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2011 NFL Combine Results: Jake Locker, Mason Foster 40 Times, Workout Results

Mason Foster and Jake Locker took the field at the NFL Combine this week and put together strong performances ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft. Locker came to the Combine with questions about his footwork and accuracy, but showed improvement in the throwing drills while displaying the athleticism he's been known for at Washington. Foster had stellar tackling numbers with the Huskies and has seen his stock slowly rise ahead of the draft. A the Combine, he picked up where he left off at the Senior Bowl, impressing with solid, consistent workouts.

Locker ran a 4.59 second 40-yard dash, third-fastest among all quarterbacks and tied with Heisman winner Cam Newton. He added a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump, both of which were top-five measurements. His three cone drill time -- 6.77 seconds -- was the fastest among quarterbacks, and his 20-yard shuttle time -- 4.12 seconds -- was third-fastest. Add in a strong throwing performance and Locker boosted his draft stock at the Combine after struggling through the Senior Bowl.

Foster had a solid workout, though his numbers don't jump off the page like Locker's do. In the 40-yard dash, Foster turned in a 4.75 second time, 13th-best among his position group. His 22 repetitions on the bench press and 7.14 second three cone drill time were each 13th-best, as well. Though his measurables aren't off the charts, Foster may sneak into the third round after continuing to string together solid workouts at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

Locker projects as a late-first or early-second round pick while Foster is on the border between the third- and fourth-rounds as of now. Both have room for improvement, and Locker is fighting to answer the questions about his ability to play the quarterback position at the NFL after regressing in his senior year. Foster, on the other hand, is a bit of an under-the-radar prospect that could be a steady contributor in the NFL, giving whichever team drafts him good value as a mid-round pick.

For more results from the workouts, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream. To connect with Washington fans, check out SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Three Cone Drill Record Set By Jeffrey Maehl

Oregon's Jeffrey Maehl didn't show off explosive speed or strength at the NFL Combine, but he did do something nobody else has done before at the event. On Sunday, working out with the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, Maehl set an NFL Combine record in the three cone drill, completing the exercise in just 6.42 seconds. That's faster than Patrick Peterson, Cam Newton and the rest of the NFL Draft prospects that had scouts drolling over their athleticism.

The three cone drill leaderboard wasn't necessarily littered with the burners or physical freaks, but instead allowed players who can get in and out of cuts and accelerate quickly to shine. Peterson, a consensus top-five pick, was among the best, as was Shiloh Keo, a relative unknown out of Idaho. Like the 40-yard dash, the top performers in the three cone drill were exclusively defensive backs, running backs and wide receivers, the shiftiest groups in the combine.

Here's a look at the best, led by Maehl's combine record.

Jeffrey Maehl, Oregon   6.42
Buster Skrine, Tennessee-Chattanooga 6.44
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State 6.46
Terrence Tolliver, LSU 6.48
Chykie Brown, Texas 6.50
Cecil Shorts, Mount Union 6.50
Shiloh Keo, Idaho 6.55
Patrick Peterson, LSU 6.58
Curtis Brown, Texas 6.59
Marshall Williams, Wake Forest 6.61
Vincent Brown, San Diego State 6.64
Davon House, New Mexico State 6.65
Aldrick Robinson, SMU 6.65
Greg Salas, Hawaii 6.65
Graig Cooper, Miami 6.66

Among the leaders, there's an interesting mix of possession receivers and speedy cornerbacks, among others. For players such as Salas, Maehl and Sanzenbacher, the argument can be made that the three cone drill was the most important part of the workout as it allowed them to show their ability to get in and out of breaks and make quick, fluid cuts. The three clearly rose to the occasion, putting up some of the best times of the combine.

For more results from the workouts, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream. To connect with Oregon fans, check out SB Nation's Addicted To Quack.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Fastest 40 Times Turned In By DeMarcus Van Dyke, Patrick Peterson

The NFL combine is over, giving us a better idea of who the top performers were. The 40-yard dash, perhaps the most watched portion of the combine, featured some of the fastest times in years, with defensive linemen turning in blistering times for their size and the skill position players running 40s in the sub-4.5 second range. As expected, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson came out flying, running in the 4.3 second range. Miami's DeMarcus Van Dyke took it a step further, running in the 4.2s and nearly breaking the Combine record, set by Chris Johnson in 2008.

The running backs, defensive backs and wide receivers dominated the 40-yard dash leaderboard, with each of the top-15 running under 4.5 seconds. From small school guys -- Ricardo Lockett from Fort Valley State and Edmond Gates from Abilene Christian -- to household names such as Julio Jones and Peterson, the leaderboard was full of impressive performances.

Here's a look at the fastest 40s at this year's NFL combine.

DeMarcus Van Dyke, Miami 4.28
Patrick Peterson, LSU 4.34
Da'Rel Scott, Maryland 4.34
Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian 4.37
Ricardo Lockett, Fort Valley State 4.37
Mario Fannin, Auburn 4.38
Julio Jones, Alabama 4.39
Chimidi Chekwa, Ohio State 4.40
Chris Culliver, South Carolina 4.40
Derrick Locke, Kentucky 4.40
Jordan Todman, Connecticut 4.40
DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma 4.41
Roy Helu, Nebraska 4.42
Prince Amukamara, Nebraska 4.43
Leonard Hankerson, Miami 4.43

Though a 40-yard dash is not the overriding factor in slotting draft picks, many place an emphasis on the 40 times at the combine. A poor time may knock a prospect down a notch while an outstanding time may bump a player up, or perhaps lead teams to take a look at a relatively unknown prospect. In the NFL, speed is the name of the game, and plenty of it was on display at Lucas Oil Stadium this week.

For more results, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Three Cone Drill Times For Defensive Backs

It’s all about fluid movements, quick cuts and acceleration in the three cone drill, must-have attributes for quality defensive backs. On Tuesday, the final day of the 2011 NFL combine, the two groups of defensive backs were flying around the cones, led by Buster Skrine, who ran the second-fastest three cone drill in the combine, behind Oregon’s Jeffrey Maehl. Even Idaho’s Shiloh Keo got in on the act, running the third-fastest time of any defensive back on Tuesday.

Patrick Peterson was flying as well, an expected result after his quick 40 time and impressive measurements in the vertical and broad jump tests. Peterson turned in the fourth-fastest time, just over a tenth of a second slower than Skrine’s Combine record time for defensive backs. Nate Williams was also one of the top-five safeties in the three cone drill, clocking in at 6.98 seconds.

Here’s a few of the top performers from the drill, led by Skrine’s blistering time.

Buster Skrine 6.44
Chykie Brown 6.50
Shiloh Keo 6.55
Patrick Peterson 6.58
Curtis Brown 6.59
Davon House 6.65
Brandyn Thompson 6.66
Rasah Carmichael 6.69
Aaron Williams 6.72
Eric Hagg 6.73

Tuesday brought the combine to a close after four days of non-stop action in Indianapolis. Teams are headed back to the drawing board in an effort to tweak their big boards ahead of April’s draft. Players, on the other hand, are heading back to work, as they continue to train for their own pro days in hopes of raising their stock. In all, it was a successful combine, with plenty of impressive performances and workouts to go around.

For more results from the workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Curtis Brown, Prince Amukamara Top Jumping Tests

The defensive backs took the field on Tuesday morning in the last of the NFL Combine workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The depth and athleticism of the group was on display all morning, as the cornerbacks and safeties showed terrific speed and athleticism throughout the workouts. Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara performed as expected, turning in fast 40 times and showing exceptional explosiveness in the jumping drills.

