2010 NFL Combine: Five Things You Didn't See on TV
Watching the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine and "watching" the Combine are two entirely different experiences.
To watch the Combine, you turn it on NFL Network and let the editing roll.
But to "watch" the Combine, on-site at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. is a whole different monster.
From Tebow Mania to fashion faux pas, the Combine is more than meets the eye.
***NOTE: Photos by Jerry Burnes. Copyright 2010 Jerry Burnes. Please do not use without artist's permission.***
1. QB a priority for the Rams
Buzz around Indy at the Combine is usually centered on trades instead of prospects, as odd as that sounds.
Lo and behold, 2010 has left us with two viable No. 1 picks, and a team drafting No. 1 that might not take either, leaving the Combine somewhat aflutter as to what St. Louis will do come April 22.
From what I picked up around Indy, quarterback is the priority, some citing how much money the Rams have invested in their defensive line over the past few seasons (Chris Long, Leonard Little, Adam Carriker).
Dan LeFevour (pictured) could be a Day Two selection if the Rams pass on free agents and take one of the safer picks in Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy over Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford (neither of whom spoke to media on Friday).
Either way, it seems the Rams think a QB is the way to win.
2. The man formerly known as "Tim"
Tim Tebow was the talk of most reporters on Friday but even he couldn't escape the hype of the Combine circus surrounding his presser.
Not only did scores of reporters show and shove recorders on the podium and in Tebow's face, but even the Combine PR people had some fun with Tebow Mania.
As the clamor of chairs took over the media room, Tebow entered and the Combine introduced him as,"some guy named Tebow."
See, even Tim "Some Guy" Tebow can't fight the Combine.
3. Cue the circus music
While the Combine was fun, really it was, I couldn't help but notice the disorganization.
Coaches and GMs were on schedules, while players were, "as they come available."
I understand that perfectly, but couldn't a media-only day be scheduled for these groups?
I came across more than one writer who was there to grab one player, and one player only for their assignment. By 5 p.m., some showed, some didn't.
Of note who didn't show were C.J. Spiller, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, and Toby Gerhart.
Just seems like something the NFL could plan to avoid by adding a few days to the process.
Just me, though.
4. The "other" guys
The "other" guys are the guys who speak to the media but aren't exactly driving the Combine ratings (if they even got on TV at all).
Take former Western Michigan quarterback Tim Hiller (pictured) for example. Great interview, great college quarterback, but was stuck on Table 7 (or 8?). Doesn't matter what number, he wasn't even given a podium.
He was one of my throughout Friday and the weekend.
Great idea by the NFL to get these guys some media exposure. But I'd rather watch them on NFL Network instead of the "other" draft guru, Mike Mayock.
It really surprised me how easy it was to interviews with coaches and such when they weren't at a press conference.
Granted Packers coach Mike McCarthy (above) was in the middle of his presser when Tebow Mania broke out.
But on a serious note, almost every coach stopped afterward and talked more. Sean Payton wasn't even a speaking coach and he was doing interviews in the concourse.
I even interviewed ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter for a soon-to-come Bears article.