2013 NFL Scouting Combine Day 3:
9:37 a.m. EST: Good morning from Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
DenverBroncos.com is live from the press room where we expect to hear from linebackers, defensive linemen and possibly some running backs, wide receviers and quarterbacks that didn’t get a chance to meet the press yesterday.
Stay tuned throughout the day for live updates. Remember, you don’t have to refresh this page, as new posts will automatically appear. Use the comments section to let us know if there are any defensive linemen or linebackers that you want to hear from today.
10:21 a.m. EST:
Testing results are beginning to trickle in, beginning with unofficial 40-yard dash times for offensive linemen.
Terron Armstead has set an unofficial record with his 4.69 time. The 6’5″ 306-pound lineman’s time was nearly half a second faster than the next best mark by an offensive lineman this season, which belonged to Colorado lineman David Bakhtiari. He beat the previous record of 4.84 seconds that was set by Missouri Southern State’s Allen Barbre in 2007.
Speed was something that Armstead was hoping to display for coaches and scouts at the combine.
“Show them my athleticism, speed, quickness, be smooth, be fluid,” he said. “I have some pretty good technique but I know I need some work on every aspect of my game.”
In addition to his record-setting 40, Armstead also tied for eighth among offensive linemen with 31 reps in the bench press drill.
11:21 a.m. EST:
The first player to talk to the press today was Georgia Tech defensive tackle T.J. Barnes.
Barnes, who has lost nearly 10 pounds since the Senior Bowl, said that he has met with the Broncos here at the combine.
Barnes measured in at 6’6″ and 369 pounds. The lineman said he hopes to play at 350 pounds in the NFL.
1:02 p.m. EST:
One of the most interesting stories at the combine this year comes from defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah, who has two brothers, two sisters, his mom and dad back in Africa, went to Brigham Young University having watched “zero” football in his life.
He tried out for the basketball team at first — “I don’t know why I didn’t make it,” he smiled — then track before settling on trying out for football.
“I was really athletic and I didn’t want to just sit around and go to school — I wanted to do something,” he said. “Since basketball didn’t really work out, I decided to go do football.”
The 6-foot-5, 271-pound lineman said the thing he likes most about football is the challenge. He has been described as a “raw” player, and he said he tries to pattern his game after the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul.
Ansah notched seven tackles in the Senior Bowl — three-and-a-half of which were for loss — in addition to one-and-a-half sacks. He also provided one of the biggest laughs of the combine so far when asked to name the toughest offensive lineman he faced in college.
“I hesitate to answer that question because I don’t think he was the toughest, but I give it to the Oregon State right tackle,” he said. “Because I got held a lot in that game and it was never called, so he did a good job.”
1:24 p.m. EST:
Florida defensive tackle Sharrrif Floyd has been projected by some as a top-five pick.
On Saturday, he told the press that he’s trying to ignore that praise and just focus on what he can control.
“My agent has been telling me about it, but I haven’t been focusing on it,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to putting on a show here. I can’t wait to run actually. I’ve just been focusing on the task at hand and not letting anything get me above where I am right now or below.”
1:31 p.m. EST:
Defensive end Dion Jordan originally went to Oregon planning to be a member of the high-powered Ducks offense.
His coaches had other ideas, however, and switched him over to the defensive side of the ball.
“I imagined myself running down the field and catching the ball,” he said. “But things don’t work out that way and you have to adjust.”
“I understood that was the best opportunity for me to be on the football field, so I took it,” Jordan continured. “I stuck with it and things worked out for the best.”
Now that he’s here at the combine as a highly-regarded NFL defensive prospect, he’s happy with that move.
“I would rather do the hitting than get it,” he said with a smile.
1:43 p.m. EST:
Georgia nose tackle John Jenkins said that he has dropped about 30 pounds from the 370 that he played at during the season.
“It wasn’t tough at all,” he said of dropping the weight. “Just all in the work ethic. I knew where I wanted to be, so I went ahead and did it.”
Along with the weight loss, he’s hoping to demonstrate his versatility to the NFL scouts and coaches in attendance at the Combine.
“I’m just working on everything,” Jenkins said. “I want to show every team that I can play in every system. It’s not really anything in particular that I’m working on. I just want to be able to show that you can put me in any situation and I can do the job.”
1:54 p.m. EST:
LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan talked about how happy he was just to get an invitation to the combine.
“It’s a great feeling and shows what hard work and dedication can get you,” he said. “Right now, I’m competing against the best in the nation.
“I have to continue to work hard and get better.”
2:43 p.m. EST:
Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang believes will be the Broncos’ pick at No. 28, just left the podium.
The 6-foot-2, 320-pound lineman said he tries to pattern his game after Haloti Ngata and Vince Wilfork. He also grew up with an interesting array of favorite teams — the Steelers and Ravens for their defense, and the hometown Detroit Lions.
He said leaving school a year early was “a tough decision,” but he was relieved when he received a first-round grade from the draft advisory. Still, he’ll be grateful whenever he is drafted.
“Going through this process, I’ve been working extremely hard to get to the combine,” Hankins said. “I’m just going to let my talents and my efforts show on the field on Monday, let it speak for itself. Wherever I get drafted, I’m blessed to even be here. Wherever I go, I’m happy with that.”
2:51 p.m. EST:
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o just met the media, drawing the largest crowd of the combine. Click here to watch the full press conference.
4:42 p.m. EST: Apologies for the long delay. It’s been quite a rush of players over the past two hours. We’re hard at work putting together content. In other words, that will do it for today’s live blog, but more will be posted shortly.
Don’t worry, we will post plenty more information about today’s linebackers and defensive linemen in the coming weeks leading up to the draft. Thanks for sticking with us throughout the combine.
-Gray Caldwell, Stuart Zaas and Andrew Mason
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