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NFL Draft 2012: LaMichael James, Chris Polk, & Alameda Ta'amu's Potential Landing Spots

Keeping tabs on some of the options for the Seattle Seahawks in this year's draft, and tracking some possible destinations for local prospects LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, Senio Kelemete, Jermaine Kearse, and more.

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NFL Draft 2012 Round 2 & 3 Mock Draft: Huskies And Ducks Find Landing Spots

Both the University of Washington and the University of Oregon could see a number of players drafted today.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu's Possible Destinations

The NFL Draft begins this Thursday, but former Washington Husky Alameda Ta'amu likely will not hear his name called until Friday.

Most mock drafts have Ta'amu projected as a second to third round pick.

What teams are looking for a 6'2" 348lb player? NFL draft experts see Ta'amu as a nose tackle at the next level, making him a good fit for any team running a 3-4 defense.

Ta'amu's size is best asset — he'll be most effective at stopping the run, with his pass-rushing ability being a weakness according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Some teams are worried, because his weight got into the 385-pound range at times with the Huskies. That would limit the number of snaps he could play over the long haul. Teams want him to find a way to stay around or below 340, and he's going to have the have the discipline to do it. (Denver Post)

The Kansas City Chiefs seem like a plausible fit for Ta'amu. Kansas City's defense could use the upgrade, as it finished 26th overall in run defense last season. The Chiefs hold the No. 44 pick in the draft.

Another possible landing spot for Ta'amu is with the Denver Broncos. If the Broncos do not draft a defensive tackle at No. 25 overall, Ta'amu is an option for them in the second round.

To discuss how good Ta'amu was as a Husky, check out UW Dawg Pound. To learn more about mock drafts in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Draft 2012: Luke Kuechly Talks Draft Process, Room For Improvement On WNST In Baltimore

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly is one of the players in the crosshairs of the Seattle Seahawks, and spent some time on WNST in Baltimore with Glenn Clark to discuss the excitement for the draft, things he needs to work on, and playing with B.C. linebacker legend Mark Herzlich.

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Has the excitement for the draft built up at this point?:

"It's one of those things that we've been waiting for awhile and it's a week away and everyone's looking forward to seeing what happens. ... I don't think [playing in the NFL] has quite hit me yet. I think it's going to probably hit me when we start heading out to the places and kind of get settled in and finally start working out with the different teams."

What was it like for you to play alongside Mark Herzlich for part of your college career?:

"The thing with Mark, I came in my freshman year and that's when he was sitting out that year. The thing with Mark is he had so much passion and desire. Even though he wasn't playing, I think he was one of the vocal leaders on the team, just getting everybody going. I think coming in you see a guy like that, who's that motivated even though he's not playing, it's an inspiration for everyone."

How would you describe yourself as a player?:

"I think I'm an instinctive player. ... I just go out there, trying not to think too much and just go out there and let yourself play football. That's kind of how I've been, just having fun playing football out there and it comes to me. I try not to divulge myself too much in what's going on."

What areas do you think you need to improve on as you move to the next level?:

"I need to work on there's a lot of things I didn't do at B.C. I didn't do a lot of man coverage. That's going to be big moving forward. I didn't blitz a whole lot. Those are things, moving forward, that I need to work on to be more complete."

Is there anything that has caught you off guard about the whole evaluation process leading up to the draft?:

"They do ask you a lot of weird questions. You take a lot of the psychology tests and they ask you weird questions. ... It's like taking the SAT again. You've got to sit in a room, you've got a Scantron, you've got to bubble all the letters in and there's hundreds of questions asking you all kinds of stuff that you don't have any idea how it has to deal with football at all."

Middle linebacker is a position where it just seems that most players become a leader. Do you try to establish that early on in your NFL career?:

"You've got to come in with that mindset, but you've got to earn the respect from the guys that have been there before. You can't just walk in and be big man on campus. You've got to earn your spot, earn everyone's respect and you've got to know what you're doing so you're not telling people the wrong thing. I think, for me, if you're going to try to correct people, you've got to make sure whatever you're doing is 100 percent right before doing other things."

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You can really tell Kuechly has his head square on his shoulders during this interview, he sure seems like a stand up guy. He's self aware but not self-absorbed, is realistic with himself to know where he needs improvement, but not shy enough to stay away from brining up his strong points; Just the kind of player Peter Carroll loves to have on his teams. Hopefully if he still around the Seahawks can pick him up in the draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu To The Saint Louis Rams

SB Nation's Detroit Lions blog, Pride of Detroit is currently conducting a comprehensive community mock draft run by its readers. Former Washington Husky Alameda Ta'amu was chosen by the St. Louis Rams at No. 39 overall in the second round.

As I mentioned in the No. 33 pick write-up, the new front office and coaching staff make predicting the picks for the Rams a difficult task. The one thing we do know about the new coach, Jeff Fisher, is he values a strong defense and in particular places high value on dominant line play. With 2/3 of the picks in the first two rounds, they are making great strides to build from the lines out. So with the 39th pick, it's a pleasure to bring in the imposing Alameda Ta'amu, a defensive tackle of Washington.

The defensive tackle is considered right now to be a second to third round pick. ESPN's Mel Kiper pegged Ta'amu as a third round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a tweet last week.

The defensive tackle is projected to play nose guard in the NFL with his strengths being his size and athleticism. A recent scouting report by the Sporting News noted Ta'amu's competitive nature and drive to have an impact on every single snap.

Other teams that have been talked about as possible destinations for Ta'amu include the Pittsburgh Steelers, the San Francisco 49ers, the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers. Some consider Ta'amu the draft's top nose tackle prospect, meaning he will be an asset to any team running a 3-4 defensive scheme.

To discuss how good Ta'amu was as a Husky, check out UW Dawg Pound. To learn more about mock drafts in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Draft 2012: Seahawks Love Ryan Tannehill But Could He Fall To No. 12?

Something random always seems to happen at the top of every draft. A player gets picked earlier than expected or a player seen as a top pick takes an unexpected tumble until landing into the lap of a team that never expected that player to be there when they selected.

This season, if that were to happen to Ryan Tannehill, the Seattle Seahawks would be that giddy team shocked by their fortune. Apparently, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is in love with Tannehill. Even though he has incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and free-agent signee Matt Flynn already on the roster, as seen on Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.

Still the most likely scenarios are Tannehill to Cleveland at four or Miami at eight. But why 11? Because teams around the league know how much Seattle loves Tannehill. And you can write this down: If Tannehill were to be there at 12, Seattle would take him, even though the Seahawks just paid medium dollar for Matt Flynn in free agency. That's how much Seattle loves him.

Pete Carroll sure hopes this unlikely scenario comes to fruition. At least that's what folks are telling King.

"At Tannehill's workout," one source told King, "[coach] Pete Carroll was giggling like a schoolgirl watching him throw. His attitude was like, ‘What are we even doing here? He'll never be there for us."

But what if he is? Stranger things have happened. Just ask Aaron Rodgers or Randy Moss.