Amukamara was among the best in the broad and vertical jumping drills, finishing an inch behind Cortez Allen in the broad jump and an inch and a half behind Curtis Brown in the broad jump. Peterson was near the top, as well, showing incredible athleticism for his size.

Here’s a few of the top performers, beginning with the vertical jump.

Curtis Brown 39.5
Chris Culliver 38.5
Marcus Gilchrist 38.5
Josh Thomas 38.5
Prince Amukamara 38.0
Patrick Peterson 38.0
Richard Sherman 38.0

The top leapers in the broad jump includes many of the same names as the most athletic prospects rose to the top in the jumping drills

Cortez Allen 10’9
Prince Amukamara 10’8
Curtis Brown 10’8
Chris Conte 10’7
Aaron Williams 10’7
Chimidi Chekwa 10’6
Patrick Peterson 10’6
Josh Thomas 10’6
Richard Sherman 10’5

The defensive back class, especially the cornerbacks, appears to be deep and talented ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft. Peterson, Amukamara and Jimmy Smith top the class, projected as early to mid first-round picks, with Peterson in the discussion for the first overall pick in the draft. After that, though, the class still impresses, with plenty of talent to be had for teams looking for immediate secondary help.

For more on the workouts, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Patrick Peterson, Prince Amukamara Turn In Fast 40 Times

Speed was the buzz word during the Tuesday morning workouts at the NFL Combine as the defensive backs hit the field. In the 40-yard dash, the group was flying, turning in some of the fastest times of the combine, with one player breaking the 4.3-second barrier. LSU’s Patrick Peterson, the top defensive back in the draft, and Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara, the second-best back in the draft, lived up to the hype, turning in some of the fastest times of the session and setting stopwatches ablaze.

Peterson, widely seen as a top-five pick, ran in the 4.3 second range, displaying excellent speed at 219 pounds. But it was Miami’s DeMarcus Van Dyke stealing the show, setting a combine record while running in the high 4.2 second range. With plenty of speed, and exceptional athletes, dotting the cornerback class of 2011, it’s likely we’ll see more than a few of these players off the board early in the draft.

Here’s a few of the top performers from Tuesday’s early workouts.

DeMarcus Van Dyke 4.28
Patrick Peterson 4.34
Chimdi Chekwa 4.40
Chris Culliver 4.40
Prince Amukamara 4.43
Joe Lefeged 4.43
Ras I Dowling 4.46
Curtis Marsh 4.46
Byron Maxwell 4.46
Jimmy Smith 4.46
Shareece Wright 4.46
Buster Skrine 4.48
Chykie Brown 4.50
Davon House 4.50
Justin Rogers 4.50

Skrine clocked the fastest unofficial time of the morning on the NFL Network stopwatches, running a 4.29 and 4.38 40-yard dash, but the electronic timing said otherwise. Skrine was flying, running the 4.38 after stumbling out of the blocks. Overall, the cornerbacks turned in top-times all morning long, showing off impressive speed in the drills.

The safeties, on the other hand, didn’t fare so well in the 40. Rahim Moore, the top safety in the class, was quick, but it was a cornerback-dominated competition. With Peterson, Jimmy Smith and Amukamara running well, it’s clear the group is the cream of the crop in the 2011 draft class.

For more results from the workouts, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Von Miller Dominates Linebacker Jumping Drills

Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller came out and did exactly what was expected of him on Monday at the NFL Combine, flashing impressive physical skills and supreme athleticism. Miller has continued to impress since the season ended, putting together a standout performance at the Senior Bowl and breezing through the workouts at the combine, pushing his draft stock higher and higher. Almost assuredly a top-10 pick, Miller may slide into the top-five after his solid, if not spectacular workouts.

Miller was in a class of his own on Monday, running the second-fastest 40 time and fastest three cone drill time. When it came to measuring explosiveness, Miller was at the top of the class again with the farthest broad jump and one of the highest vertical jump in the linebacker class.

Here’s the full results of the broad jump

Von Miller 10’6
Justin Houston 10’5
Martez Wilson 10’4
Akeem Dent 10’3
Douglas Hogue 10’1
Scott Lutrus 10’1

And here’s the top performers in the vertical jump.

Scott Lutrus 38.0
Akeem Dent 37.5
Von Miller 37.0
Justin Houston 36.5
Colin McCarthy 36.5

Miller was, by far, the best of the bunch, but Lutrus showed off some impressive physical skills, turning in a quick 40-yard dash and shuttle run, in addition to his jumping marks. But in the class of 2011, it’s Miller and everyone else at the linebacker spot, and he showed why on Monday.

For more results from the workouts, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


Nick Fairley Dominates Monday NFL Combine Workouts, Solidifying Top-10 Status

Nick Fairley came to the NFL Combine as the top defensive lineman, if not the top prospect, in the 2011 NFL Draft class. All Fairley did on Monday was come out and show why scouts hold him in high regard, breezing through the measurable drills and impressing in position-specific workouts. If there was any doubt he was worthy of a top-five pick before the combine, it was likely erased after a strong performance on Monday.

Fairley didn't post a top-15 40 time, a testament to just how fast the defensive linemen were moving in the drill. However, he did break the five-second barrier, joining 29 other defensive linemen as the group tore up the track. For a man of his size, even tough he's not among the heaviest of linemen, the straight line speed he display left many pleased with his performance.

Yahoo!'s Doug Farrar singled out Fairley, noting he displayed exceptional athleticism and agility in the linemen drills.

He's projected by many to be the best at his position, but even so, Fairley impressed those who were already captivated by his game tape. He showed great intensity all day and displayed such exceptional turn and hit in the bag drills, it was easy to forget that he's not a rush end and inadvertently debit him for missing a step in the faster portions of the drills in which linemen must change direction

The question now isn't whether Fairley is a top-10 pick or where he'll slot in the draft, but whether he'll go first overall to the Carolina Panthers. Even if he doesn't, it's tough to see Fairley falling past the first few picks when considering his entire body of work and incredible season at Auburn. His performance at the combine, from the interviews to the workouts, simply confirmed what plenty of scouts had seen before: Fairley is one of the best in the 2011 draft class.

For more results from the workouts, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


Marcell Dareus Shows Versatility, Athleticism In NFL Combine Drills

For a man pushing 320 pounds, Marcell Dareus moved like a linebacker at times, carrying his weight well and showing exception speed during Monday's NFL Combine workouts. Dareus was already regarded as one of the elite defensive line prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft, amongst the best in a loaded crop of linemen. But on Monday, he continued to separate himself from much of the pack, giving Nick Fairley a run for his money and leaving Indianapolis as a winner as we inch closer to the draft.

Dareus ran nearly the same 40-yard dash time as Fairley, but did so carrying almost 30 pounds more weight. That speed, that quick burst off the line, left many in awe as Dareus hit the top-end quickly and displayed surprising quickness. For a big, space-eating linemen, the ability to get up and go, and the versatility it affords him, can only be seen as a plus to those scouting him.

When it came to the drills, Dareus continued to impress, putting in a workman-like effort in the skill tests. Even at his size, he moved like a defensive end giving teams the option to move him around on the line, sliding in wherever he's needed in different situations. 

While Fairley may be at the top of the class right now, Dareus warrants top-five consideration, if not a look with the No. 1 overall pick. At this point in the process, Dareus and Fairley are neck-and-neck, and it could be the size and versatility of Dareus that pushes him over the top when the draft rolls around. If nothing else, the battle was entertaining to watch at the combine as each lived up to the hype on Monday.

