By Jeff Cavanaugh | @JC1053
Notes from Thursday:
Tomorrow it’ll be nice to get some guys on the field and see them work, but for today it was all about QBs and WRs and the measurement/media portions.
I was impressed with Jared Goff at the podium. I’m also biased because I love the player. He was being questioned about his fumble totals at Cal (23 for his career) and he asked back to the reporter “how many last year?” and being the super biased person I am I answered for him “four” and he said “that’s what I thought.” Had a swagger to him, a confidence in the way he carried himself, and he looked physically better than I thought he would. Looks the part of an NFL QB. He told me to this point he hasn’t met with the Cowboys and doesn’t know if they’re on his list or not.
Media tried to get Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brian to say that he loved Christian Hackenberg (Penn State QB) and that he was a first round player. He danced around it well, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they went that direction at #22 overall. I also don’t think it would be a bad pick. The more tape I watch on Hack and having seen him here, I think he’s one of the few potential franchise QBs in this draft despite the rough situation he’s been in the last couple of years. Went back to even some of his freshman tape and he has tons of ability and arm talent.
Hand size jumped into the conversation today. Jared Goff and Christian Hackenberg both measured in at 9″ on the hand size. That’s smallish for an NFL QB. Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch both had big hands. I’ve seen/heard people talking about different thresholds that teams might prefer for their QBs hand sizes, but both Hackenberg and Goff seemed unconcerned about it. WRs are also having to deal with hand size questions, including Tajae Sharpe from UMass who pretty much never drops the football, but his hands measured 8.5″ so the questions came in nonetheless. Will Fuller also measured small in the hand category, which matches his tendency to body catch and drop some passes.
Connor Cook media session was mostly about the leadership questions surrounding him. He sounded like he’d been coached and prepared for it, but it was still a little bit awkward.
Corey Coleman (Baylor) and Josh Doctson (TCU) measurements were positive if anything. Coleman was over 5’10 and Doctson was 6’2. Those are good numbers for them. Coleman mentioned he’d be open to KR/PR in the NFL if a team wanted him to, and said that he has run a full route tree in high school. Looks forward to running routes at his pro day for NFL teams, he won’t do everything here because he’s still recovering from a sports hernia.
Devontae Booker (RB Utah) said he will be cleared to do all the drills next month at his Pro Day.
Coleman mentioned Antonio Brown and Steve Smith as guys he patterns his game after. Laquon Treadwell mentioned Dez Bryant and noted he loves the way Dez plays and “attacks the football.”
Braxton Miller is so natural with the media and has a confidence that just bursts out at you. He laughed off the idea of chasing Chris Johnson’s combine record 4.24 40 yard dash with a “No. No, no, that’s blazin. I’m just gonna run fast.” Also said he was a first round pick “for sure.”
It’s cold outside. The MVP of the week so far is the balaclava I bought. I still don’t know how to pronounce the word but it’s nice.
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