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Highlights From DL, LB Combine Workouts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 28, 2012 – 8:05 am

I spend most of Monday traveling from Indianapolis back to Minneapolis, but the show went on without vikings.com at the Combine. Defensive linemen and linebackers took to the field on Monday for their on-field workouts, and here are a few of the highlights from the action…

– Mychal Kendricks registered the fastest 40-yard dash time of all LBs, as the University of California LB sprinted the distance in 4.47 seconds. Kendricks had a great day of workouts because he was also #1 in the broad jump (10 feet, 7 inches) and vertical leap (39.5 inches). University of North Carolina LB Zack Brown had the second-fastest 40 time at 4.50 seconds and Boston College’s Luke Kuechly was third-fastest at 4.58 seconds. Arkansas State LB DeMario Davis was second-best in both the broad jump (10-4) and vertical leap (38.5), and Kuechly was third in the vertical leap (38 inches).

– While the LBs dominated the 40-yard dash drill, it was the defensive linemen who had the greatest impact in the bench press. Memphis DT Dontari Poe stole the show, pushing up the 225-pound bench press an amazing 44 times, which was 8 more than the second-best effort. BYU DL Loni Fangupo, Michigan DL Mike Martin and UCONN DL Kendall Reyes all gutted out 36 reps in a tie for second place along with the top LB – Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis.

– While Kendricks had the best day of any LB, it was USC’s Nick Perry who I think had the best day of any DL. Perry looked competent and smooth in the position-specific drills on the field, and then was outstanding in the tests. He had 35 reps on the bench press (6th best among DL), ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds (3rd),  registered a vertical leap of 38.5 inches (1st) and was also 1st in the broad jump.

– Let’s go back to Poe. He measured in at 6-4, 336 pounds and, as explained above, he has incredible strength to go with that size. He also performed well in the position-specific drills and had better-than-you-expected performances in the broad jump, vertical leap and 40-yard dash. In fact, NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi probably put it best when he described Poe’s size as “enormous,” his speed as “outstanding” and his power as “rare.” All of this tells me Poe has great explosion, which combined with his size and strength makes him a great DT prospect. The Vikings are obviously looking for a difference-making DT, but don’t get too excited about Poe because he’s going to be gone in the 1st round and won’t be available for the Vikings when they pick early in the 2nd round (#35 overall).

– As I explained in the recap of Sunday’s action, I enjoy following NFL Network’s Charley Casserly both on TV and on twitter. Here are a few of his tweets as he reacted to Monday’s workouts: “DT very strong position, Some good OLB’s for 34 Def, DE not very strong”; “DT has gd depth-I liked:Brockers-LSU,Cox-Miss St,Crick-Neb,Forston-Mia,Kuhn-NCST,Martin-Mich,Reyes-Conn,Still-PAST”; “I liked in [workouts] Worthy-MSU, Wolfe-Cinn, Winn-Boise and player who helped himself the most was Poe-Memphis”; “DE’s disappointing as group-[workouts] I liked: Mercilus-ILL, Jones-Syr, Crawford-Boise, – Coples-NC was disappointing to me.”; “Liked these MLB WO’s-Kuechly-BC, Spence-MIA, Kendricks-CAL, Galippo-USC & these 43 OLB’s-Brown-UNC,Lavonte-NEB,Whitehead-Temple.”; “Two disappointing players-Burfict-ASU ran 4.93 & 5.10; Upshaw-ALA was very avg in drills-no burst or explosion.”

– The DBs take the field for workouts and drills on Tuesday, so I’ll be watching those and will report back to you all day and tomorrow. Also tomorrow, I’ll try to finish a Combine recap blog entry, so stay tuned for that. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for updates (@wobby) and also don’t forget to check out this week’s Wobcast, which features NFL Network draft expert and Vikings preseason TV analyst Mike Mayock.


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69 Responses to “Highlights From DL, LB Combine Workouts”

  1. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Janoris Jenkins 4.44 unofficial time. and a 1.47 10 time. Kid is very quick and very fast. He is compared to Pacman Jones and Chris Cook however because of his off-field issues.

