We are back inside the media workroom inside Lucas Oil Stadium for our final day of on-site coverage of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. But that doesn’t mean this is the last day you’ll read or hear from the best college football players in the country on 49ers.com.
We’ll have continuing coverage leading all the way to draft day.
Today is an extremely big day here, as quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are competing in on-field drills as I type.
Already, Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford ran a sub 4.3, 40-yard dash, reported to be in betwen 4.23 and 4.18. The NFL will release the official time once it’s been confirmed.
As for which players will be speaking with the media, defensive backs will mostly be the main attractions. But, we’ve yet to hear from Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who could very well be the St. Louis Rams selection with the first pick in the draft.
Some of the defensive linemen and linebackers who didn’t make their way inside yesterday, will stop by throughout the day as well.
11:00 AM Update
Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox was one of the first defensive backs to step to the podium. It’s worth noting, the 5-11, 189-pound corner said the 49ers were one of several teams he’s spoken with this week in Indianapolis.
Cox played against some of the best wide receivers in the nation during his time in the Big-12, including against the likes of 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree and his teammate, Dez Bryant.
“It was spectacular,” Cox said of his practice battles against arguably the top receiver prospect in this year’s draft. “I really can’t explain it. He is the best receiver I ever stuck on since I’ve been in college football – hands down.”
Tennessee junior safety Eric Berry is holding court at the podium at the moment and has the reporters chuckling every couple answer or so; he definitely has a fun personality.
Among the funny comments from Berry: His defensive coordinator at UT Monte Kiffin told him it would be silly for him to return back to school and he puts negative articles written about him up in his bathroom while he’s brushing his teeth and looks at it for motivation.
And just as soon as one of the top safety prospects finished at the podium, one of the top cornerback prospects, Florida junior Joe Haden stepped up to another podium on the other side of the room.
The former high school quarterback thought he would play a little bit of offense in Gainesville, but realized it was short-lived “because of some guy named Tebow.”
“I changed to reciever, but I was second-string behind Percy [Harvin], so I couldn’t get right,” Haden joked. “After that Coach [Urban] Meyer asked if I felt like going to the defensive side of the ball. At first, I wanted to play and I came in the spring, so I had a lot of time to adjust. He moved me to corner… and they let me start as a freshman.”
It was a good career move for Haden. He’s scheduled to meet with 14 different teams tonight.
1:30 PM Update
Oxford Rhodes scholar and former Florida State safety Myron Rolle is holding on to the NFL aspirations he’s had since he was six-years-old.
But despite being across the pond studying all last season in London, Rolle woke up early every morning to prepare for the Senior Bowl and the all important Scouting Combine. He even took a trip to the NFL’s International Series game last season to see the Patriots and Bucs play. [The 49ers will play in London on Halloween].
Here’s what Rolle said of his experience at Wembley Stadium:
“I saw every team represented there by a jersey by a British fan, and they were cheering and clapping for punts. But it was fun. It was great to be there, a great stadium, a great environment, a great atmoshpere. I hope the NFL plays more games there.”
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