INDIANAPOLIS – Georgia guard Cordy Glenn ran a 4.96, 40-yard dash. Not bad for a 6-foot-5, 345-pound guard.
That’s probably the early highlight of the morning as offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists will go through various testing drills at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
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Soon, linebackers and defensive linemen will be making the rounds in the media workroom inside of Lucas Oil Stadium.
11:00 AM Update
Brian Billick, the former Baltimore Ravens head coach and current NFL Network analyst, is at the podium breaking down all things draft-related.
He even spent time discussing the NFL’s biggest offseason topic: What the Indianapolis Colts intend to do with four-time league MVP Peyton Manning.
Billick, a Super Bowl-winning coach and former PR employee of the San Francisco 49ers, compared the situation to Joe Montana’s final days with the 49ers. Billick said if Manning is released or traded by the Colts and doesn’t have success in a new uniform, it won’t be because of Manning.
“If it doesn’t work,” Billick said, “It’s not going to be Peyton’s fault… He’s going to walk into the Hall of Fame.”
Billick referenced Montana’s transition with the Kansas City Chiefs and how the 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback didn’t conform to KC’s offense. Instead, he brought his own coordinator from San Francisco.
“He ran what he ran in San Francisco,” Billick noted. “That wasn’t Marty (Schottenheimer) Ball.
“It was Joe Montana’s offense.”
12:30 PM Update
South Carolina DE/OLB prospect Melvin Ingram was quite entertaining when speaking with the media. In fact, as a 225-pound high schooler, Ingram ran point guard for his high school basketball team. “I was a scorer,” he said to an eruption of laughter from reporters.
Currently, the pass-rush specialist is working on his game with NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Von Miller, who shares the same agent. Ingram even did a back-flip during their workouts to impress last year’s No. 2 overall selection.
“I try to pattern myself after him,” Ingram said.
Ingram also was complimentary of his teammate, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who could be a possible 49ers target in the first round.
“He’s a tremendous football player,” Ingram said. “Him coming in light (in weight) shows he wants this badder than ever.”
Reports indicated Jeffery was at 235 pounds, but the 6-foot-3 Gamecock wideout weighed in actually at 216 pounds.
As for Ingram, a defensive end in college, who could fit in a 3-4 defensive scheme in the pros, linebacker drills are “second nature” to him.
Training with Miller certainly helps.
2:00 PM Update
Defensive linemen are entering the media room at a constant rate.
In the last 90 minutes we’ve heard from some of the top prospects including Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus (pictured above), and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still.
Mercilus, who recorded 16.0 sacks in 2011, left school early because he thought he was ready for the next level. The Illinois defensive lineman admitted he started slow in college, but broke out as a junior thanks to hard work.
Still, on the other hand, dealt with other types of obstacles in college. Joe Paterno’s untimely passing and the unfortunate scandal at Penn State was a hot topic at his podium appearance.
“I think highly of Coach Paterno,” Still said. “He’s the reason I am the person I am today.”
Still realized how special of a coach Paterno was based on his interactions with fellow Nittany Lion alums at Paterno’s recent funeral.
“What I experienced playing for Coach Paterno,” Still said, “people from the 60s, 70s and 80s had the same kind of stories.”
As for Still’s pro prospects, the physical defensive lineman is confident about what he can offer to one of 32 NFL clubs. After what he called “an average” junior campaign, Still “put in a lot of overtime,” to make himself a first-round talent.
Missouri defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton had an interesting media session as well. The former teammate of 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith said he became a big 49ers fan from watching the exploits of San Francisco’s two Tigers on defense, the other being All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith.
Hamilton suffered a clean break of the fibula above his right ankle, but has battled back to become an interior line prospect. If drafted by the 49ers, Hamilton looks forward to potentially running stunts with Aldon Smith like they did at Missouri, too.
4:30 PM Update
It’s been a frantic last few hours here in Indianapolis as just about everyone you could think of stepped up to the podium, everyone except for the guy selling hot dogs down the hall.
We’ve heard from a slew of prospects, including LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle and Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers (Randle will meet with the 49ers tonight; Sanu has already spoken with San Francisco).
Both had a lot in common in terms of how they use their physical statures in the run game.
Randle on his run-blocking prowess: “It’s something they teach every day at practice (at LSU). When you get on the field, it sticks with you.”
Sanu on his willingness to block: “You’ve got to be a complete receiver, run routes, block and catch the ball… I focus on everything.”
Interestingly enough, Sanu has already met with new Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, who was his head coach at Rutgers.
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