To discuss the Seahwaks and their draft plans, go to Field Gulls to talk with fellow Seattle fans.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chris Polk Just 15th In Sports Illustrated's Running Back Prospect Rankings

There are inevitably risers and fallers during the NFL Draft season. All-star games, pro days, the NFL Combine, official visits, workouts - whatever the case may be, the top prospects are certainly under a microscope at this time of year and some see their stock rise and some see it fall. Chris Polk, by most accounts, has seen his stock plummet and according to the draft prospect rankings over at Sports Illustrated, is only ranked 15th among the running backs in this year's class.

TFYDraftInsider.net and SportsIllustrated's rankings are an excellent resource for research on players, and they list Chris Polk's negatives as such:

Negatives: Possesses just an average burst through the hole. Not an elusive or creative back who creates yardage. Gives poor attempts blocking and gets poor results. Reportedly has personality issues that do not sit well with many teams.

Despite his career-best numbers of 1488 yards rushing and 12 TDs on the ground with 31 receptions for 332 yards and 4 more TDs through the air, Polk will be fighting to disprove his detractors come late April. He's currently projected in the fourth round, per those rankings.

Make sure to head over to SportsIllustrated to peruse more of their scouting reports - it's really one of the more well-organized and thorough places on the web to find more information on prospects.

For more on Polk and his time at Washington, check out UW Dawg Pound.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chris Polk's Potential Destinations

Washington's Chris Polk is one of the top running back prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Polk is currently projected to be drafted in the second round with a handful of teams being discussed as potential landing spots for the running back.

Polk's tough running style along with versatility and ability to play receiver make him a possible fit for many different teams. The first team All-Pac-12 selection racked up 1,448 yards on 293 carries and 12 touchdowns in his junior season at Washington. Polk is considered by most NFL Draft experts to be one of the top ten running back prospects in this year's draft.

A recent report by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel says the Green Bay Packers are seriously interested in Polk:

The Packers hold the No. 59 overall pick in the second round.

A source said he believes the Green Bay Packers have a genuine interest in the running back after interviewing him at the combine in Indianapolis. Indeed, a scout from the Packers joined 12 other NFL representatives to watch Polk at pro day in early March in Seattle.

A more recent report by the Detroit Press, says the Detroit Lions, who have the No. 54 overall pick, are also targeting the running back in the second round.

For more on Polk and his time at Washington, check out UW Dawg Pound.

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NFL Draft 2012: Senio Kelemete, Scouting Report And Potential Landing Spots

Chris Polk and Alameda Ta'amu are the two names receiving the most notice among Husky fans heading into this month's NFL Draft. Another name of interest for Husky fans should be senior Senio Kelemete, who is projected to be picked in the mid-rounds of the draft.

The Seattle-native and offensive tackle prospect started all 13 games for the Huskies this past season and was named second-team All-Pac-12. Rob Rang from NFLDraftscout.com lists Kelemete's balance, quick feet and power as his strengths after Kelemete's workout with the Seattle Seahawks in early March.

Kelemete, originally a defensive tackle, switched to the offensive line after his freshman season. For teams seeking a potential starter at guard, Kelemete might be a solid option, as he is ranked in the top ten at his position according to some draft experts.

NFL Mocks on the Fansided network thinks Kelemete might be a good fit with the Seahawks:

Another one I'm sticking with. Kelemete played LT at Washington, but projects better as a guard at the next level. Could start as a rookie at LG next to Russell Okung, but his versatility to play tackle could be useful as well.

Along with the Seahawks, another possible destination for Kelemete is the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings currently have three picks in round four of the draft, and could be targeting Kelemete.

Washington OG Senio Kelemete Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)

For more on Kelemete and his time as Husky, check out UW Dawg Pound. For general NFL Draft coverage, head over to Mocking The Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu To The Pittsburgh Steelers

Alameda Ta'amu, one of the top defensive prospects in this year's NFL Draft, is projected to be a second or third round pick.

NFL Draft Guru Mel Kiper Jr. from ESPN thinks the Steelers will draft Ta'amu in the third round of the draft:

The Steelers hold the No. 86 overall pick in the third round.

The former Washington Huskies standout started all 13 games in his senior season at defensive tackle and was named to the All-Pac-12 honorable mention team.

Ta'amu's 6'3" and 347lb frame has scouts pegging him as an ideal nose tackle in the NFL. Ta'amu's best strength at the next level will be his run-stopping ability. He was once considered a first round pick prior to the 2011 season, but his lack of athleticism and quickness was exposed in his senior year, effectively lowering his draft stock.

Other possible destinations for Ta'amu include the San Diego Chargers, the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.

For more analysis on Ta'amu check out UW Dawg Pound. To discuss his possible fit with the Pittsburgh Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain.

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NFL Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu Scouting Report And Potential Landing Spots

Which NFL team will draft former Washington stand-out Alameda Ta'amu? The NFL draft is approaching and analysts around the internet are pitching in their different reasons why certain teams should be targeting this defensive lineman prospect.

Here's what one writer from NEPatriotsDraft.com thinks of Ta'amu's strengths:

Massive, prototypical weight for a NT in a 4-3 or 3-4 - Carries weight very well - Could actually add weight/power to his already 348 lb. frame - Uses combination of length, leg drive, wiggle to get inside blockers and into the backfield (Via: NEPatriotsDraft.com)

One team that might be after Ta'amu is the New Orleans Saints whose top priority is defensive tackle, according to draft report by the National Football Post:

This is the kind of guy who has the ability to anchor the middle of an NFL defense in either a 3-4 or 4-3 front. (Via: National Football Post)

The Saints' first pick is No. 89 overall in the third round. Currently, Ta'amu has been projected to go as high as No. 49 overall in the second round in ESPN's Todd McShay's latest mock draft.

To discuss how good Ta'amu was as a Husky, check out UW Dawg Pound. To learn more about mock drafts in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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Todd McShay NFL Mock Draft 2012: Alameda Ta'amu To San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers just weren't a good defensive team last season. No matter how well the offense performed, the defense tended to make too many mistakes due to lack of pass rushers and overall strength at the second level.

Todd McShay has his new mock draft for ESPN (you can view the entire draft by checking out this link if you have an Insider account), and he has nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu of the Washington Huskies going in the second round with the 49th overall pick in the draft. If Ta'amu can develop into a dominant nose tackle at the next level, it could really upgrade a defense in need of interior strength, particularly a squad like the Chargers.

To talk about the possibility of Ta'amu becoming a San Diego Charger, go to Bolts From The Blue. To discuss how good Ta'amu is as a Husky, check out UW Dawg Pound. To learn more about mock drafts in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Kansas City Chiefs Pick Alameda Ta'amu

Washington Huskies nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu is in a prominent position. The nose tackle is a special position on the football field, as a dominant player at the spot can upgrade a defense from good to great.

DraftTek released its latest mock, and Ta'amu gets picked 44th in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Chiefs.

