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Football: Ex-Cal trio set for NFL combine

By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 11:09 pm in Football, NFL Draft.

Three former Cal players will put their skills on display at the NFL combine, beginning Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Deandre Coleman will be among 56 defensive linemen being scrutinized by NFL scouts, Khairi Fortt will be one of 35 linebackers on hand and Richard Rodgers is one of 22 tight ends at the week-long camp.

A total of 335 NFL hopefuls will participate in the combine.

Here is the daily schedule of events, courtesy of ESPN.com: 

Wednesday, Feb. 19
• PK/ST/OL/TE medical pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews

Thursday, Feb. 20
• PK/ST/OL/TE measurements, medical exams, media, interviews
• QB/WR/RB medical pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews

Friday, Feb. 21
• PK/ST workout; PK/ST/OL/TE bench press, psychological testing, interviews
• QB/WR/RB measurements, medical exams, media, interviews
• DL/LB medical pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews

Saturday, Feb. 22
• OL/TE on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
• QB/WR/RB psychological testing, bench press, interviews
• DL/LB measurements, medical exams, media, interviews
• DB medical pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews

Sunday, Feb. 23
• QB/WR/RB on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
• DL/LB psychological testing, bench press, interviews
• DB measurements, medical exams, media, interviews

Monday, Feb. 24
• DL/LB on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)
• DB psychological testing, bench press, interviews

Tuesday, Feb. 25
• DB on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills)

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  • Eric

    I remember a month or two ago when the declarants announced we debated where some would go. I did mention I thought Rodgers would go pretty high given the NFL’s love-fest for speedy and big TEs. if invites to the combine mean anything (and I don’t know that they do) this is some evidence that a big WR/speedy TE in Dykes’ system can thrive, as Rodgers did (and should have been featured more).

  • GoBears49

    In other football news, Johnny Football (Manziel) made a very accurate comment yesterday about how important it is to be elusive in the pocket and be able to elude the first rush. My sentiments exactly after watching the last Superbowl and how the Seahawks QB, Wilson, played.

    There should be some sort of stats (albeit subjective) for serious rushes on the QB eluded divided by total serious rushes. I know it’s subjective, but ruling whether someone made an error in baseball is also subjective. Like Manziel said, being able to keep the play alive (like an offensive player tipping a rebound out to a teammate in basketball) is very important, as it sort of gives the team a second chance to succeed in a play.

  • GoBears49

    Should have mentioned that in my comment below, i was thinking about how Luke Rubenzer can elude the rush like Johnny Manziel. Here’s some highlights of Rubenzer from the recent Blue-Grey high school all-star game. The announcer says that Rubenzer has “similar gifts” to Johnny Manziel.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNiRlk_zW1w

  • sunshipballoons

    Given Dykes’s desire for a 50/50 pass/run split in the spread, it seems reasonable that some of the bigger inside receivers will have a chance at TE in the NFL. One of the recruits is a LB/WR, so if he ends up at inside WR (which seems unlikely given the needs at LB), he would fit that mold.

  • sunshipballoons

    I don’t think it’s an official stat, but they definitely do track QBs evading the rush.

  • GoBears49

    It needs to be expressed as a percentage so one QB’s performance can be compared to others. A “serious rush” should be defined as a rush where the QB is very likely to be tackled on an obvious pass play. Again, this is subjective, but other things in sports stats are. Not sure that more than one “serious rush” on a single play should be counted as more than one.

  • Rollonubears

    he’s so teensie. hope he stays healthy. should be fun to watch.

  • GoBears49

    It needs to be expressed as a percentage so QB’s can be compared with regard to their “escapeability” skills. As I believe I mentioned, “escapeabilty” is important to keep the play going rather than have it end with a sack.

  • sunshipballoons

    I suspect it is expressed as a percentage, but I don’t know the details. Not sure every team uses the exact same stats in this area, either.

  • GoBears49

    Would love to see an example of this stat being used. I doubt very much it is expressed as a percentage.

  • sunshipballoons

    Good luck with that. I’ve only heard it referred to by team officials in interviews. I doubt it’s publicly available.