Monday Combine Notes
Brian Bassett , TheJetsBlog.com
Here’s some notes on all the goings on at the Combine.
Barkley Getting That USC Spin — This is the point in which you have to be so careful and take each report with a grain of salt because it’s hard to tell what reporters are getting used by whom. Peter King wrote in his MMQB that he believes USC QB Matt Barkley could go as high as No. 7 to the Cardinals … which would be absolute insanity. King vacillates by saying that he could “go seventh or 37th,” and Barkley has made it clear that his Pro Day will help to disprove doubters about his arm strength … but strictly for the Jets? I’m not going to be lining up to grab another weak-armed QB with great intangibles out of USC.
Jumping Out the Gym — BYU DE Ziggy Ansah ran forty times in the 4.6 range unofficially but his times were very good and might see him start to move upwards, even inside the top ten.
Damontre Moore — There’s no way else to say it, but Moore has had a bad Combine and might be falling down the draft boards because of it. With 12 reps on the bench and a bad 40 time, it lends credence to the whispers that PFW posted about Moore … that one scout called him a “mess off the field.” Moore was arrested for possession in 2011, and while that’s going to happen, the bad Combine work is more an indication bad functional strength but maybe an even worse work ethic. That said, Vontaze Burfict was someone who bombed the Combine last year and still put together a pretty good rookie season …
No-no Geno — After watching him work in Indy, Mike Mayock isn’t changing his evaluation that Geno Smith isn’t worth a top-ten. “I want to like Geno Smith, we interviewed him, I love what he had to say, but there are just too many inconsistencies on tape for me to say that Kansas City or anybody that high should take him. He’s more of a 20-32 … there are just so many inconsistencies with both Geno Smith and the entire quarterback class that I have trouble banging the table for any of them.”
Dion Sandcastle? — Dion Jordan the DE/OLB from Oregon ran unofficial forty times of 4.53 & 4.63 and probably will give teams hope that adding bulk to his frame would unduly slow him down. We’ll see where he starts to shake out in the draft, but this might cement his top ten status.
Mingo Unchained — Speaking of good 40 times, Mingo ran an official 4.60 forty time, with splits of 1.55 and 1.60 at the 10 and 20. Mingo’s burst is unquestioned and this should fan the flames of him converting over to a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’ll most likely be available when the Jets pick, but might be a guy who won’t get picked until a little later on. Everyone knew Mingo would run well, but can he add the weight and set the edge in a 3-4? That remains to be seen.
Call Me Christine — A&M’s Christine Michael had an eye-popping time at the Comboine and his performance might change his draft stock in a running back class that didn’t otherwise impress. Michael had a 43″ vert, the highest ever by a RB at the Combine and was near the top in the broad jump (10’5″), three-cone drill (6.69), 20-yard shuttle (4.02), and bench press (27 reps) and posted a 4.54 forty. At 5’11” 213 lbs, he might be a sleeper but teams will want to investigate why he and his coach didn’t seem to mesh very well.