Tag:2011 Combine
Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:15 pm

Casey Matthews out for rest of NFL combine

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Oregon LB Casey Matthews, the younger brother of Packers standout LB Clay Matthews, will miss the rest of the NFL combine after injuring his shoulder during Saturday’s bench press, according to NFL.com’s Steve Wyche.

Though he’s not the athletic specimen his brother is, CBSSports.com ranks him as the seventh-best inside LB in the draft (and No. 162 overall).

Matthews obviously has good name recognition, but he really made a case for himself during the 2011 BCS championship game when he impacted QB Cam Newton’s ability to make plays and stripped him of the ball late in the game.

One potential knock on Matthews is that he played in a defensive system at Oregon in which he blitzed a ton, probably inflating his sack numbers. Not that a wonderful NFL combine would have dashed that negative, but still, it has to be disappointing for a LB who could be selected on the second day of the Draft.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:37 am

Rams scout charged with public nudity

Driscoll Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rams scout Luke Driscoll – better known as the guy who allegedly urinated on a downtown Indianapolis building before apparently exposing himself to a female police officer – has been charged with public nudity only and not public intoxication.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, which spoke with Kendale Adams, the public information officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the misdemeanor public nudity charge is punishable by no more than 60 days in jail* and a fine up to $500.

*Again, if you have to take a leak on a building, it’s best not to get caught doing it by an officer of the law.

Driscoll, 33, was arrested at 3:20 a.m. Friday morning and spent the rest of the night in jail. He was released Saturday and went back to work at the NFL combine.

St. Louis GM Billy Devaney said the team is investigating the matter. As is, I’m sure, the NFL, which very well could apply the rules for violating its personal conduct policy to this case.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:04 am

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton was the unquestioned star of the weekend combine action. Even though his on-field performance left many a question to be answered, he drew the biggest media crowds, did well at his press conference and proved what a ridiculous athlete he is.

Naturally, then, people were curious as to what he thought about his throwing session. The answer: "frustrated."

"I underestimated the timing aspect of playing quarterback," Newton said on set with the NFL Network crew. "You had receivers from the SEC, the SWAC, the MAC. I was somewhat frustrated, but at the same time, I was having fun out there."

The weird thing about the combine, as Mike Mayock pointed out, is that quarterbacks aren't being judged on whether or not they complete passes (which is what they're used to doing) but whether or not they can throw a pass to a particular spot (which is what they're not necessarily trained to do).

Therefore, while Newton clearly struggled passing the ball in a manner he's not entirely used to, it's still likely his draft stock won't slip that far.

Even some of the biggest misses won't sink his chances of being a top-five pick, because for all the criticism he'll take for needing development, there's equal praise about his ability to utilize his athletic prowess to overcome any problems.

So it's understandable to frustrated, but he probably shouldn't be too worried.

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:37 pm

Ponder's performance Sunday boosts his value

Posted by Pete Prisco

INDIANAPOLIS -- Florida State's Christian Ponder is a smart, accurate passer who has the intelligence needed to be a good NFL quarterback.

The question about him was his arm. Was he recovered enough from an elbow injury that limited him in 2010? He answered that question Sunday with an impressive throwing day here at the combine.

The impressive performance, which one scout said was a big surprise, could vault Ponder to the back end of the first round.

Andy Dalton, a player I like a lot, didn't throw as well. He has to show better at his pro day at TCU. But Dalton is not the kind of kid who will throw well in an environment like the combine. Here's a bet he throws better at his pro day in March.

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:20 pm

Fairley faces plenty of questions on 'dirty play'

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nick Fairley's a really nice dude off the field, but he gets plenty of questions about his "dirty" play in between the hashmarks.

We asked him about it in Dallas, and the number of inquiries into his ability to keep cool have been through the roof at the NFL combine. Fairley had a similar answer in Indy as well.

"I haven’t really met with a team yet, but I have talked to the media, and how I've addressed it is everybody's entitled to their opinion," Fairley said. "A lot of folks out there say I play the game the way it should be played. I hit a light switch when I hit the field and don’t turn it off until I leave."

Fairley also addressed the notion that he took some plays off (he wisely disagreed with that assessment) while in college.

There's no real way that he can dispel those two issues in the next two months, short of simply convincing various front office guys for NFL teams that he's not the person that many folks perceive him to be.

But he's doing a good job of addressing the issues head-on and offering an alternative way ("on-field motor!") of looking at some of these beliefs about his style of play.

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 7:28 pm

Peterson aims for 4.2 40 - and end to safety talk

Posted by Derek Harper

INDIANAPOLIS -- LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson is careful not to compare himself to Charles Woodson, but the two have struck up a friendship and Peterson admits, "I definitely want to pattern my game" after the Green Bay Packers star.

The top-rated prospect in the 2011 draft by NFLDraftScout.com, Peterson’s chances of securing a top five selection would certainly be helped with Woodson’s versatility. Some scouts consider Peterson a potential candidate to move to safety, but he hopes to dispel that thought with his combine workout Tuesday.

Peterson, who said he has seven percent body fat, is aiming to run in the 4.2-second range in the 40-yard dash despite adding about seven pounds of muscle and measuring in at 6-feet and 219 pounds.

"I feel pretty swift the way I am, I feel fast, I feel quick, I feel more fluid at the weight I am right now," said Peterson. "I don't want to go out there and try to kill myself trying to lose weight because I have very little body fat. I believe I’m good at the weight I’m at right now."

Peterson said he ran a 4.29 a week ago. If he can approach that time Tuesday, Peterson will secure his spot ahead of Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara as the clear No. 1 cornerback in the draft - and a 6-footer with good ball skills and that type of speed should finally squash talk of a move to safety.

Peterson said he’s willing to move if an NFL teams asks him to, but it’s clear his preference is to remain at cornerback. And the main weakness he pointed out was his lack of experience playing zone. But that can be considered a good problem to have because LSU teaches the much more difficult press corner technique.

"I want to work on my zone coverage. We barely did that at LSU,” Peterson said. “A lot of people are saying I can't backpedal and things like that, but I definitely can. I was just going through the style of play that (LSU defensive backs) coach (Ron) Cooper and (former LSU head) coach (Nick) Saban taught me. I definitely want to show the media, all you guys, that I can backpedal and change direction as well."

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 7:27 pm

Stephen Paea sets combine record with 49 reps

Posted by Will Brinson

Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea drew plenty of attention on Sunday when he set the combine record for the 225-pound bench press with 49 reps.

Say it with me: "Wow."

Paea, our fourth-ranked DT and 36th-ranked overall prospect, broke a record of 45 that was last achieved by Arkansas guard Mitch Pietrus in 2010.

And, as Chad Reuter points out in our NFL Draft Blog, Paea's "been known for his strength for some time, using his low center of gravity to play with leverage inside."

He's been dealing with a knee injury, but there's a pretty good chance that thanks to his powerful showing Sunday -- and, as Reuter notes, his "hustle" -- that he'll be seeing his value spike a little bit after this weekend.

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Posted on: February 27, 2011 3:35 pm

Ponder out-shines Newton in 2nd QB session

Posted by Rob Rang

Cam Newton entered the second throwing session of the Combine with all of the hype, but it was Florida State's Christian Ponder who stole the show.

Ponder showed surprising zip and very good accuracy throughout the throwing session, especially in the short to intermediate levels. His deep outs and post-corner routes were especially impressive.

Newton has all of the physical tools scouts are looking for, but showed that he is still in the early developmental stages in dropping back, transferring his weight and throwing passes accurately. This led to some of his throws -- especially timing routes like deep outs -- to sail on him.

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