    Trumaine johnson ran 4.50 unofficial. I’m hearing he could be a guy who can play safety

  2. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Just read this, what do you all think about this,

    http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/patriots_mailbag_jared_allen_would_be_great_fit_but_contract_vikings_asking_price_make_trade_difficult/10093411

    Patriots Mailbag: Jared Allen Would Be Great Fit, But Contract, Vikings’ Asking Price Make Trade Difficult by Jeff Howe on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 10:45AM

    It’s window shopping season in the NFL, as personnel departments have their eyes peeled at the scouting combine and the free-agent market, which opens March 13.

    There’s plenty to dissect in each area, though this week’s Patriots mailbag concentrates more on the free agent market than the draft pool. And we’ll start things off with an interesting question about a potential trade.

    What about an offseason trade for Jared Allen? What would it take?
    –John

    It’s a good thought, and while it’s possible, I’m not sure it’s realistic. The Vikings are in a weird spot, to the point where you could make arguments for why they should and shouldn’t trade the defensive end who recorded 22 sacks last season. On one side, they’re in a complete rebuilding mode, so they should entertain the notion of trading Allen, who turns 30 in April. The Vikings are clearly the worst team in a strong division, and with a young quarterback and few receiving threats, they won’t be winning anytime soon. Trading Allen would help them net another young piece.

    Yet, running back Adrian Peterson’s knee injury should sideline him for a portion of the 2012 season, and it will make him far less exciting to watch over the course of the year as he works toward regaining full strength. That might make Allen the most marketable guy they’ve got. If they trade him, it could send a poor message to the fan base.

    Here’s the tricky part. Allen’s base salary is $11.6 million in 2012 and $14.3 million in 2013. The Vikings reportedly have $5-10 million in cap space entering free agency, which isn’t much. It’d be in their best interest to ask Allen to take a pay cut, and it would probably be in Allen’s best interest to tell them to kick rocks, which could yield a trade. Of course, the parameters of that trade would almost certainly call for the inquiring team to slash his salary, but at least it would give Allen a chance to win while he’s still in his prime.

    Right now, the Vikings could land a first-rounder for Allen, if not more. But if they do happen to ask him to take a pay cut and he refuses, his trade value would decrease since opposing teams would be aware of the Vikings’ preference to trade him.

    Allen would absolutely help the Patriots. He’s got 77.5 sacks over the last five seasons, and he’s a one-man wrecking crew off the edge. The Patriots already have a good foundation of young players, so they could afford to surrender one of their first-round picks for a proven commodity. Since they’re picking late, it might take more than that, maybe even a third-rounder, which would still be worth it. They’d just need him to rework the deal, possibly by sliding some of that money into a third year of a new contract

  3. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    J. Hosley and C. Hayward just look too small for the nfc north

  4. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the Viking are smarter than that, they need all the help they can get on the Defense, triading Allen would be foolish.

  5. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Nothing new on the stadium issue so everyone have a great day.

  6. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Claiborne beast of the DB’s!!!!!!!!! looks taller than we thought

  7. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    another LSU cornerback R. Brooks fastest guy out there!

    http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=785329

  8. By DeerTracks on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    You might have Petterson take a paycut also, huh…

  9. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hayward 5’11+ oops

  10. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Cliff Harris cb, stud looking punt-returner…. weeeeeeeee

  11. By Beeverchoan on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Trade Petersen and Allen, they are washed up!

  12. By Beeverchoan on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Found some bong resin

  13. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    The talking heads keep talking about the safety position and Harrison Smith from Notre Dame. In the meantime, safety Sean Richardson from Vandy benched 22 last night and ran 4.5 before Smith. Richardson this year looked good in a couple Vandy games I saw. He could play centerfield and come up against the run. 6’2 215

  14. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    H Smith ran 4.56 and Mayock said mid 4.5s for a safety isn’t bad also “he was false started and was was nervous”. What about Richsrdson?

  15. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R Josh Robinson CB 4.29 #1 topped RG3

  16. By 61Vikings on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS
    That trade was discussed last year, but the Vikes asking price was to much and it still should be to much for the Pats to even consider!! It would take a 1st and a 2nd round pick, with a player in the deal as well!!