For more results from Monday's workout, check out our NFL Combine StoryStream.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Dontay Moch Tops Defensive Linemen Jumping Drills

Dontay Moch opened some eyes early on Monday morning, firing out of the gates and posting the fastest 40-yard dash time by a large margin. Moch’s speed and athleticism were on display from the start, carrying over into the jumping drills, meant to measure explosiveness and athleticism. Moch, at 6-foot-4, 241 pounds, is a bit of a tweener, but has the speed and athleticism to, perhaps, play at the linebacker spot in the NFL.

Moch, an impressive athlete no matter how you slice it, has also been doing some writing that deserves attention, keeping a running diary at SB Nation Arizona. It’s worth a read just to get some insight on the process and what these athletes do to prepare themselves for the combine.

It’s amazing, in a way, that some of these linemen, many of which are pushing 300 pounds, are able to run under five second 40s and jump higher and farther than most normal humans. Ryan Kerrigan, a 6-foot-4, 267 pound defensive end out of Purdue who’s seen his name tied to the Seattle Seahawks in mock drafts, was impressive in his own right with a 33.5 inch vertical and 10-foot-2 inch broad jump on Tuesday. For as big as these guys are, they’re every bit as athletic.

Here’s a look at the top jumpers, starting with the vertical jump. Moch tied the combine record in the event, matching Mark Anderson’s jump from 2006.

Dontay Moch 42.0
J.J. Watt 37.0
Allen Bailey 36.5
Chris Carter 36
D’Aundre Reed 35.5
Cheta Ozougwu 34.5
Robert Quinn 34
Aldon Smith 34
Sam Acho 33.5
Ryan Kerrigan 33.5
Adrian Clayborn 33

In the broad jump, it was the same story as Moch bested the field and nearly broke the combine record, missing the mark by an inch.

Dontay Moch 10’8
Ryan Kerrigan 10’2
J.J. Watt 10’0
Cheta Ozougwu 9’11
D’Aundre Reed 9’11
Aldon Smith 9’10
Allen Bailey 9’9
Ugo Chanisa 9’9
Cameron Jordan 9’9
Markus White 9’9
Robert Quinn 9’8
Jabaal Sheard 9’7
Brandon Bair 9’6

The Pac-10 was well represented again on Monday, with Jordan (Cal), Bair (Oregon), Reed (Arizona) and Ricky Elmore (Arizona) showing up among the top-15 in the jumping competitions. But it was Moch capturing the headlines with his blistering 40 time and superb measurable performances.

For more results, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Linebackers Show Agility In Three Cone Drill

It’s all about agility, quick cuts and changes of direction in the three-cone drill and the linebackers, skills of the utmost importance for linebackers. On Monday morning, the backers were flying around the cones at the NFL Combine, clocking quick times during the final session of the day. As expected, Von Miller put up the fastest time, tied with Cal’s Mike Mohamed at 6.70 seconds. Mason Foster was in the top-15 in the three cone drill, as well, following up a fast 40 time with a solid showing in the agility exercise.

The three cone drill is simple, and a staple of NFL Combine workouts. Three cones are set five yards apart at a right angle. Players run to the second cone, back to the first, back out and around the second cone before looping around the final cone and heading back to the starting line. It’s all about agility and the drill is highly regarded by scouting types.

Here’s the results and top performers in Monday’s three cone drill.

Von Miller 6.70
Mike Mohamed 6.70
Scott Lutrus 6.89
Brian Rolle 6.89
Colin McCarthy 6.93
Chris White 6.95
Nick Bellore 6.98
Martez Wilson 7.04
Adrian Moten 7.05
Jonas Mouton 7.08
Douglas Hogue 7.09
Mason Foster 7.14
Greg Lloyd 7.17
Ross Homan 7.21

You’ll notice the three cone drill and 40-yard dash results are closely related as the agile linebackers separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Good straight line speed is a plus, but a solid showing in both the 40 and three cone drill is a better indicator of “football speed,” the term thrown about during the combine. In that regard, the linebackers listed as top performers in both the 40-yard dash and three cone drill are better off than most, displaying speed and agility in the two drills.

For more results from the workouts, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream. For more on the Washington Huskies, check out SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Von Miller Posts Fast 40 Time, Mason Foster A Top Performer

The linebackers hit the field as the final group of the day at the NFL Combine on Monday, showing off some impressive speed in front of scouts and team personnel at Lucas Oil Stadium. Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller showed why he’s considered a top-10, if not top-five, pick, posting a blazing 40 time and impressing during the position-specific workouts. Washington’s Mason Foster got in on the act, as well, putting up a solid 40 time as his stock continues to rise.

The backers followed a tough act on Monday, working out after a loaded crop of defensive linemen took the field. The linemen threw down the gauntlet in the 40-yard dash, with Dontay Moch posting the fastest 40 time of the day, better than every linebacker that ran. Speed and size were on display in both the linemen and linebacker groups as players well over 200 pounds flew down the field all morning.

Here are a few of the top performers from the linebacker group in the 40-yard dash.

Martez Wilson 4.49
Von Miller 4.53
Brian Rolle 4.56
Adrian Moten 4.62
Douglas Hogue 4.63
Colin McCarthy 4.65
Ross Homan 4.68
Justin Houston 4.68
Scott Lutrus 4.68
James Thomas 4.68
Mike Mohamed 4.70
Mason Foster 4.75
Lawrence Wilson 4.75
K.J. Wright 4.75

UCLA’s Akeem Ayers, widely seen as the second-best linebacker in the 2011 draft class, posted a time in the high 4.8 to low 4.9 second range, running slower than expected. Still, it’s just a straight-line speed test, and not the end-all-be-all for linebackers, who rely on bursts and angles to get the job done.

Seeing Foster’s time in the mid 4.7 second range is encouraging, though, as he continues to impress in workouts. From the Senior Bowl to Monday’s combine session, Foster has performed well, perhaps bumping him into the third round.

For more results, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream. For more on the Huskies, check out SB Nation’s UW Dawg Pound.


2011 NFL Combine Results: Defensive Linemen Clock Blazing 40 Times

We’ve reached the point in the NFL where 300 pound defensive linemen are moving at such a rate of speed that collisions are more violent than they’ve ever been. That speed was on display during Monday morning’s NFL Combine session as 30 defensive linemen, many of which are pushing 300 pounds, broke the five-second barrier. Nick Fairley and Marcell Dareus were each flying in the 40-yard dash, running in the low to mid 4.9 second range.

Consider that Fairley and Dareus didn’t even crack the top-15 defensive linemen times in the 40, as well. Dareus, almost 320 pounds, carried his weight well and was motoring down the field at obscene speed for his size. Fairley, who comes in on the lighter side, also put up an impressive time, firing out of the block and clocking one of the fastest 10-yard splits.

It’s clear the defensive linemen class is the deepest position in the 2011 NFL Draft, a good sign for the Seattle Seahawks. Even after Fairley, Dareus and Da’Quan Bowers, there’s plenty of talent on the board, and that talent was on display at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday.

Check out some of the top times clocked by linemen, led by Dontay Moch’s ridiculous 4.44 40 time.

Dontay Moch 4.44
Chris Carter 4.62
Sam Acho 4.68
Brooks Reed 4.68
Jabaal Sheard 4.69
Robert Quinn 4.70
Ugo Chinasa 4.71
Ryan Kerrigan 4.71
Allen Bailey 4.77
Cameron Jordan 4.78

The defensive linemen are off the field and it’s the linebackers turn at the NFL Combine. Washington’s Mason Foster is currently going through the drills in an attempt to boost his already rising draft stock. We’ll be back with more after the workouts are over.

