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Combine Conversation: Charley Casserly

Posted by Taylor Price on February 21, 2012 – 11:57 AM


Charley Casserly knows the NFL Scouting Combine inside and out.

As a former NFL executive and current league analyst for CBS and NFL Network, Casserly has seen the rise in attention for the league’s annual pre-draft workouts. This year, Casserly foresees Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor University being the most talked-about player in Indianapolis.

We spoke with Casserly on Tuesday before 49ers.com’s week of 2012 NFL Scouting Combine coverage kicks off from Lucas Oil Stadium. In our conversation with Casserly, who tweets from his @CharleyCasserly account and will be featured on NFLN’s combine coverage beginning Thursday, the long-time league insider had plenty of valuable information to share.

For many of the league’s top decision-makers, the combine is all about the drills. Casserly said it’s his favorite part of the event, as it allows him to compare similar players who compete in drills one after the other.

“When the guys are really close, you separate them by their workouts,” Casserly went on to say.

The league analyst also placed a high value on the one-on-one interviews that take place in Indianapolis. Although teams are only allowed 15 minutes to meet with individual players, Casserly said that time is used to get specific questions answered.

More highlights from our Combine Conversation with Casserly, including his thoughts on the 49ers options at the 30th overall pick, can be found after the jump.

ON WHAT CASSERLY’S MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AT THE COMBINE:

“To me the talk of the combine is going to be Robert Griffin III. This is his first opportunity to get in front of teams to interview and interview in front of the media as well. What he does in the skill drills and the 40-yard dash remains to be seen. He’s going to be the focus of the spring because people are going to have to make a decision if they trade with the (St. Louis) Rams to get him.”

ON HOW MUCH STOCK CASSERLY PUTS INTO QUARTERBACK DRILLS:

“As far as the quarterback drills, I divide them into two parts. There’s the throwing part – they’re throwing to a stationary target. You see the drop-back, their release and their arm-strength. I like to see that. As far as them throwing to receivers, to be honest with you, I don’t pay attention to that because they haven’t practiced with these guys so that accuracy part of it really is not going to be there. So you have to be careful evaluating that part.”

ON SAN FRANCISCO’S OPTIONS IN THE FIRST ROUND:

“I think there are a lot of receivers, and I want to sort this out myself, who are bunched together. There’s (Rueben) Randle of LSU, (Alshon) Jeffrey of South Carolina, (Michael) Floyd of Notre Dame, (Kendall) Wright of Baylor… I want to see them workout and how well they run because there kind of all in that late first-round group together. There are questions whether its size or speed that some lack.”

ON THE BENEFITS OF DRAFTING LATE IN THE FIRST ROUND:

“I think it’s a good spot for a couple of reasons. No. 1, if you decide to take the best player available like the (Baltimore) Ravens have been doing, you’re going to find some players who slip down there that can be pretty good. It may not be at the position you want, but you can end up with a good player.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE COMBINE CONVERSATION WITH CASSERLY. 


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15 Responses to “Combine Conversation: Charley Casserly”

  1. By jj on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    DO NOT draft a receiver in round 1!!!!!

  2. By jrparker on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I would prefer the hands and route running skills of Mohamed Sanu over those of Rueben Randle.

  3. By Jay on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    We need a Wr similar to Andre Johnson or Calvin Johnson. A beast in the red zone. Alshon Jeffery seems good!

  4. By Jay on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    We need more pash rushers as well. to take the load of Aldon and justin. Mainly, fix the o-line, wrs, dbs.

  5. By Traboi on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Trade Down Get More Picks There Is More Value In The Second And Third This Year

  6. By charles on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Trade up like the Falcons did last year and draft Blackmon. They’re that 1 WR away from Super Bowl. I wouldn’t mind seeing them go after Mario Williams either if he happens to test FA market! Aldon Smith, Mario Williams, Pat Willis and N. Bowman.. WOW!

  7. By KC on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    THE 49ERS R MOVING N THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

  8. By KC on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    lets get a proven young wr N free agency

  9. By david on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    we need a moss or TO someone that can catch a ball

  10. By Mutney on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    IMO, good hands and fearless over the middle is as important and perhaps MORE important than pure speed at WR. Niners should NOT over-pay in FA for any position including WR. Our team FA signings are more important than trying to get a WR in FA in my opinion. Go for bargains in FA and perhaps WR help. Spend the rest on our existing FAs and depth in the draft.

  11. By EZ on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    BS GRAB Mike Wallace Pitt cannot afford him.

  12. By Al Castleman on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Virtually all of the REAL first-round talent will be gone by pick #30; the OLBs, WRs, OGs and CBs available at #30 will also be available at #45; therefore, my first choice would be to trade down from #30 in exchange for a mid-second-round AND mid-third-round picks … giving us access to two second-tier prospects rather than just one.

  13. By tom in Nj on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to get a PROVEN WR Vincent J, or preff Bowe…. Think giving up 1st round pick for Wallace wouldn’t be smart…Think we can use that pick to help get more talent. Desean is instant offense but think only way he’s worth the locker room risk is if we loose Ted Ginn..His size and durability might come into play too. I say D Bowe and Colston are the best fit for our team…WATCH OUT 2012 NINERS ARE BACK! Donte saw you on NFL Network..KEEP bringing the WOOD!

  14. By rjdniner on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    We all got our wish list and we can only hop that they make the decision that is right for the TEAM to continue to move forward to getting that 6th ringe. I would buy a ticket to be in that room with the coaching staff and the general manager. niners

  15. By coleman on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Just get the best player on the board, get a WR in free agency.

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