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Mat'hir Uth Gan
03-01-2005, 11:20 AM
Lbs are on the field today... this is what's been posted so far...

Robert McCune / LB / Louisville

- McCune ran two very good 40's with scouts watching, 4.49 and 4.52. This was the fastest time so far by any LB in attendance. McCune is projected as a MLB in the NFL according to TFY Draft Preview and Scout.Com


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Adam Seward / LB / UNLV

- Seward ran very well clocking in at two consistent times of 4.54 and 4.53


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Michael Boley / LB / Southern Miss

- Clocked in at 4.60 and 4.65 and is projected as a OLB according to TFY Draft Preview and Scout.Com


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Jordan Beck / LB / Cal - Poly

- Ran very well and clocked in at 4.66 and 4.58


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Derrick Johnson / LB / Texas

- Johnson hand timed in at 4.60 and 4.58. Johnson is the #1 rated OLB according to TFY Draft Preview and Scout.Com


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Demarcus Ware / LB / Troy State

- Ware ran an impressive 40 by running the twin 40's at 4.55. and 4.54


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Darryl Blackstock / LB / Virginia

- Blackstock was a little slow by running a 4.76 and 4.72


On Monday, the defensive line was showcased on the RCA Dome turf. And the coaches were out in full force.

Houston head coach Dom Capers snuggled up tight to the action. After selecting a cornerback in the first round last year, he is seeking a rush end to compliment the defense. The Texans were last in the NFL in sacks and Capers and general manager Charley Casserly know that a pass rush works hand in hand with coverage.

Casserly admitted that no one was jumping out this year as opposed to year’s past and that could force them to be safe in round one and take the chance in round two. Playing the 3-4 does afford him the opportunity to take an outside linebacker but Casserly worries about how many teams are switching to the 3-4 defense.

“Only two colleges in the country, Virginia and Maryland, play the 3-4,” Casserly pointed out. “All those outside linebackers are projections. Those projections are not easy to get right.”

Oakland head coach Norv Turner brought his 30th ranked defense to the combines on Monday. While the Raiders crave a running back, they lost defender Napoleon Harris with the acquisition of Randy Moss. They also placed 31st in sacks, a number they would like to see grow this year.

They have already shown interest in a number of defensive prospects at the combine, including middle linebacker Albert Fincher and on Monday they were very intrigued with several defensive line prospects that can help shore up their run and pass defense.

Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher was again on the front lines Monday to take in the workouts of the defensive line. The Steelers are set to lose 12 players when unrestricted free agency begins and besides the losses along the offense, often-injured LB Kendrell Bell will move onward.

Though Bell did not play a significant part in their defense over the past 2 years, Cowher is will be looking for that next tweener/play maker to keep Pittsburgh number one in defense. As many as 22 players worked out at two different positions during the combine this year.

Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis is looking to upgrade a unit that was 26th in the league against the run. Lewis has said they need more consistency from their pass rush and someone to step up and plug the running lanes.

It was no surprise when they pulled Anttaj Hawthorne aside and ran through the interview process with the Wisconsin defensive tackle prospect.

They have also looked at Travis Johnson but he figures to be long gone by the time the Bengals pick at 17.

More visible than any head coach during the combines was Bill Parcells. Many scouts believe the Dallas Cowboys are close to contending but Parcells wants to see the results firsthand. His team was -15 in the takeaway/giveaway category and the coach would like to get results after the failed Marcellus Wiley experiment. The team, coincidentally, was 26th in the league in sacks.

"I would say I would like to get a pressure player on defense,” the coach admitted. “I would like to get that, whether it be a lineman or a big linebacker that can do something.”

His goal is to force pressure on the quarterback to generate more turnovers in the form of forced fumbles and interceptions. It all starts up front and it was no surprise that Parcells staked out the linemen on Monday.

The Vikings were not able to get anywhere through the years of Randy Moss. With the most explosive playmaker in the game, the defense could not hold the fort and ultimately lost games. Mike Tice took Monday’s session in with knowledge that his team must improve upon its 28th ranked defense.

Although he threw off reporters by discussing the running back crop coming out, the Vikings would like to add some difference makers on defense to compensate for their offense. Moss may be gone, but the defense is still in shambles.

Draft prospect falling?

David Pollack may have hurt his draft scout without any drill in question. He had the shortest arms at 30.5 of any defensive lineman. Teams place an emphasis on arm length because it helps ward off offensive linemen while pursuing a quarterback. An offensive lineman with five inches in reach over Pollack could disable his ability to turn up the field.

