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Only one more day of the Combine! Boo!

2012 NFL Scouting Combine: South Carolina's Ingram locks up spot in top 15 - NFL - Sporting News
South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram followed up an impressive week of practices at the Senior Bowl with another outstanding performance in the athletic testing drills Monday at the Scouting Combine.

2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Massive Dontari Poe shows speed, too - NFL - Sporting News
When Memphis' Dontari Poe checked in a 6-4 and 346 pounds, it was clear he had the ideal size to be a nose tackle in the NFL. He then helped his draft stock with 44 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which showed he worked hard in preparation for the Combine.

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40 -
When a defensive end/outside linebacker who’s 6-foot-3 and weighs 245 pounds runs an unofficial time of 4.5 in the 40, it’s an impressive feat. When he, in his second attempt, runs an unofficial 4.43, the result is rather mind-blowing.

'System quarterback' Keenum ready to take on critics and the NFL - NFL - -
Would you think that I would be partial to an undersized quarterback who seems to have a giant chip on his shoulder? Of course I like the former Houston quarterback Case Keenum.

Lackluster Combine could push Burfict to Day 3 -
Arizona State inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict entered the Combine needing to answer questions about his maturity and athleticism. He may have failed at both.

Draft Breakdown — Five Scouting Combine Sleepers
Every year, the top collegiate athletes gather in Indianapolis, Indiana to take in the festivities known as the NFL Combine.

2012 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Group Seven - Defensive Line - Mocking The Draft
I missed a lot of the combine yesterday, so I wasn't able to get you guys any notes. But I'm back watching today. Here are a few quick notes from the on-field drills this morning from group seven.

2012 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Group Eight - Defensive Line - Mocking The Draft
If you missed them, check out my notes from group seven this morning. Otherwise, lets get straight onto group eight.

Vontaze Burfict strikes out during NFL Combine process - Mocking The Draft
Vontaze Burfict may say he's the best linebacker in the 2012 NFL Draft, but evidence against that claim is mounting.

NFL Videos: McClellin trying to make his mark
Boise State DL Shea McClellin discusses the talent that has come out of Boise State, as well as what he still needs to work on to get better.

Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill: Speed Kills – Now Learn How To Aim! | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The late, great Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis coined the phrase "speed kills." There was a time Davis prized speed the way a trained gun enthusiast prized a competition model Glock. But late in his career, Davis’ love for fast-moving players seemed more like a warning for addiction.

Combine Notes: Dontari Poe runs an unofficial 4.87 40-yard dash at 346 pounds | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
If anybody tells you that any other player did more to increase his stock at the 2012 scouting combine than Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, you know that person wasn't watching Monday's drills for defensive linemen and linebackers. After putting up a combine-best 44 reps in the 225-pound bench press, Poe went out to the track at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium and ran an unofficial 4.87 40-yard dash ... at 6-foot-4, and 346 pounds. His official best time was 4.98, which is still ridiculous when you consider that Ndamukong Suh ran an official 5.03 at his combine, and he was 40 pounds lighter than Poe.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 Combine Report: Day Two
REPORTER: "Tim Tebow: your thoughts?" JOHN ELWAY: "What took you so long?" So began Day Two of Podiumpalooza at the Combine, a music and culture festival without the music and culture. The press seating around Elway at Podium A was unusually crowded for 10:30 a.m., but any time can be Tebow Time.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 Combine Report: Day Three
Peter King flicked a Tootsie Roll into my beer last night. That was not very professional of him. Of course, he was just retaliating after I walked up and chugged his beer while he was speaking.

Draftniks: Ever the Experts and Always on the Clock -
Draftniks are N.F.L. draft enthusiasts, speculators who prefer gathering information about rookie prospects to watching basketball or hockey or enjoying a more socially acceptable hobby like Dungeons and Dragons. Draftniks fuel a cottage industry of specialized programming, Web sites and magazines, and they helped turn the N.F.L. draft into a combination tailgate party and debutante ball, a late-April mini-Super Bowl without the bothersome game.

Help Wanted 2012: St. Louis Rams |
As we run through the team needs for the NFC West, we jump from Arizona and the division champ 49ers to now taking a look at Jeff Fishers’ St. Louis Rams.

Help Wanted 2012: San Francisco 49ers |
Now that you’ve had a look at Arizona’s needs, we continue on in the NFC West with the division’s title holders, the San Francisco 49ers.

Help Wanted 2012: Arizona Cardinals |
Up first, we’re turning our attention to the NFC West, beginning with the Arizona Cardinals.

Help Wanted 2012: Seattle Seahawks |
Finishing things up in the NFC West, it’s time for a look at the Seattle Seahawks and their biggest needs this offseason. (You can find the rest of the division here: Arizona, San Francisco, St. Louis.

