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NFL Combine: Day 2

Posted by Christopher Smith on February 25, 2011 – 7:57 AM

8:31 a.m. EST – Toto, we’re not in San Diego any more. Walking to Lucas Oil Stadium this morning required careful foot placement to avoid patches of snow not decimated by salt. On the docket today: QBs, RBs and WRs.

The scene outside Lucas Oil Stadium, where snow piled up on the side of the street.

10:24 a.m. EST — The NFL is introducing a standardized sideline concussion test. Margot Putukian, director of athletic medicine at Princeton University: “It’s not a mandate. It’s really a guideline.” Putukian said it will standardize the NFL’s concussion evaluation on the sideline and hopes it will trickle down to other levels of football.

11:18 a.m. EST — Many players enter the Combine with a better chance to affect their draft status by proving something about their character or medically than by having a good workout. One of them, North Carolina WR Greg Little, missed the 2010 season after the NCAA declared him ineligible for agent-related benefits.

“I think it was one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life. It was a very pivotal point,” Little said. “This has been a great start to my path to redemption. I’m out to prove that even though you make mistakes you can still progress (as a person).”

Miami WR Leonard Hankerson has lofty goals. He aspires to emulate Houston Texans WR and former Hurricanes star Andre Johnson.

12:15 p.m. EST — TCU QB Andy Dalton, like many at his position, wants to prove his game can translate to an NFL offense.

“(I want to prove) I can go out and make all the throws. I’ve worked really hard to improve everything and hopefully I’m going to go out and show them that.”

TCU QB Andy Dalton's face became well-recognized after a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.

12:44 p.m. EST – Georgia WR A.J. Green already is a media veteran. Asked to predict his 40 time, where he hopes to be drafted, if it matters to him to be the first WR taken and which teams would be a good fit, he deferred to speculate and answered that he’s focused on things he can control.

Georgia WR A.J. Green speaks at the podium Friday.

Washington QB Jake Locker says he’s ready to squash questions about his accuracy.

1:13 p.m. EST – Washington QB Jake Locker on his much-discussed decision to return for his senior season this past year instead of entering the draft early: “As a player and as a person I’m a lot more prepared for this process. I don’t think I would’ve been as prepared for it last year.”

San Diego State WR Vincent Brown meets with the media.

1:54 p.m. EST — San Diego State WR Vincent Brown measured 5-foot-11, 187 pounds.

“I’m not the fastest, biggest guy so I’m going to make sure I fine-tune all the little things with my game,” Brown said.

Brown made 309 receptions for 3,110 yards and 23 touchdowns at SDSU. He said he models his game after Colts WR Reggie Wayne and Greg Jennings.

Brown also commented on former Aztecs head coach Brady Hoke, who accepted the Michigan head coaching job.

“I’m sure there’s a lot of sour feelings left in San Diego because of that, but he’s a great coach. He did a lot for that program just in the two years that he was there. I was sad to see him go, but he’s chasing a dream job and I guess you can’t fault him for that,” Brown said.

2:02 p.m. EST – Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert admitted he played in shotgun formations “about 98 percent of the time” in college.

“I wouldn’t say the reads are different. Of course the footwork is different, so that’s what I’ve focused on,” Gabbert said.

Gabbert announced he will not throw until his pro day on March 17.

Alabama QB Greg McElroy placed a credit card on top of his head and said that's how much he lacked from measuring 6-foot-2.

2:25 p.m. EST – Alabama QB Greg McElroy got conflicting opinions on a hand injury he suffered around the Senior Bowl.

Then he realized he couldn’t throw a five-yard hitch route, “which I’ve been able to throw since about seventh grade, if you can believe it.” He couldn’t deliver the ball, and another MRI revealed a fracture of his second metacarpal. He won’t throw this week and may not be able to throw during his pro day.

Alabama RB and former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram smiles.

3:28 p.m. EST – Alabama RB Mark Ingram missed two games in 2010 with a knee injury and said his biggest focus this weekend is to participate in all the drills and prove he’s healthy.

He measured 5-foot-9, 215 pounds and said he dropped weight in the last few weeks.

Ingram has no qualms about the NFL’s trend toward splitting carries between two running backs. He did so at Alabama with Trent Richardson the year after winning the Heisman.

“It really was no problem to me. Trent was deserving of all his carries. We were a better team splitting carries because he’s such an explosive playmaker,” Ingram said.

3:50 p.m. EST – Oregon RB Jacquizz Rodgers arrived in the media room after the five-hour medical gauntlet and faces several rounds of interviews with teams. He looks forward to the actual workout on his final day in Indianapolis.

“It seems like that’s going to be the easiest part of the (Combine), and very quick,” Rodgers said.

4:08 p.m. EST — Many considered Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey one of the NFL’s top rookies last season. Now brother Mike Pouncey is ready to enter the draft after shifting to center at Florida last season.

“I’ve got to be drafted higher than Maurkice, (No.) 18 or better, (or) I’ll never live hear the end of it,” Pouncey said.

Two-way Stanford FB Owen Marecic speaks to the media.

Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams marks the end of media room activity on Friday.

5:33 p.m. EST — That’s about it from Lucas Oil Stadium for today. Check Chargers.com later for stories from Indianapolis and visit tomorrow for the first look at the defensive side of the ball.


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One Response to “NFL Combine: Day 2”

  1. By Sean Reilly on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    hope chargers get a great quarterback to be behind to be back up to philp riverers

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