  17. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Brandon Taylor another LSU DB safety. hard hitting sucker, who needs Landry? 4-6 rounder

  18. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond

    I didn’t know he had some speed…! Sensabaugh from Clemson wasn’t bad either..

  19. By 61Vikings on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Rams have come out and said they will trade the 2nd overall pick, let the bidding war begin!! That leaves the Vikes to take Kalil as there #1 pick, but knowing Spielman he will pick Blackmon!!

  20. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R, Sensabaugh(clemson) a fantastic playmaker always around the ball. shocked he is here thought he was a sop. holy cow!

  21. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Yes…Brandon Taylor…and CB Ron Brooks from LSU. You didn’t hear much out of them in school because of the “Honey Badger” and Claiborne.

  22. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    That’s good to know…lol..When watching Clemson, I was watching usually the other side of the ball with the freshman receiver Sammy Watkins

  23. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldnt mind trading Jared Allen.

  24. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I was watching Clemson D this year because of Meeks the other safety but it was Sens making the plays

  25. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sensabaugh 5’11 CB clemson

  26. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Good eye sandiamond!

    I heard of Sensabaugh but only after season and did not see his play. I did not check further into him..Thanks for the heads up :-)

  27. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

  28. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Wow..he looked like he was standing back there waiting and made jump and snagged that

  29. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond

    keep me posted…I gottta go…some players I was looking at was LB Bradham and Burris yesterday and CB Robinson and Norman and S Richardson today. (there are probably more I forgot)

  30. By Mike R. on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Looking at mid to late rounds or UDFA “sandiamonds” in the rough :-)

  31. By Rudso on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond, keep the youtube “scouting” videos coming. I like them.

  32. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    thanks , enjoy the bottoms up search . Harrison Smith so fluid moving… the real deal

  33. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Josh RobinsonCB three drops. Josh NormanCB more sure-handed tall guy out there. Still concerned about no college competition at all with Norman. Sean RichardsonS couple of drops just don’t seem to be on the same level as Iloka S

    Combine finished!

  34. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is from, http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/140442873.html

    In short, even with all their other needs, the Vikings can’t completely ignore the linebacking corps during their offseason maneuvering.

    As for the Hendersons, coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged the potential awkwardness of signing one but not the other in the coming weeks.

    “The thing that’s difficult is they’re both up at the same time,” Frazier said. “That’s a little odd. Both are still good football players. Both are capable of making plays for us. But in our division, we’re having to make those tough decisions.”

    Cole energy
    If the Vikings choose to address the linebacking corps via the draft, N.C. State’s Audie Cole is a playmaker worth considering somewhere in the third- or fourth-round range. The Vikings’ coaching staff got an extended look at Cole last month at the Senior Bowl, where they worked closely together on the North squad. Cole said Saturday he enjoyed the Senior Bowl experience and relished the chance to work closely with Mike Singletary.

    “He was great,” Cole said “He was a great linebacker coach. And he was a great player. It was an honor to work with him and learn from him.”

    Backup plan?
    University of Wisconsin fans don’t need convincing that Russell Wilson has the accuracy and leadership skills to be a successful quarterback. But NFL scouts and general managers are still trying to determine where Wilson could fit at the next level.

    The biggest question Wilson is trying to answer during the pre-draft process revolves around his height (5-11), a deficiency he believes he can make up for with his nifty footwork in the pocket and his high and quick release.

    “You have to be able to understand the offense, know the whys of football,” Wilson said at the combine. “Play with rhythm and timing and just be athletic. I definitely believe I’m one of the most athletic guys here.”

    Draft analyst Mike Mayock of the NFL Network says Wilson remains on his “figure ‘em out” list.

    “He’s the kind of guy I would love to have as a backup,” Mayock said. “He’s smart and instinctive. If your starter got hurt, he could lead you for three, four, five games.”

