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What We Learned On Saturday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 23, 2013 – 5:35 pm

No Vikings officials spoke on Saturday at the 2013 Scouting Combine, but there was still plenty of action to observe. Offensive linemen and tight ends went through their on-field work and most of the defensive linemen and linebackers (and also a few receivers) made an appearance in the media center.

Here’s a few of the storylines that emerged on Saturday…

Te’o talks
The most anticipated press conference of this year’s Combine was that of Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o. He made his appearance on Saturday, and in my six years of coming to this event I’ve never seen more people at a player’s press conference. Te’o handled the spot remarkably well, answering all questions with grace and even finishing his session with a statement of gratitude to all of those who’ve supported him. Impressive display by Te’o.

Ultimately, here’s what I took away from his 14+ minutes of podium time: He’s ready to move past the hoax incident but is also prepared to answer any and all questions about it; the hoax is not an excuse for the way he and his teammates played against Alabama in the national title game; he met with Green Bay and Houston earlier, and has 18 more meetings scheduled before he leaves (typical schedule for a Combine participant); he has not been told the hoax will adversely impact his draft stock.

Some fast big guys
Two offensive linemen – Terron Armstead (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) broke the previous record for their position in the 40-yard dash. Does it matter how fast an offensive lineman can run 40 yards in a straight line? It might not seem like it, but it is an indication of A) what kind of athleticism a guy has and B) how well he can apply himself to a task (training for the 40-yard dash).

Top TE emerges
Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert had a strong performance on Saturday at the Combine and now may be on his way to solidifying his status as this class’ top TE.

“I think with the tight ends, the day has belonged to Tyler Eifert,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said.

Good position
We caught up with Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com and he answered some of our questions. Good news – this is a great year to pick 23rd.

Getting tougher
Life is getting tougher in the NFC North, according to ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert.


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30 Responses to “What We Learned On Saturday”

  1. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    I hope we get T’eo.

  2. By BlueBird7 on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    I wish that also, but you know what happens next don’t you.

    First one hand and then the other..;(

  3. By Parkway on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    I agree Teo in the 4th round would be a good pick.

  4. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Bluebird, you know– you are alright.

  5. By Tomcat on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    One mock draft had us taking a center!

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o is on our radar– he is a good kid with good skill– he plays Vikings football.

  7. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    I would take him late second round.

  8. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Leslie_Frazier_to_Percy_Harvin_I_made_it_clear_that_I_want_him_here022313

  9. By vikings rule on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    i bet Teo can play the qb position better than Ponder, Ponder is the 48 best qb

  10. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder was rated by ESPN in the top 10 for the first third of the season– gee, maybe the kid has some potential. Get off his back.

  11. By vikings rule on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    he’s ranked 48th a bleacher report, a more reliable source

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1522194-the-10-most-disappointing-nfl-quarterbacks#/articles/1522194-the-10-most-disappointing-nfl-quarterbacks/page/10

  12. By Champ Henson on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    what about the whole season?

  13. By Champ Henson on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Titus….as smart as you are, you come up with a statement saying ponder was rated a top 10 qb in a “third” of a season….your comment surprises me.

  14. By vikings rule on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder was the top 10 of the 3rd string qb’s lol, top 10, what a joke

  15. By Champ Henson on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    vikings rule….I agree, I haven’t seen anything that would indicate that Ponder will ever be a top 10 qb…..I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt that I am.

  16. By Champ Henson on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    But…..according to Titus, if you say anything bad about Ponder you are a naysayer.

  17. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    ESPN ranked Ponder in the top ten for the first part of the season. To say bleacher report is more reliable than ESPN shows lack of knowledge.

  18. By Purple4Life on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder this: If the guy gets a set of quality receivers this year and does not get it done…the Vikings better start looking for a new QB.

  19. By Champ Henson on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    top 10 first part of the seaon…..then down hill…..doesn’t sound like steady progress to me.

  20. By Champ Henson on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    If Ponder doesn’t get it done with quality receivers Titus will say it was the receivers fault.

  21. By Spencer on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    By vikings rule on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    he’s ranked 48th a bleacher report, a more reliable source
    —————————————————————————————
    Bleacherreport….a reliable source???

    LMAO. You have to go on that note. Before the season I counted at-least 10 of those hacks that thought we were the 26+ and lower best team. Some even had us as the worst!

  22. By Mike R. on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    It’s obvious that we need another o-line (besides Kalil) to protect Ponder..to see how he does when he is somewhat protected. If he still does not pass the test, then look for a qb to groom

  23. By Mike R. on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    And if Banks is still on the board at 23 pick, I will still scream at the tv..

  24. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    But wait a moment Spencer– bleacher report beats ESPN. HA HA HA HA HA HA. Bleacher– what the heck. Say that five times fast.

  25. By Ozzinator on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    BleacherReport reliable? Bwaa ha ha ha ha ha ha.
    Wow vikings rule, you’re a chump. Or is that Champ?

  26. By Champ Henson on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    It doesn’t matter what Bleacher Report says and it doesn’t matter what ESPN says, or what anybody else says it’s what takes place on the field.

    To take 3 or 4 “good” games and say that a player is top 10 and then not mention the 3 or 4 games where he “stunk the place up” is not an objective analysis. Instead it shows inconsistency.

    Hopefully we can soon stop blaming the lack of receivers and the lack of protection and find out how good (or bad) Ponder will be.

  27. By purple proctologist on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Is this a hoax site, and real viking fans are blogging on another one? Because if this is the vikings site y’all some dumb soms o bit ches.I thibk Id rather get my twi goid teeth pulled than read this lame azs stuff. Im out!

  28. By Smith22DMVP on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    He didnt say he is defined only by the first few good games, he said “maybe the kid has some potential” What I take from that is that he has shown he is capable of playing well. Yes he had a streak there of terrible play. he started and ended the season well. with no other options(if you think webb is an option you are a joke) he has earned the right to hold onto the job for now. IF he cant show marked improvement this season then by all means its time to move on

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Champ– understand what the argument is before trying a counterargument.

  30. By wonka22 on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    what about the whole season?
    ——————————————————–
    What about his dreadful wr corp? Having to throw to jv players all year doesn’t help any qb,even the Brady’s & Manning’s would’ve been hard pressed to win 10 games with that supporting cast.

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