Ta'amu has the body and athletic ability to be a good NT at the NFL level. He has good quickness and can command a double team. His drawback is that he is not as strong as you would want in someone his size. However, unlike many NT prospects, he has a good motor and does not take plays off. With some work on his technique and strength, he could be an effective NT for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs's defense is decent, but the run defense wasn't quite as good. Ta'amu might not be quite yet ready to be a nose tackle at the pro level, but if he develops into something stronger, he can be a force to be reckoned with down the road. In the second round, that's a risk worth taking to upgrade the D.

To discuss Ta'amu with Washington fans, hit up UW Dawg Pound. To talk about Ta'amu with Chiefs fans, go to Arrowhead Pride. To learn more about mock drafts, hit up Mocking the Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks Meet Coby Fleener

Coby Fleener could very well be a first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Stanford tight end has produced strongly with Andrew Luck throwing to him, and he's doing quite well.

Fleener had an outstanding pro day that showcased his excellent athletic talent, speed and mobility that might rocket up his overall value in the draft. Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat files this report.

Coby Fleener just ran an unofficial 4.45 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and emerged as the Niners’ no-brainer first round pick if he’s still available for them in the upcoming NFL draft.

Interestingly, the Seattle Seahawks are interested in him, perhaps stealing him away from the 49ers.

The Seahawks probably would either have to take a risk and draft him early in the first round, or hope he ends up dropping to them in the second round. Seattle could use a tight end to further improve their offensive diversity.

To discuss Fleener with Seahawks fans, check out Field Gulls. To talk about Fleener with Stanford fans, go to Rule of Tree. Draft news should be discussed with Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Draft 2012: LaMichael James Hosted By Detroit Lions

LaMichael James of the Oregon Ducks is one of those guys who is flying under the radar before the 2012 NFL Draft. James was an explosive runner in college, but there are concerns about his size at the next level. If he pans out though

The Detroit Lions are the ones who are looking at LaMichael now. Tim Twentyman of Lions Insider has more.

The Lions are certainly keeping their options open at the position and hosted former Oregon running back LaMichael James on Wednesday for a pre-draft visit.

James (5-9, 195) is similar in both stature and ability to Best. He is a speed back who is great in space and is also a terrific receiver.

James posted 4.42 and 4.41 marks in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day – which the Lions attended – and was "extremely quick" in position drills, according to most reports.

The Lions do need a running back to complement the passing game. Detroit has a great aerial attack led by Calvin Johnson and a decent quarterback in Matthew Stafford, but their running game lacks punch. Jahvid Best gets injured a lot and Kevin Smith isn't an effective three down runner. James could be part of a rotation if he works out alright, which could go a ways to making Detroit a more efficient offensive team.

To discuss LaMichael with Oregon fans, head to Addicted to Quack. To talk about James with Lions fans, hit up Pride of Detroit. Check out our SB Nation Seattle stream on NFL prospects from the Pacific Northwest.

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NFL Combine Results: Chris Polk's Strong Combine Improved Draft Stock, According to ESPN's John Clayton

Former University of Washington running back Chris Polk was shrouded with questions about his size, speed, and strength heading into the 2012 NFL Combine, but did he very best to answer them with his performance at Lucas Oil Stadium, a performance ESPN's John Clayton feels improved his stock heading into his pro day.

"I think he clearly made himself a second-round pick and maybe an outside chance of a first," Clayton told "The Kevin Calabro Show" Monday. "The one thing that teams like is the fact that he can be a violent, powerful back. Some of the guys might be a little faster, but I think Polk really helped himself."

Polk also lost nine pounds from the senior bowl to the combine to further highlight to 'GM's and coaches that I'm dedicated."

Here are Polk's official numbers from the combine:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds (14th among RBs)
  • Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 111 inches
  • Three-cone drill: 7.13 seconds (12th among RBs)
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds (10th among RBs)
  • 60-yard shuttle: DNP
  • Bench press: DNP
Polk also said he underwent three separate MRI's at the combine, one on each knee and one one his shoulders; all areas he's had injury problems with in the past. Polk finished his career at Washington second on the all-time rushing list with 4,049.

For more on the draft, head over to Mocking the Draft. For more on the Huskies, check out UW Dawg Pound.
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NFL Draft Combine 2012: NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock Gives His Take

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock spoke about what he's seen at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and hit on a variety of topics. Let's comb through some of the highlights from his conversation to get some insight into where his mind is at in terms of this year's draft and what is being proven/unproven at the combine.

Mayock on the quarterback class:

"If you look at last year's draft and [Christian] Ponder goes at [No.] 12 and [Jake] Locker goes at No. 8, what I would tell you is that I would be stunned if [Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III] didn't go one and two. Then [Ryan] Tannehill, even though he can't workout, as long as he takes care through the process, shows people he can throw, what an athlete he is, Tannehill might go in the top 10. Everybody is thinking which team is going to get Griffin, in my head, I'm already slotting him 1-2 and wondering where Tannehill might end up because of how high Ponder and Locker went a year ago."

Mayock on if Alabama running back Trent Richardson is a top-five pick:

"I read a list of every running back drafted in the first round in the last five years, and basically what it tells you is that if you're not Adrian Peterson you probably shouldn't be a top five or a top ten running back...Either because of injuries or because of a lack of talent or whatever, if you go back every class to Adrian Peterson, you can't make a case for a top-10 running back."

Mayock also spoke on his favorite position in the draft, one of the weakest positions in the draft, standout players like Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and surprises like Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. You can read it all here.

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2012 NFL Combine Schedule And Preview: Alameda Ta'amu Has On-Field Workout On Monday

The 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis is heading into its final two days. On Monday, the second-to-last groups will participate in their on-field workouts and skill drills, including the important 40-yard dash.

Washington Huskies defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu will be the final UW invitee to participate in these on-field workouts before leaving Indianapolis on Monday. This could potentially be a great opportunity for Ta'amu to impress and raise his stock in the 2012 NFL Draft, which dropped significantly throughout the 2011 season.

Here is Monday's full schedule of events.

Monday

Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)

Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure from Indianapolis

Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)

NFLPA Meeting, psychological testing, interviews

You can find the full list of players invited to the 2012 NFL Combine, as well as full combine results and daily schedules, via the NFL Combine's official website.

To talk about the Huskies at the Combine with Washington football fans, go to UW Dawg Pound. To talk about the NFL Draft in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Combine 2012: LaMichael James Outperforms Chris Polk, Plus David Paulson And Jermaine Kearse

LaMichael James is one of the smaller running backs available in the 2012 NFL Draft, which might impact how high he goes because of questions about his durability, as well as his ability to handle the more complex offenses of the NFL. James is one of the most impressive players overall. Chris Polk was also considered the better overall product coming in, but he's struggled to match up to standards.

James measures out at 5'8" and 194 pounds, which makes him definitely one of the smaller running backs overall. His arm length is more compact at 30 1/4", but might be ideal for carrying the football. James has 9" hands, which could make it easier for carrying the football. Polk seems better in terms of physical size, with a height of 5'11" and 215 pounds, while also managing a longer 31 1/2" inch and bigger hands at 9 3'4".

