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Henne’s NFL Scouting Combine Blog – Day 6

Posted by Ricky Henne on February 25, 2013 – 8:30 AM

12:21pm EST

Dion JordanJust came back from watching the last of the defensive linemen work out and I have a few minutes before heading back in to watch the linebackers.

Honestly, it was a bit tough to gauge how the d-line prospects were doing from where I was positioned.  From the stands it was hard to see things like footwork and vision, but I still think I have a good grasp on who turned in the best performances.  I’ll have more up on our site later today on them in more depth, but the guys who caught my eye were Margus Hunt, Dion Jordan, Corey Lemonier and the guy with the coolest name in the draft, Barkevious Mingo.

It may sound like a broken record, but the player everyone is talking about it Manti Te’o.  All eyes are on him and how he will perform on the field.  Some are sick of the Te’o talk, but it’s obviously a story line that isn’t going to go away anytime soon.  From what I gather, teams are unsure what he will run in the 40 and that is the metric they have their eyes on.  Someone told me on the broadcast Mike Mayock put the over/under on him at a 4.75, so that is the number I’m curious to see if he can beat.

9:55am EST

Margus HuntA completely different vibe here inside Lucas Oil Stadium this morning. First off, most of the media is gone.  With no more prospects scheduled to meet with the media and their access limited, I’d say about 30% of the guys who were here at the beginning of the Combine remain. Or at the very least they are sleeping in because it is very empty inside the interview room.

Inside the stadium, there is a different feeling in the air as defensive prospects hit the field for the very first time. Right now as I type, the defensive line prospects are working out.  The first thing that caught my eye is how athletic these guys are.  That’s been a common theme for the entire draft, and a trend that’s been going on for a number of years actually, but it doesn’t make it any less true.  These prospects are big guys and are moving incredibly fast and quick.

For me, the guy who has really caught my eye is Southern Methodist’s Margus Hunt.  This kid comes from a small school but is making his presence felt. Hunt is 6-foot-8, 245-pounds, had the most reps on the bench press (38) and clocked in the third fastest unofficial 40-time so far (4.60).  I’ll be keeping a keen eye on him for the rest of the drills.


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Henne’s NFL Scouting Combine Blog – Day 5

Posted by Ricky Henne on February 24, 2013 – 8:02 AM

1:20pm EST

Montee BallThis will most likely be my last entry of the day as I need to focus on getting up our extensive scouting reports on each position group for Chargers.com.  But before I check out, I wanted to point out that Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is coming up with the running backs next.

As a big Wisconsin football fan, he’s one of the guys I am most excited to watch, and I’m curious how he can translate his success in college to the pros.   Ball scored 83 touchdowns for the Badgers, which is the most in college football history for any single player.  Still, many project him going in the second or third round at best as he is a bit of a tweener.  He’s too tall to be a quick scatback, yet too small to be a power guy.  I’m curious to see how he does out on the field today and if that makes him one of the top running backs taken in this years draft. which is where I personally believe he belongs.

12:41pm EST

Official 40 times are in, and after rumors swirling that Austin and Goodwin’s times could actually improve, I’m sorry to say they’ve gone down. Goodwin now has run a 4.27 while Austin’s is down to a 4.34.

Impressive nonetheless.

12:11pm EST

photoI was heading out from the media room to catch some workouts on the field when troubled defensive back Tyrann Mathieu came into the room for his press conference. He has struggled mightily with substance abuse and was kicked off of LSU’s team before the start of last season.

Here are the highlights from his session with the media:

* Mathieu marks October 26, 2012 as the date that changed his life. It was the last time he took a substance and he has been clean since. He thought getting kicked off of LSU was the lowest point of his life but getting arrested in October was the moment he hit rock bottom. Since then he has been going to rehab, counseling and has a sponsor.

* Mathieu said he is working hard to build back trust that he has lost. His exact words were that his best friend is honesty, and that he understands teams don’t trust him now, but he is working hard to prove they can. He is working on correcting himself as a person, not just a football player.

