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2010 Combine Blog: Sunday

Posted by Taylor Price on February 28, 2010 – 8:30 AM

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.”

Noon Update

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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35 Responses to “2010 Combine Blog: Sunday”

  1. By jo on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    DRAFT THAT CORNER COX AND MOVE CLEMENTS TO SAFETY……SICC SECONDARY IF NATE WAS AT FREE SAFETY AND WE PICK UP A FIRST ROUND CORNER…………

  2. By michael on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    dont move nate to safety!

  3. By The Rock on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    can we find out who else the 49ers have talked too………

  4. By daniel on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    there is no plans at all to move nate to safety according to headcoach mike singletary! but here a draft for you Jacoby Ford and CJ spiller that would give us a rb that has 4.28 speed a wr with 4.18 speed to add to davis’s 4.38 speed and add gore hard running. then take ot in second round best one left. we have so much speed to move the ball with. our opponents will be on their heel’s the whole game.

  5. By daniel on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    there is no plans at all to move nate to safety according to headcoach mike singletary! but here a draft for you Jacoby Ford and CJ spiller that would give us a rb that has 4.28 speed a wr with 4.18 speed to add to davis’s 4.38 speed and add gore hard running. then take ot in second round best one left. we have so much speed to move the ball with. our opponents will be on their heel’s the whole game.every game

  6. By Rick Carroll on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    for being a 80 million dollar corner, i dont think he lived up to the hype. he got beat ALOT. So i wouldnt mind seeing him moved to safety. He is good against the run, and stips balls with the best of them. I say get a OT, Then a CB, DB, DE, or A RETURN specialist that can catch, Shipley would do nice or Spiller, and think about adding depth at DT or DE. ROCK ON…..

  7. By Koach on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    This guy Rolle , from what i see he is the kind of guy our organization would sign! Smart and someone who will not get in trouble off the field! But I never seen him play! Is this guy a hitter? Can he bring the Hat? where would we put him FS or SS! Tell me niner faithgul!

  8. By Koach on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    Also the must every year to draft is finding a OT and a OLB speed rusher! Every year we should pick this whether it be in the early rounds or late rounds! we nee to always stock up!

  9. By J Potter on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    with 2 top 20 picks in the first round we can definately get players to contribute ASAP. I really like Myron Rolle in Niner Red and Gold… but I think because of everyone else’s questions about his devotion to the game, the Niners could steal him in the 3rd or 4th rounds. Use the first pick on the best OT available, since we wasted a signing last offseason with Marvel Smith. And with the second pick aquire some secondary help… USC’s Talor Mays or Texas’ Earl Thomas. I like UT’s Eric Berry but he may be gone before we get to him. and in the 2nd round adress the depth at the D-line, Dunlap and Griffin will be gone and Michigan’s Brandon Graham is an amazing athlete. I love the idea of Graham being available to us but it’s also unlikely. So Ricky Sapp from Clemson or Jerry Hughes form TCU are good picks, both can play DE or OLB. Lastly, evn though Takeo Spikes is very productive he’s also at the final years of his career. If he’s available in the 2nd or 3rd rounds, I would love to see Takeo’s little cousin Brandon Spikes of Florida on the inside with Willis… but ya know, just sharing a thought or two haha GO NINERS!!!

  10. By shaun on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    get spiller,he can return kicks and punts

  11. By daniel on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    nate got beat when we got no pressure on qb and could not stick with the faster wr’s.nate can stay with them for about 4 seconds and asking any db to stay with wr for more then 4 seconds is asking for the moon. and spencer is coming along nicely and should be the other starting cb safety lewis is not doing that well and will be ok for another year so a second rounder be brought in not a first rounder. remeber this db’s have a 5 out 6 washout rate. that roughly 84% washout rate that is the highest washout rate in nfl And would you want use a first rounder on a db with the washout rate of 5 out every 6 db taken. i’m one who if i take db in first round i now want a it to be a locked in hall of fame from the start not just the best available. mike rumph was my first round pick of a db that i liked that failed gone year 4. the washout rate for db’s is way to high to take a first rounder with.

