Monday at the Combine: All's quiet, except on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium

Posted Feb 24, 2014

Even though media access to the players ended Sunday, the defensive linemen and linebackers worked out on Monday and the defensive backs will take to the field Tuesday. has left the building.

Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, that is. And that’s because media availability to the players at the NFL Scouting Combine ended Sunday. But the defensive linemen and linebackers were still there Monday and the defensive backs will take to the home field of the Colts on Tuesday for their workouts – which will conclude this year’s edition of the “Underwear Olympics.”

So here are some tidbits worth sharing:


Entering the league as a fifth-round draft choice by the Seahawks in 2011 and now being a two-time All-Pro cornerback for the Super Bowl champions has not been lost on the cornerbacks in this year’s draft class. Neither is the fact that teams are looking for taller, longer corners because Sherman is 6 feet 3 and has a 6-5½ wingspan.

Auburn cornerback Chris Davis was asked Sunday about the corners he tried to pattern his game after.

“Growing up I can say Deion (Sanders) is the one that stood out most to me,” he said. “But right now, it’s Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman. I think Richard Sherman is one of the best corners in the game and we’ve all seen it. We’ve all witnessed it.”

But Davis also got an up-close look because he attended the recent Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards show, where Sherman was honored as “Captain Clutch.”

“He’s a great person,” Davis said. “Obviously on the field you get people trying to judge you one way or the other, but after sitting down and talking to him he’s a good man. I really respect him.”

And Davis didn’t miss the opportunity to pick Sherman’s Stanford-educated brain.

“He just gave me a couple of pointers,” Davis said. “You know, hard work and dedication to the game. He said it’s going to take a lot of film work. You’ve got to know your opponents because in the league you’re going to line up against some good receivers.”


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was among the last of the players to visit the media center Sunday, and the Alabama cornerback used the opportunity to get in one of the last laughs.

Asked the best thing he had heard about having the nickname, he offered, “The whole President Clinton thing. The Monica Lewinsky thing. I didn’t know too much about that.”

No, Ha Ha. The first name? “My first name is pronounced Ha-seen, but it’s spelled Ha’Sean. So people got mixed up a lot. So my grandmother gave me that name when I was about 3 or 4-years old. So everyone has been calling me that since then.”


Michael Sam’s quest to have people think of him as just a football player and not a gay football player, as he requested Saturday, hit a few bumps Sunday and Monday.

First, the Missouri defensive end did 17 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press Sunday. It not only was the second-fewest among the D-linemen, seven wide receivers had more.

Monday, Sam’s official time in the 40-yard dash was 4.91 seconds, and that puts him in the same range as the fastest of the O-linemen. He also had a 25½-inch vertical jump, and it’s not a leap to suggest that’s simply not good enough.


For Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, there was no question. Two of the top-rated passers in the draft class passed on passing at the Combine.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is all about competing, but he said during podium stint Friday that controlled workouts are just that – with the Pro Day sessions even more controlled than those at the Combine.

“Here’s a little different. It’s a little more random,” Carroll said. “They don’t have control of the route running and the depths (of routes) and guys are trying to do the best they can at receiver. It does call for a guy to demonstrate flexibility and an ability to adapt.

“It’s a little bit different. It’s just Combine workouts. It’s not football.”

Instead, Manziel and Bridgewater will throw at their on-campus Pro Day workouts.

“And controlled workouts are not football,” said Carroll, who has attended and conducted Pro Day workouts. “That’s just what it is. It’s part of the process, and our guys learn how to evaluate those in conjunction with the season’s work and the body of work the guys have shown.”