Diner morning news: Big and tall at the combine
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Thursday was a very interesting beginning to the combine, with most of the focus on Tim Tebow’s new throwing release. He came to the set of NFL Network to demonstrate what he’s been working on as he tries to prepare himself for the NFL.
Here are some quick notes from the combine:
• Russell Okung of Oklahoma State had the longest arm length at 36 inches. He’s a legitimate left tackle prospect, and with that arm length, he’ll come off the board very quickly.
• Offensive tackle Anthony Davis of Rutgers is an interesting prospect, and his athletic ability and size will make him a starter in the NFL very soon.
• Colt McCoy of Texas measured 6-1 1/8, 216 pounds, which is shorter than he’s listed. It will be interesting to see him play under center and watch how he moves in the pocket in order to see downfield. With his shotgun throws, the passing lanes are open, but under center, he has to find the lanes by feel.
• Sam Bradford was an impressive 6-4 1/4, 236 pounds and looks ready to play. He’s been working on his body, and carrying around this weight will help him with all the decision-makers. His shoulder exam will be crucial to his draft status. I was shocked he could carry 236 pounds.
• With the Steelers’ Casey Hampton getting a new deal, this should help the Patriots gain a long-term deal with Vince Wolfork.
• Talked to Mike Singletary on the set at NFL Network, and he was clear that the 49ers are not going to draft a quarterback. He’s happy with Alex Smith and wants him to be the guy.
• Also talked to the Saints brass, who told me they’re not even contemplating not having Reggie Bush back next season.
• Some might think the Lions are trying to move down in the draft, but I got the sense yesterday they want a blue-chip player — and want to stay where they are.
• Was asked on the air where will T.O. end up next year. I couldn’t find a place for him to land. Baltimore is looking for a veteran wideout, as are the Dolphins, but taking on T.O. doesn’t seem likely.
Check back for more updates today from the NFP’s Wes Bunting and Joe Fortenbaugh.
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