  35. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Shooter Now: Vikings should forget a deal and just pick Matt Kalil
    By Charley Walters
    cwalters@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
    Posted: 02/28/2012 12:01:00 AM CST
    February 28, 2012 5:36 PM GMT Updated: 02/28/2012 11:36:50 AM CST

    USC’s Matt Kalil at the NFL draft combine. (Associated Press)
    If the report is true, and the St. Louis Rams will trade the No. 2 overall draft pick, the Minnesota Vikings almost certainly would take Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil with the No. 3 pick.

    That’s because Kalil is the top non-quarterback in the draft. After quarterback Andrew Luck goes No. 1 to Indianapolis, a team trading with St. Louis would be able to take Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. That could be Cleveland, which picks No. 4, or Washington, which picks No. 6, after a bidding contest.

    With Griffin gone, there wouldn’t seem to be enough incentive for another team to trade with the Vikings.

    Meanwhile, because the Vikings still seem to be in a lengthy rebuilding program, it won’t be surprising if veteran offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera are cut early next month for salary cap space.

    The Vikings, because of the uncertainty surrounding Adrian Peterson’s recovery from a knee injury, are expected to draft or sign a free-agent running back. They won’t use an early pick or spend a lot of money on one. This year’s free-agent class is considered strong.

    It still seems likely the Vikings will re-sign free agent veteran QB Sage Rosenthal, who would play behind C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n Ponder and Joe Webb.

  36. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Cal’s LB Kendricks is the real deal. He was the best LB in the Pac-12. Not sure what his draft grade is but he would be a solid player.

  37. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Chase Minnifield proud of dad’s influence, could be good fit for Vikings

    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings

    Updated: February 28, 2012 – 10:30 AM

    Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield may be a bit under the radar in terms of pre-draft buzz. The consensus analysis is that he does a lot of things well but nothing extraordinary. And his combine performance Tuesday won’t likely change that perception. But Minnifield, whose dad Frank was a standout for the Browns in the late 1980s, has a good understanding of the game and could be the kind of player who would help stabilize a Vikings secondary that has numerous holes to plug.

    If the Vikings consider drafting Minnifield early in the second round, they’ll certainly be impressed by his confident and easygoing demeanor. Minnifield’s visit with reporters over the weekend at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis was refreshing.

    Here are highlights of what the Virginia defensive back had to say:

    On his father’s impact …

    My father has always been a big influence for me in how I play, how I act, and just my day-to-day routines. I grew up around him. And he’s taught me pretty much everything I know about the game. He’s a big influence in how I play and how I carry myself. I don’t try to play like him. I’m a different player. I’m a finesse player. And you have to understand that the game has changed a lot since my dad played. I can’t play exactly the way he played. But as far as being a physical, in-your-face kind of corner, I guess you can say I play like him. I try to emulate that.

    On being aggressive and reliable in run support …

    That’s just a mindset. It’s a mindset that you’re going to put your face in there. I’m not the biggest corner, not the strongest corner. But one thing I bring is I’m not afraid of any contact.

  38. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Shooter Now II: Ex-Viking Don Joyce, once NFL’s ‘meanest player,’ dies at 82
    By Charley Walters
    cwalters@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
    Posted: 02/27/2012 12:01:00 AM CST
    February 27, 2012 8:16 PM GMT Updated: 02/27/2012 02:16:26 PM CST

    Mahtomedi’s Don Joyce, who was a Pro Bowl defensive lineman and played 12 NFL seasons with the Baltimore Colts, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Cardinals, died Sunday at age 82.

    “Raymond Berry, the Hall of Fame wide receiver of the world-champion Baltimore Colts, along with many others said he was the meanest player in the NFL,” Don Joyce Jr. said today.

    Family friend Dan Lucker emailed, “He was known as the nicest person outside of the NFL and one of the dirtiest players inside the NFL.”

    After his playing career, Joyce coached football and taught at Minneapolis’ DeLaSalle for five years. He also was an NFL scout for 30 years, the final 10 as head scout for the Colts.

  39. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    I hope teams pass on Janoris Jenkins in the 1st round so we can take him in the 2nd. I know its a gamble with his off the field issues, but its worth it. It worked with Randy Moss, so I believe it will work with Jenkins. We would be foolish to pass up that much talent.

  40. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    How about resigning Erin and moving him to MLB. Let E.J. go I like him but the broken femur has taken away his pass coverage.