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However, in terms of physical challenges, LaMichael was far superior. James had a 4.45 second 40 yard dash (beating out Polk's 4.57 seconds), put up 15 reps in the bench press, managed a 35 inch vertical jump (beating Polk's 31.5 inches), while also putting up a 123 inch broad jump (beating out Polk's 111 inches), a 6.88 second three cone drill (besting Polk's 7.13 seconds) as well as a 4.12 second 20 yard shuttle (again ahead of Polk's 4.21 seconds).

A few Northwest wide receivers also were in action. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse put up a 4.58 second 40 yard dash, managed a 34 inch vertical jump, the 119 inch broad jump, as well as a 7.03 second cone drill, a 4.12 second 20 yard shuttle--nothing too flashy. Tight end David Paulson had a decent performance in the 60 yard shuttle, managing 11.9 seconds, but also managed a 4.93 second 40 yard dash, 21 reps on the bench press, plus a 32 inch vertical jump, 110 inches on the broad jump, and 7.18 seconds on the three cone drill, plus 4.4 seconds on the 20 yard shuttle. Wide receiver James Rodgers didn't impress at all.

To discuss James, Paulson and Oregon football, check out Addicted to Quack. To talk about Polk, Kearse and Washington football, check out UW Dawg Pound. To talk about the status of all these players in the 2012 NFL Draft, go to Mocking the Draft. To discuss the NFL Combine in general, check out our dedicated storystreams at SB Nation and SBN Seattle.

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NFL Combine Results: Darron Thomas Struggles In 40-Yard Dash, Shines In Broad Jump

Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas was looking to make a big splash on Sunday the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, but struggled when it came to the 40-yard dash. Luckily he did well in most everything else, leaving some questions to be had at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Thomas ran a 4.80 second 40-yard dash time, which was on the back end of times run by quarterbacks. He certainly made up for it with his broad jump though, showing as the top performer amongst quarterbacks with a 121 inch leap. He got up only 14 reps in the bench press, 36 inch vertical jump, 7.17 second three cone drill, and a 4.28 second 20-yard shuttle.

Thomas doesn't have a very good grade according to NFL.com, and his combine numbers certainly didn't help much either. He's still got his pro day ahead of him, so there is still some time to make a better impression on the scouts.

For more on the Ducks, head over to Addicted to Quack. For more on the combine check out SB Nation's NFL hub and Mocking the Draft.

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2012 NFL Combine Schedule And Preview: Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse Participate In Much-Hyped Sunday Drills

The 2012 NFL Combine continues on Sunday, with what will certainly be the most-watched and most heavily scrutinized day of the entire event. The quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs who received invites to Indianapolis will all take part in their on-field workouts and skill drills, including the 40-yard dash. The groups will be headlined by superstars Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III

Also participating in Sunday's workouts will be Washington Huskies players Chris Polk and Jermaine Kearse.

Here's the full schedule for all groups. You can watch the majority of the action for this year's NFL Combine on the NFL Network or streaming live at NFL.com.

Sunday

Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), Group 6 (RB)

Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure from Indianapolis

Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)

NFLPA Meeting, psychological testing, interviews

Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)

Measurements, medical examinations, media, psychological testing, interviews

And here is the TV schedule on NFL Network:

Sunday, February 26
9:00 AM - Workouts: Running Backs, Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers - LIVE
(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)
7:00 PM - NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine
(Encores at 11:00 PM)
STARTING AT 9:00 AM - NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of group workouts

You can find the full list of players invited to the 2012 NFL Combine via the NFL Combine's official website.

To talk about the Huskies at the Combine with Washington football fans, go to UW Dawg Pound. To talk about the NFL Draft in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Combine 2012: Senio Kelemete Drill Results

Senio Kelemete has been a steady presence for the Washington Huskies for four years and shown versatility across not only the offensive, but the defensive line, throughout his career. He started at defensive tackle in 2008, then switched to offensive guard for the 2009 season before starting the past two at left tackle.

So how will NFL teams see him as he enters the NFL Draft? His drill results at the 2012 NFL Combine will have a lot to do with that.

Kelemete showed off his speed in the 20-Yard Shuttle, where he had the fourth-best time amongst offensive linemen.

He also ran a 5.52 second 40-Yard Dash and a 7.77 second Three-Cone Drill.

In the Bench Press, he put up 21 reps, reached 25 inches in the Vertical Jump and jumped 101 inches in the Broad Jump.

Kelemete still has technique issues he needs to work on, but he did himself a favor showing off his speed on Saturday.

To talk about the Huskies at the Combine with Washington football fans, go to UW Dawg Pound. To talk about the NFL Draft in general, head to Mocking the Draft.

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2012 NFL Combine Schedule And Preview: Chris Polk, Alameda Ta'amu Continue The Process On Saturday

The Washington Huskies have four players at the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. All four players have different positions and due to the Combine staggering different groups, will all be doing a few different things on Saturday.

Senio Kelemete will conclude his on-field workouts and drills on Saturday before departing Indianapolis. Jermaine Kearse and Chris Polk will have their meetings with the NFL Players Association, undergo psychological testing and participate in interviews.

Alameda Ta'amu will receive his measurements and undergo medical examinations and psychological testing on Saturday. In all, a full day for all four Huskies.

Here's the full schedule for all groups. You can watch the majority of the action for this year's NFL Combine on the NFL Network or streaming live at NFL.com.

Saturday

Group 1 (P/K, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)

Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure from Indianapolis

Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), Group 6 (RB)

NFLPA Meeting, psychological testing, interviews

Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)

Measurements, medical examinations, media, psychological testing, interviews

Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)

Travel to Indianapolis, registration, hospital pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews

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NFL Combine 2012: Huskies Weigh In, Start Testing

The Washington Huskies have sent four players to this year's NFL Combine, G Senio Kelemete, DT Alameda Ta'amu, WR Jermaine Kearse, and RB Chris Polk. The more well-known tests don't start until tomorrow for some players - the 40 yard dash, the vertical jump, the short shuttle and 3-cone drill and all that. On Friday though, several groups got their physical measurements taken and the offensive linemen were tested on the bench press. Here are some of the results.

Senio Kelemete:

Official height/weight - 6'4, 307, with 33 1/4" arms.

Kelemete did 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which was in the lower end for offensive linemen, though not nearly the lowest. David Molk of Michigan put up 225 lbs 41 times. Of the players that took part, Andrew Tiller of Syracuse did the fewest, with 16.

Jermaine Kearse:

Official height/weight: 6'1, 209, with 9 1/4" hands.

Kearse and the wide receivers haven't run through many tests yet, and there's nothing too remarkable about his measurements. His size/weight ratio is fine and his 9 1/4" hands are about average, if not a little bit small.

Chris Polk:

Official height/weight: 5'11, 215, with 9 3/4" hands.

