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Welcome to the LSU ..er... NFL Combine

Postby BirdBrain » Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:08 pm

LSU will have more players at the NFL combine than any other school
By James Varney, The Times-Picayune
February 25, 2010, 2:26PM

The NFL combine, that annual smorgasbord of college talent sampled by league coaches and managers, dresses the participants in tight fitting shorts and shirts. But underneath that uniform, the combine will be wearing purple and gold.

LSU will have more football players at the combine than any other school. In all, the NFL invited 12 Tigers to the analytical viewing in Indianapolis at which hopeful players are measured, timed, tested and interviewed.
For all the players, the combine is their first taste of the next and final level. But for LSU tailback Charles Scott, it also is another chance to play the game he loves.

In the middle of a ferocious battle in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last November, Scott was sandwiched by two Crimson Tide defenders and crumpled to the ground with a broken collarbone. His senior season, and arguably LSU's best shot at beating undefeated Alabama that day, vanished.
"It truly is a blessing to be able to get this opportunity again," Scott said Wednesday on the eve of his trip north. "But I'm going to go up there and just be myself, be what I've been my whole life."

After a breakout junior season in which Scott gained more than 1,000 yards and scored 18 touchdowns en route to being selected an All-SEC player, Scott didn't seem to get as many carries as some expected during his senior campaign. Nevertheless, he was an undisputed leader on the team, a status cemented by his performance at Georgia in which he broke several tackles and refused to go down on a 33-yard touchdown run that won the game late in the fourth quarter.
Scott said he knows the talent level at the combine will be stripped to nothing but the college game's elite. But having played in huge games on national television, Scott said, he isn't overwhelmed. Rather, his approach is purely business-like.

"On Friday nights before game day I would lay down thinking, the next day I have a job to do, I have a responsibility to myself and my team," he said. "I'm not on a team right now, but I still have a responsibility to myself, to show my worth."

Scott has been working out with Chip Smith at Competitive Sports in Duluth, Ga. Like many other combine invitees, Scott chose to move away from the familiar surroundings of his college program and focus on the skill sets the NFL will be closely tracking in Indianapolis.

The combine will seem somewhat familiar to Scott, given how many teammates he will encounter. He won't even be the only running back: Keiland Williams also has been invited.

Only one of those LSU players, safety Chad Jones, is an underclassman, which suggests the Tigers' talent level the past two years was deeper than their back-to-back 7-5 and 8-4 seasons suggest. On the other hand, Tigers faithful can take heart in the fact SEC rivals Florida and Alabama also are heavily represented, and each of those programs features a heavier allotment of underclassmen, which suggests each of them will face considerable rebuilding issues in 2010.

The LSU contingent includes players who have long projected as possible first-round picks, such as offensive tackle Ciron Black and wide receiver Brandon LaFell, along with players who will present intriguing options to teams that will begin drafting them April 22 in New York City.

Among those are Harry Coleman, the Tigers' leading tackler as a strong safety his junior year who moved to outside linebacker for his senior campaign, and return specialist Trindon Holliday, an outdoor NCAA sprint champion billed as the fastest player ever in college football.

So complete is the LSU lineup it even features siblings: Jones will be joined by his older brother Rahim Alem, a defensive end who was the program's best pass rusher the past two seasons. Like Coleman, Alem is a player who could contribute in the pros in more than one capacity, as some teams may see him as a blitzing linebacker.

Also slated to represent LSU at the combine are defensive linemen Charles Alexander and Al Woods, linebacker Perry Riley, and cornerback Chris Hawkins.
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Postby Pudge » Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:17 pm

Unfortunately, LSU has been on a very long drought as far as producing unquestioned top-level NFL talent.
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Postby BirdBrain » Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:52 pm

Pudge wrote:Unfortunately, LSU has been on a very long drought as far as producing unquestioned top-level NFL talent.


I blame it on the coaching....lol

Seriously, (and sadly)....you're right.But that could be said for many big schools, though not quite on the level that LSU has shown the past 8-10 years.It shows just how much the NFL is a team sport.

But I have a lot of faith in this present group. I think there is a good chance they will make LSU proud.


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Postby thescout » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:30 pm

Waiting,waiting,waiting. :shock:
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Postby widetrak21 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:50 am

Scott


BB, how much/if any does he remind you of a Shonn Greene? Seem similiar to me, but I didn't see enough of Scott.
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Postby BirdBrain » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:17 am

widetrak21 wrote:
Scott


BB, how much/if any does he remind you of a Shonn Greene? Seem similiar to me, but I didn't see enough of Scott.