  41. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    My condolences to the family of Don Joyce.

  42. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Bart Scott MLB on the market same sort of issue. Routt 17 pen highest in nfl last year. beware of what teams are dumping off fa………

  43. By DRS on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    ‘Racino’ touted as way to fund stadium
    By Doug Belden
    dbelden@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
    Posted: 02/27/2012 12:01:00 AM CST
    February 28, 2012 3:37 AM GMT Updated: 02/27/2012 09:37:36 PM CST

    Though the focus of Vikings stadium efforts remains on trying to close a deal for a facility at the Metrodome site, alternative ideas keep coming.

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, introduced a “racino” bill Monday that would spend some of the estimated $132 million in annual revenue on a stadium in Arden Hills, eliminating the need for a local contribution. The Arden Hills project would cost about $1.1 billion, including about $425 million from the team.

    It would also contribute to a St. Paul Saints baseball stadium proposed for Lowertown, provide tax relief for charitable gambling organizations and accelerate the payback of state aid to schools.

    Racino – which would allow slot machines at horse-racing tracks – has been floated at the Capitol for years but has been blocked by tribal casino interests and anti-gambling groups.

    Hackbarth said his bill would run racino through the state lottery system, which he said should forestall legal challenges.

    The Hackbarth plan is the latest in a flurry of proposals to emerge in recent days:

    — Republican Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake introduced a bill Wednesday that would put the stadium in Arden Hills and pay for it in part with revenue from electronic bingo and pull-tab games.

    — On Thursday, a group of Republican lawmakers introduced a site-neutral plan that would shift much of the burden of building a new stadium to the team and corporate community and phase out statewide business property taxes.

    Meanwhile,

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    an announcement on an agreement for a stadium at the Metrodome site is expected this week. It’s expected that deal would then be written into a bill that would be presented to the Legislature.
    The plan, which faces opposition in the Minneapolis City Council, would include redistributing convention center taxes to support stadium construction. State leaders are looking at using electronic pull-tab revenue for a Minnesota contribution. And the team would also pitch in to help cover the stadium

    An artists rendering provided by the Minnesota Vikings shows the development of business in the area surrounding a possible Minnsota Vikings football stadium in Arden Hills. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings) (Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings)costs, which are expected to top $900 million.

  44. By PTvikings on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    What are your thoughts on taking ND S Harrison Smith with the 2 round pick?Really liked the kid’s workout today.

  45. By Carl K on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond – I love the DBs from LSU. R Brooks was LSU’s 4th corner. A non starter that could be drafted in the 6-7th round. Some team might strike gold with him???

  46. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Avoid former Jets players!

  47. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    they now call it DBU defensive back university from LSU. If we can’t have Claiborne then Ron Brooks should be the next best guy

  48. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Sandiamond, things just arent looking to bright for Burfict at all..

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1082757-vontaze-burfict-combine-horrific-performance-bounces-lb-from-first-round

  49. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings have told Greg Camarillo that they wont bring him back.

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/02/28/vikings-will-not-bring-back-greg-camarillo/

  50. By New Vike on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    PTVikings – I believe that Harrison Smith would be a great pick in the 2nd round, depending on what else is out there. I think he is going to be a good ball player. Spencer, I think that Burfict running such a slow 40 time may drop him into the low 2nd early 3rd. If he is around in the 3rd round for Minnesota they have to take a long look at him. I believe he is going to be good. A player to keep an eye on for Minnesota in the 2nd round is OLB Zach Brown. That isn’t quite the biggest area of need, but he has the ball skills and the speed to excell in the Tampa 2, and that would allow for Erin Henderson(if retained) to slide over to the middle. That would give the Vikes 3 extremely gifted athletes at all 3 linebacker positions.