As you can see, Polk's hands run about half and inch bigger than those of Kearse despite the fact he's a full two inches shorter. That's a good sign for Polk though, as he'll be relied upon to carry the rock a great deal in the NFL, and it can't hurt his ability to catch the football out of the backfield. Only four RBs in the group measured in with bigger hands, and two of them are likely to be fullbacks at the next level.

Alameda Ta'amu has not recorded any numbers yet. Stay tuned.

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NFL Combine, Draft 2012: A Scouting Report On Kendall Wright

A scouting report on Baylor's Kendall Wright, by his former teammate.

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NFL Draft Order: Seahawks Lose Coin Toss, Will Pick 12th

Of course. The Seahawks lost the coin toss that the NFL administered this morning to break the record and strength of schedule ties between the Dolphins and Panthers at Pick #8 and the Seahawks and Chiefs at Pick #11. The Dolphins won their coin toss and will pick eighth and the Chiefs won and will pick eleventh. The Seahawks now officially have the 12th pick in the Draft.

This toss was pretty significant, considering the likelihood the Hawks would try to trade down. The difference between the 11th and 12th pick is roughly a late fourth round pick's worth if you're going by the Jimmy Johnson Trade Value Chart. That said, not all teams use that chart and if there's a player at 12 that some team wants, all 'trade value' becomes an afterthought. It's about supply and demand, really.

Seahawks GM John Schneider remained calm after learning the news, saying "We'll survive with 12. We would have liked to have picked 11, but 12 is right there."

Some recent 11th picks include Anthony Davis, Aaron Maybin, Leodis McKelvin, Patrick Willis, Jay Cutler, Demarcus Ware, Ben Roethlisberger, Marcus Trufant, and Dwight Freeney. Some recent 12th picks include Ryan Mathews, Knowshon Moreno, Ryan Clady, Marshawn Lynch, Haloti Ngata, Shawne Merriman, Jonathan Vilma, Jimmy Kennedy, and Wendell Bryant.

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NFL Combine 2012: Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse Set For Measurements On Friday

The Washington Huskies have a lot of great talent that will be available in the 2012 NFL Draft, but only a handful of them will be there Friday. Friday will see the beginning of examinations for quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs and the school will have players participating in them.

Washington RB Chris Polk and WR Jermaine Kearse are a part of this group who will go through the process of getting various measurements, medical examinations, performing media, taking psychological testing and doing interviews with teams and NFL professionals.

This group won't get to the on-field assessments until Sunday. Saturday will consist of an NFLPA meeting, psychological testing and, of course, more interviews. It's a long weekend for these guys and it's only just starting.

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2012 NFL Combine: Seahawks GM John Schneider Talks

At some point this afternoon, it's likely that someone will release a transcription of John Schneider's press conference today in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, but for now, a little Twitter version of talking points works for now. Take it away Twitter!

Via Dan(ny) Kadar and Danny O'Neil and gathered by Danny Kelly.

On to the inevitable - the quarterback situation. First, Tarvaris Jackson:

Naturally, he was also asked about the Draft class at QB:

More later, hopefully.

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2012 NFL Combine: Tease Your Brain With Sample Wonderlic Test

The Wonderlic test has become a staple of any NFL draftee’s experience now, forced to take the 12-minute, 50-question exam designed to test the aptitude of prospective employees in the realms of learning and problem-solving. The test score is based on the number of correct questions given in the allotted time, with a score of 20 being a median score that indicates ‘average intelligence.’

But now you can try out the Wonderlic test for yourself by taking a simulated exam that gives you three minutes and 36 seconds to answer 15 questions. It isn’t the Real McCoy, but gives a pretty good sense of what kind of questions these players are subjected to.

In his book The Thinking Man’s Guide To Football, Paul “Dr. Z.” Zimmerman listed the average Wonderlic score of NFL players by position. Here’s their rank from highest to lowest, you can see where you’d fit in at your former/desired position, or if you should be applying for McArther genius grants or dishwashing duties.

Offensive tackle – 26
Center – 25
Quarterback – 24
Guard – 23
Tight End – 22
Safety – 19
Linebacker – 19
Cornerback – 18
Wide Receiver – 17
Fullback – 17
Running Back – 16

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NFL Scouting Combine 2012: Seattle Seahawks Might Examine Courtney Upshaw, Vinny Curry, Shea McClellin

The Seattle Seahawks are probably looking for a good defender out there to shore up their front seven further. It's not clear if they'll take it with their first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft because it wouldn't make much sense to draft a player they could probably get in later rounds. Linebackers and defensive ends usually don't get drafted in the first round unless they're considered sure things, and it's not likely any of these guys could be considered ready to contribute at the next level.

Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated reports on some players that could be of use to the team.

Courtney Upshaw, DE-OLB, Alabama -- Upshaw has a lot riding on his 40 time. A performance in the low 4.7s will ease the minds of 3-4 teams around the league who project Upshaw to outside linebacker.

Vinny Curry, DE-OLB, Marshall -- The situation is much the same for Curry, one of the best pass rushers in college football the past two seasons. He possesses the quickness and movement skills to line up at outside linebacker, but many wonder if he has the speed necessary to run with tight ends in coverage. Forty times in the low 4.7s could push Curry into the late part of the first round.

Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State -- McClellin has made a steady climb up draft boards. He was a devastating pass rusher at defensive end for Boise State, then made the seamless transition to linebacker at the Senior Bowl. He's another hybrid prospect who will jump up draft boards with good postings in the 40. A time no worse than 4.72 seconds could move him into the late part of the second round.

Both Upshaw and Curry are likely to make some leaps, and they both could be considered a decent pick in the second or third round for the Seahawks if they really perform well this week.


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NFL Draft 2012: Mike Mayock Talks Ryan Tannehill; Seattle Seahawks A Possibility? [VIDEO]

When you have a mid-round pick like the Seattle Seahawks to start out, it's always unclear what exactly their draft strategy will be. You're not going to able to pick the top prospects like an Andrew Luck, leaving you with the choice of plenty of capable football players to fill your needs.

Mike Mayock talks about the 2012 NFL Draft in this interview with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, and one possibility that could fit with the Seattle Seahawks is Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Proceed halfway through the interview to see the whole list of remarks.

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Would the Seahawks be willing to take a risk on a player like Tannehill? Who knows. Tarvaris Jackson performed capably for Seattle, but he's probably not a long-term solution at quarterback. Tannehill is also a bit of a project himself though, so it might be difficult for the Seahawks to take a first round risk on a potentially good quarterback.

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NFL Scouting Combine 2012: Friday Coin Flip At Combine To Determine Where Seahawks Pick

The NFL Combine is not just about the players and their performance. To up the intrigue around the event, the NFL customarily performs their coin-flip for teams that ended up tied for Draft position. It just so happens that this year, the Seahawks are one of those teams.

Seattle finished in a dead heat with Kansas City this year - same records and same strength of schedule - so the league will flip a coin to determine who picks 11th, and who picks 12th.

