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Top DL bench press numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 6:32 pm

Here’s a look at the top bench press figures for the defensive linemen at the NFL Combine.

1 – DE Kaleb Ramsey – Boston College – 36
2 – DT Aaron Donald – Pitt – 35
T3 – DT Ryan Carrethers – Arkansas St. – 32
T3 – DT Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota – 32
T3 – DT Robert Thomas – Arkansas – 32
T6 – DT Tenny Palepoi – Utah – 31
T6 – DT Stephon Tuitt – Notre Dame – 31
T6 – DT Kerry Wynn – Richmond – 31
9 – DE Eathyn Manumaleuna – BYU – 29
T10 – DE Ik Enemkpali – Louisiana Tech – 28
T10 – DT Zach Kerr – Delaware – 28
T10 – DE Chris Smith – Arkansas – 28
T10 – DT Khyri Thornton – Southern Miss – 28
T14 – DT Timmy Jernigan – Florida St. – 27
T14 – DT Daniel McCullers – Tennessee – 27

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Khalil Mack’s full workout line

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 5:12 pm

While UB pass rusher Khalil Mack is certainly going to raise the profile of the University at Buffalo’s football program when he’s made a 2014 top 10 pick in the draft in May, here’s a look at Mack’s workout line at the NFL Combine today (Monday).

This is where Mack ranked in his position group of linebackers.

vertical leap – 40 inches rank 2nd
broad jump – 10’8″ – rank tied for 2nd
40 yard dash – 4.65 – rank tied for 4th
20-yard shuttle – 4.18 seconds – rank 4th
3 cone drill – 7.08 seconds – rank 10th
bench press – 23 reps – rank tied for 11th

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Mayock felt top 3 OTs held their own

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 4:00 pm

They’re probably all back home by now as the agenda for the offensive line at the NFL Combine is complete, but the top three offensive tackles in this year’s draft all fared well as NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock sees it.

“When linemen have big days like that, I get excited and I love it but it doesn’t change my rankings really,” he said of Taylor Lewan, Greg Robinson and Jake Mattews. “It shows me he’s is athletic which I already thought he was. I think all three of those tackles are probably better than the tackles as a group that we had last year and they went one, [two] and four. So it’s a different draft class but in my opinion those three tackles are top-10 talents.”

Lewan and Robinson were first and second in the 40 among offensive linemen while Matthews was ninth. Robinson and Lewan were seventh and ninth on the bench press. Lewan and Matthews tied for third in vertical leap and Robinson was 12th. Lewan and Robinson was first and third and Matthews was 11th in broad jump. And Matthews and Lewan were second and fourth in the three cone drill.

Of the three Lewan had the best rankings overall, holding the best 40 time, top 10 on the bench, third in vertical leap and first in the broad jump.

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Top LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 3:01 pm

Here are the top linebacker 40 times from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis today with Boston College’s Kevin Pierre-Louis leading the way.

1 – Kevin Pierre- Louis – 4.51
2 – Telvin Smith – Florida St. – 4.52
3 – Lamin Barrow – LSU – 4.64
T4 – Khalil Mack – Buffalo – 4.65
T4 – Ronald Powell – Florida – 4.65
T6 – Anthony Barr – UCLA – 4.66
T6 – Boseko Lokombo – Oregon – 4.66
T6 – Avery Williamson – Kentucky – 4.66
9 – Jordan Tripp – Montana – 4.67
10 – Adrian Hubbard – Alabama – 4.69


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Top DL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 2:55 pm

Here’s a look at the defensive linemen 40 times from the NFL Combine today (Monday). Not surprisingly, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney posted the best time in the position group.

1 – Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina – 4.53
2 -Larry Webster – Bloomsburg St. – 4.58
3 – Howard Jones – Shepherd – 4.6
4 – Jackson Jeffcoat – Texas – 4.63
T5 – Aaron Donald – Pitt – 4.68
T5 – DeMarcus Smith – Louisville – 4.68
7 – James Gayle – Virginia – 4.7
8 – Chris Smith – Arkansas – 4.71
9 – Kareem Martin – North Carolina – 4.72
10 – Jonathan Newsome – Ball St. – 4.73

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San Diego St. RB Muema leaves Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 8:43 pm

San Diego State RB Adam Muema has apparently left the NFL Combine, and his agent isn’t going to be happy.