  51. By Spencer *6 Days* on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    What a Great Leader

  52. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Harrison Smith’s teammate Blanton impressive today

    http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/blanton_robert00.html

  53. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Burfict lost himself a ton of money at the combine…Burfict won’t only drop out of the first round…Burfict will most likely find himself selected now closer to round 5 or later in the draft…Another player I see taking a significant drop is DT Brockers…They had this kid going in the top half of the first round…Brockers had a poor showing and did nothing to help himself at the combine…

  54. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings got the start-studded LB staff to tudor Burfict. 4th round steal

  55. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

  56. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Have no fear…Singletary has a LB or 2 that will fill the Vikings needs in mind…I know I have some LB’s in mind that will be great fits for the Vikings…..And none of the ones I like have off the field baggage either….Plenty of good coners out there also that don’t have red flags pinned to them…

  57. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Plenty of good “corners” out there…; )

  58. By Parody on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    We have a LB coach who used to be the HC of the 49ers and a LB coach who was doing so good at that job, he was given a shot at Defensive Coordinator for a year. I think between the two of them, they could get Burfict straightened out. If he’s still there in the 4th round (or our first compensatory pick, whichever comes first), I say take a chance on him.

  59. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    LB Courtny Upshaw…Looked like a fish out of water on some drills at the combine also…Plus running a poor 40yd dash…Might not drop him out of the first round…But bet he falls to the late first round area now…

  60. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Remember everyone…This is Spielmans show now…He doesn’t like trouble players…And the team is still dealing with the Cook drama…You really think Spielman will take any player this spring or in free agency that isn’t squeaky clean with their off the field issues…I sure don’t…

  61. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    OTK Burfict has on-field issues not off-field. That’s why nobody can pin the value down…

  62. By Parody on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – You may be right, but if we’re going to get a problem player at any position, I think that LB would be the safest bet due to the leadership we have for those guys.

  63. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    LB Burfict weighed in at 248 lbs…And ran a 5.09 40 yd dash…

    DT Poe weighed in at 346 lbs…And ran a 4.99 40 yd dash…

    Poe is a DT that weighs a 100 lbs more than Burfict…But ran a faster 40 yd dash….

  64. By Parody on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Yea, and IF Poe is there in the 2nd round, I would be furious if the Vikings don’t take him. He would be able to fill in for a large piece of our defense that has been missing. But I still think that Burfict can turn into a good prospect from the 4th round.

  65. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    There are a few other DT’s that might be around in the second round that would look good in purple…Poe would be my first choice too…But there are other defensive tackles I will be keeping my eyes on to see where they fit in on draft boards after the combine…

  66. By sandiamond on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    OTK it was good to hear wobs on the podcast acknowledge the need to plug up the middle but unfortunately we wouldn’t be able to address it early in the draft. ta’amu, burflict,mike martin, etc anybody will be an upgrade

  67. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Martin is solid…I like your idea there…Burfict even declined to lift weights…He knows how out of shape he is…One reason I throw up a big red flag on WR Ashlon Jeffery…One of the biggest questions about him was his weight…Scouts saying he was fat and weighing around the 230+ range…Jeffery comes in to get weighed at the combine…But does nothing else ???…A person can drop weight extremely quickly by fasting…3 days you could easily drop 15 lbs working out slowly and not eating…(He weighed in at a surprising 217 lbs…Much lighter than anything reported earlier)…A player might look good on the scale at the combine doing that…But would a player have any strength to do drills of lift weights ???….Why didn’t a “healthy” Ashlon Jeffery decline the workout portion of the combine ???…Huge red flag for this guy….

  68. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 28, 2012 | Reply

    If Poe jumps way up in the first round…Maybe D Still or F Cox drop into the second round…Both those guys are good DT’s…Brockers was way out of shape…Big guy only benched press the 225lbs a total 19 times…terrible showing…

    Just think…Brockers only had to keep himself in shape for a few months until he showed well at the combine….Get drafted and collect around a 20 million dollar contract…With most likely 10 million guaranteed…And the young guy (and others like Burfict,etc..) can’t even be responsible enough for his own self interests keep in shape for a few months…And be rich for the rest of his life ???…At least I think I wouldn’t have a hard problem making ends meet with 10 million in my bank account…

  69. By Frederick Jones on Mar 4, 2012 | Reply

    SELECT OFFENSIVE LINEMEN AND DEFENSIVE BACKS only IN THE SEVEN PICKS OF THE 2012 DRAFT!!

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