  12. By TIM on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    Koach, I am i die hard niners and FSU noles fan, Myron is a great tackler with good vision and good range. Not the best hands but can break up pass plays with his range and intelegence. Great fit at SS. If the niners move Nate to FS (which would be a great move, he is slowing down and gets beat alot down field) and then draft a top CB like haden then the secondary would be fierce.

  13. By TIM on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    Daniel, you are silly, asking a db to cover a wide recieve for 4 seconds is asking him to do his job, nothing more. If you can get to the qb within 4 seconds everytime the opponent passes your team would not be able to be scored on.

  14. By ANDREW on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    THEY SHOULD DRAFT BEST AND HAVE HIM AS A RETURN MAN AND BACK UP RB.

  15. By Perry on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    I understand our need for an OT and maybe trying to grab Berry or Haden if they are available which I’m not sure they will be as Berry is seen as going as high as 6. Either way though, I really think we should focus on getting Shipley. Having a Wes Welker like receiver would do great things for our offense. I mean, Crabtree is our number 1 now, but I think having Morgan on the other side just isn’t cutting it. If we add Shipley, I think that would be great for our offense. Not to mention with Alex Smith’s experience running a more spread time offense this will really open things up with Crabtree and Davis. Plus we can have him return kicks which would be huge for us as well.

  16. By Joseph on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    screw all the talk bout c.j. spiller and another 1st round corner. wut they need is 2 try and pick up eric berry 2 replace michael lewis, and then pick up dexter mccluster. u know wit gore poundin the ball he still got speed. and we all know mccluster got speed but he can pack a hit on a defender all day 2. havin both of them in the backfield at the same time would b a nightmare 4 d-coordinator. they can pick up a OT in the 2nd round and this years pass rushers are supposed 2 b abundant. so if they really want instant impacts from their 1st rounders this year, they’re gonna gonna have 2 pick up BERRY and MCCLUSTER!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. By LauraB on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    We need free agents and should trade our picks for experienced players who can take us to the Super Bowl.

    GET A QUARTERBACK – AND PAY FOR THE BEST!!!

    Move Nate to safety – get ANYBODY who can execute a pass rush!!!

    Scot and Singletary, why would you start Alex Smith after Shawn Hill went 3-1 and we all know Alex’s brilliant five year track record. Hello!!! Tell him to take the playbook from your (or any) offensive coordinator and learn it – this is not rocket science!!

    And for Singletary to continue to state that he is improving is unacceptable and untrue. Remember, the fans pay to see the Niners, and we do not want to see him another season period.

    Don’t worry about medical records they can either play or they can’t – talent is easy to spot – forget stats and meaningless numbers – the only number that matters is the number of WINS!!!

    This team should have gone to the Playoffs in 2009 and would have if Shawn Hill had not been pulled – that cost us the season. So, now let’s blow another season training lottery winner Alex.

    Absolutely unequivicably no. Pay an experienced winner and tell them to execute or pull them out of the game, like what should have been done in Philadelphia when the playoffs were on the line!!!

    NO NFL COACH PULLS A 3-1 QUARTERBACK AND THEN LETS A BACKUP WITH CONTINUOUS LOSSES REMAIN THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SEASON!!!!

    I find it hard to believe Scot and Mike are having the audacity to tell the fans who make certain you are both employed that he will be the starting QB next year!!! You both should be experienced professionals, cut your losses and move on.

    Sincerely,

    Laura A. Bullard
    laurabull@aol.com

  18. By Tyler Tharp on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    WOW…Laura B, did you watch a 9ers game last year? Shaun Hill is not any better than Alex Smith. Coach sing is a professional…so who are you to tell a professional how to do his job. Hill might have been 3-1 but who did we play in those 4 games, he NEVER would have taken us to the playoffs! As for Alex…umm let me see…5 different coordinators in 5 seasons, you can call it an excuse , but that makes a hell of a difference! Bottom line is, its a team effort and thats why we didnt make the playoffs!

  19. By leatherneck on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    1. C.J. Spiller RB/WR/KR 1. Carlos Dunlap DE….missing element for defense 2. Best OT available…there will be plenty of good ones 3. Jacoby Ford WR… to fast to last until 4th round.4. Best safety available 5-7…depth at OG and special teams. Equals 10 more points on average for our offense and 10 points less on defense. Equals possible Superbowl visit.

