2014 NFL Combine Preview

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

The 2014 NFL Combine is upon us! The combine is one of my favorite NFL events of the year. There is just something about it that fascinates me. I’m aware that most people don’t care about it and I understand you may not share my excitement, but allow me to try and explain why I enjoy it so much. I’ll give you the schedule for the position groups and choose one player from each day that you should keep your eye on.

Combine workout schedule:

» Saturday, Feb. 22: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams

» Sunday, Feb. 23: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers

» Monday, Feb. 24: Defensive linemen, linebackers

» Tuesday, Feb. 25: Defensive backs

 

September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Colt Lyerla left his starting tight end position at Oregon on Oct. 6th, 2013. He was first suspended in the game against Colorado for missing the game against Tennessee. There is a lot of speculation about why and now we have our first chance to hear what his story is going to be.

Colt was also arrested on Oct. 23rd for snorting cocaine in his car in front of some undercover cops. He plead guilty and has been given the chance to pursue his NFL dream.

I’m not trying to say that I think Lyerla is going to do well, but if he does, it makes for an interesting story. Which general managers think that they can fix him? Would the Patriots do it?!

Sep 14, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats running back KaDeem Carey (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

KaDeem Carey led the FBS in rushing yards per game in 2012 with 148.38. Most thought Carey would have a good 2013 season, but no one thought he could improve that stat.

He did.

In 2013, he ran for 157.08 yards per game. Carey is considered to be the top running back prospect in the draft this year but his straight line speed is in question. There will be many eyes on him during the forty-yard dash. Including mine.

Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Donald is a player whose accomplishments have been slightly overshadowed because he plays in the ACC, but he got a chance to show the world what he could do at the Senior Bowl.

Donald arrived to the Senior Bowl as an unknown defensive tackle for the University of Pittsburgh and he left the second highest rated defensive tackle in the draft. A rise similar to what Eric Fisher did last year.

Despite his small size for a defensive tackle (6’1″, 288 pounds), Donald uses his size to his advantage allowing him to get good leverage under an opposing lineman’s pads. He is also known to have a lightning quick first step.

Dec 27, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal safety Ed Reynolds at press conference for the 2013 Rose Bowl at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Reynolds has spent four years at Stanford and played a pivotal role in Stanford’s 16th ranked defense last year.

Even though it’s a cliche adjective for a player from Stanford, I’m going to say it anyway: Reynolds is a hard hitter. He’s a smart player who knows that he is the last line of defense between opposing ball carriers and the end zone, and takes good angles on open field tackles.

In 2012, Reynolds had six interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns.

Topics: Aaron Donald, Colt Lyerla, Ed Reynolds, Ka'Deem Carey, NFL Combine

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  • berttheclock

    You mean the fellow his college teammates referred to as “Coke” Lyeria? Huge talent in the Tony G and Hernandez mode, but, does Clark Hunt have enough left over money to hire full time baby sitters and Head Doctors for him? It was not only his bust on coke. He missed training, he ended up quitting on the team, he went off on huge rants about the federal government staging Sandy Hook. As to his drug bust which came after he had quit the team, had any other young man in Lane County been charged with such, that person would have ended up in long term drug programs, but, he was favored in court and only given ten days which allowed him to walk away and move on to problems in the future.

    If it only came down to pure talent, he is the real deal. But, would Dorsey and Hunt want to take the chance on a player with huge Red Flags flying out of his shoulders?

    • freshmeat62

      Sounds like he would be the perfect roomie for Dez Bryant.

      • berttheclock

        What bothers me the most about this is some NFL team will take him and he will end up scoring against the Chiefs. However, as we will not play Philly in the regular season, that might not be a problem. He is not the first problem child Nike has had as major programs tend to bring in a few each year. Two years ago, they had a top speedster defensive back, who, didn’t show up for a big game (Stanford, perhaps?). He loved to borrow cars and without a drivers license end up racing them on I-5 at well over 100 miles an hour. But, you know the mantra of “Never leave a gifted athlete behind”.

