2013 NFL Scouting Combine Day 4:
9:33 a.m. EST: Day four of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis. DenverBroncos.com is back live from the press room to bring you coverage of the defensive backs that are scheduled to meet with the media today.
Stay tuned throughout the day for updates.
9:51 a.m. EST: While we wait for the players to come through the press room, here are links to the content we published from yesterday’s sessions:
10:03 a.m. EST:
West Virginia wideout Tavon Austin talked about hoping to post a fast 40-yard dash time on Friday.
On Sunday, he took the field with the rest of the receivers and did just that, clocking a 4.25 on his first attempt. That time marks the second fastest in combine history – just .01 seconds behind Chris Johnson’s 4.24 in 2008.
Austin said his goal was to come in faster than 4.4, and targeted the 4.2-4.3 range. His 4.25 beat the fastest time that he reported posting in pre-combine training — 4.29 seconds.
Later in the morning, Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin matched Austin’s 4.25. The two players are now tied for the second-fastest time in combine history, edging out the 4.28 that Jacoby Ford ran in 2010 and DeMarcus Van Dyke posted in 2011.
UPDATE: Official times are in and Austin’s time has been pushed to a 4.34, while Goodwin’s is 4.27, giving Goodwin the top spot on the 40-yard dash leaderboard.
11:14 a.m. EST:
Miami defensive back Brandon McGee is the first player to meet the media today.
McGee, who said he has not met with the Broncos yet, was told by the coaches at the East-West Shrine Game to be more assertive and trust his skills.
11:34 a.m. EST:
USC All-American safety T.J. McDonald totaled 163 tackles with six interceptions during his career for the Trojans.
Here at the combine, he isn’t worry about draft projections or any outside distractions.
“You hear all kinds of stuff, but I really don’t pay attention to what I hear,” McDonald said. “I just control what I can control and just go out there and putout the best performance that I can. Show these teams what I’m made of and then give the best interviews I can and show them my knowledge for the game. I’m just coming out here and putting my best foot forward.”
McDonald’s father was also an All-American at USC.
“My dad was my head coach in high school — He has been preparing me for this time for a long time,” McDonald said. “He wasn’t preparing me to be a high school player or a college player. He was trying to teach me to be a pro from a young age. The relationship I have with him has pushed me to the point that I’m at now. I know I have a responsibility to him, myself and to my family to be able to go for it all. Not just to step my foot in this league but to go for a career.”
11:48 a.m. EST:
Michigan’s Denard Robinson became the NCAA’s all-time leader in rushing yards for a quarterback.
But, when his career with the Wolverines ended, so did his time as a passer. He is here in Indianapolis working out as a wide receiver, a position that he has only been practicing for a few months.
Robinson said the biggest adjustment during the position switch was learning to run routes.
“You’ve got to know how to run routes, get out the breaks fast and attack the ball when the ball gets in the air,” Robinson said. Those are things you’ve got to work on as a receiver.”
Today, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds to mark the third-fastest of all the participants thus far. That time represents the fastest 40-time of any participants that played quarterback in college since at least 2006 when the results were first archived.
“I’m trying to run pretty fast,” he said yesterday. “So I can quiet down everybody that questions me about racing Usain Bolt.”
UPDATE: Robinson’s official time is 4.43.
12:34 p.m. EST:
Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu talked about changing his approach to life off the field after being kicked off the LSU football team and arrested. He went to rehab for substance abuse problems and said that now, honesty is his best friend as he goes through interviews with teams.
Mathieu says that he is trying to impress on teams that they can trust him to be a leader on and off the field and said he hopes to run a 4.4 40-yard dash. Mathieu said that time away from the game has not hurt his skills and he plans to show that during his on-field testing.
Check back for more on what Mathieu, who said he no longer wants to go by the “Honey Badger” nickname, had to say, including the full video of his press conference.
12:59 p.m. EST:
Florida safety Matt Elam met the press earlier today and said the safety he most looks up to is Baltimore’s Ed Reed.
1:24 p.m. EST:
When he is drafted in April, Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant will become the third in the line of Trufant brothers to reach the NFL.
His brothers Marcus and Isaiah both spent time in the NFL and Desmond has leaned on them for advice as he goes through the pre-draft evaluations.
“They just told me to be myself and do what I’ve been doing,” he said. “Just take it to another level. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.”
Expanding the line of Trufants in the NFL is something that Desmond is excited about.
“It’s cool,” he said. “I don’t know when the last time there was three different brothers in the NFL. It’s definitely a milestone. It’s big for our family and our city.”
1:56 p.m. EST:
Texas safety Kenny Vacarro talked about a former Texas safety that is currently mentoring him as he prepares to make the leap to the NFL.
“Earl (Thomas) has to be one of my biggest mentors,” he said. “Me and Earl talk all the time. He reminds me all the time to just do my thing and that a football player is going to be a football player.”
Vacarro said he is trying to emulate the passion that Thomas displayed both during games and practices.
“My freshman year, I used to watch him run around the field at full speed and full intensity,” Vacarro said of Thomas. “I try to model my game after his.”
2:33 p.m. EST: Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb has clocked an unofficial 4.21 40-yard dash. That would be the fastest mark since results began to be archived if it stands. We’ll update the time once the official number is posted.
UPDATE: McCalebb’s official time is 4.34 seconds, which ties him for second fastest this year.
3:16 p.m. EST:
Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner left school after a junior season in which he was named a unanimous All-American. He posted 51 tackles with two interceptions and 18 pass breakups in his final season for the Crimson Tide.
He played through a torn labrum this season, and said that he will have surgery to repair it on March 12. Milliner said that he expects the rehab to be two months, but that he will be the same player as he was before the injury when he returns to full health.
Milliner named Champ Bailey as a NFL cornerback that he looks up to and tries to emulate.
3:29 p.m. EST:
SMU’s Margus Hunt comes to Indianapolis by way of Estonia. For those who aren’t familiar with that Estonia, the 6-foot, eight-inch defensive lineman talked about his native country.
“It’s a great country,” he said. “If you want to visit, go in July. We do have houses, we do have roads. We’re not a third-world country. We do have electricity and internet. It’s a tiny country. It’s a beautiful country. It has suffered through so much. Today is actually our Independence Day.”
3:54 p.m. EST:
Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore talked about his relationship with Broncos linebacker Von Miller.
He described their relationship as “big brother, little brother” and said that Miller helped keep him humble throughout their careers with the Aggies.
Moore also said that he’s gotten plenty of advice about all the pre-draft evaluations from Miller, who went through the same process just two years ago.
4:18 p.m. EST:
NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock is at the podium now, which will wrap up our final live blog from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
Mayock said this year’s safety class is the best in years. He said that it is deep, just like the offensive and defensive line groupings. Mayock thinks that there is a lot of talent available in 3rd rd range.
When asked about the type of player that might be available when the Broncos are on the clock with the 28th selection in the first round, Mayock said that picking between 20-30 this year is not much different than picks 5-10 since the draft was such a deep one.
The full video from his press conference will be posted on the site tomorrow.
Be sure to check back to DenverBroncos.com later, as well as throughout the weeks leading up to the draft in April for more combine content.
-Stuart, Gray and Andrew
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