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Power And Speed On Display On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 28, 2010 – 4:36 pm

Sunday was not a day of rest for the players participating in the NFL Scouting Combine. A few of the position groups are putting up some impressive numbers.

Look on this page and you’ll see some blazing 40-yard dash times, including a 4.28 mark by WR Jacoby Ford and 4.35 and 4.37 performances from RBs Jahvid Best and C.J. Spiller.

As speedy as some of those times are, the performances from D-linemen in the bench press were just as strong. Frank Tydach of NFL.com called the DL bench pressing session the most entertaining 2-hour session of the Combine.

Georgia DT Jeff Owens put up 44 reps of the 225-pound bench and Tydach says that worked the rest of the room into a frenzy. Also putting up impressive numbers were Mammoth East Carolina DT Linval Joseph (39 reps) and Georgia DT Geno Atkins and UCLA DT Brian Price with 34 each.


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Decker At Combine, But Unable To Workout

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 28, 2010 – 3:54 pm

Coaches and scouts – as well as those of you who are observing NFL Network’s TV coverage – are watching QBs, RBs and WRs go through their on-field workouts today at Lucas Oil Stadium.

But for Minnesota football fans it might feel as if something is missing – and it is. Golden Gopher’s WR Eric Decker is not working out because of a foot injury he sustained during the 2009 season.

Decker had one surgery already on the foot and he’ll undergo another one on March 15; he said he’ll be ready to hit the field for whichever team drafts him by June.

Speaking of the draft, how is the injury and his inability to workout for teams before the draft going to affect his standing with teams? That’s yet to be determined, but Decker seems comfortable with how things will play out.

“Unfortunately, I can’t run and compete with these guys,” Decker told Frank Tadych of NFL.com. “But my mindset is to go in there and sell my character, sell the smarts on the field and the consistency I’ve had over the last four seasons.”

I wasn’t able to catch up with Decker down in Indianapolis because his media session was right around the time Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman was meeting with Twin Cities reporters. But NFL.com caught up with him and you can watch the interview by clicking here.


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vikings.com Back In MN, But The Combine Continues

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 28, 2010 – 9:40 am

I’ve arrived back home after 4 complete days at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. And although vikings.com is back in Minnesota, our coverage of the event continues. We’ll be monitoring NFL Network and other sources for news developments and results from Indianapolis and across the NFL.

This is Day 5 of the Combine, and here is the schedule…

–Groups 1-3 (kickers, specialists and TEs) have gone home
— Groups 4-6 (QBs, WRs and RBs) have on-field workouts
–Groups 7-9 (DL and LBs) have an NFLPA meeting and then will go through psychological testing and team meetings
— Groups 10-11 (DBs) have measurements, medical exams, media sessions, psychological testing and team interviews.

The last 4 days have been very active in Indianapolis, with so much going on in the media center and with important facets – medical exams, player media sessions and team meetings – of the Combine taking place. But the next few days will be fun, too, because the skill positions players will get out on the field and compete with one another.

Be sure to stay tuned to vikings.com and the vikings.com Blog for more updates throughout the Combine…


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Observations From On-Field Workouts On Day 4

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 27, 2010 – 2:07 pm

Groups 1-3 have concluded their on-field workouts on Saturday and there are several players and even a position group that stood out among observers. NFL personnel guru Gil Brandt penned a blog entry on NFL.com suggesting that this year’s class of offensive linemen might be the best ever.

Brandt cites an uncanny combination of size and speed – as well as the fact that 26 of 26 players worked out – as reasons he deemed this group’s performance so far at the Combine as “sensational.”

“If you can’t find an offensive lineman in this draft,” Brandt says, “you might never do it.”

A few TEs impressed as well, most notably Pitt’s Dorin Dickerson (4.4 forty-yard dash) and of course Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham (widely considered the best TE prospect in the class). But Miami’s Jimmy Graham, who ran a 4.56 dash, and Oregon’s Ed Dickson, who ran a 4.67, may also be catching the attention of teams as well.

Last, but certainly not least, a couple of individuals put up sensational numbers during their workouts today. They were Maryland OT Bruce Campbell and LSU returner Trindon Holliday. Campbell, who stands at 6-6, 314 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds and then bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times. Holliday was impressive as well, registering a 40 time of 4.32 seconds.

Today was interesting for me because it was the first day of on-field workouts and I spent a couple of hours inside the stadium observing, rather than hunkering down in the media center with the coaches, GMs and players. I was up in the Vikings suite for a while (every NFL team has a suite at this event) watching the OL and TEs go through the 40-yard dash and position specific drills. I also stood and watched the NFL Network Total Access crew of host Rich Eisen and analysts Charles Davis, Jamie Dukes and Mike Mayock do their thing as they carried live coverage of the Combine.

Tonight I’ll be swinging by the Vikings team interview room to check out how things operate while teams are interviewing the players. I won’t be able to share any details from those meetings but I’m looking forward to the experience.

That’s it for now on Day 4, but be sure to stick with vikings.com for comprehensive coverage of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.


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Keep Up With Workout Results

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 27, 2010 – 10:48 am

On-field workouts and drills (aka the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, broad jump, etc.) have begun in earnest at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The results come in so fast and so many of you ask me about so many different players that I think the best way for you to keep track of how individual players do in certain drills is to access this page on NFL.com. Check out the tabs at the top of the page to get the information you want.