As Peter King of Sports Illustrated pointed out Tuesday:

The NFL will hold a coin flip to break ties at two draft positions Friday at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, where the league office is headquartered at the combine. Carolina and Miami went 6-10 last year, with a strength-of-schedule winning percentage of opponents at .504 (foes of each went 129-127). So they'll flip to see who picks eighth; the loser, obviously, chooses ninth in the first round. Same deal for the 11th and 12th picks -- the Chiefs and Seahawks went 7-9 last year, and their foes went 131-125. So they'll flip too. It's not a franchise-altering deal, certainly, but it is important.

The difference in one spot on the draft trade value chart -- the chart most teams use to divine value when making draft-day trades -- between picks that high is 50 points. That's roughly the equivalent of a mid- to low-fourth-round pick on the chart. And with this draft expected to have lots of very close valuations between post-Luck and -RGIII players at the top, the winner of each flip could lead to a valuable chip when the first round goes off April 26. Example: Let's say Kansas City and Seattle both want Iowa tackle Riley Reiff at No. 11. Seattle wins the flip. And let's say there are other suitors for Reiff. Seattle could move down one spot, with the Chiefs, for a third- or fourth-round pick, or seven spots, with tackle-needy San Diego, for something significantly better. Just something to keep your eye on in the two months before the draft.

The point King brings up is valid - a difference between 11th or 12th is potentially a pretty big deal. If teams are going by the Draft Value Chart so often cited in past seasons, that 50 points (low fourth round pick) seems pretty major. However, in an article written by NFL.com's Albert Breer today, Breer brings up the idea that the old Jimmy Johnson draft value chart is becoming obsolete with the new CBA, where the pay scales and rookie contract limits make first-round picks less risky.

Breer:

...A newer school of thinking is starting to take hold in some front offices, where the draft-value chart that was developed by Jimmy Johnson is becoming obsolete. Instead of there being rigid values, now, it appears, supply-and-demand dictates the power of each selection more than ever before.

"It's, 'Where am I gonna get an explosive player who's gonna make a difference?' I think (Falcons' GM Thomas Dimitrioff, who traded the house to move up and select Julio Jones) was saying, 'I have depth, I can do this,' " said a second NFC GM. "You do have a bunch of teams that stick to the value chart. But I really think that's because of all of you (in the media) have it, so you can all say they didn't get it right. And then you have a bunch of us who say, 'I don't give a (crap) about that'. I use the chart as a resource, but not as a bible."

Whether or not the difference between 11th or 12th ends up being a big deal remains to be seen, but it's just one more thing to watch this weekend during the Combine. The coin flip takes place at 4:00AM PST on Friday.

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NFL Combine 2012: Player Report Dates, Event Schedule, Location And More

There is no event quite like the NFL Combine and players from all around the country will gather this week in Indianapolis to do everything in their power to impress scouts from around the league. There will be quite a few players from the Seattle, Washington and Oregon areas in attendance and fans may just catch a glimpse of the guy their favorite team will select come April. Needless to say, this is a very big event for all parties involved.

Here is a look at the schedule for the 2012 Combine:

Group 1 (Special Teams, Offensive Linemen), Group 2 (Offensive Linemen), Group 3 (Tight Ends)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Friday, February 24, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, PK/ST Workout, Interviews
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

Group 4 (Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers), Group 5 (Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers), Group 6 (Running Backs)

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Friday, February 24, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

Group 7 (Defensive Linemen), Group 8 (Defensive Linemen), Group 9 (Linebackers)

Friday, February 24, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Monday, February 27, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

Group 10 (Defensive Backs), Group 11 (Defensive Backs)

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Monday, February 27, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

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NFL Scouting Combine 2012: A Reference Guide To Player Drills

The NFL Combine is made up of several tests for teams to further evaluate potential players and is meant to measure a number of different things - athleticism in general, top-end speed, explosiveness, agility, power, and strength. Intelligence, skills, hand-eye coordination, and maturity. Essentially, the skills needed to play at a high level in the NFL.

The Northwest is sending twelve players to the Combine - Oregon will be represented by G Mark Asper, DB Cliff Harris, RB LaMichael James, LB Joshua Kaddu, TE David Paulson, S Edward Pleasant and QB Darron Thomas. Washington sends WR Jermaine Kearse, G/T Senio Kelemete, RB Chris Polk, and DT Alameda Ta'Amu and Oregon State sends WR James Rodgers. So - what should you be watching?

Fans like to place a lot of emphasis on the '40-time' a player records and that's typically the number that gets thrown around the most, but there are many tests to monitor as you watch the Combine this week. The typical tests administered at the Combine include: 40-yard dash, bench press (225 lb repetitions), vertical jump, broad jump, 20 yard shuttle, 3 cone drill, 60-yard shuttle, position-specific drills, interviews - each team is allotted 60 interviews in 15-minute intervals, physical measurements, injury evaluation, drug screen, the Cybex test and the Wonderlic Test. Let's run through them quickly.

The 40: Yes, this is the sexiest of them all. The 40-yard dash measures how quickly the athlete can run 40 yards, starting from a dead stop. This test is broken down into splits as well - 10 yards and 20 yards, to measure acceleration vs top-end speed. Fast split times indicate quick twitch acceleration and is valuable for any player in this league.

A good 40-time is going to be in the 4.4 to 4.5 second range for receivers, running backs, and defensive backs. 4.6-4.8 is what you could expect from a lot of the other positions - linebackers, defensive ends, tight ends, and some quarterbacks. Most linemen are going to run 4.9 or higher. If you see anyone run in the 4.3s or even the 4.2s, you're seeing something special.

Bench: This is mainly for the big guys - linemen and linebackers. It measures strength and stamina, mostly. Oregon State's Stephen Paea set the all-time Combine record last year with 49 reps at 225 pounds but anywhere in the 30s is pretty good. Guys with longer arms don't do as well because they're lifting the weight further, but in general I don't think teams look too much into the bench press test, unless a player just does horribly. That would indicate lack of dedication most likely - failure to hit the weights or prepare yourself.

Vertical Jump: This test tells teams how much lower body explosiveness a player has. You're not allowed to run and jump; you take off from a standing position, and a benchmark for the elite group in terms of vertical jump is 38" to 42". Anything more than that, you're looking at a freak of nature. Well, all these guys are kind of freaks in that sense, but 43", 44" or more is pretty rare. Virgil Green of Nevada hit 42.5" and Jonathan Baldwin of the Chiefs hit 42" on his vert last year to lead the way.

I'd say this test is probably more important for the receivers and defensive backs but really, lower body strength and explosiveness is pretty important for any player.

Broad Jump: Similar to the vertical, this test measures lower body strength and power. Explosiveness. The player jumps forward as far as they can from a standstill. 10 feet is the baseline for 'good', but if you get into the 10'6" range, you're looking impressive. Julio Jones blew everyone out of the water last year when he registered an 11'3" broadjump. The recent best was Cincinnati's Jerome Simpson in 2009, who jumped 11'4".

