COMBINEVILLE – The NFL scouting combine is over and it’s time to digest all of the information.The really hard work leading up to the draft starts now.
One head coach told me that teams know who can play football by the time they arrive at the combine.
The coaches really need the interviews to determine if they want the players in their locker rooms.
The interviews and medical information are much more important than the 40-yard dash times to most coaches.
But there is one little combine fact that I can’t get out of my head.
Why were the Atlanta Falcons first in line to interview Florida cornerback Joe Haden? Most of the pre-combine
information had Haden going much higher than 19. Most had him rated as the top cornerback in the draft and we had him going No. 8 to Oakland in Mock Draft 1.0.
In the Pro Football Weekly 2010 Draft Guide, they have Haden landing in Flowery Branch with the 19th pick.
Haden ran 4.57 and 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and could be dropping out of the top 10. But will he slide all the way to 19?
Here are the top 40-yard times of the cornerbacks who ran at the combine: Wake Forest’s Brandon Ghee (4.45), Virginia’s Chris Cook (4.46), Indiana-Pennsylvania’s Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (4.47), Purdue’s David Pender (4.47), Rutgers’ Devin McCourty (4.48), Kevin Thomas (4.48) and Alabama’s Kareem Jackson (4.48). (Source: NFL.com).
If the Falcons want bigger corners, Haden, at 5-10 ½ and 190 pounds, doesn’t fit the prototype of a big corner – 6-2, 210.
Keep an eye on Virginia’s Cook because he’s 6-1 ¾ and 212 pounds and Indiana-Pennsylvania’s Owusu-Ansah, 6-foot-5/8 and 197 pounds. Pender is no smurf at 6-0, 174.
If Haden slides to 19, should the Falcons take him?
COMBINE INTEL: Got this intel from the last day of the combine: “Falcons are looking hard at offensive linemen. DBs are the main focus, though. They also love LB Sean Weatherspoon.”
Last week, we asked: “Which cornerback should the Falcons take with their first round draft pick? Here are the results.
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