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Combine Wraps Up Tuesday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 1, 2011 – 6:37 am

Tuesday is the final day of the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. All the groups except for two have departed and after today all the NFL teams will leave Indianapolis, too, as they advance to the next stage of draft preparation.

Groups 10 and 11 (all DBs) will be on the field going through timing stations and skill drills today. This is basically what you see on TV when you turn on NFL Network during the Combine. After their workouts, these groups will depart Indianapolis.

Beginning tomorrow and going through the end of the week we’ll continue to take a position-by-position look at this year’s Combine. On Sunday evening, we took a close look at the QBs and WRs. Also, you can check out all the great coverage vikings.com provided live from Indianapolis by going to the Combine Central page.


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52 Responses to “Combine Wraps Up Tuesday”

  1. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hope they find a ball hawking saftey or at least someone better than Madieu. Yes great guy to bad his skills don’t match up. Ahmad Black is 5’9 so other may over look him but he is always around the ball. Could be a sleeper.

  2. By fran4ever on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    combine wraps up, lol whatever good it does. i think the media and the coaching staffs put way to much time and energy in this thing. think of some of the players that blow it at the combine but become stars in the nfl. Think of all the ppl that have a great combine, and then suck it ;up on the nfl gird. stats, divisions, winning percentidge. lets talk real players in real situations.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    fran4ever may have a point, but what are they supposed to be doing, rather than watching the combine?

  4. By Hickapotomus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Please no Joe Webb, Add Jake Locker to the roster, have one more bad year and then its super bowl bound

  5. By Carl K on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Here is my 7 round mock draft for the Vikings.
    #12 – Jake Locker QB -. I like his leadership and intangibles – I was not a big Locker fan of his 2 months ago, but he won me over with his willingnes to work on his game.
    #43 – Rahim Moore FS – One of the most productive DB in the Draft. He Didn’t WOW anyone at the combine, so I think he falls to the Vikings in the second round.
    #137 – Cortez Allen CB – Second team all conference. Has potential to be a starter if C.Cook or C.Griffen can get it done. Has been compared in body build and movement to Dominigue Rodger Cromartie. 6’1″ 197 and can run a 4.45.
    #168 – Ryan Bartholomew C- Had a great combine and is a smart athletic center that could push Sully.
    #179 – Denarius Moore WR – 6’0 194 from Tenn. Has consistent hands and is sound route runner that can catch in traffic with the speed to go deep.
    #199 – J.T. Thomas OLB 6’1 241 from West Virgina. He held up well at the combine. Productive linebacker with a high motor and good tackling skills. He never gives up on plays and can play special teams and provide depth.
    #237 – Wille Smith OT 6’5 310 – left tackle for East Carolina. Good athlete with lots of upside. First team all conference USA. Needs to improve technique but has tools to be a solid backup in the NFL.

  6. By Rick on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred, Im a big Joe Webb fan but if we can get Jake WOW. Question is on yahoo sports sounded like Berrian is gone and Rice dosnt want to sign, do we need to rebuild that deep. ALWAYS PURPLE!!!!!!!!!

  7. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K.,

    Your plan for the draft is great. However I doubt that Bartholomew will be available with pick #168.

    If Jake Locker is any good, he’ll be taken in the few few picks of the 1st round.

    The Vikings will have to take some chances to get a few of the people they want. I am hoping they want Bartholomew bad, because he would give us some flexibility in the offensive line. Center is not an easy position to play.

  8. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    I have to admit to some selfishness, and greed.

    I would like the NFL to be the way it is, and not begin to look like the NBA, or Pro Baseball where players take A LOT of plays off.

    We would not see many games like this years pro bowl, but with an 18 game schedule, you would see more WWF type stuff.

  9. By Carl K on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    I am a big fan of Julio Jone WR. He looked outstanding at the combine and he went through the entire combine with a fractured foot.

    I could see taking Jones in the 1st round (Vikings could lose the bidding war for S. Rice) and taking Mallet, Ponder, Kaepernick or Dalton in round 2.

    A late round safety (round 4 or 5) to keep an eye on is Jermale Hines 6-1 215 from Ohio State. All Big Ten First Team. Has the speed to play cover 2.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    If you are one wanting the 18 game schedule please read NFL UNPLUGGED by Anthony Gargano (who has the Fox Radio program in Philadelphia, among other things.)

