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With the NFL scouting combine wrapped up, here are 25 things we learned from the annual event in Indianapolis.
1. Carson Wentz looks pretty good in shorts, too. The North Dakota State product still looks like he will be the first quarterback taken off the board.
2. Apparently, everyone knew California QB Jared Goff has small hands except Jared Goff.
3. Don’t hang out in a hotel room with Robert Nkemdiche. The Mississippi defensive lineman let it be known to teams his infamous fall out of a hotel window in December was because he was drunk.
4. But there was marijuana in Nkemdiche’s hotel room, which is why he was charged with possession. But he says it wasn’t his. And, oh yeah, teammate Laremy Tunsil was in the hotel room.
5. Tunsil has a chance to be the top pick in the draft. Not the type of thing he needed out on the street right about now. But what are friends for?
6. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller can really move. Smooth, too.
7. There is nothing Johnny Manziel can do that will get the Cleveland Browns to just admit they’re cutting him.
8. The football gods will not allow Chip Kelly to have an offseason without controversy surrounding a star player. And that was not good luck for Kelly, see- ing it leak that QB Colin Kaepernick asked that his agents be allowed to seek a trade from the San Francisco 49ers on the same day Kelly was saying Kaepernick wanted to be back. #Awkward.
9. At a podium, Ohio State DE Joey Bosa might as well be Jeff Spicoli.
10. One year after saying at the combine he was betting on Sam Bradford, who got traded a few weeks later, Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher continues to back Case Keenum at his starter … and the odds are strong that isn’t happening either.
11. Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg isn’t done frustrating scouts who want to like him but can’t get over what is on tape.
12. It sure seems like everyone wants to find the “next” Von Miller, Luke Kuechly or J.J. Watt in this draft. Good luck with that.
13. Which is our way of saying don’t buy any of the hype. There is not that kind of defensive player in this draft.
14. Questions about Michigan State QB Connor Cook’s leadership ability won’t be going away, either. And if you believe the whispers (and that’s not always a good idea), Cook will be on the draft board longer than a lot of people project.
15. No one broke Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record (set in 2008) of 4.24 seconds, with Georgia RB Keith Marshall posting the best time at 4.31 seconds.
16. John Elway is tired of all the Peyton Manning questions.
Jerry Jones reiterated that he expects Tony Romo to be the Dallas Cowboys quarterback for the next four to five years. If the Cowboys look elsewhere with the No. 4 overall pick, they could draft someone on the second or third day as a backup and potential heir.
18. We’re not sure what to make of Alabama RB Derrick Henry, who measured in at 6-25⁄
8 and 247 pounds. He ran an impressive 4.54 seconds in the 40, but can a back thrive in today’s NFL with that build? He looks like a second-rounder from here.
19. Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith said he’d be “100% again” after sitting out combine drills because of a knee injury suffered in the Fiesta Bowl in January. Teams surely hope so, as medical rechecks will be critical for the star defender.
20. Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey did nothing to hurt his case as an early first-round pick. But is he a safety or a cornerback? That question could hurt him.
21. If you listened closely to NFL coaches and general managers, every one of their injured players is “ahead of schedule.”
22. Stanford G Joshua Garnett wants to be a trauma surgeon after his career. So, as USA TODAY Sports’ Laken Litman pointed out, he wins valedictorian.
23. But it was Auburn RB Peyton Barber who won our hearts. He said he came out early because his mother is homeless.
24. Quarterback play in the NFL has come to this: If you’re not one of the top four prospects, you are trying to convince teams you will be the next Kirk Cousins. And that is supposedly a good thing. Yikes.
25. And finally, we learned again that the combine on TV is pretty much the worst programming going.