Friday at the combine
The glamour positions — quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs — all met with the media. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel commanded the largest crowd, but he didn’t have much to say. The fact that he measured in at less than 6 feet tall was the topic of the day.
Quote of the day
“The best corner I faced was Desmond Trufant a couple years ago. That taught me a lot.”
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— Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray described the interview process with the different teams this way: “It’s kind of like speed dating,” he said. Many of the players at the combine had interviews set up with more than a dozen teams, and the process can be grueling in its repetitiveness. Murray and others spend 15 minutes with teams during formal interviews.
Player to watch
Wide receiver: Brandin Cooks. The Oregon State speedster is small at 5 feet 10, but he’s explosive. He said he wants to run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. Some see him in the same mold as versatile Rams playmaker Tavon Austin, and if his time matches what he says, his stock could rise in a big way.
Receiver: The Seahawks could be in the market for a replacement for free agent Golden Tate. They also could be interested in a big receiver to provide them with a different body type than most of the receivers on their roster.
The first day of on-field workouts starts (40-yard dash, shuttle run, etc.). Offensive linemen, kickers and tight ends will all participate. It will be interesting to see how a slimmed down Austin Seferian-Jenkins fares in those drills.
Jayson Jenks, The Seattle Times