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Combine Live Blog: Sunday

Posted by Taylor Price on February 26, 2012 – 6:08 AM

INDIANAPOLIS – And they’re off…

Pretty soon, the same can be said for the 49ers.com crew as we head back to the Bay Area later today. But for now, 40 times for the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs will dominate Sunday’s headlines from the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III just ran a 4.41 unofficially in his first run. And for the fashion fans out there, Griffin wore black socks and gold Michael Johnson-like cleats. Surprising not to see Griffin in the usual cartoon-ish socks he often wears off the field.

The player known as “RG3″ just ran a 4.3(8) in his second attempt.

Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd posted a 4.42 in his first 40 attempt. Not bad for the 220-pound wideout.

Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill (6-foot-4, 214 pounds) just ran a 4.3 flat. And on his second attempt, 4.31.

11:00 AM Update

Not to be forgotten, Stanford’s Andrew Luck has posted his own eye-popping numbers. The potential No. 1 overall pick posted a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10-4 broad jump.

Luck just ran his first 40, posting a respectable 4.66. In his second attempt, Luck ran a 4.59 unofficially.

11:45 AM Update

Here’s the scene: cornerbacks are coming in for media visits, while receivers are running their 40s on the field.

So far, Rueben Randle of LSU and Mohamed Sanu posted 40 times of 4.5 and 4.65, respectively on their first tries.

Meanwhile, Montana cornerback Trumaine Johnson (pictured above) just held court at Podium C. The small-school prospect was very entertaining in his press conference, saying he’d do anything the team needs of him, even if it means being “the water boy.”

As for his on the field ability, Johnson feels he can shed the small-school label by having teams watch his game film against Tennessee. Johnson described himself as big and fast and added, “my technique is nice for a being as big as I am.”

Also on Johnson’s side is the unique collegiate environment he played in the Big Sky.

“Playing in Montana,” Johnson said, “I’ll play in any weather.”

Johnson believes he’s a shut-down, boundary corner, who can come up and play the run with his physical brand of play.

“I like tackling,” he said. “I’m tough… can fill gaps.”

Johnson, however, hasn’t met with the 49ers. “Yet,” he said.

1:00 PM Update

Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict just made the rounds and was asked extensively about perceived character issues. The linebacker, however, pointed out he was “misunderstood” during his time in college.

“I am a soft-spoken guy, shy sometimes,” Burfict said, “but when I am on the field, I hate to lose and that aggression comes out.”

Burfict said his football role model is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. Coincidentally, Burfict has already met with the Ravens.

Despite the questions surrounding his on-field play in which he committed several personal foul penalties in college, Burfict’s confidence remains intact.

“I just know I’m the best linebacker in this draft,” he said. “I know I can get the job done.”

Moments before Burfict spoke, Northern Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins (pictured above) addressed character questions, too. The University of Florida transfer was arrested three times before moving on to a small-school.

Jenkins was remorseful about his arrests and said the incidents “made me a stronger person.”

Jenkins is considered to be one of the top cornerback prospects this year and said he’s looking forward to moving on with his career and “being successful from here on out.”

1:45 PM Update

San Jose State safety Duke Ihenacho, doesn’t feel slighted that he’s the only Spartan at this week’s combine.

He just wants to prove he belongs in the NFL.

The former 198-pound linebacker, who made all-conference at the position, says he’s ready to play safety in the NFL and special teams if needed.

Ihenacho’s even heard about the 49ers’ “Tony Montana Squad.”

“I YouTube’d it,” he said with a smile.

Ihenacho also was impressed by 49ers veterans who came to work out at San Jose state last offseason, realizing the dedication it took to make it to the NFL.

The Spartans safety also benefited from picking the mind of former 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young, who coached at SJSU before moving on to Florida.

“He’s built for coaching,” the 6-foot, 213-pound safety said.

As for Ihenacho’s own goals for the week, the strong safety wants to show his ball skills. He’s been working hard behind the scenes to become a ball-hawking safety.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to represent my school,” Ihenacho said.


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6 Responses to “Combine Live Blog: Sunday”

  1. By Basil on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    3 times? should give the whole story, or just forget about it. You can get arrested for parking tickets … I’m just saying!

  2. By Chris on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill with the 30th pick over all would be awesome. Or even trade up to get him.

  3. By kbruecknerk on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Eyes on Steven Hill, Size- 6’4″… Ran a 4.3? Motion him inside, let him rip a drag route… All day, Trent, Slide him up on the board! Not to mention, he blocked all year in that option offense at GT!

  4. By LEW on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yea! the 49ers need to draft stephen hill at 30 insted of leteing someone else get him, with that speed and size him and v.davis will have a field day with every def we play. and remember we still have m. crabtree who had avery solid season so he would benifit from hill and davis being on the field with him.

  5. By Vordulin on Feb 27, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t care what you’ve been arrested for. I’ve certainly been arrested enough to know that I could have avoided getting arrested easily. Give him money and fame and watch his career go down the tubes.

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