Ryan Tannehill will make a mark in the early first round of the NFL Draft - Don Banks -
He was the other quarterback Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, the one without the catchy, ready-made moniker and Heisman Trophy (RG3) or the lofty track record of collegiate success, NFL pedigree and projected No. 1 pick status (Andrew Luck).

How high will WRs Michael Floyd, Stephen Hill climb on draft day? - NFL -
Agree or not with the hype surrounding 40 times, it is still a valuable tool when grading out the WR position. And at the NFL Combine, posting a solid time will boost a prospect's stock and move him up the draft board heading into the Pro Day circuit this March.

Mychal Kendricks, Luke Kuechly risers among NFL combine linebackers - Tony Pauline -
The linebackers who took the field Monday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium were incredibly athletic and impressed NFL decision-makers with their speed. Many came across as three-down defenders, which will please NFL coaches even more. Not everyone impressed equally, however. Here's a look at the risers and sliders.

Melvin Ingram stands out, Devon Still struggles at NFL Scouting Combine - Tony Pauline -
The defensive linemen again turned heads with some outstanding workouts at the combine. Players who weigh in excess of 300 pounds were regularly running times under 5.0 seconds in the 40, an inconceivable thought just a few years ago. Several star players improved their draft stock, while a few lesser-known prospects also jumped out with solid performances today.

NFL Combine: Breaking down the linebacker workouts | National Football Post
One of the fastest linebacker groups in years…

2012 NFL draft -- St. Louis Rams will trade No. 2 overall pick, sources say - ESPN
It's not a question of if, but a question of where the St. Louis Rams will trade the No. 2 pick, league sources said Monday. news: Welker, chip on shoulder firmly in place, rips combine
You should probably throw up a stop sign on that Wes Welker and Mike Mayock buddy cop screenplay you've been working on. With the NFL Scouting Combine winding down, Welker took to Twitter on Monday to share his feelings about the NFL's version of a meat market.

Seahawks should take a close look at Russell Wilson - Blog -
Last month, Brock Huard and Mike Salk identified Russell Wilson as a player to watch leading up to the Senior Bowl and pre-draft workouts. After watching Wilson shine at the combine over the weekend, Huard is even higher on the former Wisconsin quarterback, saying that the Seahawks should strongly consider drafting him some time after the first round.

Edge rushers coveted despite size, scheme -
It's not always physical dimensions teams are worried about when scouring for the NFL's next great pass rusher, but whether a prospect measures up when it comes to production. "I think everybody has the same characteristics for pass rushers," said Giants GM Jerry Reese. "You want guys who are big and long and fast and powerful. You want everything as a personnel guy but if a guy is big and has got long arms, that helps. If he has speed off the end, that helps. Power to rush up the middle. Your pass rushers are different breeds. Good athletes. We like pass rushers and we look for them."

Monday metatarsal musings
Or footnotes: Andrew Luck was supposed to be the star attraction at the NFL Scouting Combine, just as he was supposed to win the Heisman Trophy. But then along came Robert Griffin III, twice.

Mike Mayock talks 2012 NFL Combine and NFL Draft | Blog And Tackle
On what positions he likes in the draft: "I love defensive tackles, not a fan of the defensive ends. I’ve seen anywhere from 5-7 defensive tackles that have first-round grades, and the depth in it is really good too. You can go four, five rounds with the defensive tackles in any scheme – 4-3, 3-4, nose tackle, three technique. I love the defensive tackles."

GM John Schneider talks quarterbacks at the combine - Blog -
Seahawks general manager John Schneider joined "The John Clayton Show" on Saturday live from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Schneider immediately addressed the Seahawks' quarterback situation for the 2012 season and Tarvaris Jackson's status as the starter. "I think Tarvaris knows the theme of Pete's [Carroll] program is competition at every position, and so I think he recognizes that we are probably going to try to bring in somebody to compete with him," Schneider said. Seahawks general manager John Schneider says they'll be looking for somebody to compete with QB Tarvaris Jackson to become the starter. (AP)

Kirk Cousins helps stock by throwing at Combine | ProFootballTalk
The quarterbacks that didn’t throw at the Scouting Combine Sunday made a lot of news. That left a vacuum for someone from the "second tier" of quarterback prospects to step up.

2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Impressive Kirk Cousins could be in first-round discussion - NFL - Sporting News
Kirk Cousins turned in Sunday's best performance among the first group of quarterbacks to work out at Lucas Oil Stadium. The senior from Michigan State threw an accurate football in every drill and made it look easy. Cousins' performance since the season ended has helped him move up draft boards by showing NFL teams he can get rid of the ball quickly and next-level throws with the zip and accuracy. There were concerns about inconsistent play and untimely interceptions. Blogs " Blog Archive Enter the draft guru: Mayock dishes on 2012 class "
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock hit the press room Sunday for a wide-ranging conversation with reporters about everything from Robert Griffin III‘s to Peyton Manning‘s legacy here in Circle City.