For the latest news and results, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


VIDEO: Stephen Paea Bench Press Performance A New NFL Combine Record

Ever wonder what 49 rapid-fire bench press repetitions of 225 pounds looks like? Stephen Paea showed us on Sunday, breaking the existing NFL Combine record on the bench with his impressive display of strength. Paea, the Pac-10 defensive player of the year out of Oregon State, is known for his strength and physical play, but he took it to a whole new level at the combine on Sunday, stealing the spotlight on a day where the focus was on the quarterbacks.

Here's Paea on the bench press, making it looking easy with 225 pounds on the bar (via SB Nation on Twitter).

Nothing like announcing your presence at the combine than with a ridiculous amount of reps on the bench.

The defensive linemen and linebackers are hard at work on Monday, going through a variety of drills at the combine. From the 40 to individual drills, the groups are being tested both physically and mentally as teams work to piece together their draft boards. Paea's performance should be a boost to his draft stock as he recovers from a knee injury suffered at the Senior Bowl.

For more results and videos, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


Jake Locker Called A Winner After Sunday's NFL Combine Workout

While Jake Locker's draft stock has been tough to nail down, with analysts disagreeing about where he slots ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft, it was hard to find scouts and players not heaping praise on Locker after his NFL Combine performance on Sunday. Locker ran well, turning in a fast 40 time and impressing in the agility drills, and threw well, showing improved footwork and accuracy, in the morning session at Lucas Oil Stadium. Add it all up and Locker came away from the combine in better shape than he arrived, answering some of the questions that have plagued him.

Yahoo!'s Doug Farrar picked a few winners and losers from Sunday's session, tabbing Locker as one of his biggest winners from the day's events. It was a step in the right direction, Farrar says, and if he keeps it up, Locker could find himself easily in the first round.

Locker hit deep seam routes with timing and touch, threw slants with good anticipation despite some unfortunate drops, and only really showed any yips on the deeper routes in which he had to throw against his body. Clearly, the work Locker's doing with former New York Jets quarterback Ken O'Brian is paying off. If Locker throws like this in his Pro Day on March 30, he may confirm a first-round grade.

Locker is heading back to California to continue his work with O'Brian ahead of Washington's Pro Day at the end of March. Watching him work during the throwing drills, it was clear his footwork and base were markedly improved from the last time we saw him, at the Senior Bowl in Alabama. While he wasn't perfect, the improvement was enough to draw rave reviews as Locker builds momentum ahead of the draft.

For more results from the first two days of workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream. To connect with Washington fans, check out SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.


Ryan Mallett Shows Off Arm, Reportedly Interviews Well At NFL Combine

Ryan Mallett came to the NFL Combine with plenty of questions about his character and where his head was atahead of the 2011 NFL Draft. And while Mallett didn't impress during his meeting with the media, he did reportedly handle the 15-minute individual interviews with teams during the combine well, answer questions candidly while being open with the teams he was speaking to. When it came time to hit the field, Mallett showed off the physical tools he's known for, slinging the ball around the field with ease in the throwing drills.

Mallett won't knock anyone's socks off with his athleticism, like Jake Locker or Cam Newton, but he will continue to impress during throwing drills with the cannon for an arm that he possesses. CBS Sports' Rob Rang summed up Mallett's day well, calling him the star of the passing portion.

Mallett's rocket arm and good accuracy was especially evident on the tougher throws such as the deep out, fly and post-corner routes. Perhaps just as importantly -- considering the character questions that continue to dog him -- was his big smile and obvious camaraderie with the other quarterbacks and receivers throughout the workout. Of all the players throwing and catching, Mallett looked like he was having the most fun.

It was important that Mallett not only threw well, but handled himself well everywhere he went in Indianapolis this weekend. With rumblings about character issues, Mallett could ill-afford to do anything but put on a happy face both on and off the field.

While Mallett is still behind the likes of Locker, Newton and Blaine Gabbert, he appeared to help his draft stock at the combine and may find himself right on the edge of that first round, if not safely in it, as we draw closer to the draft. Overall, it was a good day, and good weekend, for Mallett and the combine. His physical tools are unquestionable, and if he did convince teams his character is solid, it's hard to see him not coming off the board in the first 32 picks.

For more results and analysis from the weekend, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011 Schedule: Nick Fairley, Da'Quan Bowers Highlight Defensive Linemen, Linebacker Workouts

The quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers took center stage at the NFL Combine on Sunday, lighting up Lucas Oil Stadium with blistering 40 times and impressive displays of athleticism throughout the workouts. Jake Locker impressedChristian Ponder boosted his draft stock and Cam Newton showed off in the measurable drills, but was inconsistent passing. On Monday, though, the combine gets defensive, with linemen and linebackers hitting the field for drills.

Stephen Paea already gave scouts a taste of what's to come, breaking the combine record on the bench with 49 repetitions at 225 pounds. With a loaded crop of defensive linemen in the 2011 NFL Draft -- including Nick Fairley and Da'Quan Bowers -- Monday is a day to watch as the big guys go through workouts at the combine. The defensive backs are also in Indianapolis, going through preparations ahead of their Tuesday morning workout.

Here's the schedule for Monday's events.

Defensive linemen and linebackers
Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

Defensive backs
NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews

It all gets underway at 6 a.m. as the first group of defensive linemen run the 40-yard dash. Coverage is scheduled to run until just after 12:15 p.m., with NFL Network broadcasting it all live. NFL.com will also stream the entire combine here.

For more results and coverage from the rest of the weekend, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


VIDEO: Jake Locker Runs The 40 At The NFL Combine

Miss Jake Locker running the 40 in 4.59 seconds at the NFL Combine on Sunday morning? Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, and Youtube, you can relive it all. Locker and the rest of the quarterbacks put on a show in the speed and agility drills on Sunday morning, pushing out plenty of fast times under 4.6 seconds. Locker and Cam Newton ended up tied in the 40, behind Tyrod Taylor, who turned in the fastest time of the day.

Here's Locker's 40, complete with slow-motion action shots.

It's still amazing to me that some of these guys are pushing 20-plus miles per hour in the 40 as they fire out of the blocks. Though they weren't the fastest in the combine -- that honor goes to the wide receivers on Sunday and defensive backs on Tuesday -- Newton, Locker, Taylor and others were flying in the morning session.

When it was all over, Locker had one of the fastest 40 times, one of the longest broad jumps and the fastest three-cone drill time. It's not unexpected, as Locker has always been known for his athleticism, but it did impress those watching both at Lucas Oil Stadium and from afar.

For more results from the day's events, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


Christian Ponder Runs Fastest 20-Yard Shuttle At NFL Combine, Jake Locker Close Behind

By most accounts, Christian Ponder had an excellent day at the NFL Combine, picking up where he left off with his Senior Bowl performance. Ponder has been building a buzz ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft, inching his way into the top-five quarterback discussion. While it’s not likely he ends up in the same league as Jake Locker, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallet, he could supplant Andy Dalton — who had a disappointing combine — as the fifth quarterback off the board.

Ponder showed off solid speed, agility and explosiveness during the timed and measured drills on Sunday, hanging with some of the fastest quarterbacks at the event. In the 20-yard shuttle, Ponder tied for the top time with Tyrod Taylor, a feat in itself. Jake Locker was right on Ponder’s heels, with Cam Newton falling back in the pack.