*Teams interviewing him all know about his past, but he’s facing more questions about football. They want to know if he still has it and can be the big impact player he was at LSU. He is looking forward to the opportunity at the combine to show everyone he is a true athlete, and is urging teams to go back and watch the tape on him. He’s convinced they will be impressed.

*Even though he is primarily a cornerback, Mathieu compared himself to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. He said he is prepared to play any position in the secondary at the pro level.

9:38am EST

Tavon AustinI’m not ashamed to admit it – I’m a sucker for speed!

That’s a main reason why I love watching the wide receivers the most at the combine. Well this morning certainly hasn’t disappointed as not one but TWO players clocked in an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.25. That could very well change in either direction when the official time comes in later this afternoon, but right now West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Texas’ Marquise Goodwin rank second all-time, just 1/100th of a second behind Chris Johnson’s all-time park of 4.24.

I was there to watch it in person so I can tell you that it was just as impressive as I assume it looked on TV. The guys were an absolute blur. Kind of makes me feel bad for the guys who still run a sub-4.40, which is crazy fast, yet will be overshadowed.

Now I’m looking forward to watching how these two guys use their speed during routes and the infamous gauntlet drill.

Be back later.


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Henne’s NFL Scouting Combine Blog – Day 4

Posted by Ricky Henne on February 23, 2013 – 7:32 AM

2:31pm EST

photo(1)I’ve been to countless press conferences and events in my time working in the sports industry, but I’ve never seen anything like the Manti Te’o presser that just went down here in the interview room. The amount of media crunched around the young man was without a doubt into the few hundreds.

I won’t get into the story…everyone knows it by now.  But I will say that the linebacker and Heisman Trophy runner-up did an excellent job in my opinion in what was a tough situation.

Here are a few highlights from his 15 minute press conference.

*Te’o was surprised by the media attention and fascination they have with him and this story. He admitted he was embarrassed by what happened but has since moved on. Also, while he has dealt with the media a bunch during his career, he was taken aback by the amount of media here for his press conference.  “This is pretty crazy,” he said.  “I’ve been in front of a few cameras but never as many as this.”

*Te’o will be meeting with 20 teams here at the NFL Scouting Combine, and so far every team has asked about the incident.  He expects that to be the case with each and every team he meets with.  Te’o said they want to hear about the incident in his own words and what the truth is from him.  Still, he said that usually lasts 30 seconds to a minute and the rest of the time is spent discussing football.

*The toughest part of the whole ordeal was when his sister called and said they had to sneak his family into their house because people were camped out in their front yard.

*Te’o isn’t worried about how he will be embraced by his teammates in the pros based on the incident.  He plans to go out there and “focus on the things I can control.”

11:04am EST

Chance WarmackAlong with our contributing writer Ryan Schuler, I’ll have a more in depth breakdown of each position group up on Chargers.com this afternoon.  But I had to stop in and say how much I love watching the offensive linemen go through their workouts. They are probably my favorite position to watch save for the wide receivers.

Not the most graceful position, these guys put it all on the line.  Even from my spot in the stands I could hear the grunting and groaning of each guy as they push themselves to post the best times possible.  So far, I’ve been quite impressed with Eric Fisher and Chance Warmack (photo to the right), even though he had a disappointing 40-yard dash.  It’s easy to see why these guys are projected to go high in April’s draft.

I’ll probably stop by with one more entry today on Manti Te’o’s highly anticipated press conference.  The media members who stayed away from Lucas Oil Stadium early this morning have come out in droves in the last hour getting ready to speak with the controversial linebacker.

It should be an interesting one!

9:14am EST

There is a completely different feel in the air today as the Rogers Gainesmorning marks the beginning of on-field testing.  The players are understandably nervous.  Most days so far when I walked past them they’d have a smile on their face and were eager to chat.

Today was all business, and understandably so.  Today marks the most important day of their young professional careers to date.

