This 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.
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.
I 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.
I’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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