9:35 A.M. EST: A pleasant good morning to you from the Indiana Convention Center, where we await an onslaught of defenders that actually began late yesterday afternoon when Purdue defensive end/outside linebacker Cliff Avril met with media for a few minutes at one of the eight round tables spaced around the room.
LSU’s Glenn Dorsey, Virginia’s Chris Long and USC’s Sedrick Ellis are expected to be the marquee names speaking throughout the day.
9:42 A.M. EST: How to lose 35 minutes … YouTube searches for news bloopers.
9:57 A.M. EST: Giants general manager Jerry Reese is speaking. No players yet.
10:20 A.M. EST: Still waiting on player arrivals as this day’s activities lurch out to a more serene start than yesterday’s. One should really try and embrace and cherish these spare sparse moments. Even the hallways are relatively quiet, with the annual gymnastics competition that shares convention space with the Combine also taking its time in coming to life.
11:22 A.M. EST: A few defensive linemen have entered the room, most notably North Carolina defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer, whose stock rapidly rose before an injury during Monday afternoon North team practice at the Senior Bowl knocked him out of the rest of the week’s activities.
UNLV defensive end Jeremy Geathers — the son of one-time NFL veteran Jumpy Geathers, who played the same position — also spoke and said the Broncos were among the teams with whom he’d met.
1:24 P.M. EST: “Ensconced” was an apt term atop this blog, as we have been surrounded by linebackers and defensive linemen the past couple of hours. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to sit down at my terminal for more than 40 seconds. I think that at least a few people in this room know me from a mere couplet of words — “Excuse me.”
2:53 P.M. EST: Since it is apparent I’m not going to have time to write much until the end of the afternoon and early evening, here are a few photos to fill the void:
Virginia DE Chris Long:
Virginia Tech LB Xavier Adibi:
North Carolina DT Kentwan Balmer:
Penn State LB Dan Connor:
Maryland DL Andrew Crummey:
Boston College LB Joey Dunbar:
UNLV DE Jeremy Geathers:
Ohio State DE Vernon Gholston:
Arizona State LB Rob James:
Illinois LB Jeremy Leman:
South Florida LB Ben Moffitt:
Georgia Tech LB Philip Wheeler:
USC LB Thomas Williams:
USC LB Keith Rivers:
5:14 P.M. EST: Some official results from the day:
TIGHT ENDS, BROAD JUMP:
Dustin Keller, Purdue: 10’11″
Joey Haynos, Maryland: 10’3″
Tom Santi, Virginia: 10’1″
Gary Barnidge, Louisville: 9’9″
Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M: 9’9″
Kellen Davis, Michigan State: 9’9″
OFFENSIVE LINE, BROAD JUMP:
Cody Wallace, Texas A&M: 9’5″
Tyler Polumbus, Colorado: 9’4″
Branden Albert, Virginia: 9’3″
Mike Gibson, Cal: 9’2″
Mike Pollak, Arizona State: 9’2″
Demetrius Bell, Northwestern State: 9’1″
Carl Nicks, Nebraska: 9’1″
Breno Giacomini, Louisville: 9’0″
John Greco, Toledo: 9’0″
Chilo Rachal, USC: 9’0″
Drew Radovich, USC: 9’0″