    Here are a few highlights:
    Ted Johnson, recently retired LB for the Patriots now has severe depression, and Alzhiemer’s Disease.
    Andre Waters, recently retire S for the Eagles, battled depression and shot and killed himself. Tests show that he had severe brain damage from football.
    Many players hurt from game 1 to game 16 w/o letup. Most of those players cannot sleep at night.
    Remember Brett Favre this year? Turns out alot of guys go through worse than he did. Hurt Sunday, no practice, play on Sunday with pain killing drugs.

  11. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Coaches tell players to play with broken bones.
    Position coaches tell which opposing players are hurt, and where. They instruct the players to finish that guy off by causing further paint to the injured joint or muscle.

  12. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Pileups during fumbles are the most dangerous time. Broken fingers, lacerated private areas, gouged eyes, etc. The author calls it a “Crime Zone.” Referees cannot do anything. Often you will hear a man give a blood-curdling scream as bones are separated from muscle, or worse.

    Much of all this is intentional !

  13. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    There is also information about fake injury timeouts, trash talking, John Randle, Kickers, Huddle Talk, Meetings, etc.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    NFL Unplugged by Anthony Gargano will let you inside the lockerrooms, and on the field.

  15. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Football is not a game of statistics like baseball, and basketball, it’s a game of MAYHEM ! ! !

    Which is why the NFL schedule should be 16 games, or less. Realistically it should be less than 16 games.

  16. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Even if you don’t believe or care about the injuries, you should care about the quality of play, which will most certainly go DOWN !

  17. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Well FRED, why don’t you write to the NFL? What good does it do to tell us poor fans.

    Attitudes are important, is yours worth catching?

  18. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, the season should be 6 games long– play each divisional opponent twice to determine the division title and then have a longer playoff scenario.

  19. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Then every game would be so important– the intensity would be high— make each game 6 quarters long.

  20. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    AND, why not introduce animals onto the field like in Roman times. A couple elephants to block, maybe a cheetah at wide receiver.

  21. By Shawn on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    hahah titus i like the animals idea

  22. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    The Boys are back in town again !

  23. By Frederick Jones on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    As far as I know there is no rule against playing animals. An elephant would be hard to get around, but then the QB would have to throw over the animal.

    I’m not sure it would work. Perhaps if you could teach him to run block…

  24. By Shawn on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    titus i was thinking we could stop using players and just use team mascots and i dont mean people i mean 11 lions vs 11 panthers …. obviously some teams would have to change names be hard to get 11 jets on the field and not sure what a packers is … i picture a flamer wearing a yellow speedo its actually disturbing

  25. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, that is not a good image before bed. I don’t want nightmares. Fred, that is funny– throwing over the elephant– I had not taken this thought that far– you really considered the logistics as relates to the game– could have hippos, but they are not as smart as elephants and have bad temperaments– hippos for a rush defense?

  26. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Question– how would you get an animal to realize what an illegal hit is, and how would you penalize that animal? Less peanuts?

  27. By Shawn on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    dolphins would have some serious home field advantage but i dont think they could win a road game and 8-8 wont get you to the playoffs unless they move to the rams division

  28. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    The bears and lions would own the north. I think I have started something carazzzy!

  29. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    The Bengals would finally win the big one.

  30. By Shawn on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    and what would the rules be for bird teams ? they obviously have to be dome teams …

  31. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Seattle has to build a new stadium.

  32. By Shawn on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    ROTFLMAO

  33. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Eagles vs Cardinals– now that would be messy.

  34. By Titus on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    What kind of a name is Cardinals for a football team, anyway? When was the last time you were intimidated by a Cardinal?

  35. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Well you would not have to worry about people streaking on the field. But the only problem how would you keep the big cats from eating the zebras.

  36. By vikesfan10 on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    why dont the vikings place a 1st and 3rd round tender on Rice like the JEts did with cromartie?

  37. By Parody on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    The intent would be to give Rice a 1st round tender if the new CBA allows it. That’s one of the big questions in the CBA is how many years a player needs to have before he can become an Unrestricted Free Agent. Last year we were able to keep Ray Edwards with a 1st round hold going into his 5th year, so if things stay the same or move to the potential 6-years of service, then Rice will remain without question. But if they drop it to a 3- or 4-year requirement as the players union is arguing for, then we’ll have to get into a big bidding way to keep Rice on board.

  38. By Parody on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    *way = war

  39. By Carl K on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    @vikesfan10 – Good question. If we can tender Rice… we should do it.

