The NFL combine is well underway. Manti Te’o comported himself with class, Matt Barkley is a hot commodity and a cavalcade of Wide Receivers have run blistering 40 yard dash times. Here’s a roundup of all the biggest stories from Indianapolis as day four comes to a close.
Barkley won’t fall past the Cardinals at seven
Text I received from a scout this morning: Matt Barkley will not get past the Arizona #Cardinals at No. 7 overall.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 24, 2013
Very interesting. Right now five teams in the top ten could take a Quarterback with their pick. Peter Schrager confirmed Miller’s information, stating several teams were very impressed by Barkley in their meetings with him. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah piled on.
I’ve been told this exact same piece of information from a few different sources. According to one source, the Cardinals were extremely impressed with the USC quarterback during his interview this week.
After watching the tragic comedy that was the Cardinals Quarterback situation last season it’s clear they need to start over. It sounds like Barkley may be their guy.
Wide Receivers remain really fast
Tavon Austin didn’t disappoint, running a 4.34 40 yard dash this morning. However, Texas wideout and Olympian Long Jumper Marquise Goodwin stole the show. Goodwin ran a 4.27, the best of this year’s WR group.
Other notable times include Ryan Swope (4.34), Josh Boyce (4.38) and Kenny Stills (4.38).
The most impressive performance came from Cordarrelle Patterson. At 6’2, 216 lbs, Patterson is a beast. He ran a 4.42, cementing his place as one of the top Wide Receivers available in this year’s draft.
Dernard Robinson remakes himself
Speaking of pass catchers, Michigan QB Denard Robinson is starting over at a new position. It’s a move many College signal callers have to make, acknowledging their limitations behind center. Shutdown Corner’s Doug Farrar has a great piece on Robinson’s maturation.
“My vision is to try to be the best that I can possibly be when I get to the NFL,” he said. “Whatever teams put me at, that’s what I’m going to work my tail off to be. Whatever they ask me to do that’s what I’m going to do.”
Robinson ran an unofficial 4.34 40 yard dash. The best case scenario is that he becomes a Randall Cobb type player, according to Farrar. He’ll certainly get a chance to return kicks with that speed.
Jim Harbaugh trolls Robert Woods
Woods on what Harbaugh asked him during their interview:
“Why didn’t you go to Stanford?”
Beause you didn’t recruit him, Jeeem.