Mike Martin - DT - Michigan, 6-1, 306 lb
Mike Martin might have been one of the most enjoyable players to watch when I was catching the DT drills at Combine. I caught sight of him in some of the hand power drills, and it only took a minute to remember some of his games at Michigan. He also got consistently good reviews during Senior Bowl practices and stood out in both one-on-one drills and during team scrimmages.
He isn’t in the top tier of players, and he probably won’t go all that high. After watching him, I think that could be a bit of a mistake. Martin carries a seriously nasty punch that he fires from an incredible stance - low and powerful, using that naturally short, incredibly strong frame. He had fast, hammering movements and devastating strikes. Said Warren Sapp, ‘I dare you to cut him’. I thought that Warren’s got it right. That punch will leave linemen black and blue right through their pads.
Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift spotted on dinner date
A romance may be brewing between Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and country songstress Taylor Swift.
Page Six reported that Tebow was the toast of a pre-Oscars bash on Friday night, where he spent some time chatting up Swift. The pair then had dinner Monday night at Toscanova Italian restaurant in Century City, according to the website Clevvertv.com.
Meanwhile, Tebow appears to be making a slew of Hollywood friends. On Sunday night, he mingled with stars including Tom Cruise at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar party.
Timmy sure is having quite the offseason, between re-re-re-working his mechanics and footwork, stretching out a wide-ranging celebrity buddy list that now includes Lindsey Vonn, Jeremy Lin, Fred Durst, Tom Cruise, and Taylor Swift, all the while potentially turning away the advances of Jenny McCarthy, Katy Perry, and Kim Kardashian.
No matter how much they love Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden _ and they do _ the Broncos can’t take him at No. 25 because his age (29 on Columbus Day) drops his value…They would like Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler [in the second round].
Whatever quarterback the Broncos draft, the plan is to not play him in 2012. Tim Tebow is the plan in 2012. Remember, too: Tebow’s backup in 2012 will first be signed through free agency (Chad Henne? Josh Johnson?) soon after the market opens on March 13, or two weeks from today.
The Broncos do plan on drafting a starting defensive tackle, a starting cornerback and at least a 1B running back to complement Willis McGahee in 2012.
If the Broncos pick more for need, they could wait until perhaps the third, fourth or fifth rounds where Boise State’s Kellen Moore can be had. Moore is good. Really good. And the Broncos know it.
Not sure why Weeden's age would trump a team's "love" for him at a certain spot - if you want the player, you draft him. Andy Dalton supposedly wasn't worth a first-rounder a year ago, yet presumably there are plenty of teams who would pay that price today given the chance.
Anyway, many casual claims of fact within this little entry from Klis. But as Mike Lombardi stressed the other day, we are fully into Lying Season. So, take all of this with a mountain of salt, or do you really think the Broncos are truthfully sharing their playbook with the beat guy? Just wait for Bleacher Report, etc. to blow up with reports about reports about this report. Should be fun.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Opening statements were given yesterday as the Perrish Cox rape trial began; Cox's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, made it a point to stress that the alleged victim was interested in Demaryius Thomas rather than Cox on the night of the alleged assault. Of course, this wouldn't appear to matter much since a DNA test showed that the victim's subsequent pregnancy was fathered by Cox. But, he's the professional defense attorney, so he must have his reasons.
It is expected that Thomas will end up testifying as a witness for the prosecution, and there's a possibility that Cassius Vaughn and Wesley Woodyard will testify as well. Something tells me we're going to learn a few things about these players that will make us like them at least a little bit less. In the immortal words of Bart Scott, CAN'T WAIT!
When I was a kid, I learned something important from professional wrestling. I’m sure that sounds funny, since I'm obviously the kind of adult who does not watch RAW, so let me explain. At some point in the late 80s, there was this wrestler called The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, and he used to wear sparkly suits with dollar signs on them and go around with a black manservant giving people money to humiliate themselves. Everybody has his price. That’s what he always said, and that’s what I learned. I think it’s true to this day, and frankly, if you would stick to any position at all despite an offer of any amount of money, I think that you fundamentally believe that your principles are worth more than they really are. At some point, the price and the alternative are better than your original position and empty pockets.
There was some discussion in the comments of Monday’s Lard about the Jaguars trading for Tim Tebow, and it made me think about what the price would have to be to do it. It’s a really interesting thought exercise, because you have to look at it a few different ways to really get to the answer, and in so doing, you can get past the surface level of a few interesting things. You know, the surface where commenters on this site who don't like Tebow say that he's worth a bag of footballs.
