Posted: 5:39 pm Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

NFL combine: Top performers of Day One 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he's the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he’s the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

INDIANAPOLIS — A quick look back at the first day of the combine workouts:

Inside the numbers: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s wing span, finger tip to finger tip, was measured at 83 inches.

He’s fast: Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard had the fastest 40-yard dash time of the tight ends. He ran 4.5 seconds.

He’s strong: North Carolina center Russell Bodine lifted 225 pounds 42 times.

For the record: “I believe I did work hard. You pull out any practice tape from last year, you’ll see that. That’s what I told them. I’ll tell everybody that. I will always be working hard.” – Clowney on Steve Spurrier’s recent comments about his work ethic.

Hot topic: “If someone wants to call me a name, I’ll have a conversation with that guy, and hopefully it won’t lead to nothing else.” – Missouri’s Michael Sam on how he’d handle a gay locker room slur by a team-mate.

45 comments
Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Birmingham Jacket......if teachers and cops got that kind of money we would not have schools or any law enforcement agencies.  It never crossed my mind not to enjoy Bob Hope, Johnny Cash, Johnny Carson or Little Richard because they made mega bucks.  I really don't understand your point!

Leviathan
Leviathan

I'm really leaning more towards Greg Robinson as my pick. Clowney has incredible ability but when picking that high I just don't want any red flags on my pick. IMO he's too pre-occupied with being the 1st overall pick. I would rather he adopt the philosophy of wanting to dominant where ever he is picked. Pass rush would have to be addressed in FA by signing a sure thing type talent. The 2nd round pick needs to be a DT because even if Peters and Babs are both resigned Babs should not be expected to play as many reps at this stage of his career. Peters had an Achilles injury so the question is will he be 100% by training camp. FS and DE really need to be addressed in FA with offensive tackle and DT addressed early in the draft. Would sign a starting caliber guard or center in FA also.

TU
TU

Jake Murphy, Dale Murphy's son, is the obvious selection at TE for the Falcons. A great future selection would be Jason Hayward's son. We all saw Jason's ballin skills when he put McClouth and Pastornicky on the IR.


Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Fun watching them play college football. But when you start making lots more $ than doctors, teachers, firemen and others that make tangible contributions to society, for playing a sport, I lose interest and won't support that. Best of luck!

SOB
SOB

Jethro Bodine (excuse me, Russell) was like three times that of Peter Konz, was it not? I'm sure that alone would rule him out as a Falcon. As for Aaron Murray, this guy is football smart, but his size minus any kind of foot speed, will probably do him in as an NFL quarterback. I figure some team will take him in the later rounds (Falcons??) thinking it might put a few Dawg fans in the new stadium -- which I have named Artie's Argonaut. Beware of that Golden Fleece Artie boy. It's tough sailing in NFL waters. You, your GM, and your head coach are all rookies. Green horns. Sasha squashers. Flapper snappers. Mimbo, dimbo, bimbos! Reap what you sow. And good luck. You're gonna need it.

slydawg
slydawg

I am against the Falcons drafting Jake Matthews for only one reason: run blocking. Robinson and Lewan are far and away better run blockers. Having excellent pass protection includes having the ability to run the ball inside of the numbers when you HAVE to. The Falcons can get to the red zone on any defense; Robinson would be an absolute monster from the 20 yard line to the end zone. If Robinson is no longer in play, drop down and pick up Lewan. Or go defense, then pick up Antonio Richardson out of Tennessee.

slydawg
slydawg

After further review, Falcons gotta go with an offensive tackle in the first round. OT and DE are way too expensive as free agents, plus they already gave Baker $ 42 mil. I wanted defense, defense, defense, but the Falcons will be better off in free agency to cover that. Why? The biggest need is DT. There isn't one worhty of the Falcons at 6, unless they trade down to 10-15. Sign 2 DT and a LB, sign Alex Mack, the center out of Cleveland and let the balls fall where they may. For my two cents:


Greg Robinson, Gabe Jackson, Jeremy Hill or Tre Mason, in that order.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

4.82 in 40-yard dash for UGA Bulldogs' Tight End prospect Artie Lynch.