20 yard Shuttle (AKA "short shuttle"): Also referred to as the "5-10-5", it's a test of a player's lateral movement ability. The player basically starts in the middle of an area that's 10 yards long - he bursts out of a 3-point stance and fun five yards to the right, switches gears and go ten to the left, then again to the right to finish off. This drill is a lot more important than many people believe - some say it's more important than the 40-yard dash because it measures short-area quickness and agility, things any player on the NFL field requires. A good test in this area can get you noticed. Boise State's Austin Pettis set the bar last year with a 3.88 second short shuttle. Anything below 4-flat though, and you're getting looks.

3-Cone Drill: Similar to the 20-yard shuttle in importance. It measures change of direction, short-area burst, agility, and importantly, balance. Also known as the "L" drill. Players start out in a three point stance at the first cone, run forward five yards to the second, change direction back to where they started, change direction again and back to the second cone again. Instead of stopping there, they hang a right and around the third cone at the end of the "L". Coming back, the player again makes a 90 degree turn to their left then through the finish. Basically, it measures a players ability to keep their speed up through sharp turns and is especially important for receivers, corners, and defensive ends.

Benchmark for 'good' is 7 seconds. Benchmark for 'elite' - 6.5 seconds. Jeff Maehl turned some heads last year and ran a 6.42 for the best time at the Combine. He wasn't drafted, but caught on with Texas as an UDFA. Teams will be watching this time very closely, especially for those three positions.

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Those are the mains physical tests to keep an eye on. A good 40-time will get a player some recognition, but a strong 3-cone drill and/or short-shuttle makes a big difference as well. You may have the best hands in the world as a receiver, but if you can't make quick cuts and maintain your speed, you're going to have more trouble against elite cornerbacks in the NFL. Visa versa as well for the defensive backs, and obviously for defensive ends, if you can't get by a left tackle your career at that spot may not last long.

Teams will also put players through positional drills to test their skills in catching, coverage, throwing, and a myriad of other 'football' skills. They'll interview players to evaluate their maturity, dedication, intelligence, etc. They will administer the Wonderlic Test, which is a timed test to measure IQ. The Cybex test is meant to measure fitness and joint movements.

The NFL Combine is the first best way for front offices to gather information on the players that they are potentially going to invest millions of dollars in. It's going to be exciting.

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NFL Combine 2012: Chris Polk Needs Strong Showing At Combine

With the NFL combine merely days away now, our friends over at National Football Post have been taking a look at the talent headed into the event, taking notice of some players that need to have a great performance at the Combine to boost their draft stock. One such player, according to NFP, is Washington Huskies running back Chris Polk.

RB Chris Polk: Washington (5-11, 222)

He's a big kid with a good feel inside, runs hard and will break some tackles. However, pad level, initial burst and lack of great change of direction skills make me think he's more of a potential NFL starter only. Didn't have a great Senior Bowl in Mobile and it will be interesting to see just how explosive he is both as a short area athlete and straight-line guy at the NFL Combine. Needs a big week to get some positive momentum going his way.

Polk's agility will be on full display at the combine, and will likely be a focal point of most scouts in attendance. He's got to prove that he can put it all together in one package, and the best place to start is at the Combine.

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NFL Combine 2012: Mike Mayock Ranks LaMichael James As Top Five RB

LaMichael James of the Oregon Ducks is one of those accomplished college players that has the right blend of toughness, speed, versatility and durability that would seem to be perfect for the NFL. The big question regarding James comes from his size and his elusiveness, and how much he can really accomplish against top-level NFL defenses.

Still, James is still pretty high up on the NFL Draft board. Mike Mayock of NFL.com reports on his pre-combine rankings, and James is ranked in his top 5. How James tests in the NFL Combine will go a long way to deciding whether he has NFL-level capability and whether he can move up the draft board. LaMichael needs to put together a big performance if he wants to be a certain second day draft pick.

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NFL Combine 2012 TV Schedule Announced

With a tip of the cap to our friends over at Mocking the Draft for the heads up, the NFL Network has released their schedule for live coverage of the NFL Combine, which starts in earnest next Thursday. That's right, in eight short days.

Here's what's on tap (all times EST), again, big thanks to Dan Kadar of MtD:

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Thursday, February 23
2:30 PM - Around the League: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences
7:00 PM - NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

Friday, February 24
2:30 PM - Around the League: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences
7:00 PM - NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

Saturday, February 25
9:00 AM - Workouts: Kickers, Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends - LIVE
(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)
7:00 PM - NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine
(Encores at 11:00 PM)

STARTING AT 9:00 AM - NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of two groups

ALL DAY - NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

Sunday, February 26
9:00 AM - Workouts: Running Backs, Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers - LIVE
(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)
7:00 PM - NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine
(Encores at 11:00 PM)
STARTING AT 9:00 AM - NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of group workouts

ALL DAY - NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

Monday, February 27
9:00 AM - Workouts: Linebackers, Defensive Linemen - LIVE
(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)
7:00 PM - NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine
(Encores at 11:00 PM)
STARTING AT 9:00 AM - NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of group workouts

ALL DAY - NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

Tuesday, February 28
9:00 AM - Workouts: Defensive Backs - LIVE
(Encores with cut-down versions at 8:00 PM & 12 Midnight)
7:00 PM - NFL Total Access: 2012 NFL Scouting Combine
(Encores at 11:00 PM)
STARTING AT 9:00 AM - NFL.com LIVE: Complete, all-access coverage of group workouts

ALL DAY - NFL.com: Exclusive daily video clips available

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Oregon's LaMichael James Having To Fight Uphill NFL Draft Battle

It's crazy how fast a football player can go from being a lauded star to a picked apart underachiever, but that's the nature of the beast when a college athlete looks to make it to the pros.

And the Oregon Ducks' LaMichael James is no exception.

James had an exceptional three-year career at Oregon but he already has pundits doubting his ability to perform at the next level. Just check the quote from Rotoworld.com's NFL Draft Preview by Josh Norris.

"...He has elite speed, which will immediately help in the return game. But too many of James' big plays on offense involved stretching runs to the sideline or breaking outside, which is significantly harder to do in the NFL. James does not run between the tackles confidently enough to be an NFL featured back."

Ouch. One compliment then a laundry list of ‘can't dos'. And it gets worse.

"He's also shown his thin frame does not react well to hits. James excels at finding a crease and exhibits pinball-like qualities to pick up yards after contact beyond the line of scrimmage, but after a few hits he tends to abandon his running lane for temporarily open field. ...ultimately I think he'll have a Danny Woodhead kind of role and should not be drafted before day three."

Welcome to the world of harsh analysis that is the NFL Draft. For James' sake, let's all hope he proves Norris wrong.

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NFL Combine 2012: Chris Polk Has Much To Prove

Washington Huskies running back Chris Polk was one of the college players who received an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis at the end of February.

Brock Huard, former Huskies player and current radio show host, provided his opinion on what Polk's goals should be at the Combine. Huard pointed out that Polk's lineman teammates who will also be attending the Combine, such as Alameda Ta'amu have much less to prove to NFL scouts, given that they had a chance to do what they do at the Senior Bowl. In addition, what scouts look for in a running back goes far beyond the physicality requirements needed for linemen like the other Huskies at the Combine.

