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