The 2013 NFL Combine rolls along on Monday with linebackers and defensive linemen -- two positions of intense interest to the New York Giants -- hitting the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for workouts. You can watch the action on NFL Network.
Jesse previewed the linebacker and defensive line workouts on Sunday. Here is what he wrote:
Alec Ogletree, measured Saturday at 6-2, 242 pounds with 33.38-inch arms. I've been pumping Ogletree up as a guy who is going to put on a show at the combine and I'm interested to see whether or not he can live up to my high expectations. He also had a press conference people were far less interested in than the Te'o conference and apologized for his DUI.
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Sio Moore of Connecticut is a guy I'm very interested in. He came late to the Senior Bowl, but looked good. Moore measured in at 6-1, 245 pounds with 33.58-inch arms (third-longest among linebackers).
Arthur Brown was 6-0, 241 pounds (about 20 pounds heavier than anyone thought he weighed). This could only help him, provided he can put on a show athletically, as people have assumed. There is, however, a rumor floating around that there is concern about his shoulder moving forward.
There wasn't too much unique or fascinating about the linebackers.
The other guys Giants fans should watch are Oregon's Kiko Alonso (very talented, he's also long, but he has a few off the field incidents). LSU's Kevin Minter had some of the shortest arms, but he was a very solid 246 pounds. I've always enjoyed the way Oklahoma's Tom Wort played as well. He was one of the lightest linebackers here at 235 pounds, I think he'll test better than expected.
Shariff Floyd who has gotten a lot of talk here, and elsewhere, was one of the smallest defensive tackles at the combine coming in at 297 pounds and also had the second-shortest arms of any defensive linemen in the draft at 31.68 inches. This is not a huge concern for defensive tackles as much as it is for defensive ends, but he'll need to show off great athleticism (which is anticipated) to keep the buzz going at only 297 pounds.
Sam Montgomery out of LSU had an unusual interview. During his meeting with reporters he said
"Definitely, some weeks that we weren't playing harder teams, there was some times when effort was not needed, It's definitely one of those things when we had the big boys and everything coming in, the 'Bama's or the South Carolina's, I grabbed real close to those guys and I went all out for them."
I'm sure Giants head coach Tom Coughlin would love having someone in the locker room who has admitted to not trying in practice at some weeks, this midst reports that LSU coaches have not been giving Mongtomery ringing endorsements. He measured in at 6-3, 262 pounds and 33.78-inch arms.
Bennie Logan from the LSU TIgers was 309 pounds, which is where he should be to play defensive tackle in the NFL.
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There are plenty of other names to watch.
Alabama's Quinton Dial, Auburn's Corey Lemoiner (an under-the-radar potential first-round pick currently No. 45 on my big board), Michigan State's William Gholston and South Carolina's Devin Taylor are just some of the other names to watch.
What Happened on Sunday
Here are some links detailing what happened Sunday at the combine.
2013 NFL Combine: Defensive backs face the media - SBNation.com
Linemen run the 40 at the Combine, set to Chariots of Fire - SBNation.com
Mike Mayock's four weekend combine observations - NFL.com
NFP looks at players who shined Sunday at Combine | National Football Post
2013 NFL Scouting Combine: QB impressions - NFL Videos
NFL Scouting Combine: What we learned Day 4 - NFL.com
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