NEWS-AND-NOTES (2/22-2/28)

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    03/01/2010 11:39 AM - 

    According to his agent, Clemson RB C.J. Spiller will run the forty-yard dash at this week’s Scouting Combine. National Football Post

    The Lions say they will draft the best non-quarterback available with the No. 2 overall pick. Detroit Free Press

    Florida QB Tim Tebow is changing his throwing mechanics after a disappointing performance during Senior Bowl week.

    Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas underwent surgery to repair his broken left foot Sunday. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer lost 17 pounds since the end of the season. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Stanford RB Toby Gerhart believes he can run a 4.43 in the forty-yard dash. Dallas Morning News

    Rutgers CB Devin McCourty is aiming to run a in the 4.3s in the forty time at the Scouting Combine. My Central Jersey

    NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has his tight end prospects listed as this; Jermaine Gresham (Oklahoma), Rob Gronkowski (Arizona), Dorin Dickerson (Pitt), Dennis Pitta (BYU) and Aaron Hernandez (Florida)/Ed Dickson (Oregon) (tied).

    According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Florida DE Carlos Dunlap is rated No. 4 on his draft board behind Jason Pierre-Paul (USF), Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech) and Brandon Graham (Michigan).

    The 49ers will not consider USC S Taylor Mays in the first round of April’s draft. Twitter

    The Lions are reportedly in contact with several teams regarding a trade for their No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Twitter’s Tony Pauline believes Rutgers OT Anthony Davis is “the best pass-protecting tackle in the draft.”

    According to two sources, Stanford RB Toby Gerhart’s medical checkup at the Scouting Combine will hurt his draft stock. Yahoo! Sports

    Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy’s durability is said to be more of an issue than his attitude. Yahoo! Sports

    According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen has the “natural physical ability” and can make all the throws to be a great NFL quarterback. Twitter

    There is belief that Texas LB Sergio Kindle is more polished entering the league this year than LB Brian Orakpo was in 2009. Palm Beach Post

    Texas S Earl Thomas is rated above Tennessee S Eric Berry as the best safety in this year’s draft, according to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.

    NFL Network’s Mike Mayock calls Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford a “franchise quarterback and top-ten player” in this year’s draft, but would like to him get hit more and play against a stout pass rush before making a final decision on his future. Twitter

    There is belief that Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant is a top-five player in this year’s draft. Twitter

    Long-time NFL coach and quarterback guru Sam Wyche strongly believes that Florida QB Tim Tebow will be an elite quarterback at the NFL level. St. Petersburg Times

    According to Rams GM Billy Devaney, Texas QB Colt McCoy (shoulder) should throw at the Combine. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The performance trainer for Clemson WR Jacoby Ford is confident that Ford will break the Combine record in the forty-yard dash.

    Buffalo RB James Starks (shoulder) said he’ll fully participate in all drills at the Combine this week.

    There were “rumors” that Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant was out of shape several weeks ago. Palm Beach Post

    Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham (knee) will fully participate in this week’s Combine. FOX Sports

    According to’s Adam Caplan, West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown is “a much better prospect” than Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour. Twitter

    According to ESPN’s Bruce Feldman believes Maryland OT Bruce Campbell can run in the low-4.8s in the forty-yard dash.

    Despite previous news that he would, Texas QB Colt McCoy (right shoulder burner) will not throw at the Scouting Combine. Twitter

    Despite opting to not throw at the Combine, Texas QB Colt McCoy’s shoulder is said structurally sound.

    Syracuse DT Arthur Jones (knee) will not participate in any drills at the Combine. NFL Draft Bible

    Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford (shoulder) reportedly struggled in pre-draft workouts last week. TFY Draft Insider

    USC S Taylor Mays has been moved to linebacker on two NFC East teams’ draft boards. TFY Draft Insider

    There is belief that the Lions will use a second-day (second and third rounds) pick on a tailback in the draft.

    Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski will only do the bench press at the Combine.

    Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas’ broken foot is being compared to the one 49ers WR Michael Crabtree suffered last year.

    Florida QB Tim Tebow is expected to opt out of Combine drills along with not throwing. Twitter

    Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham measured at 6’5/261 at the Combine weigh-in Thursday. Twitter

    During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Bills HC Chan Gailey said Thursday that RB Jonathan Dwyer’s weight has long been a concern. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    “Various sources” say Florida DE Carlos Dunlap is the biggest boom-or-bust player in the draft.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter said he is “willing to take all bets” on his prediction that the Rams will select Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick. ESPN 101 St. Louis

    After tweaking his hamstring in pre-draft preparation last week, Boise State CB Kyle Wilson will not run at the Combine. TFY Draft Insider

    Coming off Lisfranc surgery, Minnesota WR Eric Decker will reportedly not be able to work out until June. TFY Draft Insider

    Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews is believed to be an ideal fit “would be ideal” for the Houston Texans’ scheme. Twitter

    A tweaked hamstring will keep Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant out of drills at the Combine. Twitter

    Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas believes he would be a good fit for the Ravens’ offense. Twitter

    Talk coming out of the Combine says that Notre Dame WR Golden Tate doesn’t project as anymore than a slot/No. 3 receiver in the NFL. National Football Post

    St. Louis reportedly has Texas QB Colt McCoy as the No. 3 QB in the draft, behind Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford and Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen.

    Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham is fully recovered from the knee injury that cost him all of 2009. Twitter

    According to Don Banks, Florida QB Tim Tebow will be drafted in the third round.

    California RB Jahvid Best has been medically cleared from his junior-year concussion.

    Notre Dame WR Golden Tate’s “dream” would be to play for Chiefs OC Charlie Weis. Kansas City Star

    Alabama LB Rolando McClain is not in the top 32 on some draft boards. Twitter

    Texas QB Colt McCoy’s recent MRI revealed no further damage to his injured right (throwing) shoulder.

    According to NFL Network’s Charley Casserly, Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant will be drafted by “the first team that needs a receiver” this April.

    According to NFL Network’s Charley Casserly, Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen (toe surgery) won’t be able to put in a full workout before April’s draft.

    Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen (toe surgery) refutes the report that he won’t be able to workout in full before the draft, saying he expects to be fully ready for his pro day on April 9 in South Bend. Chicago Tribune

    Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford’s arm strength in his surgically-repaired shoulder is currently at 85 percent. Twitter

    Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer were reportedly 8 5/8 inches, one of the smallest in the draft. TFY Draft Insider

    Some teams are concerned that Florida CB Joe Haden will run an unimpressive forty time this week. Cleveland Plain Dealer

    According to one league source, Syracuse WR Mike Williams had a disappointing Combine. Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

    Multiple sources say that Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant’s behavior in college was “consistently irresponsible.” Yahoo! Sports

    Pittsburgh TE Dorin Dickerson is reportedly “vaulting himself into the second round” after a sterling Combine. Twitter

    Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead reportedly stood out among quarterbacks in passing drills at the Scouting Combine. Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

    Oregon State QB Sean Canfield reportedly struggled badly during the Combine passing drills. Boston Herald

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