Huard points out that this is Polk's key opportunity to reassert himself as one of the top five backs in this year's draft. Polk will really need to perform well in Indianapolis to establish his value to pro teams.

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Mock Draft 2012: Husky NT Alameda Ta'amu Picked 6th Overall In Russ Lande's Latest

Predicting or scouting for the NFL Draft is a funny thing. Husky running back Chris Polk left Washington as the 2nd leading rusher of all time and his body of work is unassailable in many ways. He's been tough, versatile, and explosive for the Huskies these past few seasons but his stock has allegedly taken a hit following the Senior Bowl, following reports of a poor showing, strange interview sessions, and coming in in less than stellar shape.

On the other hand, Husky NT Alameda Ta'amu, previously more in the 2nd or 3rd round range by many analysts, has propelled himself into the first-round discussion. Russ Lande of Sporting News had this to say while putting Ta'amu in the No. 6 spot in his latest mock:

After a month of all-star games, especially the Senior Bowl, a number of players have seen their draft stock fluctuate. There are players, like Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and Ohio State's Mike Adams, who have forced their names into the first-round mix.

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6. Washington Redskins: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington. The Redskins want to make an upgrade at quarterback, but they are not sold on Tannehill with a pick this high. So they grab Ta'amu, who at 6-3, 330 pounds can be a dominant interior force in their 3-4 scheme.

Pretty interesting.

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NFL Draft 2012: Husky NT Alameda Ta'amu A Top-10 Pick? One Expert Thinks It's Possible

Former Husky NT Alameda Ta'amu is a bit of a mystery as an NFL prospect. At 6'2, 341 he's a giant of a man, with the athleticism and mobility that NFL teams covet in a player his size. The problem though, is that when you look at UW's run defense this last season, you may come out less than impressed (because, frankly, UW's defense, on a whole, was awful). Regardless, after a solid Senior Bowl, he's now being talked about as a possible top-10 pick.

"He's a big, strong nose tackle who's had a very productive career," said Lande (via Rotoworld's Evan Silva). "We've always viewed him as a sort of mid first-rounder to high second-rounder. But when he went down to Mobile he displayed more athleticism than most NFL teams thought he had." Lande believes "the best nose tackle is going to go in the top ten," and it will either be Ta'amu or Memphis' Dontari Poe. At 6-foot-2 1/2 and 341, Ta'amu is an athletic behemoth on the interior."

Very interesting. Ta'amu is a guy to keep an eye on in the upcoming NFL Combine.

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2012 NFL Draft: Combine Invitees Announced, Oregon's LaMichael James Among Them

Oregon, Washington and Oregon State will all have representatives at this year's NFL Combine.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chris Polk Looks To Quiet Doubters

Chris Polk, by many accounts, had a disappointing Senior Bowl. I pointed out respected draft analyst Tony Pauline's comments the other day on Polk, and how he has been hearing that some teams aren't even thinking about the former Husky running back before rounds four or later.

Polk's speed and conditioning have been called into question and his interviews were apparently kind of strange at the Senior Bowl as well. All this has led to a perceived drop in his stock, among scouts and national writers anyway, and it's puzzling for a guy as successful as Polk. I've watched him his entire career and my impression is completely different than what's being said, but regardless, it's being said.

Well, there's one way to dispel a lot of these rumblings, and it's something Polk is aiming to do. From Rob Rang, of NFLDraftScout.com:

Preparing interviews for Lindy's NFL Draft Preview scheduled to hit newstands March 1, I asked Chris at the Senior Bowl what he expects to run in the all-important 40-yard dash.

He smiled and replied simply, "Faster than any of you all think."

Pressed to be more specific, Polk elaborated.

"From what everyone has been saying and I've been reading, I guess speed is one of the big questions everyone has about me. I'm not that worried about it, to be honest with you. I know how fast I am. I expect to run something in the 4.4s."

If that happens, I would think most teams would look at his 4,049 yard career rushing mark and ability hit the home run and not a less-than-cut midsection and some weird answers in an interview. Should be interesting to watch, anyway.

For more on the 2012 Senior Bowl, make sure you check out SBN's Mocking the Draft. For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls, and for everything Huskies, go to the UW Dawg Pound.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chris Polk Stock Taking a Tumble?

Former Husky running back Chris Polk was surprisingly part of the Senior Bowl this year after it came out that he never, in fact, applied for a medical redshirt season in 2008 and was a senior all along. This came as a surprise to many and in interviews during the Senior Bowl Week, he raised a few eyebrows about how that all came about.

As Bob Condotta, Husky beat writer for the Seattle Times noted, in reference to a video interview of Polk -

His most interesting response (about 1:50 in) comes when he is asked about the fact that he was technically a senior this year, having never received a redshirt season for 2008 when he played just two games before being injured --- the school had always listed him as having received the year. That he didn't technically get the redshirt year has allowed him to be able to play in the Senior Bowl.

Polk says in the interview that it was always part of the plan not to receive the official redshirt.

"I knew I was leaving this year,'' Polk said. "I didn't want them to turn in the paper work.''

If he really was always planning to leave, Polk kept up a good front throughout the 2011 season, insisting in interviews up until two days prior to the Alamo Bowl that he hadn't decided and would have to sit down with UW coaches and family and make his decision.

Polk had a fantastic career nonetheless and has been graded anywhere from the late first round to the third by analysts and scouts. Apparently though, Polk continued to raise a few eyebrows that week with strange interviews, less than stellar shape, and poor fundamentals.

Respected draft analyst Tony Pauline had this to say about Polk's week. It's kind of shocking, frankly.

Chris Polk may have been better off applying for a red-shirt season and returning to school as the former Washington running back is taking a tumble down draft boards. Scouts were less than impressed by his ball carrying skills during Senior Bowl practices. Polk looked very straight-linish and upright taking hand-offs, displaying no ability to create yardage.

Worse yet we've been told by several sources his interviews during the week were awful. Scouts were caught off guard by many of the responses Polk gave to questions posed. The answers to follow-up questions were just as worrisome for scouts who completed interviews. Polk is now being graded as a last day pick by a number of teams.

Now, obviously, this is a bit of rumor and it's unclear whether these are scouts or front office personnel doing the worrying, or both. It can mean a lot or it can mean nothing. For instance, I know that the Seahawks general manager John Schneider has gone on record saying that these all-star games and bowl weeks can only help a player, not hurt him, and Chris Polk's record as a Husky certainly speaks for itself. Having watched him the past few seasons, I'm definitely not going to be writing him off and there is a lot of time for him to clear anything up between now and the Draft.

Still, pretty interesting comments from a guy that's pretty well-connected.

For more on the 2012 Senior Bowl, make sure you check out SBN's Mocking the Draft. For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls, and for everything Huskies, go to the UW Dawg Pound.

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