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Headlines From Sunday’s Combine Action

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 24, 2013 – 8:55 pm

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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22 Responses to “Headlines From Sunday’s Combine Action”

  1. By Mike B. on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    First

  2. By Mike B. on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Looking forward to this years draft. I am hoping we have a good draft. This team is young and I have a good feeling we could make a run at the playoffs.

  3. By Mike B. on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    About Manti Te’o the Vikings have had some luck taking some young players with odd track records and making them productive. Te’o could be a possble fit for the Vikings as they need more depth at the Linebacker position. The 23rd pick should be a WR, LB, DT, or OG. IMO

  4. By ccfan80 on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    I think other than Tavon Austin, who is a slot receiver we wont look for, DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson was the most impressive receiver. He looked really good in the gauntlet and has huge hands 10″.

  5. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Jones believes getting lots of picks as Spielman proposes is probably good, because we need a lot of things on our roster.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    SteadyEddie does not completely see the logic behind “there are a lot of good OLinemen out there and it will be easy to get one.”

    There is a thing called COMPETITION!!! If we take two linemen, and they take two linemen..it does make a difference which ones are better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  7. By ccfan80 on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    I think we should trade back if someone wants to move up with us to get more later round picks

  8. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    The Vikings still must either pick a GUARD very high or get the SOD (Steal of the draft) at our key positions.

    COMPETITION ALWAYS MATTERS IN THE NFL!!!

  9. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    ccfan80,

    Eddie is with you on moving up.

    There are certainly cases where you might move down, but it’s much more risky especially when you pick #23.

  10. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    @ccfan80,

    Perhaps steady eddie misunderstood. The Jones still believes in MOVING UP IN THE DRAFT.

    COMPETITION for good players is steep.

  11. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    @Mike B,

    Jonesy agrees with you:

    About Manti Te’o the Vikings have had some luck taking some young players with odd track records and making them productive. Te’o could be a possble fit for the Vikings as they need more depth at the Linebacker position. The 23rd pick should be a WR, LB, DT, or OG. IMO

  12. By Frederick Jones on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    Those are our weak areas (in no order of preference): DT, LB, OG, WR

    If we get it right…we’re in the playoffs again. To win the Super Bowl will take some Free Agents or wait 2-3 years.

  13. By blues kluews on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    justin hunter or tavon austin should go to the vikings if we have the chance.

  14. By Jeremy on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    I have a feeling about the Honey Badger just like I did last year with Harrison Smith. Cross my fingers and pray to Spielman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Who is this Honey Boo Boo?

  16. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Is the price tag for Percy going up ???…

    Bowe might see the franchise tag for the second year ???…Which would seem likely if the Chiefs are the landing spot for Alex Smith…

    Jennings is rumored to being franchise tagged in Packerville ???…

  17. By Brad S on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    For the vikings 10th pick trade Gerhart. With Ogletree prblems his stock will fall hopefully to 23. Viking must have a good recovery problem in place. They took chances on Allen, Harvin and Felton, they all turned out fine. Watching both Te’o and Ogletree play against Alabama, Ogletree was head and shoulder above Te’o.
    Draft
    1 Alec Ogletree LB
    2 Justin Hunter WR
    3 Sylvester Williams DT
    4 Terron Armstead OT move to left guard
    4 Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB
    5 Connor Vernon WR
    6 AJ Klein MLB
    7 Micheal Clay LB
    7 Sean Renfree QB

  18. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    JoneOFboy fails to see how picking a guard in round #4 will give us a good enough player to compete against all the OLinemen picked earlier in the draft.

    If Guard is a priority…get the best one in the nation!

  19. By Frederick Jones on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    My favorite people on the football field have always been offensive linemen and defensive backs. I say this because it takes special people to perform well in jobs in which there is little public recognition when they are doing things right but are thrust into the spotlight as soon as they make a mistake.

    That is exactly what happens to a lineman whose man sacks the quarterback or a defensive back who lets his receiver catch a touchdown p a s s. They know the importance of being part of a group that believes in teamwork and does not point fingers at one another.

    Chuck Noll, Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, 1969-1991
    and LB-G-C for the Cleveland Browns 1953-1959
    Four Super Bowl wins in FIVE years. Hall of Fame

  20. By RichardA1 on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    teo? had anybody heard of him before his girlfriend thing? I bet its just a publicity stunt, so he gets picked and paid well!

  21. By PurplHaze on Feb 25, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o hits like a pillow. NOT a good fit for the Vikes!

    Oh Look! Who was high on EJ Manuel? That’s right! Yours Truly! I think he’s gonna be one HE11 of a leader on the field!

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