        • freshmeat62

          Just ask Dick Vermeil about Lawrence Phillips.

    • Jim Harper

      Not a chance. One faux pas and a consequent turnaround is allowable but fool me twice and you are done, and I am sure Reid would cast a no vote with the problems with his own boys.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Can’t wait. I’ll be watching eagerly, as always.

  • freshmeat62

    Ed Reynolds is the one that I’ve got an eye on. He has safety speed in the 4.5′s, w/ good size, and he’s smart (Stanford). Some have him rated as a late 1st rd pick. I’d love to see how the Chiefs have him rated.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, indeed, but, on the 23rd, be sure to check out the very fast wide out from Oregon State, Brandon Cooks. Not only his 40, but, his 3 cone drill as well. Small, but, very quick and fast.

  • berttheclock

    Earlier, I had mentioned a University of Oregon (Nike) very fast defensive back, who had not shown up for an important game, then, was charged with reckless driving, driving without a license, and possession of Grass. He liked to borrow cars and head down I-5 at incredible speeds. He was cut from the team, but, after the NFL draft was picked up by his old Nike coach and given a try out with the Eagles. Kelly cut him and he was picked up by the Jets. They cut him after he was caught with another Jet rookie speeding and having Grass in their possession. This is a major problem looming for officials if they take such as Cliff Harris on talent alone. Yes, some can learn from their mistakes, but, for many they just emulate young Mr Harris.

  • FaAmos

    KC needs to use the formula of best player available but with certain position. We need a DE to Replace DE Mike Devito and ingot those who hate on Tyson Jackson, he never played with a half way decent DL and was playing with 4-3 DL men and as soon as we drafted Poe as a NT and signed Devito as DE all of a sudden Ty Jackson started looking like the player we hoped for so KC needs a DE, MLB or resign Akeem Jordan but a stud ILB would be nice to draft, we need either a Fast good tackling FS who can cover the field and close the gap quickly or have Eric Berry get back to his rookie weight and have a trainer to train him to get his fluid hips back and his closing speed and move him to FS and draft a 6’2 or 6’3 220-230 SS to play Berry’s role and be similar to the Seahawks DB field and draft a Cam Chamcleor who’s 6’3 233 and Berry is 6’0 and 215 so moving Training Berry to get his flexibility and fluidity in his hips and close line speed to play FS to limit his hits on the line of scrimmage but if there’s not a SS that we think can play as well as Berry at the line of scrimmage but there’s FS that can play FS at hopefully a pro-bowl level then just pray the hits Berry take a doesn’t take a toll on him but having a 6’3 230 SS is what we need to practice Gang tackling so when a player catches the ball he immediately have three four Chiefs players laying the leather on the opposition. KC so needs a DE opposite TY and Poe, a was or FS, not make the mistake of trading back to draft WR Baldwin when 6’2 CB was taken with the next pick and he Jimmy Smith with his size would be perfect alongside Flowers so we need a tall strong Corner with Fluid hips who can man up. So a DE, a Safety, a CB, WR is a Must; so If we could find that In the draft then find a RB in the undrafted player pool as well as some CB’s and Safety’s and WR’s who don’t drop the ball and in the draft those players are in no particular order even though I would like LSU’s WR Bechkam Jr because he’s a 6’0 maybe 6’1 extremely sure handed fast get over the top of the defense type of WR who can play possession receiver or Deep threat but key is sure handed and catches everything which we haven’t had in over ten years

  • FaAmos

    Chiefs need to copy the Seahawks, get your OL in order No. 1 then get your DB Field and DL at the same time built up and we have some LB’s but in between draft at least one LB during each draft and move Berry to FS and in the offseason have Berry get with a trainer to get to his rookie weight and get his fluidity back in his hips and his flexibility to be able to cover sideline to sideline and even defend a TE if were blitzing and the SS is involved in the blotz

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