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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