Scouting combine day five " Seahawks Draft Blog
Today we could be watching Seattle’s next first round pick. Pete Carroll has been pretty open about his intentions this year, stating at the end of the season his desire to improve the team’s front seven. This week he reiterated those desires: "We need to address the issue about our pass rush, and it’s a big factor for us. We would love to see if we can make some movement there." There is no doubt at all what area the Seahawks are focusing on in round one – pass rush. Defensive lineman (9am EST) and linebackers (1pm EST) work out today – Seahawks fans should take notice.

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Every year one prospect lights up the NFL combine by putting on a dazzling showing as the Freak of all freaks. Monday, Dontari Poe, a 6-4, 346-pound defensive tackle from Memphis, was That Guy.

NFL Combine: Breaking down the defensive linemen | National Football Post
Who made their mark in the defensive line group?

Seahawks | Seahawks eager to address pass rush | Seattle Times Newspaper
Impact rookie pass rushers usually don't last past the first round and Seahawks could use their first pick, No. 12 overall, on key need

Search for the Seahawks' next quarterback - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks came to the NFL scouting combine in search of their next quarterback. That was two years ago. And last year. And this year. Call it the longest-running unsolved mystery in the NFC West, the division's most compelling draft drama.

Boise State QB Kellen Moore impresses at combine | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Let your play do the talking. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is following that mantra, taking another step in the process of showing NFL teams he has what it takes to shine at the next level.

Safety concerns are changing the position -
One of the more confounding positions for personnel people in the NFL is safety.For a variety of reasons, the position is at a crossroads in the NFL.The league long ago bid adieu to the

layers as well as scouts, coaches, medical staffs and general managers from all 32 franchises have begun to descend on Indianapolis for the 2012 combine. Every day we’ll provide you with the news and notes swirling around the city. Update: Brandon Carr a Cowboy?? Riley Reiff to guard??

Offensive linemen - Tony Pauline -
The combine got under way in earnest Saturday as the offensive linemen took to the field of Lucas Oil Stadium to be physically tested and then work through a battery of blocking drills. It was a very athletic group of blockers who pleased scouts as most exceeded expectations with their outstanding physical skills. Here's a look at the risers and sliders from the group.

Stephen Hill, Justin Blackmon impressive at NFL combine - Tony Pauline -
A surprisingly fast group of receivers took to the field Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium and impressed scouts, performing beyond expectations. Almost a half dozen receivers leave the combine with improved draft grades. Here's a breakdown on the receivers and tight ends.

LaMichael James, Kirk Cousins stand out in QB-RB combine workouts - Tony Pauline -
If your favorite NFL team needs a situational runner or third-down back, there were plenty on display Sunday at the combine. Impressive skill players with the versatility to carry the ball or catch it anywhere on the field were found all over Lucas Oil Stadium. The top three quarterback prospects chose not to throw the ball, which led to much disappointment. Here's a look at the top running backs and quarterbacks from the combine.

With dwindling supply and greater demand, competition fierce for TEs - NFL - -
They are trendy like that hot new toy your kids always seem to want, and, much like that, they're damn hard to find. The demand is much greater than the supply, which makes for edginess and tension in trying to find one. That's the NFL tight end position these days. We seem to be in the golden age of the tight end, coming off a season of amazing catch numbers by tight ends, yet the colleges aren't producing them anymore. The spread offense in the college game has killed the tight end production line.

2012 NFL Combine: Weekend winners and losers -
We broke down the winners and losers from Thursday and Friday's action -- primarily media work, -- already. Check them here. Now let's make some knee-jerk reactions to what happened on Saturday and Sunday at the combine, when actual drills that may not actually determine whether or not someone's good at football took place.

Kalil headlines solid group of offensive linemen at combine - NFL - -
The combine workouts and interviews are well under way here in Indianapolis and the strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 draft class are starting to take shape. The tight ends are not a strong group and when Dwayne Allen -- the John Mackey Award winner and supposedly the top tight end -- ran a 4.89-second 40, things got worse. But when one group disappoints, another impresses.

Trend shows teams better off drafting running backs in later rounds - NFL - -
The more I think about it, the more I think NFL Network's Mike Mayock is right. Unless you're looking at Adrian Peterson, it's almost never a good idea to spend a high draft pick on a running back. Of course, that's not what Alabama's Trent Richardson wants to hear, but, sorry, the numbers don't lie. And what the numbers tell you is that of the NFL's top five rushers last season, none was a first-round draft pick and one -- Houston's Arian Foster -- wasn't even drafted.