Believe it or not, many members of the media are sticking in their hotel rooms to watch coverage on NFL Network.  Their access is severely limited to just the interview room, so they figure that’s the best way to get coverage.  Luckily, since I am with the Chargers, I have better access and get to watch the workouts live from the stands.

So far, the buzz is all about Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead.  If you come from a small school like Arkansas-Pine Bluff, you have to do something to distinguish yourself and Armstead certainly did that. The 306-pound offensive lineman ran a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash (ed. note – that has since been changed to a 4.71). Yes, you read that correctly.  The big man’s time was equal to that of some wide receivers, and the closest time to his so far has been a 5.01 by both Eric Fisher and David Bakhtiari. In history, according to NFL.com the next closest time is a 4.84 by Allen Barbre in 2007.

I’ll have more directly from the stadium later on in the day.


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Henne’s NFL Scouting Combine Blog – Day 3

Posted by Ricky Henne on February 22, 2013 – 8:52 AM

2:13pm

photo(6)Even though there is still a steady stream of NFL execs meeting with the media, things have quickly slowed down here at Lucas Oil Stadium.

I took advantage of the down time to meet with some of the top NFL pundits out there, including Peter King, Adam Schefter, Bill Polian and more. We spoke both on the record and off about the Chargers, and they couldn’t stop raving about the hirings of Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy.  I’ll have something up on them on Chargers.com soon.

I’m actually packing up now and heading back to the team’s hotel to pound out some articles for the site, so look for them to be up relatively soon.

But before I head out, I ran over to the field as I heard some of the punters were working out.  You can see a glimpse of it over to the right.  It’s pretty bare out there, but it will be packed tomorrow with offensive linemen and tight ends working out.

 

12:04pm

photo(5)“Now at Podium B, USC Quarterback Matt Bar-“

The announcer didn’t even get to finish Matt Barkley’s name and the entire media room rushed in unison over to the podium to hear what one of the biggest names in this year’s draft had to say.  If I had to guess, I’d say it will be the biggest grouping of media for any individual player except for Manti Te’o who speaks tomorrow.

The USC QB won’t throw at this year’s combine as he is still recovering from a separated shoulder suffered in the fall, but he will go through the interviews and medical exams.  He plans on throwing at his pro day later in the year.

My initial impression?   Barkley is a bit smaller with a thinner frame than I anticipated, but he displayed the confidence and poise needed from a quarterback to be the leader of an NFL team.

He boldly stated that he believes he is the best QB in this year’s draft.  A self-proclaimed traditional drop back passer, he lauded his ability to throw on the run as well as his experience and strong leadership qualities.

Where Matt Barkley ends up being selected is one of the more intriguing story lines of this year’s draft.  Based on his press conference just now, it’s clear he is anticipating being a high pick and delivering right away.

 

10:28am

photo(4)Greetings from a dreary, snow-covered, foggy Indianapolis.

It’s quite a different scene inside Lucas Oil Stadium today.  Yesterday you could barely move it was so packed tight with NFL brass and media members.  Today it seems like there are maybe half as many here in the interview room.

Yesterday, offensive lineman and tight ends met with the media while today the more glamorous skill positions will make the rounds.  It’s pretty much a free for all as a multitude of players all speak at the same time, but I’ll try to get you guys some info on the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers when they finally meet the media later in the afternoon.

Over at Chargers.com you will find a bunch of new content coming in throughout the day.  Right now we are tentatively scheduled to post articles on John Spanos’ combine experiences, Tom Telesco’s return to Indy and some top quotes from NFL pundits on the Bolts.

If you have any ideas for content you’d like to see over the next few days from the Combine, leave them in the comments below!


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Henne’s NFL Scouting Combine Blog – Day 2

Posted by Ricky Henne on February 21, 2013 – 7:56 AM

3:27pm EST

I have to say, it was miphoto(3)ghty impressive watching both Telesco and McCoy make the rounds here at Lucas Oil Stadium today.  Everywhere they went, some of the best and brightest minds in the NFL flocked to both men.  It seemed around every corner there was another member of the media or an NFL front office offering best wishes and congratulating them on joining the Chargers.