  20. By leatherneck on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    Nate Clements is only 30 years old. I think he still has two good years left in his legs. In the mean time we pick up an impact player at DE to put some extrteme pressure on apposing QB’s so he and the rest of our secondary aren’t forced to stay with their man so long.

  21. By Xavier on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    Laura your crazy if you think Shawn Hill was taking the niners anywhere. I like the guy but Alex is a better QB and can make plays the Hill cant, he will be better this year and deserves the chance. He took a pay cut just to prove himself and deserves to be able to do so. He improved, and won some good gams. Go ALex!!! Go NINERS!!!!!!

  22. By Steve Yoshinaga on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    I like the idea of getting a RT and Iupati with our #1s. Our line will be solid for a long time. No more excuses for our QBs and WRs. They will have time to complete the plays. MUST NEED OL!!!!! I was completely dumbfounded last year during the draft….passing up tackle after tackle…….then the nightmare continued as lineman went down one after another. Yikes!
    I also like what I’ve heard about M Rolle. He seems like an outstanding citizen and has always been a beast on the field. I also like that he took a year off to be a Rhodes scholar. They’re knocking him for it, but it seems like a determined and confident young man. The kind you want on our team. He is supposed to have a great sense for the game, which makes up for his lack of top end speed. We should be able to get Rolle in the 3rd or later.
    We have Rolle and Goldson at safeties and keep Nate at corner. Got to suck it up and pick people who can rush the passer.

  23. By leatherneck on Mar 1, 2010 | Reply

    Why C.J Spiller? Because Gore is prone to injury.We need more help at receiver. We need an impact player at KR and Coffee doesn’t make the grade as Gore’s back-up. Spiller can cover all three positions in pro bowl fashion.

  24. By LauraB on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Xavier

    Actually, our offensive coordinator was the issue, not Shawn Hill, until Alex Smith was put in at halftime and then he started calling pass plays which should have been done since the inception of the season.

    Then, every week Alex received relatively good play calls and unfortunately he produced a losing season as he played 13 games.

    Frankly, Nate Davis should have the ability to gain the starting position, as he would earn it – if you saw him in preseason, you would have seen an excellent rookie QB that I guarantee you will be a producer.

    He has had a prosperous five years and could retire if he wanted with all of the money he has not earned – Any other NFL team would have traded and/or let him go a long time ago.

    Oh, and he’s a great passer, usually about five feet away from the great receivers he had at his disposal.

    Great QBs win games, especially after 5 years in the NFL, without excuses, feigning injuries, different coaches (who also were some of the best in the business) and NONE of them were successful with him. Oh, and don’t forget his interception stats…and the Philadelphia game where he should have stepped aside when he was unable to get us in the playoffs.

    But then again, Singletary, wanted to see what he could do – LOL – at the fan’s expense. Shawn Hill may not be Steve Young or Joe Montana, but his record speaks for itself.

    And if you remember, the first 4 games had questionable play calling (remember running every down) and Hill still beat playoff teams, except when Singletary stupidly (again play calling) gave the ball back to Brett Farve and wondered why we lost the game.

    With many of the greatest coaches at home and available for hire, it is shocking that we could not obtain even ONE!!!

    Since Eddie left, we have gone straight downhill hiring inexperienced coaches on both sides of the ball, too many young players, and we STILL don’t have a decent QB or Coach – this is the NFL which requires the highest level of production and capabilities.

    All of these problems start at the top – this is business and it should have been resolved by now.

    Unbelievable, and many top coaches and QBs are still available or could be with the right offer – there is no salary cap now with Goodell and the union playing games as Goodell does so well, so we should grab everybody we can and get to the Super Bowl where we belong.

    And don’t worry about Alex – he has two MBAs and the business world would love to engage such an intelligent and bright young man. However, if he cannot change a coach and be successful with any playbook, he probably does not have the natural ability necessary to execute in the business world either.

    I guess that’s why we have to work around his college playing style, and he still only won 5 games out of the 13 he played. And he had more weapons on offense than most other teams in the NFL, but he still needs more playing time…I wonder if any other team would take him????