116 in the broad jump.  7.38 in 3-cone drill.  4.35 in 20-yard shuttle. No wonder he is not considered a top performer.

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Murray is a nice man and an ok qb in college, but I would be surprised if he ever starts an NFL game. He will be in broadcasting or other work in just a year or two

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

Falcons will definitely take Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson from Auburn.  Both safer bets than Clowney anyway.  What they also need is a new productive running back. The Steven Jackson experiment failed.   I'd like to see Antone Smith get a chance, but you know Mike Smith will never do it for some reason.     

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

forget it the falcons will never win a super bowl because they cant build an offensive and defensive line , and they will forever be losers  so there is yr post LOSERS , LOSERS , STINKING LOSERS  BECAUSE THE FRONT OFFICE IS STUPID

RangeRover
RangeRover

"Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he’s the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft."


Which is precisely why I wouldn't want him as my QB!

Camaro-Bob
Camaro-Bob

Your byas agianst Jonny Mansell is sad. Lets hope if the Flacons drat him U will no longger be here. 

gfw
gfw

83" wing for a guy just under 6'2" is truly freakish.  However, it's the measurement of the heart in this case, very hard to determine, that will tell the tale.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

intresting stuff. i really want to know how aaron murray looks he probly wont have the best numbers but he is WAY better then teddy bridgewater.  tom brady didnt run the fastest fourty or jump the highest he just wins titles and murray reminds me so much of tom brady mark moists words he will be a superstar in the nfl.

notPlanB
notPlanB

B_J - It's called capitalism but since you're gone I guess you won't see this. Capitalism made this country the greatest country in the history of the world for 200 years. Dems have been working against that for about 50 years. Now Obama has us down to a nation where the non workers live as good or better than the workers and doesn't mind telling us that is his plan. It's called helping people in poverty but refuses to say those people have free healthcare, a good welfare check, foodstamps (eat better than me) free housing, heat & AC, free cell phones and more. Ask one of them. They can tell you about all of the programs except the one about getting a voter ID. Our people in poverty live as good or better than the middle class in Europe & Obama wants to give them more.

Leviathan
Leviathan

@Birminham__Jacket While I respect your opinion, the comment itself is completely worthless. You think pro athletes are the only ones that make more than doctors, teachers and firemen? Your comments sound like jealousy more than truth. There are people within each one of those professions you listed that are absolute scum of the earth. Incompetent doctors cause death every day. Some teachers can't stop themselves from having sex with their students. Firemen occasionally run over injured victims of a plane crash. The professional athlete is only receiving the compensation that that market will allow.  

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@Birminham__Jacket  your a hippocrite. you watch college but there coaches make more then a teacher or fireman and so do the announcers.  you probly watch other stuff on tv and they make more then teachers or a fireman.  mabey you should stop watching tv all together.  its not like teachers are homeless or something and nobody is forced to be a fireman. some of you phonys on here make me want to vomit.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Birminham__Jacket  

Do you watch movies, TV, listen to country music?

In those fields those guys make way more than Doctors also, and they don't make tangible contributions to society just like the FB players.

Throughout the history of mankind those that entertain us have always been paid at a premium in comparison to the common man.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@ThomasBrown  

Like a lot of  your players from UGA he'll end up a lot better than anyone expected him to be.

Did anyone think that Kris Durham would hang around the NFL long enough to get an NFL pension, much less start for half a season.

I could see Lynch playing for Pittsburgh or the Ravens of for a team with that sort of makeup.

slydawg
slydawg

@ThomasBrown  4.82 for a tight end isn't bad. It isn't elite for a pass-catching tight end, but Lynch was never really that to begin with. He's aplodder like Jason Whiten, a future HOF. That's his ceiling and who he reminds me of the most.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

Might be true but I bet he signs a much larger contract than shaw.