Snk16
03-01-2005, 12:21 PM
Unfortunetly I didn't pay attention. It was on TV and I was making sigs.

Mat'hir Uth Gan
03-01-2005, 01:34 PM
Defensive Backs

Times from first group of defensive backs.


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Ronald Bartell Jr. / CB / Howard

- Ran his twin 40's and clocked in at 4.37 and 4.40


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Domonique Foxworth / CB / Maryland

- Ran his twin 40's and clocked in at 4.42 and 4.40


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Alphonso Hodge / CB / Miami Ohio

- Ran his twin 40's and clocked in at 4.40 and 4.43


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Marlin Jackson

- Ran his twin 40's and clocked in a disappointing 4.55 and 4.60


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Brandon Browner / CB / Oregon State

- Had difficulty breaking 4.7 on stop watches


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Hamza Abdullah / S / Washington State

- Also had difficulty breaking 4.7 on stop watches


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Jamaal Brimmer / S / UNLV

- Ran his 40 and struggled, clocked in a disappointing 4.90


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Their was a good amount of scouts on the field this morning watching the LB's time on the 40's.

Mat'hir Uth Gan
03-01-2005, 01:36 PM
I can't even begin to say how terrible Jamaal Brimmer's time of 4.90 in the 40 is for a safety. That's like ridiculous bad. He was so far off from anyone else, he must have had lead in his shoes.

This dude might have just fallen to Day 2. That was bad.

OhNoKoolAid
03-01-2005, 02:40 PM
Brandon Browner's disturbing times will seriously drop him on draft boards. He claimed to run sub 4.5 forties, but a 4.7+ isn't even good for a safety. Makes one wonder about the 15 to 20 pounds he added since the season ended. The knock on tall corners is that they lack the agility of the smaller ones, making it more difficult for the long limbed guys to mirror double moves. I personally like Browner and think that if he falls to round three, he could make a quality selection. Nevertheless, the fastest riser on the cornerback board just stumbled miserably.

OhNoKoolAid
03-01-2005, 02:42 PM
I can't even begin to say how terrible Jamaal Brimmer's time of 4.90 in the 40 is for a safety. That's like ridiculous bad. He was so far off from anyone else, he must have had lead in his shoes.

This dude might have just fallen to Day 2. That was bad.

I don't find his time suprising. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he doesn't play fast and will struggle in coverage, looking straight silly against Mark Clayton (who didnt though........Darrent Williams). Perhaps he should take some scouts advice, gain twenty pounds and move to linebacker.

Mat'hir Uth Gan
03-01-2005, 05:13 PM
More random notes...


James Butler

- Many scouts think he should have more production

- Toughness questioned

- Junior year was spectacular but did not elevate his game

- Thinks his Senior Bowl week helped him immensely, mainly by working hard

- "I feel I am an all-around player."


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Jordan Beck / LB / Cal - Poly

- Potential first day pick. Helped himself more than anyone with a 41 inch vertical jump, and broad jump over 10 feet. Looked outstanding, may have moved in first day of the NFL draft.


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Michael Boley / LB / Southern Miss

- Looked outstanding and as athletic as any other LB on the field


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Derrick Johnson / LB / Texas

- Very explosive and looked as good as anyone if not the best


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Darryl Blackstock / LB / Virginia

- Picked up after running bad 40 times. Looked good, and a St. Louis Rams scout stated he is best LB in draft


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Daven Holly / CB / Cincinnati

- Converted wide receiver

- Scouts say he has great straight-line speed

- Considered someone with a lot of upside since he has only played two years at corner

- Figures to run in the 4.4's


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Marlin Jackson / CB / Michigan

- Teams wondering whether he will be a corner or safety

- Says he is not afraid to hit

- Switch back and forth from corner to safety and back to corner may have hurt him slightly

- Thinks he can play either position equally well


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Dustin Fox / CB / Ohio State

- Has a brother and an uncle who played in the NFL

- They helped him prepare for the combines

- Played corner as a junior and may make the switch to free safety

- Injury concerns have knocked him down the charts after missing his senior year

- Ran well, an unofficial 4.47


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Eric Green / CB / Virginia Tech

- Rising prospect that has the eye of many teams

- Things clicked for him his senior year

- Felt he had to change his game and work harder after disappointing his junior year

- Recovered from pulled hamstring he suffered at Senior Bowl

- Wasn't happy with his forty times, however