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Rounding Up Monday’s Combine Action

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 26, 2013 – 7:10 am

Monday was a travel day for the Vikings Entertainment Network, as we departed Indianapolis and headed home to Minneapolis. But the Combine action continued without us, and by all accounts Monday’s action was entertaining. Defensive linemen and linebackers hit the field for their workouts and drills, while defensive backs went through psychological testing, the bench press and team interviews.

Here’s a quick recap of Monday’s action at the Combine…

– After reading NFL.com and watching NFL Network Monday night to catch up on the day’s action, my sense is it was a mixed day for Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o. It wasn’t a great day for Te’o in terms of the time runs and some of the other measured tests. With that being said, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah said that after Te’o’s timed runs and jump, he put together a “solid” day on the field. And isn’t that where it matters most, on the field? Yes is the answer to that question. My guess at this point is that whatever grade teams had on Te’o before the Combine, they’ll probably have the same grade on him once they reconvene this week for their post-Combine meetings. His session with the media couldn’t have gone better, and that leads me to believe he’ll leave many teams impressed after interviewing with them. Needless to say, his pro day at Notre Dame on March 26 is going to be HUGE.

– It’s clear that Oregon DE/LB Dion Jordan had perhaps the best day of anyone in Indianapolis. Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com said Jordan was a “freak” to watch in person and even suggested he could be a Top 5 pick. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said that when he sees Jordon on tape, it reminds him of a “raw Aldon Smith.” The one caveat to Jordan’s stock skyrocketing is that he will have shoulder surgery soon, which will give teams in the top part of the 1st round another issue to evaluate before feeling comfortable with his future.

– Other DEs who impressed on Monday included BYU’s Ziggy Ansah, SMU’s Margus Hunt, LSU’s Barkevious Mingo and Missouri Southern State’s Brandon Williams. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com said this of Ansah: “Ansah flashed impressive movement skills and the ability to change direction while executing pass-rush moves and zone drops on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. Evaluators are completely smitten with Ansah’s athleticism, speed and movement skills; the stock of the BYU star has soared through the roof in recent days.”

Hunt was at the Senior Bowl and has an interesting back story that I’ll be sure to get into as we approach the draft in the coming month or so.

– As for DTs, there’s no question that Florida’s Sharrif Floyd was the most impressive. He was all the rage for the personalities on NFL Network as they analyzed the day’s action on Monday night. Steve Mariucci suggested that Floyd may be the type of three-down DT that many teams covet. Often times, starting DTs who excel on 1st and 2nd down are forced to leave the field on 3rd down in favor of more athletic interior linemen who can rush the passer. Floyd, however, is the type of DT who can stay on the field for 3 downs, according to Mariucci and Mike Mayock. It’s also notable that newly-elected, first-ballot Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was very complimentary of Floyd. I’ll be surprised if he makes it out of the Top 5.


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10 Responses to “Rounding Up Monday’s Combine Action”

  1. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1544424-percy-harvin-trade-value-how-much-is-enough-for-minnesota-vikings-star-wr

  2. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o is not worthy of a first round pick…

    Hunt, I thought had a very good day…
    I will be watching very closely in the draft to see who selects him ???…My bet he does not get past the Pats in round one…

  3. By Brad S on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    With Te’o’s poor performance yesterday, teams will go back and look at films to see how he performed. He had trouble shedding blocks, as seen in the championship game. he also lost weight to 241, he loss weigh to run faster. Te’o will never be a leader in the locker room after be fooled by the prank. Te’o will drop to the third round.

  4. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o looks like a 3rd round LB…

    I don’t care about his Internet or social problems…Te’o is slow…

    Te’o has no second or third gear to finish off a tackle…Or run a player down…

  5. By Carl K on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o is not athletic enough to move to outside linebacker. He is a traditional ILB for a 4-3 team. Most of the 3-4 teams will not have a need for him.

    Audie Cole fell 2 rounds for the same reason. He was ranked as the 7th best ILB with a 5th round grade.

    A 4.76 40 time and only 15 reps on the bench scared all the teams off.

    Yes, the market for Teo will be limited now. The question is – is he and upgrade over Brinkley?

    We will know if the Vikings don’t resign Brinkley!

  6. By Dr. Remulak on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    I think Teo is probably a better football player than Brinkley, however neither one of them are a good fit on our defense.

  7. By Dave on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    Get Ogletree by trading the !st and a 4th to move up, then take the wr from Tennessee in the 2nd, and the qb from Tennessee in the third. We need a qb who can hit the target instead of the wr having to reach for the ball all the time.

  8. By dakotakid59 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    Sometimes these guys tank it so they can go to a lower round team such as New England,Ect.Ect. Ect…

  9. By jeff on Mar 2, 2013 | Reply

    Mathieu is a gem Just waiting for the Vikings to pluck him from the draft. Our first pick will be patterson WR Ten. if he’s still available if not Tavon Austin —- Man can you imagine either one of those guys lining up opposite Percy Harvin. Like the 98 Vikes who do you cover? and forget about doubling anyone —rudloph over the middle The MVP punchin you in the mouth over and over and over lolol. Then with the Second pick we get the honey badger and that Vikings D just got scary, now we trade a couple of late round picks and get back into the later part of the second round where we get one of the many huge DT’s available to help that already awesome D LINE. Rick Speilman all I have to say is WOW — Thank You —- FINALLY !
    40 year fan and this is the one baby !!!! course I say that every year lol.Now if and just in case Barkly USC’s QB is still available we need to take him and wait on the DT. Our D line was really good last yr. Better then i’ve seen in years —- since John Randle. We really need to stop the webb experiment he’s taking a roster spot and i know that everyone will say he didn’t have the rep.s before the game but truth be told he had all year to prepare —- I was really rooting for the kid he had a shot and just couldn’t pull it off. OK it was ugly. Back to Barkley — he was a Heisman favorite his junior year and because of injury and o-line problems is dropping out of sight and that’s just what we need to happen. Christian is doing great ( one of my fav Vikings first pass against the packers BOOOOOOOM to Jenkins Touchdown !!! ya ya i know they said it wasn’t a touchdown but i choose not to believe them) lol

  10. By Spencer on Mar 2, 2013 | Reply

    :’-) :’)

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