  25. By James on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Laura I think you need to calm down. I’m not sure if you ever played football but those of us that have know that changing the playbook every year doesn’t help your offense. Instead of getting better at executing plays, they are learning brand new ones. NFL playbooks are ultra complicated and it takes time to understand what you’re doing and feeling comfortable enough to just react and not have to think.

    Also in regards to the draft. We need to pick up Sproles from FA for a decent price. There is our return man and 3rd down back. Then go OT in the 1st round. Use the 17th pick and our 2nd rounder for the best available. We need some secondary help and a DE like Griffen from USC would be nice. Taylor Mays is over rated and he reminds me too much of Roy Williams. He can hit but can’t cover. Earl Thomas is a better pro prospect and we could get him at 17.

  26. By Florida49erFan on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Laura let me just say it’s nice to see someone on this blog pose a well thought out argument for what a team should do with it’s players. All be it completely wrong and for the most part unfair for the players mentioned.

    First of all I would just like to ask you to name one, just one quarterback in league history who has come into a team that had no play makers for the first three years, no head coach with any experience, and five different offensive coordinators and had a successful career.

    Second Shawn Hill, yes while I love his grit and determination he is not a NFL quarterback. He does not have the arm to really compete in this league.

    Third Nate Davis looked great against the worst the NFL had to offer. Any average quarterback will look like the next superstar in the forth quarter of a preseason game. So lets not put to much stock into a guy who has no real NFL experience.

    Forth and this was one I was really upset with. The last thing we need to do is buy another super bowl. Lets face it we bought our last super bowl victory and it sent us into the most horrible financial down turn in league history. If you remember after super bowl 29 the team could’nt bring in talent if they wanted to and even after we got rid of all the talent we had we still had to pay them after they were gone. So the thought of going out on what could be an uncapped year and spending our self into oblivion just so we loose everything when the cap is reinstated is just plain ignorance.

    Finally I’ll say yes Scott and Coach Sing may be inexperienced but they are rebuilding this team the right way. It is more time consuming but it’s the right thing to do. Be patient and you will see the return of the once proud dynasty for years to come.

  27. By Thomas on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Man, what we need is a sturdy offensive lineman that can help us out on the right side. Staley does a good job but he needs help on the other side, I remember watching us play and it was visibly obvious how much more time the other teams would have to throw the ball. Like the eagles game. We have all of this talent on our offense, but just not enough time to get it to one of them. I think a good move would definitely be an OL like Iupati or something, and next grab a speedy safety to help out Goldson so we wont get burned deep. Our CB’s are improving a lot and with Clements coming back I think our defense will be o.k. Afterward we should sign a good returner from the free agency. I used to DREAD watching Arnaz battle wave off every punt all the time because he didnt know how to return the ball. It was hard to watch. Anyways, other than that Im behind this team all the way no matter what we do and I’m excited for our huge playoff maybe superbowl run! GO 49ERS!!!!!

  28. By bayboy on Mar 2, 2010 | Reply

    Draft Cox… he seems to have the best hip movement.

  29. By tony on Mar 3, 2010 | Reply

    I think Drafting an OL is not the answer, they should sign an impact player from the free agency. OL needs to learn the systems, etc.etc.

    niners need to draft a pass rush players. if they can trade their 2 first round pick for suh or mccoy. also it will be better to pursue kapman or pepper.
    this will give niners the possibility to reach the playoff or win the division.

    Thanks

  30. By Sean Berreth on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Laura, reading all your comments were very commical and not at all intelligent. Its like you read the i hate 49er newspaper and just quoted it. Your mad Because Alex lost to philly, indy, and GB all by under a touch down minus philly. We were in all of those games so yes I too blame play calling but OC calls the plays not Samurai Mike. He is a great coach and every player will say that, not many teams have a coach the players feel the way they do for Singletary.
    So enough bashing on Laura’s lost intelligence. We need to keep our 2 1st rd picks and take OT with 13th on Trent Williams or take Spiller here if we think Williams will fall to 17th or if we feel strongly about Bruce Campbell Or take Best OT at 13th and Guard Iupati at 17th, CB in 2nd round and hope Shipley falls to us in 3rd we need somone who can return and fill another need at same time. Arnaz Battle lead the league in specialty fumbles!! That was huge cost us in the seattle game and almost cost us the monday night game against the cards. Spiller and Shipley wud fill that need which is a big need it just depends on if the gamble is worth waiting to get shipley. Taking Oline first rd makes everyone on offense immediately better without haveing to upgrade just one position he makes Davis, Crabtree, Gore, Smith and everyone on offense immediately better.

