NFL Scouting Combine, Day One

February 21st, 2013 at 4:23 pm by under Sports

Good afternoon from what the tropical-out-of-town-media call ‘freezing’ Indianapolis. It’s in the 30s; but when it starts sleeting later, remember I jinxed it.

We’ll have lots of coverage here on and on air from the NFL Scouting Combine, wanted to get you some first impressions …

–Heard from two Badgers o-lineman today, Travis Frederick and Ricky Wagner. Frederick is projected as one of the top guard/centers, Wagner more of a mid-late round tackle. Frederick’s picture is to the right … he’s a natural on the mic, seems like a guy who could lead at center, a potential position of need for the Packers. Frederick wouldn’t give preference to any of the 32 teams; Wagner had no such problem: he’d love to be a Packer.

–Speaking of o-linemen the Packers may have their eye on, Alabama’s Barrett Jones was entertaining.  You may remember him from ‘shove-gate’ (his words) in the national championship game, where he and quarterback AJ McCarron got into a little pushing match after a disagreement. He’s entertaining, and has played just about every o-line position, a skill the Packers covet.

–Enjoyed hearing from Seahawks GM, former Packers exec John Schneider. Probably leader in the clubhouse for most entertaining NFL representative. Got people laughing talking about how his security people monitor prospects’ Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’m paraphrasing here, but he talked about last year seeing someone post a picture of them with drugs, Schneider saying that was something he didn’t think he could personally get away with.

–Also asked Schneider afterward about his relationship with Ted Thompson, if he can still go to Ted for advice. His response? “You mean does Ted come to me for advice?”

–As for the media experience, which I’m sure you care very, very slightly about … it’s interesting. Coaches are on a strict schedule to come to the podium, which is appreciated. Each of them I wanted to hear from today were there at the exact minute they were scheduled. Prospects just kind of show up. I can be sitting and writing my scripts, when over the PA you hear, ‘Offensive lineman Ricky Wagner is at table 2,’ and you go run to table 2 where he’s sitting. Hectic, but day one went well.

Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson speak tomorrow. Should be fun. More online later.


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