Here’s a look at the 20-yard shuttle results

Christian Ponder 4.09
Tyrod Taylor 4.09
Jake Locker 4.12
Joshua Portis 4.12
Scott Tolzien 4.12
Taylor Yates 4.12
Jeff Van Kamp 4.16
Colin Kaepernick 4.18
Cam Newton 4.18
Blaine Gabbert 4.26

Ponder may play the role of sleep in the draft, coming away as a steal outside of the first round for some team. Though he’s not going to be a jaw-dropper like Newton, Locker and the rest, he’s shown a tendency to be solid in workouts, practices and the Senior Bowl game itself since the season ended, an encouraging sign for his draft stock.

For more results, check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine Results: Jake Locker Tops Three Cone Drill Times

In many ways, the three-cone drill is looked at as a way to measure athleticism at the NFL Combine. Players show off acceleration, change of direction and the ability to get up to speed quickly while rounding the cones. Though it’s less important for quarterbacks, it’s a great way to check out the agility of some of the top athletes at the combine.

On Sunday, Jake Locker shined in the three-cone drill, edging Tyrod Taylor and putting up the fastest time by a quarterback this year. Locker had already run a sub-4.6 40 and a top broad jump measurement, but it was the three-cone drill where he came through in a big way. In it, he put a fair amount of distance between himself and Cam Newton, beating out the other top quarterback prospects with ease.

Here’s the full results from the drill.

Jake Locker 6.77
Tyrod Taylor 6.78
Ryan Colburn 6.84
Blaine Gabbert 6.84
Joshua Portis 6.84
Scott Tolzien 6.84
Colin Kaepernick 6.85
Christian Ponder 6.85
Jeff Van Camp 6.87
Cam Newton 6.92

Locker drew praise for his efforts at the combine, both in the agility drills and the throwing session. Overall, it appears his stock is on the way up after a solid performance in Indianapolis with every NFL team keeping a keen eye on him. With the workouts over, it’s back to work in California for Locker as he prepares for Washington’s Pro Day.

For more results, check out the rest of our NFL Combine StoryStream.


Stephen Paea Breaks NFL Combine Bench Press Record

Oregon State defensive lineman Stephen Paea didn’t just break the NFL Combine bench press record on Sunday afternoon, he shattered it. Paea joined the rest of the defensive linemen on Sunday as they went through initial workouts ahead of Monday’s field session and impressed, as expected. After going down at the Senior Bowl with an injury, he saw his stock slip, but after showing off his strength on the bench, Paea opened some eyes again at the combine.

Paea put up 49 reps at 225 pounds in less than a minute, shattering the combine record of 45 set in 2010 by Mitch Petrus. Let that sink in for a moment. That’s almost a rep a second at 225 pounds. Though it’s just the bench press and isn’t the deciding factor in slotting a player in the draft, it’s hard to ignore such an impressive feat of strength. If Paea was looking to start his combine off with a bang, he did just that.

Before injuring his knee at the Senior Bowl, Paea was seen as an easy first-rounder, with some even projecting the Seattle Seahawks would pick him. Since then, he’s been on the outside looking in as scouts wait to see how he recovers before deciding whether to use a first-round pick on him. Paea has the resume and accolades, bringing home the Pac-10 defensive player of the year award in 2010, and now has the impressive measurable statistics.

For more results and numbers, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


Jake Locker Shines During NFL Combine Throwing Session

While it’s not necessarily a competition, Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett hit the field at the same time during the Sunday morning quarterback drills at the NFL Combine. Both faced questions about their accuracy, and Mallett has been dealing with character concerns throughout the combine. But after they hit the field with the first quarterback group, doing what they do best, each drew praise from analysts and players alike after strong performances.

CBS Sports’ Rob Rang singled out Locker after the session, saying he started out a bit slow but picked it up as the drills wore on.

He struggled early on with his accuracy some of the simpler throws — including the throws over the middle to receivers during the gauntlet drill and the curl routes early in his throwing session.

As the session continued, however, Locker got hot, nailing the deep ball and the post-corner — generally considered the most difficult throw quarterbacks are asked to make here. These two routes require a combination of arm strength, touch and, of course, accuracy

Overall, Locker drew praise and appeared to improve his draft stock at the combine, picking up some momentum ahead of his own pro day and the NFL Draft. His performance at the combine was markedly better than what he displayed at the Senior Bowl, improving leaps and bounds since the last time scouts got a look at him. If he continues to follow that path, Locker could find himself easily in the first round, perhaps shooting up the board because of his athleticism.

For more results from the Sunday session, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine Results: Cam Newton Leads Quarterbacks In The Broad Jump

It's all about explosiveness in the broad jump drill at the NFL Combine, with players firing from a standing position, then having to balance and hold a pose to finish the measurement. The quarterbacks took part in the broad jump on Sunday morning and, not surprisingly, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor and Joshua Porter tied for the best jump, easily out-leaping Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and others. Overall, though, the quarterbacks all showed well in the broad jump, with plenty showing off the drill.

In total, five quarterbacks jumped further than 10 feet in the drill, with 12 of the top-15 jumping farther than nine feet. Couple that with fast 40 times and you've got a quarterback class that brings explosiveness and athleticism to the table in this year's NFL Draft.

Here's the full results of the broad jump, with Newton nearly breaking the combine record, 10-foot-8, for quarterbacks.

Cam Newton 10'6
Joshua Portis 10'6
Tyrod Taylor 10'6
Blaine Gabbert 10'
Jake Locker 10'
Jerrod Johnson 9'11
Pat Devlin 9'8
Christian Ponder 9'8

It's clear the quarterbacks have the measurables, but scouts are looking at the intangible aspects of each at the combine, putting them through the interview process and picking apart their throwing ability during drills. The quarterbacks are off the field already, and official results are continuing to roll in as the combine staff tracks the performance of each.

For the latest results, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine Results: Quarterbacks Run Blazing 40 Times During Workouts

The quarterbacks hit the field on Sunday morning at the NFL Combine and didn’t disappoint, turning in some blazing 40-yard dash times. Four quarterbacks, including Cam Newton and Jake Locker, broke the 4.6 barrier with one, Tyrod Taylor, just missing a sub 4.5-second 40. It was an impressive morning as the quarterbacks showed off their speed and athleticism.

Locker drew praise for his workout at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday morning, with analysts happy with his 40 time and A.J. Green taking the time to praise his throwing performance. Though Cam Newton has struggled with accuracy issues during the throwing portion, his athleticism is unquestionable, and he displayed it during the 40-yard dash and jumping drills. Even Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick got in on the action, turning in one of the top 40 times.

Here’s the full results from Sunday morning’s 40-yard dash.

Tyrod Taylor 4.51 seconds
Colin Kaepernick 4.53 seconds
Jake Locker 4.59 seconds
Cam Newton 4.59 seconds
Blaine Gabbert 4.62 seconds
Joshua Portis 4.62 seconds
Christian Ponder 4.65 seconds

Those seven were easily the fastest, with a gap between their times and the rest of the pack. Gabbert and Ponder each running sub-4.7 40s is also impressive, as each isn’t known for their speed. The quarterback class this year is as athletic as any, though each has questions about their throwing ability.

For more results and information from Indianapolis, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


A.J. Green Praises Jake Locker After NFL Combine Workouts

Jake Locker came out and ran a blazing fast 40-yard dash on Sunday at the NFL Combine, but he also put together a complete performance in front of the scouts in attendance. Locker, like most of the top quarterback prospects at the combine, went through throwing drills at Lucas Oil Stadium, throwing the route tree to a variety of different receivers. One of those wide receivers, A.J. Green of Georgia, may just be the top prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Green had high praise for Locker after the workouts in an interview with NFL Network. Locker said he felt he did well in the workout, but Green had higher praise. Asked to single out a quarterback in his group, which included Locker and Ryan Mallett, Green was quick to point out Locker helped himself and threw the ball well. In fact, he said Locker has shown marked improvement and put on a show in front of the scouts on Sunday.

