staff determined that the injury was more than just a sprain. The receiver will ...