But don’t spend all of your time there. Be sure to come back here for update throughout the Combine.


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NFL Network’s Mayock Explains The Workouts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 27, 2010 – 9:45 am

As we mentioned in our previous post, on-field workouts begin at the NFL Scouting Combine today. This means that today marks the day where you’ll see highlights of players running the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, position specific exercises, broad jump, high jump, etc.

So, what exactly are these drills and which drills are important to which positions? NFL Network’s draft expert – and Vikings preseason TV analyst – Mike Mayock has the answers.

Clicking this link will direct you to a page on NFL.com that features Mayock going through each workout drill and position specific drill with a concise but detailed explanation.


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Day 4 At Combine Begins

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 27, 2010 – 8:04 am

It’s already Day 4 here at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and it’s also the last full day I’ll be here taking in all of the action. But don’t worry, vikings.com will continue its coverage of the Combine through the event’s conclusion on Tuesday.

Day 4 marks the arrivals of the final groups of players – Groups 10 and 11 – which consist of DBs. These players will travel to Indianapolis today, go through registration, have hospital pre-exams and x-rays, orientation and then team interviews. Here’s what the other groups of players will be doing…

Groups 1-3 (kickers, specialists and TEs): on-field workouts and then departure
Groups 4-6 (QBs, WRs and RBs): NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, team interviews
Groups 7-9 (DL and LBs): measurements, medical exams, media sessions, psychological testing, team interviews

As you can see, we’ll have our first set of on-field workouts today as Groups 1-3 get out on the Lucas Oil Stadium field. That is exciting. I’ll also be sure to keep my eye on the media room as players and NFL head coaches and GMs make their way through to speak with reporters.

That’s it for now, but be sure to keep checking back here all weekend for updates…


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Childress And Spielman Audio Links

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 26, 2010 – 5:05 pm

As promised, we have links to audio files from both head coach Brad Childress’ and VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman’s appearances on SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Click here to listen to Childress.

Click here to listen to Spielman.


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Spielman Talks Tebow

Posted by cjsiewert on February 26, 2010 – 4:05 pm

Much speculation has gone into the Vikings current QB situation and it’s centered on one burning question: Will Brett Favre return?

If not, are the Vikings to turn to Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels?  Another option that many NFL analysts have suggested is to draft a QB.  All of these mixed feelings about the Vikings QB position have not escaped the media’s repertoire of questions for Vikings personnel at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress on Friday reiterated the team’s stance on allowing Favre time to make a decision on his future with the team, as Mike touched on earlier. In the meantime, both Childress and Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman cited the fluidness of NFL business as reasons they hesitated to give firm commitments to what the team would do should Favre not return.

“I don’t want to get into what we’re committed to and what we’re not committed to because I think this time of year everything is in flux, everything is etched in oatmeal,” Spielman said on Thursday.

Getting back to the option of selecting a QB in this year’s Draft, Spielman was asked about his feelings on Florida QB Tim Tebow, who is currently going through the process of changing his mechanics to better fit the style of a pro-level QB.

“I don’t think there’s any question about heart, leadership, character, football player, all that stuff,” Spielman said of Tebow.  “This (changing his mechanics) is all kind of un-chartered territory.  Whatever hiccups people have… you read about his ‘mechanical flaws,’ if you want to put it that way, you’re going to go and see if they are correctable and if they do fit in potentially what a team is looking for in a quarterback.”

Tebow has received a lot of criticism for his poor performance at this year’s Senior Bowl and for his lack of skill as a ‘drop-back’ passer.  Also, NFL scouts will not be able to see Tebow’s newly-refined mechanics this weekend because he has withdrawn from the throwing activities at the Combine.  He is saving the big reveal for his Pro Day at the University of Florida on March 17.

I believe that Spielman hit this matter right on the button. You need to see if his ‘flaws’ are correctable and if they fit into what a team is looking for in a QB.  At this point it’s hard to gauge whether or not Tebow would fit the Vikings scheme, but it will be interesting to watch Tebow’s draft stock as a result of him not participating in the throwing activities at the Combine.


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Childress Talks Favre And Limestone

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 26, 2010 – 2:58 pm

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress echoed the same sentiment that Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman had on Thursday regarding the question of whether QB Brett Favre will return to the team in 2010.

Just as Spielman communicated on Thursday, Childress says he’s received no indication one way or the other from the QB and Childress also didn’t seem fixed on applying any sort of time line or deadline for a decision.

“I just think it’s important to manage a guy’s resources, particularly a 40 or a 41-year old, and there’s really not a manual on that,” Childress said. “You have to be able to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity in this business, whether you’re a player or a coach, and deal with it well. I think our players get that, understand that. I think they’ll be fine.”

Childress said he spoke with Favre twice earlier this week – on Monday and Tuesday – and that those conversations ranged from football issues to family matters.

“He was more fixated on getting some crushed limestone down on the road to his mother-in-law’s house on his property,” a grinning but honest Childress said. “They have a water issue down there. I think he’s got other things on his mind right now and certainly I couldn’t give him any landscape architecture ideas or anything.”

While Childress declined to get into more specifics of his conversations with the QB, he did say that he won’t be surprised either way on Favre’s decision for 2010.


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