Good morning from our final day of coverage at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. Today the defensive backs will make their way through the media room as well as some of the defensive linemen and linebackers that we didn’t see yesterday.
Speaking of yesterday, it was a day full of action as several of the top prospects took their turn in front of the camera lights, including top quarterback prospects Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy:
As we have the last three days, we will bring you the latest from the Circle City and will do our best to answer what questions you may have. Remember you can watch the actual workouts and find out this weekend’s top performers at NFL.com/combine.
11:45 a.m. EST: Must be something in the water at Wake Forest. Cornerback Brandon Ghee spoke in the same way his former teammate Alphonso Smith did last year. When Ghee was asked what he would run in the 40, he declined to say but said that he would run fast and that he would finish in the top ten in all categories.
Ghee said he learned a lot from Smith while at Wake Forest and that he has consulted with him about this process and what is to come.
“He taught me the game,” Ghee said of the Broncos second year corner. “He improved my game and he taught me to be a go-getter at all times and to be aggressive.”
12:14 p.m. EST: Tennessee safety Eric Berry is currently speaking at the podium. Berry, who left the Volunteers after his junior season, said the biggest reasons he declared for the draft was to help take care of his family. Berry said that as long as he can remember, his father worked two jobs to “keep the lights on.” Berry says he hopes that now his dad can put his feet up for a bit. No doubt about that, Berry is not expected to last past the top 10.
12:30 p.m. EST: Another top secondary prospect is Florida’s Joe Haden. Haden spent some time with the press and recounted the story of his move to the defensive side of the ball. Haden set several Maryland high school records at quarterback, but when he came to Florida some guy name Tebow already had his grips on the job. So after spending some time at receiver and other offensive positions, Haden decided to give defense a try. He said that he does miss having the ball in his hands, so he tries to make up for it by grabbing interceptions.
2:05 p.m. EST: Rhodes Scholar, Pro Football Player and Neurosurgeon. Just a few of the things that Myron Rolle hopes to accomplish when he finally heads into retirement. One of those things he can already cross off his list and in just two months he will be able to cross of another. But the third is something you can tell he is really passionate about. Check out his answer when asked what he wants to do following his NFL career.
3:04 p.m. EST: Boise State’s Kyle Wilson was not heavily recruited coming out of high school in New Jersey. So his Princeton and MIT educated brother, Gerry, put together a highlight tape of his high school career and sent it to the top-50 football programs in the country. Who knew the most interest would come from a school with a blue-turf field in Idaho.
Wilson excelled on the field for the Broncos as a corner and returner, his only issue was distance was preventing his family from seeing his games. His brother Gerry had a solution for that as well. Gerry converted his RV into a Kyle Wilson advertisement on wheels, driving the family to and from his games. The bus is decked out with photos of Wilson along with a link to the Web site his family and friends’ setup to chronicle his career, KDUB1.com.
4:24 p.m. EST: There is only one thing that could divert the press room attention away from the U.S. – Canada Gold Medal Hockey Game, Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. McCoy demonstrated a quick wit as laughter was audible from his area of the media room. McCoy said that he hopes he gets a chance to go up against former college teammate Sam Bradford in the NFL, so he could finally lay a big hit on him, something he couldn’t do during practice.
“The dream of every defensive lineman is to make a good move and get into the clear towards the quarterback,” McCoy said. “But every time I got to Sam in practice, they would blow the whistle.”
5:35 p.m. EST: I must confess, the action in the press room has moved away from the press conferences and moved to the hockey game. So with overtime about to start, we are going to sign off from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.
Later tonight we will post some sounds of day four as well as the press conference of McCoy and tomorrow we will have our interview with General Manager Brian Xanders. Find out how the Broncos are attacking the evaluation process for this year’s draft.
Thanks for staying with us this week and we will talk to you later.