  31. By Sean Berreth on Mar 4, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Laura, reading all your comments were very commical and not at all intelligent. Its like you read the i hate 49er newspaper and just quoted it. Your mad Because Alex lost to philly, indy, minnesota and GB all by under a touch down minus philly and if you know anything about football you will notice they were all playoff teams and houston was just outside the playoff door and we lost by 3. We were in all of those games so yes I too blame play calling but OC calls the plays not Samurai Mike. He is a great coach and every player will say that, not many teams have a coach the players feel the way they do for Singletary.
    So enough bashing on Laura’s lost intelligence. We need to keep our 2 1st rd picks and take OT with 13th on Trent Williams or take Spiller here if we think Williams will fall to 17th or if we feel strongly about Bruce Campbell Or take Best OT at 13th and Guard Iupati at 17th, CB in 2nd round and hope Shipley falls to us in 3rd we need somone who can return and fill another need at same time. Arnaz Battle lead the league in specialty fumbles!! That was huge cost us in the seattle game and almost cost us the monday night game against the cards. Spiller and Shipley wud fill that need which is a big need it just depends on if the gamble is worth waiting to get shipley. Taking Oline first rd makes everyone on offense immediately better without haveing to upgrade just one position he makes Davis, Crabtree, Gore, Smith and everyone on offense immediately better.

  32. By andrew on Mar 5, 2010 | Reply

    are you kidding me? why would you move nate from corner to free safety? specially when we have a great free safety in dashon goldson? where will he go? he not fast enough to play corner an not strong enough against the run to play strong safety. nate may be gettin old but look at the other side. we have to corners well into their age in dre bly an walt harris. dont get me wrong they are both playmakers but age slows everyone down. an wat about shawntae spencer? he a great nickelback. why not try him out as a startin weakside corner. what the niners really need is offensive line help an a return man. i would like to see shipley or gilyard in a niners outfit. they help out the depth at wideout an covers kick an return duties. there no reason to change a defense that at the beginning of the year was ranked in the top 10 before injuries took effect. alex smith isnt the QB of the future draft colt mccoy an let him an nate davis battle out the startin position. we dont need spiller because we have 2 VERY good runningback in frank gore an glen coffee. what we really need is to solidify the defensive an offensive side an finding someone to take over return duties.

  33. By J Potter on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Dumb.. Hill gave us 157 yards a game compared to Smith’s 214 yards per game. Slight difference and get to know a playbook??? Ok go to work and have your boss to tell you one way to do it successfully. Now have your boss tell you a completely different way to do each day for five days. You think you’ll be able to be on the same page with your boss each day?? Or be successfull after the 5th day?? NO and thats why consistency is so important to an NFL quarterback and his O Coordinator, luckily ours is coming back for a 2nd season so I think Alex Smith’s chances will greatly improve. He’s a little more mobile than Hill and at least right now gives us a better chance to win.

  34. By dannyboy on Mar 15, 2010 | Reply

    i like j potters idea,i think we should take a OT(williams) with the top pick and go after a saftey/corner (cox,berry,haden,taylor)i think we should go after a KR/PR specialist and a WR in rounds 2and 3.either or ,i say best player on board.dont go after CJ Spiller,i think he is overrated and can get good RB late in draft.we also need to sign a already developed G to help bolster the OL.if we make these moves i think we will sit right where we want to for a big playoff push next year.I also think getting shipley in 4th round will be a steal.I think he will be a great slot type of player like stokley was.i did see 3or 4 games in texas last year that without him they might not have one them.go 9ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. By james morton on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    if any one on the niners staff had half a brain, they would realize alex smith cant throw a ball and put my boy nate davis in as QB. alex smith was the worst move in draft history, i cant believe they took him over aaron rodgers, what a mistake that turned out to be look how well he is doing in green bay…

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