Thursday, 19 February 2009

Keeping up with the combine - links

Obviously the big news in Seattle today will be the decision (or not) to franchise Leroy Hill. It'll be interesting to see how it could eventually affect Seattle's approach to the draft. Whatever happens in free agency will give an indication of what direction the Seahawks will take especially with the high profile, big money pick in the first round. Still, the combine has arrived and for some links to keep you up to date, click here.

Mike Sando talks about how difficult it is this year to chat with representatives from the NFL teams. He's also keeping an eye on offensive line talent, an area all four NFC West teams will be looking to improve upon this off season.

More from Sando - he quotes Andre Smith (OT, Alabama) who spoke with reporters today about his weight issues.

Eric Williams is another local reporter present at the combine and like Sando, mentions how bitterly cold it is in Indianapolis. He'll have regular updates on the Leroy Hill situation and who the Seahawks are keeping an eye on at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Danny O'Neil from the Times is offering door-to-door coverage and has been attending conferences with the head coaches this morning.

Ed Thompson reports that Alex Mack (C/G, California) is struggling with an ankle sprain and will be limited at the combine. I'm a big fan of Mack's and think he could easily go in the first round.

Pat Kirwan lists ten prospects who could really help their draft stock with a good performance at the combine.

Tony Grossi quotes ESPN's Mel Kiper on the Ohio State prospects. Kiper feels Malcolm Jenkins has to run a good 40 yard dash to prove he has the speed to play corner back in the NFL. He also adds some thoughts from Mike Mayock, who thinks teams are right to question Chris 'Beanie' Wells' health issues.

Mike Triplett reports on an interesting tip from Tony Shaw. Last year, Shaw touted Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Chris Johnson as his 'sleepers'. This year - he's going with Shawn Nelson (TE, Missouri). Triplett also has some interesting thoughts on some of the other prospects.

Mike Florio says LeSean McCoy (RB, Pittsburgh) is suffering with the flu and will likely skip the bench press work out at the combine. He'll still run the 40 yard dash.

Sam Farmer says Mark Sanchez (QB, USC) hasn't decided whether he'll throw at the combine yet. He should do - with Matt Stafford unlikely to participate in many of the work outs it's a golden opportunity for Sanchez to show scouts what he can do. Having only started 16 games for the Trojans he needs to perform.

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