More than a few people commented that the black-and-grey, diamond-checked, Speedo-esque shorts for the workouts are a terrible look. As a huge fan of loud pants (think Norwegian curling team!), I must agree. These are the sort of shorts you see on websites specially marketing to the alternative lifestyles crowd. Most guys are also wearing long black socks and white shoes, which lends the appearance of your great uncle heading from the golf course to a gay pool party. -- Bruce Campbell continues to astonish with his athleticism. During the broad jump he landed two leaps well over nine feet, but they didn't count because he touched his hands to the ground. I sort of feel for the guys in his group immediately before and after him: Kyle Calloway and Selvish Capers. Capers is no athletic slouch, sticking a broad jump of 8'11", but his toes weren't up to where Campbell's heels landed on his DQ'ed jumps. Campbell also crushed the vertical leap, well over 6" higher than most in his group. Oh yeah, he clocked a sub-5.00 40 time and looked very comfortable moving. If you were looking for the workout wonder, Bruce Campbell is your man! --'Mike Iupati is not a leaper. He eked out just over 7'6" in the broad jump. He would win any Mr. Congeniality award in his group; every other guy appears to genuinely like Iupati and roots for him with positive encouragement. -- One lesser prospect that caught some eyes with his athleticism was UNLV's Joe Hawley. He also had a couple of jumps well over nine feet but couldn't hold the landing. Paired with his impressive bench press yesterday (35 reps), he's probably eased some of the concerns about his lack of bulk (he's 297) and earned a sixth-seventh round draft pick. -- A lot of people are gushing about the offensive line class, and while they are physically impressive, I would strongly encourage some of these people to actually watch a little game film before proclaiming this "the best draft class ever." -- A few astute readers correctly called me out for my comments on Big East linemen not being draftable. My apologies to Anthony Davis from Rutgers, who is most certainly a first-round pick. Davis has not helped himself with the interview process, however. -- Pittsburgh tight end Dorin Dickerson tops the position buzz with his impressive workout. His 40 time of 4.40 blew away many in the media center, and it lends credence to his ability to play at wide receiver, where he lined up during Senior Bowl workouts. He has more draft marketability as a hybrid TE/WR (think Dallas Clark) than as an oversized receiver or undersized tight end, and he appears to have successfully straddled that line. To put it in perspective, Dickerson was almost as fast as LSU track star/return specialist Trindon Holliday, who is nearly a foot shorter and about 60 pounds lighter. Holliday's 4.34 is the fastest here thus far, but much like Johnnie Lee Higgins a couple of years ago he failed to measure up to the pre-Combine hype in the marquee event. -- Colt McCoy measured at just a hair over 6'1", which does not help his stock at all. He is visibly much slighter than most of the rest of the QBs here, akin to when Colt Brennan worked out a couple years ago. Just my opinion, but if he can't light it up throwing at his pro day McCoy could be waiting until Saturday to hear his name called. His shoulder cleared all medical examinations, so the excuses are gone. -- Jimmy Clausen has the smallest hands of any quarterback here, which led to an interesting debate between two prominent draftniks about the merits of having big hands. I award the argument to the pundit who correctly identified Jamarcus Russell as the quarterback with the biggest hand measurement in Combine history, while Peyton Manning ranked near the bottom in his class. Overheard Draft Stuff: "Does anyone in here think Al Davis could even consider not drafting Bruce Campbell anymore?" That drew some laughs and I agree wholeheartedly. "Brandon Carter looked a lot less athletic than I expected." "Trent Williams can flash all the athleticism he wants, but I still don't see any way he's a left tackle." I agree with that one too. "Jared Veldheer's arms are too short, I don't care what he says or how well he ran." "Jermaine Gresham only put up 20 reps (on the bench) and he struggles to break 4.8 in the 40. He can't block a lick, everyone knows that. Tell me how in the hell that guy is first-round material." General Comments: -- To build upon yesterday's comment about the Rams taking Sam Bradford, lots of people keep harping on how much the Rams really liked both Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan and chose other players instead. When considered with a new owner and a restless fan base tired of three consecutive first-round picks spent on lines that still need lots of work, I'm becoming more inclined to agree with the Bradford-at-#1 speculation. Not that I would do that, mind you... -- I came to Indy with a notion that some more aggressive owners and clubs would be more willing to trade up into the top-five and take on the (likely) last year of giant top-five contracts. I've bounced that notion off about 20 different people, including some actual NFL decision makers, and I've been shot down to put it mildly. So don't expect any of those trading down dreams, Lions, Chiefs, and Rams fans... -- On a related vein, I've wondered if teams will be more willing to sacrifice draft picks to snare the giant, attractive class of restricted free agents. That notion has a lot more traction, but just about everyone believes (as I do) that the depth of this draft makes the picks too valuable to sacrifice for a more bloated contract. I did get some informed feedback that certain players might be worth it to certain teams, specifically when I mentioned Vincent Jackson and Tony Brown. -- How much respect does Colts general manager Bill Polian get from his peers? The Colts let linebacker Gary Brackett, the heart of their up-the-gut defense, hit the open market, but it sounds like most teams aren't even going to make him an offer because they all expect Polian to lock him up to a long-term deal, probably at a lower price than what they could offer.
Risdon's Saturday Combine Notes