I expected Telesco and McCoy to do well in their press conferences, and they certainly did.  For me the biggest takeaway was both men’s confidence in Ryan Mathews and how they have big plans for the Chargers running back.

Meanwhile, I took advantage of having some of the biggest names in the NFL being all in the same room to get their thoughts and impressions on the new Chargers regime.  Look for that in the coming days on Chargers.com.

We’ve got another hour to go here in the interview room but I’m wrapping things up to head back to the hotel and meet with Tom Telesco to get some exclusive content for the website this week.  As soon as I finish with Telesco I’ll have coverage of his and McCoy’s press conferences up on the site as soon as possible.

Stay tuned!

12:15pm EST

Eric Fisher is a mammoth of a man!photo(2)

One of the prized prospects in this year’s draft, and a player that many mock drafts have going to the Chargers at 11th overall, Fisher was very engaging and commanded the room during his brief press conference.

Numerous times Fisher reiterated he plans on being the number one offensive tackle selected in the draft.  That is his goal and he is working tirelessly at it.  He has quite the story as he was only recruited by two colleges as a 230-pound offensive lineman out of high school.  Now, the Central Michigan star weighs 306 pounds, stands 6-foot-7 and with nimble feet is skyrocketing up draft boards.   In fact, some people have him possibly being the first overall selection come April.

I pulled Fisher aside as he finished his press conference and asked him about the possibility of joining the Chargers.  His answer was quite vague, but this is what he had to say:

“Any team that will give me the chance to play football and would be happy to have me I’d love to play for.”

Again, it’s a cookie-cutter answer that I’m sure he’s been told to say, but based on his frame, the way he gave his answers and his rapid development on the field, it’s easy to see why Fisher is one of the biggest names in this year’s draft.

11:20am ESTJohn Fox

Denver Broncos’ head coach John Fox spoke with the media a short while ago.  We will have a complete AFC West Breakdown later (save for the Raiders who are not scheduled to meet with the media), but here are a few highlights of what he had to say.

- San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman will have a bigger role in the offense in 2013, his second year in the league.

- Fox is proud of his “coaching tree” in the AFC West in both McCoy and Raiders’ head coach Dennis Allen.  Said it is tough to play against coaches you have a relationship with, but at this point in his career he has a relationship with many coaches in the NFL.

- The loss to the Ravens in the playoffs left him “scarred” but he has no choice but to move on.

- Fox said he is familiar with Chiefs’ new head coach Andy Reid based on their time together in the NFC East.

- Fox is sad to see his former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy go to the Chargers, but is happy for him that he has the opportunity.  Said it will be tough to replace him but that they have no choice but to move on.

9:28am EST

Organized chaos.

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That’s the best way to describe what’s going on here at Lucas Oil Stadium right now as throngs of media are huddled over countless open tables getting ready for the first day of interviews.

The following player groups will be available to meet with media today: Offensive Linemen, Kickers, Punters, Long Snappers, Tight Ends

Meanwhile, here is the tentative schedule (eastern time) for coaches and GM’s for the day:

10:00 AM        Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears Head Coach

10:15 AM        Trent Baalke, San Francisco 49ers General Manager

10:30 AM        Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions Head Coach

10:45 AM        John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach

11:00 AM        Phil Emery, Chicago Bears General Manager

11:15 AM        Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins General Manager

11:30 AM        Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach

11:45 AM        Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach

Noon        Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager

12:15 PM        Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager

1:00 PM        John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks General Manager

1:15 PM        Dave Gettleman, Carolina Panthers General Manager

1:30 PM        Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager

1:45 PM        Tom Telesco, San Diego Chargers General Manager

2:00 PM      Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers Head Coach

2:30 PM        Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach

2:45 PM        Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles General Manager

3:00 PM        Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach

3:15 PM        Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers Head Coach

3:30 PM        Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans Head Coach

3:45 PM        Rick Smith, Houston Texans Executive Vice President/General Manager

4:00 PM        Rex Ryan, New York Jets Head Coach

4:15 PM        John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager

4:30 PM        Ryan Grigson, Indianapolis Colts General Manager

You can find complete coverage of McCoy and Telesco’s press conferences on Chargers.com later in the day.


