Offensive linemen, special teams players and tight ends conducted their on-field workouts on Saturday. Defensive linemen and linebackers will do so on Monday. Defensive backs will work on Tuesday. But on Sunday it was the marquee group of players who hit the field, and a lot of buzz was generated inside Lucas Oil Stadium as a result.
Here are several headline developments from Sunday’s action…
Speed and more speed
There were a number of impressive times registered by running backs and receivers on Sunday. We can’t post official information here, so you’ll have to check out this page to see the specific numbers. But here’s the spoiler: Texas WR Marquise Goodwin registered the fastest time of the day, and of the Combine so far. West Virginia WR Tavon Austin, Auburn RB Onterio McCalebb and Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope were a few ticks behind.
For the QBs, Geno Smith was the fastest and no one else came within a half-second.
Others who helped themselves with impressive times included: Arkansas RB Knile Davis, Tennessee WR Justin Hunter, Michigan WR Denard Robinson, Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills and Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton.
A “Star” concern
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday afternoon that Utah’s Star Lotulelei, who is ranked as the #2 DT by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, will not take part in Combine drills after an echocardiogram detected a heart condition. NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling wrote that the news could instigate a draft-stock slide because of longevity and durability questions.
Follow the Manuel
Smith seems to be the favorite to be the first QB taken during the 2013 NFL Draft, and nothing that happened on Sunday changed that sentiment. But that’s not to say other QBs aren’t impressing as well. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah suggests that Florida State QB EJ Manuel may have done enough over the past few months to go from a 3rd-round prospect to a 2nd-round prospect.
“Honey Badger” speaks
LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu knows he can’t hide his past from the NFL. But he’s also anxious to show teams that he belongs in the NFL. Said Mathieu: “My best friend right now is honesty.”
Deep in the trenches
Mayock made an appearance in the media center late Sunday afternoon, and one observation he made while doing so was that 4 offensive linemen and 2 defensive linemen may wind up in his Top 10 prospects.
Looking up for Te’o?
We mentioned on Saturday that Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o handled his media obligations outstandingly well. Now his task is to be even better when he meets with NFL teams at the Combine. According to Tania Ganguli and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Te’o is well on his way. Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak said that Te’o handled himself well enough in their interview to leave the coach impressed.
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