The first day at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is underway, and there has been plenty of breaking news and rumors on Thursday. The real action won't start until Saturday, and Day 1 was all about interviews for the players and head coaches.
This event seems to get bigger and bigger every year as fans have been afforded the opportunity to follow every step of the process, minus the private interviews and assessment tests.
Here is the official schedule, courtesy of NFLCombine.net.
The first group of players arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday: offensive linemen, tight ends, place-kickers and special teamers. These men spent Thursday getting measured, weighed and interviewed, both by the media and teams.
The second group of players arrived today: quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs. These men spent their first day in Indy getting medically cleared, oriented and interviewed.
Here's what you need to know about what happened on Day 1 of the combine.
Dee Milliner Needs Surgery
The consensus No. 1 cornerback of this year's draft class needs surgery, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Alabama’s Dee Milliner, projected to be top CB in draft, will undergo surgery on torn labrum in rt shoulder after combine. More at ESPN. com— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 21, 2013
According to Schefter's full report on ESPN.com, "Milliner will do every workout drill at the combine except for the bench press." It remains to be seen if or how this news will affect his draft stock, but he'll have two months to recover before the 2013 NFL draft.
The former Alabama star has put together enough good tape that I don't believe he'll see his stock tumble. If he performs well in the drills on Tuesday—specifically in the 40-yard dash—he'll likely retain his status as a sure-fire top-10 pick.
Jarvis Jones Won't Participate In Drills
The list of top players who won't participate in drills has gotten longer.
Georgia LB Jarvis Jones, the top player on Mel Kiper's draft board, will not work out at combine and focus on Pro Day in Athens, Ga., Mar 21— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 21, 2013
At this point, we don't have any news regarding the reason for Jones' decision. Nevertheless, the talented prospect likely won't have his draft stock affected too much, since he has already proven what he is capable of in terms of athleticism and skill set.
Eric Fisher Is Gunning For Luke Joeckel
Fisher has been rising up draft boards like crazy for the past month and a half. He has impressed scouts with his pure size (6'7" and 306 pounds), his athleticism (which will be further tested this weekend) and his technical prowess as a pure pass-blocker.
He has lofty goals, too.
Via Detroit Lions' lead writer Tim Twentyman:
Eric Fisher an impressive young man. Says it's his goal to be the top tackle taken in April. Height was a little over 6-7 and weighed 306.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) February 21, 2013
Joeckel has been the consensus top tackle in the draft for months. It's hard to imagine a team taking Fisher ahead of him, but stranger things have happened.
Jonathan Cooper Using Interesting Tactics To Boost Draft Stock
Cooper is a top offensive guard prospect who most experts have pegged as a middle first-round to late first-round pick.
This young man's talent is undeniable, but there have been concerns about whether or not he is big enough or strong enough to dominate NFL defensive tackles.
In response to these concerns, Cooper has bulked up to 312 pounds after playing at 285 pounds in North Carolina's spread offense, using an unorthodox method, per the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person:
UNC G Jonathan Cooper measured 6-2.5 and 312 lbs in Indy. Says he ate a lot of burgers this offseason, has "a little more butt behind him."— Joe Person (@josephperson) February 21, 2013
Cooper has also been working on diversifying his skill set, according to Person:
Besides eating, Cooper says he's been working on snapping to show teams he can play guard or center.— Joe Person (@josephperson) February 21, 2013
If he can post respectable numbers in the bench press and shows teams he moves well with this extra weight, Cooper's stock will continue to rise.
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