alternate headline: man does job
3. Michigan: Denard Robinson, RB/WR (5104, 199 and 4.42), William Campbell, DT/OG (6047, 318 and 5.30 E) and Jordan Kovacs, SAF (5110, 202 and 4.61):
After showing dramatic improvement at the Combine, Denard showed NFL teams that he has continued working very hard at making the transition from quarterback to receiver. He not only went through receiver drills, but also was put through running back drills as many teams believe that while his long term future is as a slot receiver, the fastest way for him to get on the field as a rookie will be as a third down back. During the workout, Denard displayed the explosive, game breaking athleticism that has NFL teams excited. After looking like a quarterback trying to play receiver at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Denard looked like a receiver at the workout and showed the confidence catching the ball that he had not before. He not only caught every pass thrown his way during the workout, but did so with hands and did not allow the ball to get into his body where he had to battle the ball.
Many NFL scouts were shocked that defensive tackle Williams Campbell was not invited to the Combine after a strong senior season and an impressive week of practice at the East West Shrine Game. A massive man with outstanding natural strength, NFL personnel in attendance were shocked at how smooth and easily he moved in drills. He not only went through defensive line drills, but also offensive line drills as some teams feel he has great potential as a guard. After his pro day performance we expect Campbell to be drafted, but what position he will be asked to play in the NFL will be determined by the team that selects him.
Still not assured of being drafted, safety Jordan Kovacs’ good all-around workout made his odds better than 50% of being selected. Not only did Kovacs run significantly faster than expected, but he also vertical jumped 35 and broad jumped 10. He is still not viewed as a potential starter, but after his workout NFL personnel told us they think he could be an excellent backup who excels on special teams.
Link Here. Also discusses CMU's Fisher, a WR from GVSU, and MSU's three early entrees in another post (Bell and Sims looked really good, Gholston really bad).
FWIW: Russ Lande is a former scout for the Rams and Browns. Not really sure about what connections he still has or if he's any good at predicting these kinds of things, so take it for what it's worth.
Still bored...still a slow morning. Why not one more for those of us that are up this morning...
FACT or FICTION
1. Drake Johnson will leave the Spring as the #1* RB (Note: Toussaint, Green and Smith not considered)
2. Darboh or Chesson will finish the Spring as a starting WR
3. At least 2 Freshman (true or redshirt) will finish the Spring on the 1st team OLine
4. The "Pistol" will emerge as our most commonly used offensive set
5. Dennis Norfleet will play both ways (offense and defense)
6. Chris Wormley will emerge as a starter on the DLine
7. James Ross will cement his role as starting WLB
8. Joe Bolden will cement his roles as starting MLB
9. At least one Cass Tech CB will find a significant place in the CB rotation
10. Dymonte Thomas/Jeremy Clark have a better shot than Marvin Robinson/Josh Furman to start opposite Thomas Gordon at S
Caveat: This is done by a non-football site.
I came across this pretty interesting recruiting analysis by Buzzfeed.
The study emphasizes making the NFL. In particular I would like you to notice the first graph and the graph regarding TEs.
The Washington Post has a long piece about how injuries in the NFL may not be treated the same way as they would outside of football. The injury to RGIII in the Skins' playoff game has been the subject of much debate.
There is medicine, and then there is NFL medicine, and the practice of the two isn’t always the same — a conflict that was never more apparent than during a January playoff game.
Below is a link to a graphic in the article showing injuries by year, by position and by average weeks a player is on an NFL injury report.
Video is up at Mgoblue.com. I missed me some football