AJ truly embraces the TOJ way by contributing his first 12 pack…of thoughts on the NFL Combine —
1. First and foremost, props to Rich Eisen for keeping me interested in 300 pound linemen running the 40 yard dash. He was always one of my favorite guys at ESPN and he continues to do an awesome job over at NFL network2. What are those Under Armor things? They literally look like something Tony Starks would wear. Nevertheless, it is really sweet they are measuring the Mph and G force of these guys, but did you see the Under Armor representative? Hisveins were popping out of his neck, I thought he was going to have a heart attack.
3. Von Miller is a BEAST. He ran a 4.53 and looked absolutely yoked up in the weird under armor spandex. He is going to be everything that Vernon Gholston wasn’t.
4. Another defensive player that looked good was Phil Taylor (Prospect Watch will be arriving soon). He looked like he was in pretty good shape for his size, and didn’t tire out as the day went on, something you can’t say about many nose tackles his size.
5. Maybe not a thought on the combine but I am jumping off the Nick Fairley train quickly. Do I think he will be a good player? Yeah, but I would not take him with the number one pick. He doesn’t have the best attitude and is known to take plays off, two characteristics I would not want to give $50+ million guaranteed. Plus, with Carolina running a 4-3, I would want a dominant pass rushing DE to replace Julius Peppers.6. Do you really think I would get half way through this without mentioning Cam Newton? I thought he looked really good as far as workouts go, but that was more than expected. 4.59 40 yard dash at 250 pounds, are you kidding me? Not to mention his 10’6’’ broad jump that just screams explosive. There was the interview controversy where he called himself a, “an entertainer and an icon,” but I thought he addressed the situation pretty well to the NFL network and apologized for the statement about three times in two minutes. As far as his throwing drills goes, I wouldn’t be too concerned, wait for his pro day so he can get his timing with his own receivers.
7. Ryan Mallet has a drug problem? I had no idea, I have been rooting for this guy ever since he was going head to head against Jimmy “Bitter Beer Face” Clausen for being the #1 recruit coming out of high school. Nothing has been confirmed and Mallet is obviously denying the allegations but the story is coming from sources inside Arkansas so it will be interesting to see how this develops.
8. Another player I really like is Mark Ingram and I hope he doesn’t get scooped up by the Dolphins. His running style reminds me of Ronnie Brown and he is the type of hard nose player Tony Soprano would love to have. He ran slow at 4.62 but there is no denying his production in college and he will be successful in the pros, unfortunately it is going to be for a team not spelled J-E-T-S.
9. Going into the 2010 college football season I was really excited to watch the defense Butch Davis put together at UNC, but all that great work Butch did went down the drain when every defensive starter and their mother was suspended for the season. The player I was most upset about not seeing was Marvin Austin; but Marvin has had a great lead up to the draft so far playing well in the East-West game and being equally impressive at the combine. Hey, a man can dream the Jets are able to pick him up in the 3rd round right?10. Another prospect I would love to pick up in the 3rd round is Jarvis Jenkins out of Clemson. Like Joe mentioned, the Jets are going to have to commit at least 2-3 draft picks to the front seven and I would not be upset at all if they used their first two picks on the DL. Jenkins, no relation to Kris as far as I know, has good size and is a known run stopper. It would be great to let him develop under Sione Pouha for a year or two, but I believe this guy has a relatively bright future at the next level.
11. It was a bitter sweet combine for Jets fans concerning Justin Houston, on the one hand he looked great at the combine, showing exceptional quickness for his size and good instincts during LB drills. But he might have looked too good and could potentially be off the board before the Jets are on the clock. Worse news, AFC rivals New England and Baltimore could fall in love with him and take him at number 17 and 26 respectively.
12. Last but certainly not least, I want to say that Damien Woody is handling his release exactly as everyone expected him too, with the utmost class. He was one of my favorite players on the team and he will be missed. But that’s the business of the NFL as much as I love it sometimes, it also breaks my heart at times. Woody will be fine though, just like Alan Faneca last year he will find a team.