February 26, 2016

Big uglies to get lumbering … The NFL’s annual scouting combine really gets down to business this morning as the offensive linemen and RBs will hit the field for their on-field testing, including running the 40, as well as positional drills. The NFL Network will be providing coverage all day beginning at 9 AM ET. We’ll also be blogging on the significant highs and lows of the day. Readers are reminded that two sets of results get posted for the 40. The first are unofficial hand times which can be anywhere from 0.05 to 0.10 seconds slower than the official electronic times which are released after all the runs from a group have been completed. It is also significant to note that 40 times for the offensive linemen aren’t really all that important as they seldom have to run that far. In fact, most teams are more interested in their 10- and 20-yard splits. Indeed, for today, the most interesting 40-time could be that of Alabama RB Derrick Henry, this year’s Heisman Trophy winner who most teams have rated as the second-best back in the 2016 draft behind Ohio State’s Zeke Elliott. However, eyebrows were raised at the RB weigh-in when Henry tipped the scales at a robust 247 pounds, compared with his listed playing weight of 232 so NFL teams already concerned about Henry’s pure speed coming into the combine will be paying extra close attention. Meanwhile, while the RBs and offensive linemen work out on the field today, the QBs and WRs will do the bench press before they hit the field tomorrow. At the same time, the defensive linemen and LBs will be going through medical tests and team interviews, while the defensive backs, the last group to arrive in Indianapolis, will go through orientation and get their medical exams started. Have a great day.