Scott is a little over 10 pounds heavier, and not as fast in the open field as Greene IMHO. He is a real bruiser though, and can do some damage once he gets past the line. He isn't going to do much damage running outside or in the passing game.


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Postby widetrak21 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:59 am

Scott is a little over 10 pounds heavier, and not as fast in the open field as Greene IMHO. He is a real bruiser though, and can do some damage once he gets past the line. He isn't going to do much damage running outside or in the passing game.


10 lbs heavier, wow he's thick isn't he. Might make a good Charger,Texan or Eagle, all could use a bruiser.
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widetrak21 wrote:
Scott is a little over 10 pounds heavier, and not as fast in the open field as Greene IMHO. He is a real bruiser though, and can do some damage once he gets past the line. He isn't going to do much damage running outside or in the passing game.


10 lbs heavier, wow he's thick isn't he. Might make a good Charger,Texan or Eagle, all could use a bruiser.


I'd rather have Dixon or Blount. Scott would be OK if those guys were gone.But the guy from LSU i really want is Holliday..he would be great for the kicking game...and there is no one faster.


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Postby Pudge » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:35 pm

Well you gotta remember that the Greene that plays now for the Jets isn't the same Greene that played for Iowa last year. Greene dropped about 10-15 pounds from his playing weight at Iowa to slim down and get quicker for the Combine and the season. And it worked. Matt Forte did the same thing.

Scott was very impressive earlier in his LSU career. Good power runner.
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Postby BirdBrain » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:47 pm

Pudge wrote:Well you gotta remember that the Greene that plays now for the Jets isn't the same Greene that played for Iowa last year. Greene dropped about 10-15 pounds from his playing weight at Iowa to slim down and get quicker for the Combine and the season. And it worked. Matt Forte did the same thing.

Scott was very impressive earlier in his LSU career. Good power runner.


The problem with that is it seems like those players gradually gain the weight back. Forte did, and lost some of his burst and quickness this year. Not saying the same thing will happen to Greene, but I would rather have my bruiser maintain his weight.


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Postby Pudge » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:50 pm

Keiland Williams weighed in at 233 at the Combine. What the hell happened to him?
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Postby widetrak21 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:38 am

Holliday..he would be great for the kicking game...and there is no one faster.


A team like the Colts, thats mostly already built, should pull the trigger on someone like this to make a special teams impact. It is the 3rd phase after all.
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Postby BirdBrain » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:11 am

Pudge wrote:Keiland Williams weighed in at 233 at the Combine. What the hell happened to him?


Williams is also a good back, a little more speed and some moves to go with it. The weight gain, around 10-12 ,pounds can literally happen overnight. But most of it came when he broke his ankle around Thanksgiving...not a good time to be off your feet...lol


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Postby BirdBrain » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:51 pm

Trindon Holliday just set an NFL Combine record by running a 4.22 40-yard dash. :shock:


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Postby Pudge » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:01 pm

Twitter was abuzz about Holliday's 40 this morning. I've gotten tweets that said that's an unofficial time, and one that said his official time was 4.34.

Not sure anything is reliable though since I've heard official times won't be released until next week.

http://twitter.com/DraftCountdown/statuses/9737853629
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Postby BirdBrain » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:08 pm

Pudge wrote:Twitter was abuzz about Holliday's 40 this morning. I've gotten tweets that said that's an unofficial time, and one that said his official time was 4.34.

Not sure anything is reliable though since I've heard official times won't be released until next week.

http://twitter.com/DraftCountdown/statuses/9737853629


That's why I posted the shock face next to it..lol I thought he would run around a 4.30-4.35He actually has two different "bodies"...he has his football body, where he gains a little weight..more upper body strength..etc. Then he has his track body where he runs for just pure speed, and he is or close to the fastest guy in college track.


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Postby widetrak21 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:27 pm

A team like the Colts, thats mostly already built, should pull the trigger on someone like this to make a special teams impact. It is the 3rd phase after all.

Trindon Holliday just set an NFL Combine record by running a 4.22 40-yard dash.


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Postby widetrak21 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:11 pm

Trindon Holliday

Just saw that 40 on nfl network combine coverage, that was a fast ass first couple steps, seemed like top speed in about 1-2 steps easy.

They said theres a guy named Brandon Banks, WR that will run similiar, but is even smaller. Then they mentioned Chris Johnson being 40 lbs heavier and still running a faster time.
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Postby widetrak21 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:12 pm

officially 4.3 for holliday. cj still the champ.
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Postby Pudge » Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:21 pm

Dorin Dickerson ran a 4.4, destroying any hope the Falcons will land him. :cry:
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