Forecast as a college free agent, Muema chose to leave the Combine because God told him to. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Muema said God spoke to him and told him not to participate in Indianapolis.

Muema said God told him if he skipped the Combine, he would play for the Seahawks. He went on to say that playing for the Seahawks is his “dream.”

“God told me to sit down, be quiet, and enjoy the peace,” Muema told the Union-Tribune from the Indianapolis airport.

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Mayock on good and not so good of 1st 2 days

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 8:26 pm

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock had a quick review of the first two days of workouts at the NFL Combine and outlined who he liked and who may have disappointed during the workouts by offensive linemen, tight ends, quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

“I thought those three offensive tackles were spectacular,” said Mayock. “(Greg) Robinson from Auburn, (Jake) Matthews and (Taylor) Lewan all had good days. (Xavier) Su’a-Filo from UCLA looked good and (David) Yankey from Stanford looked good.”

One position group that Mayock thought had a tough time this weekend were the tight ends.

“The tight ends were a little disappointing,” he said. “They were a little beat up where we had some injury stuff with them. The Notre Dame kid (Troy Nicklas) was only about 80 percent and couldn’t do a 40. (Texas Tech’s Jace) Amaro didn’t run as fast as I thought he would run. Colt Lyerla, the kid from Oregon, who I thought was going to be a little more explosive didn’t run as fast or catch as well. So the tight ends there are still a lot of question marks, but I still love the (Eric) Ebron kid.”

Mayock admitted he didn’t see all the quarterbacks throw due to his broadcasting responsibilities, but did like a few of the signal callers he did observe.

“I thought both (AJ) McCarron and (Blake) Bortles looked good. Now I didn’t see everybody, but I thought those two guys looked pretty good. I think (Virginia Tech’s) Logan Thomas will continue to act as a huge wild card. He’s got no footwork whatsoever, but he delivers the football beautifully.

“As far as the running backs go (Jerick) McKinnon is a real big wild card too. He could play corner or safety too and he had a big day. I thought the (Bishop) Sankey kid caught the ball well, which I wanted to see him do.

“At the wide receiver position I don’t think Marqise Lee ran as fast as I thought he would, but he’s still the kind of player I think he is. I was really impressed with the A&M kid Mike Evans. He ran well, caught the ball extremely well. (Oregon State’s Brandin) Cooks had a really good day. Ran fast and is a kid who made a statement that he’s a first round pick. And this is one of the best receiver drafts I’ve ever seen so that was significant.”

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Top WR vertical leaps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 7:44 pm

Here’s a look at who among the receiver group working Sunday at the NFL Combine got the most air in the vertical leap.

1 – Tevin Reese – Baylor – 41″
2 – Damian Copeland – Louisville – 40″
T3 – Davante Adams – Fresno St. – 39.5″
T3 – Bruce Ellington – South Carolina – 39.5″
T3 – Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss – 39.5″
T6 – Martavis Bryant – Clemson – 39″
T6 – Mike Campanaro – Wake Forest – 39″
T6 – Allen Robinson – Penn St. – 39″
9 – Odell Beckham – LSU – 38.5″
T10 – Marqise Lee – USC – 38″
T10 – Paul Richardson – Colorado – 38″

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Top RB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 4:19 pm

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for running backs now that they’re official.

1 – Dri Archer – Kent St. – 4.26
2 – De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon – 4.34
3 – Jerick McKinnon – Georgia Southern – 4.35
4 – George Atkinson – Notre Dame – 4.39
T5 – Henry Josey – Missouri – 4.4
T5 – LaDarius Perkins – Mississippi St. – 4.4
T5 – Damien Williams – Oklahoma – 4.4
8 – Tyler Gaffney – Stanford – 4.43
9 – Tre Mason – Auburn – 4.44
T10 – Tim Cornett – UNLV – 4.45
T10 – Blache Seastrunk – Baylor – 4.45

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S Dixon says he met with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 3:30 pm

Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon is a big time hitter and spent some time with the Bills this weekend.

Forecast as a fourth-round pick, Dixon confirmed he met with Buffalo for an interview. He was used in a couple of different roles for the Bears including a hybrid nickel linebacker-safety role not that different from the role played by Buffalo’s Da’Norris Searcy.

He is active in run support and has decent coverage ability. Dixon is expected to run in the mid-4.5s Tuesday.

