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Combine: Saturday Notes

Posted by Administrator On February - 22 - 2009

On today, the 22nd of February, we will recap yesterday’s events. Sorry for the delay but the plethora of information and details we have received was enormous and we considered using it in a two-part series on notes from Saturday but instead rolled everything into one.

Sideline Scouting was one of the first online sources to report Michael Crabtree’s injury. He may now be holding his surgery off. More details to come.

Former Alabama offensive lineman Andre Smith will leave the combine early. He is making a huge mistake as questions have already risen about his character and weight issues. Obviously, Smith will drop in the draft.

Coming off of a knee injury, former Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram ran a 4.68-forty and had a vertical leap of 33 inches. Not bad for someone who wasn’t expected to be ready in time for the combine. This should improve his stock as we had him as a first rounder before he tore his ACL. Andre Smith, are you taking notes?

Southern Miss tight end Shawn Nelson, a riser in our rankings, will wait until his pro day on March 25 to work out. We question his actual speed and toughness but still like him as a receiving tight end. Several teams met with Nelson, including the Saints, Chiefs, Jets, and Giants.

One source said that linebacker Aaron Curry is tempting to the Detroit Lions.

Former Baylor offensive lineman Jason Smith had a great day of workouts and interviews. His poise, according to one source, is the reason why he will be the first offensive lineman selected in this draft.

Brandon Pettigrew, the tight end out of Oklahoma State, concerned some with his less than likable forty time. We here at Sideline Scouting expected him to run a slow forty but we also think the combine blows things out of proportion. He ran it in 4.85 & 4.97 seconds. This former Cowboy should still not see the light of the second round.

The Washington Redskins told former Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo that they envision him as an outside linebacker in their 4-3, according to the Washington Times. Don’t expect to see Orakpo still available when the Redskins pick though, unless they trade up for him.

The “feeling” around Indianapolis is that Mark Sanchez may actually be the top rated passer of this class. This is something Sideline Scouting has been saying for awhile. Check out our recently updated position rankings.

Alex Mack, the former center from California, has met up with the Pittsburgh Steelers while in Indianapolis.

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