The Stories from the NFL Scouting Combine Lying in are Minds a Week Afterwards
After the 2013 NFL scouting combine there's a clear picture of what may happen come draft day and here are few things that paint a better picture of those possibilities.
Trying To Get Things Back On Track
A few days ago Te'o got surrounded by the press and that was overshadowed by his dismal 40 time. Chris Mortensen tweeted that "many teams feel Notre Dame ILB Manti Te'o is undersized forthe ILB position."
While another an anonymous scout told Bob McGinn this "some of his teammates think he's kind of a phony." Those comments by the scout were made in early December before Teo's online relationship came out as a hoax. Which is interesing as there are questions about his character in order to impress at the combine.
Te'o is 6'1" 240 pounds and Mortensen feels that his best fit is as a 3-4 inside linebacker at the NFL level or outside linebacker behind a four man front. He may lack the athleticism to play as a weak side linebacker. Against Alabama in the BCS Championship game he got swallowed up in the interior.
During the weekend his 40 time was going to truly indicate his draft positioning and it didn't go as planned as he posted a miserable time. He is hoping to make up for it at his pro-day on March 26th at Notre Dame.
"The biggest thing he will do this week is not answer silly questions," Jeremiah said (who's Jeremiah?" "It's gonna be what he runs in the forty." We don't expect a great showing in this category for Te'o, but he might surprise. Regardless, teams will have to feel comfortable drafting the inside linebacker before factoring in forty times.
"No way the second- or third-rated inside linebacker gets to the bottom of the round now, in the wake of the fake girlfriend story," King writes (King who?). One NFL evaluator said Teo is an "unbelievable kid" and that "everybody in our room fell in love with him."
Small School Standout on the Rise
Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT, Terron Armstead
The cavalry has come for Armstead after posting a 4.65 and 4.71 40 and then showed of his power bench pressing 32 reps at (how many pounds?)
His official time later announced at 4.71 is impressive for someone who is 6'5" and 306 pounds. Armstead generated lots of buzz at the East-West Shrine Game and possesses the length and athleticism to protect the blindside in the pros. "He's gonna be a starting left tackle in the league down the road," said Mike Mayock. "This kid is rising up charts."
QB Finally Making An Impression
Smith had a good combine with a good 40 time and may have proved to several teams that he can be a winner and a leader as well at the professional level, which was a good thing as he decided to decline the invite Senior Bowl. Has the opportunity to turn more scouts heads with his pro-day in West Virginia.
Where he can showcase the rapport he built up with talented receiver Tavor Austin who will get taken in the first round who also had a big impact at the combine.
The Kansas City Chiefs aren't going selecting a quarterback with the first pick in the draft especially when the trade for Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers gets completed on March 12th. More likely a great spot for him is the Buffalo Bills or Arizona Cardinals both teams desperately needing a franchise quarterback.
As the rumors continue a surprise team may snatch him up including the Oakland Raiders or Cleveland Browns. Neither team has a top flight quarterback yet are invested in their current starter.
Couple of Speedster Wide Receiver’s
Two wide receivers made headlines during the combine. University of Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin ran an Olympian like 40 posting a 4.27 on Sunday. It was the fastest time of the day and nearly broke running back Chris Johnson's all-time dash record.
The 5'9" Goodwin was the only player to post a 40 time faster than 4.3 seconds. He didn't produce big numbers for the Longhorns as he caught 26 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. He also ran for an additional three touchdowns.
He's extremely fast as he competed for the United States in the long jump during the 2012 Olympics, where he qualified for the finals.
As for West Virginia wide receiver Austin he posted two unofficial times that were on par with Goodwin though his official was clocked at 4.34.
His best 10 yard split was measured at 1.45, which is extremely quick. In the open field he's dangerous as he proved his elusiveness with that time.
Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb, and Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope also posted a 40 at 4.34.
Discoveries Beyond A Player’s Control
Utah defensive tackle Lotulelei went into the combine with all the great hopes of being a top five pick and ranking on top of most draft boards in the upcoming draft in April. As he measured in at 6'2" and 1/2 inches and 311 pounds.
Yet, before his first workout even began an EKG showed a heart condition and that ended his combine before it even began. Mortensen indicated that "Lotulelei's left ventricle was pumping at 44 percent efficiency, with the normal range being 55-70 percent." He flew to Utah to undergo more tests to indicate the reason for the discrepancy and is still scheduled to perform all workouts on his March 20th Pro Day.
Making for a disappointing weekend for Star. He did complete the interview process and was workhorse for the Utes. The question mark about his health will raise questions about his ability to play and may scare teams off from drafting him in the top five even if the condition is minor.
He still will get taken in the first round as he's an incredible talent and is rated the top interior defensive linemen in this class. Improved at stopping the run in 2012 and is best at putting pressure on the quarterback.
Some believe he "the most overrated of the bunch" when referencing the defensive tackle group.
According to one scout "he doesn't really generate pressure and he doesn't shed guys and make plays. Sometimes he disappears. Other times he surely dominates." Another scout indicated "he's a better player than Dontari Poe coming out. He's quick-footed, strong, can run."
For the Utes he was a standout in the Pac12 Lotulelei registered 42 tackles, including a team-high 10 for loss, with five sacks. Lotulelei also forced three fumbles.
From this situation with Lotulelei health issues the NFL scouts and coaches diverted their attention to Florida's defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd who everyone seems to be falling in love with.