The Baylor safety was ejected from the TCU game this past season for targeting and was suspended for the first half of the following game against Texas as a result. Dixon said he has not been asked about the ejection by any of the teams that interviewed him to this point.

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Top WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 3:04 pm

Here’s a look at some of the official top 40 times for the wide receiver group here at the NFL Combine on Sunday.

1 – Brandin Cooks – Oregon St. – 4.33
2 – John Brown – Pittsburg St. – 4.34
T3 – Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss – 4.4
T3 – Paul Richardson – Colorado – 4.4
T5 – Martavis Bryant – Clemson – 4.42
T5 – Jeff Janis – Saginaw Valley St. – 4.42
T7 – Odell Beckham – LSU – 4.43
T7 – Sammy Watkins – Clemson – 4.43
T7 – Albert Wilson – Georgia State – 4.43
10 – Jalen Saunders – Oklahoma – 4.44
T11 – Bruce Ellington – South Carolina – 4.45
T11 – Quincy Enunwa – Nebraska – 4.45
T13 – Mike Campanaro – Wake Forest – 4.46
T13 – Jordan Matthews – Vanderbilt – 4.46
T13 – Tevin Reese – Baylor – 4.46

Other notables 
Marqise Lee – USC – 4.52
Mike Evans – Texas A&M – 4.53
Kelvin Benjamin – Florida State – 4.61

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Watkins adversary Hampton now a friend

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 12:33 pm

As we profiled on today, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins plays big and plays physical and is considered the top receiver talent in the draft. Every year he squared off against a pretty physical and talented cornerback in South Carolina’s Victor Hampton. The two were adversaries, but the pre-draft preparation process has forged a bond between them.

Watkins’ best performance against South Carolina came this past season when he had seven catches for 93 yards in a 31-17 loss.

“He got me on a post route,” said Hampton. “That was his one good catch on me this year.”

When asked how physical Watkins is as a receiver Hampton said the Clemson wideout is capable of doing so when necessary.

“He’s a guy where you have to be physical with him because he’s so fast that he’s not worried about really trying to get into you,” said Hampton. “He’s trying to get by you. But if he catches it he’ll give you a stiff arm or run through you as I’m sure you’ve all seen.”

Watkins has been described as a receiver that plays angry and will try to intimidate cornerbacks. Hampton never saw that personally.

“Yeah with me I think he respected me a little bit more,” Hampton said. “He knew I wasn’t going to back down. So he never really came at me in that type of way or try to bully me. Nobody is just going to bully me out there.”

Proof of that came in the other two matchups with Watkins as Hampton helped hold him to four catches for 37 yards in 2012 and four catches for 39 yards in 2011 as South Carolina has now beaten Clemson each of the past three years.

The former adversaries are now good friends as they wound up preparing for the draft and the Combine at the same athletic facility in Tampa, Florida.

“We had a great respect for each other on the field and we actually went to the same training facility and worked out together and became best friends and it’s been a great experience,” said Hampton.

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Bills G ‘Unga’s brother at Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 11:02 am


Bills OL J.J. ‘Unga took a long and winding road to the NFL coming out of Division II Midwestern State. After being signed to Buffalo’s practice squad last season, he was eventually called up to the active roster and saw some limited playing time over the last month of the 2013 season. As his younger brother tries to embark on a pro career, he is squarely on the NFL’s radar.

Uani ‘Unga, who also goes by Devin, is an inside linebacker out of BYU and he’s in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine. A tackling machine, ‘Unga got noticed due in part to all the NFL scouts who were busy watching fellow BYU LB Kyle Van Noy, who was a Butkus award finalist last year. After seeing the difficult road his older brother traveled to reach the NFL, he’s grateful for the invite to be here in Indy.

“I definitely feel fortunate,” Unga told “I feel like it was a blessing to even be invited to the Combine. When I did get the invite it came as a surprise. Both my wife and I were excited. I think that just being able to do what I did during the season having to work hard and extra film work I think it’s paid off and been a blessing.”

Unga, who served a two-year mission, is a bit older than most college graduates considering he also had to redshirt a year after transferring from Oregon State. At 6’1″ and 233 pounds, ‘Unga is a bit undersized and may have to play in an under front to get some help inside as he might not be fleet footed enough to line up in a weak or open side position.

He’s forecast as a day three pick or priority free agent and is expected to run in the 4.8s in the 40.

