After the sun made an appearance on Friday, the snow, cold and clouds have returned to Indianapolis for combine day three. Today should be a busy day as Head Coach Josh McDaniels addresses the combine media at 1:30 p.m. EST and the defensive line and linebackers make their way through the media room.
Also we are hoping to get an appearance from the quarterbacks and running backs who didn’t make it in to the room yesterday. That list includes; Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, C.J. Spiller and Jonathan Dwyer.
Workouts have begun on the field behind us with the offensive linemen running the 40 and going through their drills. To stay up on all of the workouts and to watch live feeds, visit the NFL’s combine site by clicking here.
As we have the last couple of days, we will do our best to give you the sights and sounds of the annual job fair and with workouts starting; we will fill you in on the latest buzz.
11:14 a.m. EST: Most of the morning buzz has surrounded Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Johnson. The 6-foot-6 314-pound lineman put up 34 repetitions of 225-pounds in the bench press and has put up some of the top times in the 40-yard dash and distances in the broad jump among his position group. Some talent evaluators ofter remark that a player passes the “eye-test” based on their shear physique. Well I am not a talent evaluator by any means, but this guy passes that test with flying colors.
Also a lot of talk has surrounded LSU return specialist Trindon Holliday and his time in the 40. Unofficially, some scouts clocked him at a blazing 4.22 seconds, which if it becomes official, would be among the fastest times in combine history.
12:02 p.m. EST: For the last 10 minutes, Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been holding court in the combine press room. Ryan’s answers and quick wit brought thunderous laughter throughout the media room with many long-time observers remarking that they have never heard this much laughter in a press room, ever.
12:55 p.m. EST: Notre Dame signal caller Jimmy Clausen just made his way through. Since he is not working out at the combine, Clausen said he that his main focus as he meets with teams is to dismiss the perceptions of him being a bad leader and a cocky guy with an attitude. Clausen said that the perceptions of him being a bad leader are inaccurate and that he is just a humble kid ready to work hard at the next level. He said that he had met with the Redskins and the Bills so far, but had many more meetings planned this weekend.
1:10 p.m. EST: Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham – whose dominating five tackle, two sacks and a forced fumbled.performance in the Senior Bowl has him rocketing up draft boards – said that he watches a lot of Elvis Dumervil tape. And for good reason, both players are around 6-foot and have been told by people that they are too short to compete. Dumervil proved those critics wrong by leading the NFL in sacks in 2009 and Graham is hoping to do the same.
1:15 p.m. EST: Alright, we are going to get ready for Head Coach Josh McDaniels to address the press, so if there is a lull in updates, that is why. Unfortunately the setup at the combine doesn’t allow us to stream it live, but we should have it up very soon after he is done.
3:45 p.m. EST: Well that was a busy few hours. Right before Coach McDaniels took the podium, Bradford took his turn in front of the lights. The signal caller form Oklahoma deemed his injured shoulder at around 80% and said that he was progressing each day.
Then it was McDaniels who took center stage at the combine. For 19 minutes, he covered all topics from free agency to how to evaluate a quarterback who ran the spread offense in college. But you don’t have to take my word for it, Chris Hall is in the process of uploading the presser and should have it up in a matter of moments.
Finally the last big name to make an appearance was all-everything linebacker Rolando McClain from Alabama. McClain’s resume – especially last season as he lead the Crimson Tide defense – speaks for itself. No shock that he is considered by most to be the top linebacker in this years draft.
As mentioned previously, here is Head Coach Josh McDaniels’ press conference:
Well looks like we are going to close out day three. Right now, C.J. Spiller from Clemson is meeting with the gathered press to put a wrap on the day. We will post some more interviews tonight and will be back tomorrow morning as the interview session of the combine wraps up.