Okay, quick confession time — having never been to the NFL Combine before, I sort of thought I knew how it worked, but have found out quickly this week that I had no clue.
Maybe the biggest thing I didn’t know — media don’t really get to watch the workouts. A select few do for a select time. But mostly, we spend our days in a work room waiting for players to show up for interviews — but never really being sure when they will arrive.
None of this is to complain, by the way. Instead, it’s to explain how it works. I had grandiose plans to pass along observations of workouts and all that from up close. But we pretty much just watch them on TV the same as everyone else, except for the fact that we are also doing interviews and then writing stories. There’s great value in all of that and we’re getting a lot of good stuff for draft stories, as well as having been able to pass along a lot of Seahawks news the past few days. It’s just, frankly, a little different than I thought.
Speaking of our stories, here they are from Day 3 of the Combine:
— Jayson Jenks has a nice look at how the Combine has changed through the years;
— Jenks also writes about the spectacle that was the Michael Sam press conference Saturday;
— I penned our notebook with a variety of items, including a lead note on Austin Seferian-Jenkins;
— Finally, here’s our daily review of the Combine day that was;
In other links. …
— Suspended CB Brandon Browner will get a Super Bowl ring;
— Here’s the take on the day’s Combine news from Seahawks.com;
— NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks on the winners and losers of the day;
— NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock says the tight ends were a disappointment;
— Here are all the results;
— CBSSports.com with more on Sam;
— Here’s a roundup of Day 3 from CBSSportsline;
— Pete Prisco says Buffalo’s Khalil Mack could be a pass-rush star;
— Rob Rang agrees it was a tough day for the tight ends;
— Teddy Bridgewater said he thinks he’s the best QB available;
— Jadeveon Clowney also got a lot of media attention today;
— Here’s all the coverage from ESPN.com.