“My brother basically just told me to have fun and don’t stress out too much,” said ‘Unga. “Just relax and be myself. I put in my work throughout this season and stuff and just be myself. They have my film, everybody has my film. Right now he’s just telling me to enjoy my time and my experience right now at the Combine.”

Uani remembers when his older brother J.J. signed with Buffalo last season. It was big news on his family’s online page.

“We have a family thread that we’re on together online and he just kind of let it out on the family thread. We were all excited and he was definitely excited to be on the practice squad,” said the younger ‘Unga. “Then when he got on the active roster with Buffalo it was just amazing for him since it was the first time.”

Uani has a twin brother Feti, who played at Oregon State and finished school a year earlier than him due to Uani’s transfer year. He’s training for a shot in the NFL as well. Counting J.J. there are four other brothers all of whom are playing football. All but J.J. are playing collegiately. Uani now hopes to join his brother in the NFL ranks and envisions an opportunity to meet him at the second level on a run play some time next season.

“I’ve always thought about that,” said ‘Unga. “In my family I’ve always been taught to just respect my elders, especially your older brothers. I’ve had a lot of disciplinary times where I was disrespectful to my older brothers and that would be perfect timing to show J.J. just what I’ve got.”

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WR Davis following Goodwin’s footsteps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 10:11 am

University of Texas WR Mike Davis is forecast as a third or fourth round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. With his strength being stretching the field as a vertical threat it’s not surprising that he’s trying to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Marquise Goodwin.

The Bills third-round pick last season, Goodwin delivered big plays for Buffalo as a rookie even though his season was interrupted by a fractured hand. Now Davis is trying to draw on Goodwin’s experience to better prepare himself for the NFL.

“Yeah Marquise Goodwin is like my big brother and we always talk and I get advice from him and I reach out to him and watch him on Sundays,” said Davis at the Combine in Indianapolis. “I just text him or call him whenever and he answers.”

Davis is taller than Goodwin, but has a thinner build and is not as proficient on the short or intermediate routes as Goodwin. He is a deep threat even though he doesn’t have Goodwin’s world class speed, but he was utilized more in the Texas offense. Still, Davis values his conversations with his former Longhorn teammate.

“We just start off talking about how he got to that point and the stuff I’m doing and me trying to get to the point where he’s at,” said Davis. “All of the stuff that we had to overcome and just never forget where we came from and what we had to do to overcome everything to get to this point.

“Marquise is a great player and a good receiver and I look up to him and we really didn’t use him a lot at Texas, but he made the best of whatever he got.”

Davis kept close watch of Goodwin’s rookie season in Buffalo and was just as excited as Bills fans about some of Goodwin’s bigger plays in 2013.

“From running that kickoff return back in the preseason to catching the long touchdown against the Bengals. I knew he could do all that stuff,” said Davis. “I’ve always believed in him and I always knew what he had in him. I already knew.”

Set to workout for NFL scouts this morning (Sunday) I asked him if he was ready to also run a 4.27 like Goodwin did last year at the Combine.

Davis bowed his head and started laughing.

He’s expected to run in the low 4.5s.

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Watkins top 5 receiving performances

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2014 – 8:27 am

As we profiled on today (Sunday) Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is forecast as a top 10 pick due to his ability to play big even though he’s just 6’1″. Here now is a list of Watkins top five receiving performances in college to show just how big a receiver he was for the Tigers.

Watkins top 5
5 –  Sept. 17th, 2011 – Auburn – 10 receptions, 155 yards, 2 TDs (Win)
4 – Oct. 26th, 2013 – at Maryland – 8 receptions, 163 yards – (Win)
3- Nov. 2nd, 2013 – at Virginia – 8 receptions, 169 yards, 2 TDs – (Win)
2 – Oct. 25th, 2012 – at Wake Forest – 8 receptions, 202 yards, 1 TD – (Win)
1 – Jan. 3rd, 2014 – vs. Ohio State – 16 receptions, 227 yards, 2 TDs – (Win)

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Top 10 tight end 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2014 – 7:48 pm

Top TE prospect Eric Ebron said on Friday he was definitely going to run a faster 40 time than his former college teammate and current Cincinnati RB Gio Bernard. Bernard ran a 4.53. Did Ebron beat him? Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times from the tight end group Saturday.

