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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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