While it’s just the opinion of Green, there is some weight behind what the Georgia wide receiver says. Green got a look at most of the quarterbacks involved with the combine, and still chose Locker as his top-performer. All in all, it wasn’t a bad day of work for the former Washington quarterback, and he likely helped his draft stock.

For more on the workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream. We’ll be back with full results from Sunday’s workouts shortly as more information becomes available.


Jake Locker, Cam Newton Tie In The 40 During NFL Combine Workouts

Jake Locker came out firing on Sunday morning at the NFL Combine, turning in a blazing 40-yard dash time and outrunning many of the top draft prospects. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton may have the hype, but it was Locker that brought it in the 40, turning in a time a few hundredths of a second faster than Newton early on Sunday morning. Locker finished with one of the fastest 40-times turned in by a quarterback, not only at this combine, but at any.

According to reports from Lucas Oil Stadium, Locker ran a 4.52 second 40-yard dash, putting him among the fastest quarterbacks. Newton reportedly turned in a 4.58 to 4.60 second time, just behind Locker. Though his speed has never been in question — everyone knows Locker can be a burner at the quarterback spot — turning in a blazing 40 time can do nothing but help Locker as the draft approaches. His athleticism and speed are superb, but are only part of the equation for Locker, who must show-off his ability to play the quarterback spot.

Edit: Official times are in and the NFL had Locker and Newton tied in the 40. Both ran a 4.59 despite the NFL Network clocking each at different times during their two runs.

Locker participated in every drill, and Newton is just about to finish up in Indianapolis. The two have been under the microscope all week, and showed off their athleticism and physical tools when the spotlight was on. With the draft just about two months away, Locker has plenty of time to keep improving, but that speed has to be encouraging, especially in front of representatives from every team.

For more on the workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream. We’ll be back with full results from Sunday’s workouts shortly as more information becomes available.


NFL Combine 2011: Ryan Mallett Faces Rumors Of Drug Use, Character Questions

The NFL Combine is a place for the airing of dirty laundry for many of the top NFL Draft prospects. If there's a skeleton in the closet or a dirty little secret, you can bet teams will poke, prod and ask about it. For Ryan Mallett, that means questions about a public intoxication citation and rumors of drug use that have never be substantiated.

Fair or not, Mallett is facing a barrage of questions, both by the media and by NFL teams, about whispers of drug use. He repeatedly shook off questions about the topic while refusing to answer the media's queries. But when one-on-one with coaches and general managers, Mallett will have to be candid and open, especially if he expects a team to spend a first-round pick on him.

The whispers about off-field and attitude problems, combine with his impressive physical tools, bring to mind a familiar comparison to those of us in the Northwest. Ryan Leaf's name has been bandied about in comparison to Mallett, and it's a link that makes sense in many ways. Leaf, like Mallett, had an impressive arm and the ability to make every throw a quarterback has to. Though Leaf had an NFL-ready body, his mind wasn't there, and his immaturity was ultimately his downfall.

The rest, as we know, is history. Leaf was taken as the No. 2 overall pick in 1998 NFL Draft and busted out of the league after a series of embarrassing off-field incidents with the San Diego Chargers.

Could Mallett, who cannot seem to shake questions about his maturity and character, follow the same path? Though he won't be taken as high as Leaf was, the risk associated with taking Mallett in the first round appears to be high.

If he can put it together, and master the mental side of the game, both on and off the field, his upside is through the roof. But if he can't -- something many teams appear to be worried about -- Mallett has the potential to be an expensive mistake for the team that drafts him.

Mallett and the rest of the quarterbacks hit the field on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadiums. For more on the workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011: Taiwan Jones Invited, Unable To Run Due To Foot Injury

Taiwan Jones is almost fully healed from a foot injury that sidelined him for the end of Eastern Washington's magical season, but he won't be able to workout in front of the scouts at the NFL Combine. Jones was invited to the combine and has seen his stock rise since declaring for the draft, but hasn't healed enough to run on his injured foot.

Jones was called an explosive open-field runner, perhaps the best in the 2011 draft class, after scouts and analysts got their hands on some of his game tape. Playing at FCS champion Eastern Washington, Jones was underexposed, though the cream somehow always rises to the top in the world of the NFL Draft. At last check, even with the injury, Jones was a mid-round pick, projected to come off the board between the third and fourth round by the time the draft rolls around.

Even though he's out of the walking boot that kept his foot stabilized, Jones will have to wait until Hawaii's Pro Day, on March 31, to show off his explosive speed and athleticism. His durability, and injury history, are a concern, but the thinking is his upside outweighs the potential negatives. Unfortunately, with all the teams gathered in Indianapolis for the combine, Jones will miss out on the biggest chance to improve his draft stock, though he still has plenty of chances to impress before the draft.

For more the latest from Lucas Oil Stadium, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011: Cam Newton, Jake Locker Have Plenty To Prove During Workouts

It may seem like just a simple workout in a shirt and shorts, but for Cam Newton and Jake Locker, the 2011 NFL Combine represents an opportunity to silence the critics and boost their draft stocks with a strong showing. Locker comes to Indianapolis with questions about his accuracy and mechanics, but will likely wow scouts with his measurables, especially in the 40-yard dash and agility drills. Newton, on the other hand, appears to safely be in the top-half of the first round, but could supplant Blaine Gabbert as the top quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft class.

Though most top-flight quarterback opt not to throw at the combine, or participate in any drills, only Blaine Gabbert will skip the throwing portion of the drills this year. Newton, Locker and Ryan Mallett all plan to throw, with Newton's decision surprising to many.

Both Locker and Newton have been working tirelessly with personal quarterback coaches ahead of the draft in an effort to improve their mechanics, accuracy and footwork while each tries to boost their draft stock. Because they're both in the middle of a transition period, it's a bit odd they both plan to throw at the combine instead of waiting until their own pro days, where they can throw to their own receivers in a scripted workout.

It's a risky move for Newton, who has more to lose than the rest of the quarterbacks at the combine with a poor performance. Locker needs a solid showing to carry momentum into his own pro day, at least showing a glimmer of potential to the scouts in attendance.

It all gets underway early on Sunday morning with the first wave of quarterbacks hitting the field for the 40-yard dash at 6 a.m. PST. For the latest news from Indianapolis, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011 Schedule: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers Hit The Field On Sunday

The kickers, offensive linemen and tight ends hit the field at the 2011 NFL Combine on Saturday, taking part in the battery of combine tests and drills in front of scouts from every NFL. On Sunday, the main event of the combine takes place, with the offensive skill players working out at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert lead the quarterbacks out, with all the top-flight prospects except Gabbert participating in all the test.

In addition to the quarterbacks that will likely capture the spotlight, Julio Jones, A.J. Green and the top wide receivers are set to show off their speed and agility, racing for the fastest 40-yard dash, shuttle and three-cone drill times. With plenty of speed to go around, the 40-yard dash on Sunday should be the marquee event of the combine.

Here's the schedule of events for Saturday, which includes the skill position workouts and measurements for a few other groups from the NFL Combine website.

Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews

Defensive Backs
Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews

The 40-yard dash for the first wave of players begins at 6 a.m. Coverage can be found on NFL Network and at NFL.com.

