Sunday Combine Panther Notes & News

Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Today the combine featured the workouts for the QB, RB & WR positions with most of the 'buzz' coming from the QB & WR groups from a Panther perspective anyway. I've also got some news from the DL and LB weighs this morning who will have their workouts tomorrow. Finally we've got as few notes from the DB interviews. Let's get it started with the biggest performance from the WR group, Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill who ran a 4.3 40 yard dash:

Tech's Stephen Hill has fantastic combine workout | ajc.com

"I look more at small wideouts because I want to be the 6-4 wide receiver playing at 5-10," said Hill, who said he’s talked to 25 of the 32 teams. "Coming out of my breaks, that’s my biggest thing that I’m trying to work on now."

Hill was dominate early in the GT season but then faded as his QB Tevin Washington struggled to get him the ball. After seeing his combine performance I'm willing to say he is a solid NFL talent who is a better prospect then his 'big brother' Demaryus Thomas.

Another guy who helped himself that could be a good 4th round pick for the Panthers:

NFL.com news: Egnew, Gettis among Saturday's top performers at combine
Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa Gettis entered the combine regarded as a late-round prospect, but he might be in line to move up the board with his strong performance. He posted impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash (5.00), broad jump (9-4) and vertical jump (31 1/2). He also displayed intriguing athleticism and movement skills during the positional portion of the workout. While he is certainly raw and unpolished from a technical standpoint, his natural movement skills and strength could make him an enticing developmental prospect in the draft.

At the top of many Panther fans wish list is WR Justin Blackmon who did decided t run the gauntlet but nothing else:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Blackmon runs the gauntlet, sits out 40 as expected "
"It’s feeling pretty good," Blackmon told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche when asked about his hamstring after the gauntlet drill. "I can feel it. I just wanted to go there and compete."

Not so fast on this Luck 40 yard time, it was later revised to 4.67:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Luck displays rare athleticism in 40-yard dash, jumps "
The Stanford QB unofficially ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash Sunday morning, proving the Colts likely will land more than just a traditional pocket passer if they take him No. 1, as expected, in April’s draft. Luck isn’t Peyton Manning. He’s potentially somewhere between that and Cam Newton, whose measurables last year put Luck’s into proper perspective. Luck’s unofficial 4.59 matched Newton’s official best time from 2011. Luck’s 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump was just 2 inches off Newton’s 10-6, the best of last year’s QB crop. Finally, Luck notched a 36-inch vertical, actually besting Newton’s 35-inch jump from last year.

When it comes to the measure of strength it was a defensive linemen who easily won the bench press:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Memphis DL Poe posts combine-best 44 reps in bench press "

This year’s hero was Memphis’ Dontari Poe, who put up 44 reps, eight more than the next best D-linemen and edging the previous leader, Michigan center David Molk by three.

Given I'm a believer in 'football genes' here's my choice at #40 after we go DL in the 1st round:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Like father, like son? Chase Minnifield hopes so "

My father, he’s been a pretty big influence on how I play, how I act, just my day-to-day routines," Chase said. "… He’s taught me just about everything I know about the game."

This interview answer sends up red flags for me:

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Burfict won’t table talk about his on-field, off-field run-ins "

The coaches kind of messed me up, like, I didn’t know if I was going to start a game, I didn’t know if I was going to be benched," he said. "So, it hurt me at times, but I tried to fight through it."

I agree there are times when coaches can mess up a players head but he caused the reason he was being considered for benching.

Lastly, Panthers HC Ron Rivera is towing the company line in his declaration that QB Jimmy Clausen will remain on the roster after March 13th:

Carolina Panthers QB Clausen's time might not be done yet | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper
"Everybody's got to compete. That's just the way it is," Rivera said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "Jimmy knows our philosophy and how we are. For what we did last year and what we asked of Jimmy, I thought he handled the situation very well. He's most certainly a guy that's in the mix in terms of coming back next year and competing."

With the Panthers ~$11M over the cap I can't see them hanging onto Clausen and his $990k roster bonus due March 13th. They can certainly find a 3rd string QB for less that better fits their offense.

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