NFL Combines on-deck, February 17, 2012
Charles is studying to cover the NFL Combine. Here’s a glance at what he’s looking toward —->
• NFL Combines are on deck for you, Charles. Who are you most intrigued about heading into this rigorous talent contest?
“Robert Griffin III’s QB drills if he chooses to throw, since he’s coming out of the spread offense;
“Alshon Jeffery, WR from South Carolina. How fast is he? His production took a hit last year;
“Dwayne Allen, TE from Clemson. Huge year in 2011…is he more of a traditional TE or more of a receiving TE?”
• Do you think regionalized combines, which begin this year, will benefit prospects and NFL personnel?
“The regionalized combines will benefit everyone in the NFL. More prospects will get better looks and evaluation. They will help all teams do a better job uncovering talented players.”
• You’ve had a couple of weeks to digest Super Bowl XLVI. Are there any interviews or chance meetings that stuck with you?
“Just the enormity of the event…how people from other fields, especially the entertainment industry, want to be a part of it. Meeting Adam Sandler, and his buddies (Peter Dante was terrific) was a thrill. I loved seeing players that while having fun, we’re also longing to play in the game.”
• We know it’s early, but what teams would you put in your preseason top 5 college poll?
“No particular order, but Alabama, LSU and USC are teams that immediately leap to mind. The one advantage USC has is that it has a big time quarterback returning in Matt Barkley.”
• Have there been any offseason moves in the NFL that you believe will affect a team(s) in 2012-13?
“The potential Peyton Manning move could impact the NFL in a huge way if he’s healthy. Will he be with Indianapolis or with another team? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.
“Additionally, there has been considerable turnover at the head coaching position, and conversely, offensive coordinator spots. There are many adjustments on the way.”
• Four Texas Christian University football players found themselves in legal trouble this week when they were arrested in a drug sweep that involved 18 TCU students. What do you make of a program that is one of so many that tries to teach its student-athletes to make the “right” life decisions?
“The TCU situation stunned and it saddens me in a huge way. To see so many names of college student-athletes involved in something so illegal and dangerous to people is almost incomprehensible.
“The coaching staff at TCU must be shaken, as all staffs work extremely hard to educate their teams to ‘do things the right way.’ Rest assured, every program in the country has had a team/department meeting about what happened with the Horned Frogs (and there could still be more to come), and all hope that this teaching moment sinks in.”