JSSN
JSSN

@RangeRover  

Wow, where did he lie? Bortles said it too. Go look at his QB breakdown  segment with Steve Mariucci. Today is going to show what the tape has shown for 3 season, Bridgewater is the #1 QB prospect. Question is can the intangible QBs like Manziel, the UCF product, and somebody like Carr or the Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppollo do something to throw a bone to some team that might wait to get a signal caller later instead of earlier. Or do they hope Aaron Murray is more Joe Flacco instead of Christian Ponder or Brandon Weeden? Murray needs to pray Green Bay decides to him and give him the Rodgers/Hasselbach treatment!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@gfw Have you ever seen Clowney? 6-2  Not hardly.

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

@MoistDawg Murray is a choker...nothing but a mediocre QB who couldn't carry Matthew Staffords jock strap...and Stafford is no great QB, either. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@MoistDawg  Boxscore has a Manning like record in big games. He loses half of them if not more.

JSSN
JSSN

@Leviathan @Birminham__Jacket  

Or you can pay public sector workers what they are "truly supposedly worth!" Nothing novel in that idea, oops I forgot, my bad!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I would cap college football coaches salaries at public universities too. And I don't watch movies and go to concerts. They make too much money AND I don't like most of their politics. But that's just me. If others want to donate their hard earned money to such causes that their freedom.

JSSN
JSSN

@MikeBanning @ThomasBrown  

"Did anyone think that Kris Durham would hang around the NFL long enough to get an NFL pension, much less start for half a season.(?)"

Yes, because of his tool chest (routes, hands, and size). If Finneran, Kevin Walter, and now Decker can be long-term players, so could Durham. Still, don't get it twisted. The Lions will be looking for another weapon in this draft and Durham will be pushed back in their rotation.

JSSN
JSSN

@slydawg

Whiten is a great route recognizer, he's not a plodder. He just isn't going to run up the seam like a Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham, or Gonzalez back in his prime (prior to 2006). Moreover, Lynch is not that guy, if he's luck he can develop into a Olson (Carolina) with the ability to work the field.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

@RickinWarnerRobins @MoistDawg Stafford isn't great but he's not terrible either.  His issue comes down to durability.  I hated that guy when he was at UGA because he was an ironman and you couldn't get him off the field, injury or otherwise.  Completely the opposite now that he's been in the NFL.  He's made of glass and every time he sneezes too hard he's got to miss a game or two.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

Are you using a Manning comparison to cut down Murray? That's like saying someone is stupid like Einstein. You are stupid like Gomer Pile that's how a disrespectful comment works.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@gtcaryd @MoistDawg  just cuz i have a couple typos here and there dont mean i am a idiot troll like the tuxedo guy.  i dont even know who hes a fan of he just posts a bunch of idiot drivil.  hes probly the ohio state looser.

JSSN
JSSN

@Leviathan

Look, what  constituteheroism is subjective by culture and the emphasis. 

Homer and the great philosophers were as honored as any soldier in ancient times. 

What good is any soldier, sailor, or marine if someone doesn't teach them correctly?

I'd have no problem paying public school educators. Sorry, but they are vastly underpaid because their job is 24/7 and don't give me that stuff about bad teachers or unions (there are none in the American South), it is all right to work, then whatever grievance process your contract gives you. Let's be honest, public education has never ever been respected in the South (last to implement universal public education and it has been under constant attack)!

Now back to overpaid pro football players (no less so than over compensated and subsidized owners)!


Leviathan
Leviathan

@JSSN @Leviathan @Birminham__Jacket The question is just what are they truly worth? You can't generalize the worth. Some individuals in the public sector excel while others don't. We can't agree on a minimum wage increase. I have a real problem with lumping all public sector workers into some heroic type category then claiming they are underpaid. Since this is a football blog, I'll refrain from further comment on this topic though.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

And at least he doesn't lose all his big games like OSU does. Know what I mean?

Trackbacks

  1. […] NFL DraftSB NationCombine Notebook: Clowney makes his case as top pickThe Herald BulletinUSA TODAY -Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) -ESPN (blog)all 146 news […]