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More Chargers Cartoons

Posted by Jordan Beane on February 20, 2013 – 1:48 PM

A few weeks ago we posted this image drawn by a Pixar animator re-imagining the Chargers victory over the Steelers. Today we continue this animation trend by answering the question that I know has been keeping you up late at night – what would the Chargers logo look like as a bad British stereotype?

Fear not, we finally have an answer.

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Henne’s NFL Scouting Combine Blog – Day 1

Posted by Ricky Henne on February 20, 2013 – 9:01 AM

10:38am EST

credentialI arrived in Indy about an hour ago after taking a red eye flight that will (hopefully) go down as my worst flight in history.  Sandwiched between a three-month old and a guy who seemed to have some type of strain of the bird flu is not the way you want to travel.

A bunch of players who will be working out at the Combine were on my connecting flight I took from Atlanta.  Most of them were from Alabama and were repping their school proudly.  Eavesdropping on their conversation it sounded like they are most worried about the bench press, which I suppose makes sense since they looked like offensive or defensive lineman.

Anyway, long story short, I’m here now and ready to go!  After running into Coach McCoy in the lobby, I met up with Chargers Executive Assistant-Player Personnel Chris Hobbs who gave me a quick tour after getting my credential.

Now it’s time for a power nap (after not being able to sleep on the plane) before I head over to Lucas Oil Stadium.  I’ll also be hosting a live chat at 2:00pm PST from there on Chargers.com to answer all your questions about the Combine, the Bolts and more.

Catch up with you later.

 

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3:35pm EST

If you ever need a reminder why San Diego is called “America’s Finest City,” just visit the Midwest in the dead of winter.  It is FRIGID out here.

I made my way down to Lucas Oil Stadium earlier but to be honest, there isn’t much going on right now.  It’s really the calm before the storm.  Most teams are huddled in last minute meetings in various hotels in the area. There is an occasional player you’ll see around roaming the street, but mostly the city is getting ready for a nonstop week of action.

I snapped a photo of the Chargers interview room while scouting out the areas which you can see to the right.  This is where the Bolts brass will be interviewing prospects each night.

After grabbing a quick bite I headed back to get ready for our live chat that we’ll be having at 2:00pm PST.  Really looking forward to chatting about the combine, Chargers and whatever else is on your mind!  Click here to head over to our chat.


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Inaugural BoltsCast – and We Want Your Questions

Posted by Jordan Beane on February 19, 2013 – 1:33 PM

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Today Ricky Henne and I will kick off our first BoltsCast on Chargers.com. As part of the show we’re hoping for your input – just tweet us your questions at @ChargersRHenne , @ChargersJBeane or @Chargers or simply use the hashtag #BoltsCast to join in! 


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For President’s Day, The Best Presidential Chargers

Posted by Jordan Beane on February 15, 2013 – 5:26 PM

As we head into a long weekend let’s take a moment to remember that President’s Day isn’t all about shopping for a new car or sleeping in on Monday. Originally commemorating our first president’s birthday, President’s Day now celebrates all of our heads of state. So in that vein we’ve compiled a list of the top presidential Chargers.

The rules of the list are simple. To qualify share a last name with one of our presidents. While there are only 44 presidential names to choose from there are some limitations to this list, (and there’s yet to be a President Seau or a Commander in Chief Tomlinson) there are a number of bolts who meet the requirements.  49 Chargers fit the bill, sharing the last names of presidents from our first (running back Joe Washington) to our second most recent (linebacker Lew Bush) and many in between.

So cue up “Hail to the Chief”, put on a stove top hat and find out who are our top five presidential Chargers.

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Happy Valentine’s Day via Chargers Tweets

Posted by Jordan Beane on February 14, 2013 – 4:50 PM

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