For more on the workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine Results: Anthony Castonzo, Jason Kelce, Nate Solder Top Lineman Workouts

While the tight ends were busy blazing up and down the field during Saturday’s first set of workouts, the offensive linemen received plenty of attention, as well. The linemen, though not burners by any means, showed off some legitimate athleticism and quickness running through the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and other agility tests. Scouts were keeping a close eye on Anthony Castonzo, projected to be one of the top linemen off the board. He impressed, along with Nate Solder, Justin Kelce and others.

Ryan Bartholomew displayed strength early in the drills, benching 34 reps at 225 pounds, the most of any lineman. Bartholomew also showed off his straight-line speed, running the second fastest 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.97 seconds, one of only two linemen under the five-second mark.

On the lighter side of things, Wisconsin’s John Moffitt entertained during the drills, but not for his workout performance. Check out the video of Moffitt getting caught in an embarrassing spot during the 40-yard dash demonstration.

Here’s a few of the top performers from the linemen groups.

40-yard dash
Kelce 4.93
Bartholomew 4.97
Derek Newton 5.01
Solder 5.03

Vertical Jump
Daniel Kilgore 32.5 inches
Kristofer O’Dowd 32.5 inches
Kyle Hix 32 inches
Solder 32 inches

Three-Cone Drill
Kelce 7.22
Castonzo 7.25
Brandon Fusco 7.29
Michael Person 7.43

20-yard Shuttle
Kelce 4.14
Solder 4.34
Castonzo 4.40
Fusco 4.43

With the kickers, linemen and tight ends out of the way, the “money day,” as it’s called, is set for Sunday. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers hit the field on Sunday morning with a chance to impress the scouts in attendance. Keep an eye out for blazing 40 times, superb displays of athleticism and players that may not have been noticed rising with surprising workouts.

For more results and the schedule, check out our NFL Combine StoryStream.


John Moffitt Caught Picking Nose, Eating Booger At NFL Combine

When a player is at the NFL Combine, they should expect cameras to constantly be on them. During Saturday morning's workout, though, one player seemed to forget the NFL Network cameras were watching as players were instructed how to run the 40-yard dash. Either the player in question -- John Moffitt of Wisconsin if the NFL Combine roster is correct -- forgot breakfast or just needed a mid-morning snack when he dipped his pinkie into his nose during the demonstration.

What happens next is just a bit disturbing.

Keep an eye on No. 34, just to the right of the screen. Notice the focus and dedication displayed by Moffitt as he gets the job done there.

As this is the Combine, and scouts are judging everything, one could compliment his determination. That pick took some hustle and it's clear Moffitt has the mental toughness to make it at the next level. Not only that, but he can clearly replenish his energy mid-game. I see a draft stock rising here.

For a more serious look at the workouts, check out our NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine Results: Jordan Cameron, Virgil Green Impress During Tight End Workouts

USC tight end Jordan Cameron came out and put on a show during the first day of NFL Combine workouts, running a fast 40 and showing off his athleticism in the three-cone drill and shuttle. It was all about the tight ends and offensive linemen on Saturday, with plenty of tight ends, including Cameron and Nevada’s Virgil Green, showing off some serious speed and agility.

Below is a quick rundown of some of the best results from the drills.

40-yard dash
Robert Housler, FAU 4.54
Jordan Cameron, USC 4.55
Virgil Green, Nevada 4.64
Schuylar Oordt, NIU 4.64

Vertical Jump
Green 42.5 inches
Cameron 37.5 inches
Housler 37 inches
Oordt 36 inches

Three-Cone Drill
Cameron 6.82
Oordt 6.83
Zack Pianalto, UNC 6.85
Green 6.9

20-yard Shuttle
Cameron 4.03
Jason Kelce, Cincy 4.14
Charles Clay, Tulsa 4.15
Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin 4.15

60-yard Shuttle
Cameron 11.56
Green 11.63
Housler 11.69
Pianalto 11.81
Clay 11.82

You can see why Cameron is turning some heads at the Combine already, and will likely reap the benefits when the draft rolls around. There’s no doubting his athleticism after the workouts. Cameron lit up the drills, putting together the best overall performance as analysts raved.

With the kickers, offensive linemen and tight ends out of the way, the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers hit the field on Sunday in what’s typically the most anticipated set of workouts at the Combine. Cam Newton, Jake Locker and a host of others hit the field early tomorrow morning at Lucas Oil Stadium.

For the latest, check out the rest of our NFL Combine StoryStream.


Ryan Mallett Fails To Impress With NFL Combine Interviews

There’s no question Ryan Mallett has the physical tools to be successful in the NFL. But it’s not his ability to make the throws or rocket the ball all over the field that’s been the question; it’s the mental side of his game. With questions about maturity, football smarts and off-field issues surrounding Mallett, the Arkansas quarterback took the stage and met with the media on Saturday, and he didn’t impress at all.

Take, for instance, this statement from Doug Farrar following Mallett’s media session.

Ryan Mallett didn’t impress anyone I talked to when he was at the podium. Whatever public speaking coaching he got didn’t take.

Or Wes Bunting, who ripped the physically-gifted quarterback, as well. Bunting did add that Mallett said he could throw the ball 80 yards, which could keep him in the first round despite questions about his character.

Don’t trust #Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett…end of story, guy rubs me the wrong way and he wouldn’t be on my draft board. Period. #NFLDRAFT

Mallett has been unable to shake questions about his mentality and work ethic, even with plenty of opportunities to change the perception. One can argue it’s the off-field activities at the combine — interviews with general managers, media meetings, etc — that are of the utmost importance to Mallet, and it appears he failed those miserably on Saturday. While he’ll no doubt impress in the physical activities, wowing scouts with his throwing ability, if he can’t sell teams on his personality and work ethic, his stock will plummet farther than it already has.

Mallett is currently the fourth-best quarterback — behind Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton and Jake Locker — in the draft according to most big boards, and may be an option for the Seattle Seahawks. But with questions about his character, would the Seahawks take a chance on him in hopes he’ll develop into a franchise quarterback? If he’s unable to convince a team he’s willing to put in the time and effort to become a top-flight quarterback, while avoiding off-filed issues, there’s a strong chance Mallett slides out of the first round.

For more on the workouts and interviews, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011: Kickers, Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends Begin Workouts

The real action is underway at the 2011 NFL Combine as kickers, tight ends and offensive linemen hit the field to run through the battery of tests typical of the scouting combine. The three groups will run the 40-yard dash, participate in jumping drills and go through position-specific drills throughout the day at Lucas Oil Stadium, all in front of personnel from every NFL team.

Coverage is already underway on NFL Network as analysts break-down every performance while highlighting some of the players to watch. Keep an eye on Jordan Cameron (TE from USC), who ran a 4.5 40 and looks to be shooting up the boards. Anthony Castonzo and Mike Pouncey are two offensive linemen to keep an eye on, with plenty of NFL mock drafts projecting Pouncey to the Seahawks.

Another of the intriguing lineman prospects, Tyron Smith, pulled out of the combine after opening some eyes earlier in the week. Smith, recovering from a knee injury, wowed scouts during the weigh-in portion, looking like a tight end with lineman size. He’ll work out at the USC pro day in March.

Locally, Washington State punter Reid Forrest will work out at the combine today, as well. Forrest became somewhat of a fan favorite for the Cougs as fans looked for some glimmer of hope during the last few disappointing seasons. After the Reid Forrest for Heisman campaign stalled, a Reid Forrest for first round has popped up, with CougCenter extolling the virtues of the versatile punter.