  40. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    1st and 3rd tender is the highest and he would make about 3.4 million. If the UFA rules from 2010 still apply this will happen.

  41. By Carl K on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Cromartie for the Jets has more years in the league than Rice.
    I am not sure why the Jets can do it… I realize the situation could change depending on the out come of the new CBA agreement (so a tender might be meaningless?? I don’t know).. I also think a player needs to sign and agree to the tender as well???

  42. By Parody on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Carl – Yes, these offers are meaningless until the CBA issues are resolved but it shows the player that the team is serious about keeping him. Yes, the player must also agree to the tender, but there are disadvantages if the player doesn’t (at least under the current agreement). If by a certain date, (some time before preseason) the player doesn’t sign the tender, the ammount of the tender drops while the compensation if the player signs with another team remains the same. I THINK that if the player doesn’t sign the tender, he either has to decide not to play, or convince another team that he is worth the compensation ammount, (draft pick(s)).

  43. By #1Vikingfanofalltime on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I see us goin to the Superbowl real soon. The CBA deal WILL get resolved and we will have a full seasson of football. I heard Cam newton didn’t really impress at the combine. Who do you guys think would be a great fit for our team??? I also heard CArson Palmer want out of Cinci, he can play some good football. I say pick him up and a young college QB and develope him untill Palmer leaves. GO VIKES!!!!!

  44. By Carl K on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Parody!

  45. By #1Vikingfanofalltime on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    What do you guys think of getting Palmer?? He says he’s not doin it for the money anymore. I think it would be someting to consider.

  46. By Parody on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I wouldn’t trade for Palmer, but if the Bengals decide to cut him loose I’d say take the chance. Worst case scenario is that he gets beat by Webb and becomes the #2 QB, while providing some veteran advice to the young QBs on the roster.

  47. By Titus on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I say get a veteran QB in here– McNabb, Palmer– whomever– I am not the biggest fan of either one, but at least we would be competitive in 2011– with a decent, experienced QB and AP and a still solid defense, I think we can have a good season— of course look for long term QB, but it would be nice to be in the hunt for the Superbowl soon.

  48. By vikesfan10 on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I just heard that we had put a 1st tender on edwards. I’m not happy about this becasue he is overrated, he isnt even that good Robison had more sacks in short time. With double teams on allen and the williams wall how did he not get like 20 sacks. He also held out last year and i dont belive his heart is in min. The vikes should put a third or 4th on him so we can pick up an extra pick and replace him

  49. By Parody on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    I just looked up that tender on Edwards, and it looks like it’s true: http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/03/02/vikings-place-tenders-on-top-free-agents

    Rice and Edwards were both given a 1st round tender, while Abdullah and Robison were given 2nd round tenders.

    So IF the new CBA allows 4-years of experience to receive a tender, then we still have the right of first refusal on Rice. If they allow 5-years of experience to still receive a tender, then we get the same rights on Edwards.

    I think it’s a good move. Edwards doesn’t really want to stay on the team anyways, so hopefully he can convince another team that he’s worth the 1st round pick. At worst, it allows the team one more year to develop Ray’s replacement, while holding the opportunity to get some great extra talent from the 2012 draft. However, it would have been more realistic to put a 2nd round tender on Ray, but maybe we can get lucky.

    Then we also have the right to keep Rice, unless the CBA turns out horribly. If Sidney proves to be worth too much to another team, then we can replace him with another 1st round selection in 2012. That sounds like a win-win scenario to me, especially since we still need to develop a franchise QB.

  50. By Tre on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Draft Cam Newton.
    IF you have a chance draft Patrick Peterson. CB ( filled position)
    Re-sign Sidney Rice, then trade him for an OL. ( filled position)
    Release Antoine Winfield. ( old)
    TRY to get Nhamdi Asouhmjwa or however you spell it.

  51. By weaver on Mar 6, 2011 | Reply

    i think we should get a veteran at qb and get out of the crazy qb hunt. Webb has potential under solid leadership and if he turns into a tarvaris then next year we can go after a qb.

    We need to get a compliment to rice should he stay and if not will really be hurting in our wrs. We should go after julio jones

    Our dbs are another area that lacks depth and I really like prince for a db.

    If in a later round we can get a sound qb thats ok, but i feel the biggest holes will be receiving core, dbs, and finding some replacements for the williams wall

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