1 – A.C. Leonard – Tennessee St. – 4.50
2 – Eric Ebron – North Carolina – 4.6
3 – Colt Lyerla – Oregon – 4.61
4 – Trey Burton – Florida – 4.62
5 – Jace Amaro – Texas Tech – 4.74
6 – C.J. Fiedorowicz – Iowa – 4.76
T7 – Anthony Denham – Utah – 4.77
T7 – Reggie Jordan – Missouri Western – 4.77
9 – Jake Murphy – Utah – 4.79
10 – Arthur Lynch – Georgia – 4.82

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LB Bullough not discussing suspension

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2014 – 6:02 pm

Michigan State LB Max Bullough declined interviews the week he was participating in the East-West Shrine all-star game, knowing he’d be faced with questions about his suspension from the Spartans at the end of the season forcing him to miss the team’s Rose Bowl game. At the NFL Combine Saturday he met the media, but declined to provide details on the cause for his suspension.

“I’m not discussing it right now, it’s a personal issue, I’m moving forward from it, I made a mistake,” said Bullough. “I let down my teammates, I let down my coaches, I let down my family but right now I’m moving forward. I’ve talked to the NFL teams they all know the issue.”

Bullough was suspended Christmas night for a violation of team rules, but the specifics were never divulged by Bullough or Coach D’Antonio. The media continued to press Bullough on it, but he would not give in. He did however, give indication that it’s not an issue he feels will negatively impact his draft stock now that all 32 NFL clubs know the nature of his team rule violation.

“I’m not discussing rumors, I’m here for the NFL combine, I’m moving forward. … I’ve discussed it with the NFL teams, the NFL teams is a different discussion than sitting at this media table,” said Bullough. “They’re all aware of the situation. In reality that’s what’s important right now.’

“I’ve talked to the NFL teams, they all know what happened, the situation. Moving forward, it’s not going to affect my draft status whatsoever.’’

Bullough is forecast as a day three draft choice and is the grandson of former Bills head coach Hank Bullough.

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WR Lee leaning on Robert Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2014 – 5:01 pm

USC WR Marqise Lee unseated Robert Woods as the Trojans’ top wideout in college, but it never compromised their friendship. Now that Woods has a year in the NFL under his belt, Lee has been quick to listen to Woods who was offering up advice and insight on the pre-draft process as soon as he returned to California after the 2013 season.

“I got that as soon as his season was over,” said Lee smiling. “I went to Rob and I talked to him about many things, the process, how tough it’s going to be, what I should look forward to and Rob just broke it down saying it’s basically football all over again. That I shouldn’t be nervous about anything in the meetings or anything. I’ve got a good background so there are no negatives that will come up. All they really want you to do is really explain your plays and what you plan on doing for them.”

At the same time Woods made sure Lee understood that football is truly a job in NFL.

“He was telling me it’s rough and you’ve got to get after it and learn the playbook from the get go,” said Lee. “One person I do look up to is Rob. I pay attention to the things he’s done and I plan on doing the exact same thing.”

Lee confirmed that he will meet with the Detroit Lions and New York Jets.

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TE Seferian-Jenkins not medically cleared

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2014 – 4:30 pm


Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was all set to compete on the field here at the NFL Combine on Saturday, but was not given that opportunity as the league would not medically clear him.

Seferian-Jenkins tried to shed some light on his situation, but would not divulge his condition. In an interview with the NFL Network he said the following.

“I’m fine. I didn’t get cleared medically for whatever issues and I can’t compete today and that’s unfortunate because everyone has been working really hard to prepare for this,” said Seferian-Jenkins. “That’s what I’ve been doing getting prepared for this and dropping some weight and getting in the best shape of my life.”

UPDATE: is reporting that Seferian-Jenkins problem is a pre-existing foot condition.

At this point Seferian-Jenkins isn’t even sure he can perform at the University of Washington pro day later this spring.

“I’m good, but I don’t know about pro day yet,” he said. “My pro day is April 2nd. You’ll have to check with my agent.”

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OT Kouandjio fails physical for some teams

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2014 – 4:16 pm


He’s been widely considered a top five offensive tackle, but according to Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio has failed his physical here with some teams in the medical exams at the NFL Combine due to some unfortunate circumstances.’s Ian Rapaport said the tackle has a knee condition.

Kouandjio tore his ACL his freshman year and apparently the surgery was not a success with respect to the long term. It could cost him millions. Unfortunate.

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