For more on the workouts, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011: Participants Receive Under Armour Gift Bags

The NFL Combine comes with plenty of perks for participating players, though all treat the week as a business trip, looking to impress scouts. From interviews to weigh-ins to running through drills, it’s a busy week for the top NFL draft prospects in attendance. But Under Armour, official sponsor of the combine, takes care of the draft prospects well, giving each a variety of gifts and apparel while using the combine as a marketing opportunity. With the next generation of stars passing through the combine, it’s a perfect chance for Under Armour to get a head-start.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell ran through the list of items each participant receives at the combine, with gifts mostly of the apparel variety.

2 Charged Cotton Graphic T’s, “Protect This House” large duffle sackpack, UA Prevail or Power Sunglasses, UA Winter Beanie, UA Cap, Armour Fleece Hoody, UA Chase Running Shoes, UA Mercenary Slides. Fleece and travel bottoms, 2 loose shorts, compression shorts, socks, leggings, UA football cleats, UA combine shoes, football gloves. Personalized items: 4 shirts, UA Fleece performance top, Travel Suit Jacket, UA Coreshort

Not a bad list of swag. Under Armour is still battling with Nike to secure some of the top prospects and stars of the NFL. Cam Newton and Julio Jones already inked endorsement deals with the company and will wear shoes sure to draw attention at the company. The shoes invoke memories of Oregon’s BCS Championship uniforms, designed by Under Armour competitor Nike.

With the combine shown live on NFL Network throughout the weekend, the event serves as one long infomercial for Under Armour, with product placement taken to the max throughout the event. Not a bad way to build brand recognition while targeting the specific audience the apparel company is looking for.

For more on the week’s events, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011: Video Of Jake Locker's Meeting With The Media

Jake Locker met with the media as part of the NFL Combine festivities on Friday, answering questions ranging from his baseball career to his professional prospects. Locker is under heavy scrutiny at the combine as scouts try to figure out how he'll project at the NFL level while measure how much his mechanics have improved since the Senior Bowl. Locker was a top-flight draft prospect after his junior year at Washington, but decided to return for his senior season, leading the Huskies to a Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska.

Here's video of his press conference on Friday, provided by CBS Sports.

Locker has plenty of chances to impress in the next few days, sitting down with teams during the interview process before taking the field for the standard combine workouts. Locker will run the 40-yard dash, participate in the jumping drills, run the shuttle and go through a variety of throwing drills in front of scouts from every team.

The quarterbacks hit the field on Sunday in what is the most interesting workout session of the combine. Locker, Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett plan to fully participate in the workouts, with only Blaine Gabbert electing to sit out.

For more on the week's events, check out our 2011 NFL Combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011: Jake Locker Talks To The Media Ahead Of Workouts

Washington quarterback Jake Locker stepped in front of the media on Friday, discussing baseball, his participation in combine workouts and what he needs to work on. Locker is likely to be one of the most scrutinized players at the combine, with scouts and team representatives evaluating his workouts in an effort to figure out where he projects. While there’s no doubt Locker is a superb athlete, the questions surrounding his ability to be effective at the NFL level have persisted, knocking his draft stock down a notch.

Speaking to the media, Locker said he’d participate in every combine workout except one, even throwing to receivers, a drill typically skipped by the top prospects. The lone exception will be the bench press, which Locker chose to pass on while still choosing to run the 40, do the jumping exercises and participate in the rest of the skill drills.

When asked about his career as a baseball player — Locker was signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2009 — he said football was his focus and that he’s a football player first and foremost. Locker said he informed the Angels from the start that his plan was to pursue football and that he plans to play football for as long as he’s able. It’s been clear for some time that Locker was likely to go full-on after an NFL contract despite signing that contract with the Angels.

Locker, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett and the rest of the quarterbacks hit the field for workouts on Sunday, taking part in the standard combine drills. Though each will have the choice to participate in certain drills, Locker and Newton plan to run through everything, giving scouts a better look at their skills. Keep an eye on our NFL Combine StoryStream for the latest from Indianapolis as players begin their workouts.


NFL Combine 2011 Schedule: Wonderlic Test, Measurements On Tap Thursday

It’s measurement day at the 2011 NFL Combine, with players being poked, prodded and tested mentally at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. On Thursday, players are going through the weigh-in process, having their height, weight, hand size, arm size and more measured in front of a room full of scouts. After the weigh-in, players take part in the most fun activity of the combine: The Wonderlic test. Consider it a full, mentally taxing day for the top 2011 NFL Draft prospects.

The Wonderlic test, a cognitive ability exam meant to test players’ intelligence, is fun fodder, but more-or-less useless to many. Quarterbacks will have their scores scrutinized, while the rest of the players need not worry much about their scores, unless they spectacularly bomb the test. Offensive lineman are smart, quarterbacks are supposed to be smart and the rest doesn’t matter much at all.

Nevertheless, keep an eye on the Wonderlic scores as they inevitably leak out. There’s always one player — cough, Vince Young, cough — that has a score so bad, it’s unbelievable.

Players will end their Thursday with individual interviews, spending 15 minutes with teams that request them. The interview process is just as important as the workouts, with character still a high-priority for many teams. The interviews serve as a chance to get to know some of the top-prospects, with a player like Jake Locker getting an opportunity to shine.

With the off-field process continuing through Friday, players will hit the field starting on Saturday for the fun part of the combine: The workouts. Coverage can be found on NFL Network from Saturday through Tuesday beginning at 6 a.m. PST.

For more on the events, check out our NFL combine StoryStream.


NFL Combine 2011: Schedule, Players, Workouts And More

The 2011 NFL Combine gets underway on Thursday as many of the top draft prospects hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to run through a bevy of workouts in front of scouts and NFL personnel. With Cam Newton, Jake Locker and many of the other top prospects scheduled to participate in all the workouts, instead of skipping them as many of the high first-round picks typically do, there's an added element of intrigue this year. The NFL Network will be there for all the action, giving viewers an inside look at the process, as well as broadcasting 40-yard dashes, individual drills and more.

Here's all the information about the combine, including the broadcast information and schedule of events.

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium has the hosting duties again this year as players and scouts convene in Indianapolis. 

Dates: The NFL Combine runs from Saturday, Feb. 26 to Tuesday, March 1. Ahead of the workouts themselves, players will be measured, interviewed and tested in the weight room. Additionally, players will take the Wonderlic test, meant to measure intelligence. Players are already arriving in Indianapolis, preparing for a rigorous week.

Schedule: The workouts begin on Saturday, running through Tuesday in Indianapolis. The groups hitting the field are as follows:

Saturday: Kickers, offensive lineman and tight ends
Sunday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs
Monday: Linebackers and defensive linemen
Tuesday: Defensive backs

TV information: NFL Network will have over 30 hours of live programming, as well as plenty of analysis and wrap-ups of the proceedings. From Saturday through Tuesday, coverage begins at 6 a.m. PST, running until 7 p.m. On Wednesday, NFL Network will air cut-down versions of all the groups beginning at 8 a.m.

Players: The full list of players can be found here.

Who to watch: For local fans, check out Jake Locker and Mason Foster from Washington, as well as Zack Williams and Reid Forrest from Washington State. Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett highlight the quarterback prospects, and are worth keeping an eye on. Eastern Washington's Taiwan Jones is still nursing an injury, but was invited to the combine, as well. Mike Pouncey, Corey Liuget and others have also been tied to the Seattle Seahawks and their performance at the combine may be of interest.

For more on the workouts, stay tuned to our NFL Combine StoryStream throughout the week.

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