Over 300 of the nation’s top NFL prospects will descend up on Indianapolis and Lucus Oil Stadium to participate in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. The event is essential for athletes with dreams of becoming NFL stars. The event starts Wednesday and goes through Feb. 28.
Here’s a little about what should be expected from the combine. Scouts also go over any medical or character concerns they may have about the athlete. NFL.com has a pretty nice section about the combine so make sure to check it out!
Robert Griffin III is one of the big names scouts will be taking a look at this week. He said he’s excited about “wowing” scouts. Here’s what RG3 had to say:
“I’m excited to wow them in the interviews with the type of offense that we run, just so they can understand it’s not as simple as some people make our spread out to be. It’s a different kind of spread,” Griffin said. “Although I don’t agree with it, but people say I just burst on the scene this year, so no one knows much about me, whether NFL GMs or analysts, so I get a chance to put my best foot forward.”
Griffin added that he will save his throwing for scouts for the March 21 pro-day at Baylor. The Baylor pro-day was moved up to avoid having to perform on the same day as Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
Wasn’t that nice!
Elsewhere around the league:
* Representatives for Cortland Finnegan will meet with Tennessee Titans officials this week at the combine to discuss a contract extension. According to NFL.com, the Titans could elect to use the franchise tag on Finnegan could reach a value of $10.6 million for cornerbacks in 2012. Here is a little more on the All-Pro.
* Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden hopes for more good things out of quarterback Andy Dalton next season. Gruden certainly expects great things from Dalton in his sophomore season. Here’s more on Gruden’s statement on Dalton.
* Ron Jaworski thinks age played a role in his move from MNF analyst to an analyst on other ESPN programming. Here’s what Jaws said, “They just feel that a two-man booth was the way to go. Obviously, I’m the odd man out. I’m the 60-year-old guy and Jon’s the young guy that they believe is the future. I’m not going to argue with that.”
Here’s a little more on Jaws comments and here’s a little more on the move by ESPN to go to a two-man booth.
Miranda Remaklus is senior reporter for Aerys Offsides. She’s also a contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball in the MLB section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.