First of all, let me state something that we know to be true, and then we’ll talk about the reasons for it. Tim Tebow is worth more to the Jacksonville Jaguars than he is to any other team, regardless of how well he plays. He’s from Jacksonville, and probably 40% of the people in the city are Florida Gators fans. We’re going to value that connection in terms of dollar value.
Former Cal QB Sets Paper-Airplane World Record
Joe Ayoob succeeded Aaron Rodgers as Cal’s starting quarterback in 2005. Ayoob’s tenure lasted for just one season, during which he threw for nearly as many interceptions (14) as touchdowns (15), and the following year he was replaced as the starter. Turns out Ayoob has more of a paper arm. On Sunday at McClellan Air Force Base, Ayoob’s throw of a plane designed by John Collins sailed 226 feet, 10 inches, besting the previous world record (207-4) by nearly 20 feet. Aaron Rodgers never did that.
[Insert Tebow joke here]
Good Morning, Broncos fans! A pair of 40-yard dash runs have made headlines the past couple of days: one for good reason, and the other not so much. Yesterday was all about Memphis DT Dontari Poe, who put up a Combine-leading 44 reps on the bench press and then ran the 40 in an unofficial 4.87 seconds with a 1.70-second 10-yard split. Crazy part? The guy is 6-foot-4 and weighs THREE-HUNDRED FORTY-SIX POUNDS. That's 346 lbs moving 40 yards in under five seconds.
Obviously, Will Brinson has Poe among his winners from Monday's happenings in Indy, and Bucky Brooks says Poe's performance will vault him into the draft's top twenty. Jeff Legwold says the Broncos were already discussing Poe before yesterday, but he too thinks the mammoth athlete will be gone before Denver's pick at #25.
As for the less impressive 40, that was posted by Mississippi State RB Vick Ballard, who had the misfortune of tripping during his run and plowing into a camera tripod. Okay, maybe plowing is a bit strong, but you get the picture. Unfortunately, Ballard's official time (4.63 seconds) on his next run wasn't much better.
So, you remember a few weeks ago when I wrote that the Broncos should draft Vontaze Burfict?
Forgive me for taking crazy pills; thank the football gods for creating the NFL combine.
Not only should the Broncos not draft this guy, neither should any other team.
He started the week by blaming his coaches at Arizona State for his past troubles. Then he spouted off that he was the best linebacker in the draft. When it came time to show what he could do physically, he was (thus far) the biggest disappointment of the combine.
The first is the question of the player’s health. This is not one to be dismissed lightly, even though, in almost every other context in professional sports, it is always secondary to profits in the mind of management. And the second, more hazy argument is that it is somehow unethical to ingest a substance that will make you play better. Too often, it seems, the former consideration is used to camouflage arguments based primarily on the latter.
Can someone seriously argue that it is ethical to take a drug to make a performance possible, but unethical to take a drug that makes that performance better? Isn’t making a performance possible at all the ultimate performance enhancement?...Sports are rife with drugs. Without drugs of one sort or another, the NFL season would never begin, and the baseball season would end sometime in June owing to a lack of participating teams.
Pierce (as usual) raises an important and fair question: What is the real difference between administering to players (ie. Tony Romo) painkillers such as Toradol (without which they'd likely be unable to play at all) - the dispensing and long-term effects of which are under dispute - and a "performance enhancing drug" which might allow a player a better chance of returning to action a week after a particularly physical game?
Is the former okay simply because the team is in charge? After all, we've certainly learned enough in recent years to safely conclude that team medical staffs do not prioritize players' short- or long-term health concerns over #winning, as I was just saying to my good friend Colt McCoy.
I had a lot of fun this weekend pulling game tape out of the library, watching Combine film, reading, and writing about the offensive line candidates. Although I’m mentioning Mike Kalil first, the following list isn’t in any particular order. Neither will any of my subsequent prospect columns; some will get attention later for one reason or another.
A couple of general comments to consider: last year’s vertical leap average was 28.5 inches; for interior linemen it was 27.5. The average broad jump last year for OL was 8.5 feet or 102 inches. Last year’s fastest 10-yard split was 1.74 - this year it was in the mid 1.60's. The players continue to get bigger and faster. I offer these marks simply as a sort of loose basis for comparison. That said, let’s move on to some of the OL candidates:
Matt Kalil out of USC was pretty much as expected - fast and smooth on his 4.99-second 40. He came in at NFL weight (6’7”, 306 lb), measured adequately, and he did very well in the tests and drills. In particular you can see his silky smoothness and skill on the kickstep drill. He’s the complete package, and I’ll mention him from time to time in illustrating why certain players are and aren’t as desirable. Kalil pretty much has it all.