Arkansans in the NFL Combine – Coverage & Analysis

The NFL combine is complete.

Track how Arkansans in the NFL Combine performed at the event with complete coverage and analysis.

Terron Armstead at East West Shrine Game

Offensive Tackle from UAPB Terron Armstead during Shrine Game practices is a sleeper pick at OT in the upcoming NFL Draft

The NFL Combine begins today in Indianapolis with 332 NFL prospects meeting for a mashup of medical tests, psychological tests, interviews with coaches and evaluators, interviews with reporters, and on-field testing.

The first group of players arrives today, with a rotating schedule that concludes next Tuesday. The on-field testing occurs Saturday through Tuesday and includes notable drills such as the 40-yard dash.

We are watching everything we can put our eyes on to bring you reports on the eight Arkansans in the NFL Combine who have been invited to participate. Those players are:

Player Position School Analysis
Ty Powell DE Harding University Analysis
Terron Armstead OT UAPB Analysis
Alvin Bailey OG University of Arkansas Analysis
Dylan Breeding P University of Arkansas Analysis
Knile Davis RB University of Arkansas Analysis
Chris Gragg TE University of Arkansas Analysis
Cobi Hamiltion WR University of Arkansas Analysis
Tyler Wilson QB University of Arkansas Analysis

Check back with this page often for the latest news.

9 Ty Powell

Harding University’s Ty Powell #9, at 6’3″ and 250-pounds is getting noticed by NFL scouts for his athleticism and his nose for the football

Simon Lee February 28, 20139:46 am

ESPN’s draft guru, Mel Kiper, has Tyler Wilson listed his 4th overall QB for the draft and Chris Gragg as his 5th overall tight end in the draft.

His list of other SEC players by position is here: http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/61203/mel-kipers-updated-position-rankings

Simon Lee February 27, 20138:34 am

15 Risers from the Combine listed by RotoWorld has three Arkansas players on the list:

8. Arkansas RB Knile Davis — Davis rushed for just 377 yards on 112 carries (3.37 YPC) coming off a major ankle injury in 2012, but some of his measurables indicate he could be a gem. Weighing in at a rocked-up 5-foot-11 3/8 and 227 pounds, Davis ran the second fastest forty time (4.37) and second best ten-yard split (1.49) among running backs in Indy. He also ranked second in bench reps (31) and ninth in the broad jump (10-foot-1). More sobering were Davis’ 20-yard shuttle (4.38) and three-cone times (6.96), which ranked 15th-of-24 and 11th-of-23 participants, respectively. Obvious concerns for Davis are his agility, small hands (8 5/8″), and poor production.

Realistic Landing Spots: Titans, Falcons, Cowboys in the fifth round.

9. Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead — Armstead set a new Combine record for offensive linemen with a 4.71 forty, and his 1.64 ten-yard split ranked second behind only Lane Johnson. With lengthy 34-inch arms, 6-foot-4 3/4, 306-pound Armstead also repped 225 pounds 31 times on the bench. His 34 1/2-inch vertical leap again paced the O-Line field, and Armstead tied for third in the broad jump at 9-foot-4. Armstead is considered raw coming out of a small school, but NFL teams will be enamored by his untapped potential and rare athleticism at his size.

Realistic Landing Spots: Redskins at No. 51, Dolphins at No. 54, Seahawks at No. 56.

14. Arkansas TE Chris Gragg — Gragg needed a way to open eyes after an injury-ruined senior year, and he accomplished that in Indy. At 6-foot-2 3/4 and 244 pounds, Gragg paced the tight end field in forty time (4.50), ten-yard split (1.53), and vertical leap (37 1/2″). Only two tight ends were more efficient in the three-cone drill (7.07), and Gragg also showed adequate strength on the bench with 18 reps of 225 with 33 5/8-inch arms. Gragg caught 41 passes as a junior, so he’s not entirely without production. The head-turning Combine is very likely to get Gragg drafted.

Realistic Landing Spots: 49ers, Falcons, Redskins in the fifth round.

Complete list is here: http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/42630/60/nfl-combine-risers?pg=2

Jon Davis February 26, 201310:10 am

We’ll bring some news regarding DB’s throughout the day.

But here’s my overall opinion on each Natural State player from the combine:

Ty Powell – His measurable size, speed and agility compare favorably to some of the top performing ILB’ers. PLaced with the DE’s, he doesn’t compare nearly as well. look for a team with 3-4 scheme to take Ty as early at the 6th round – the Giants have picks 179 and 212 and most expect them to stock on LB’ers in this draft.

Terron Armstead – Clearly the “hot” pick after his combine performance among OT’s. Projected as a 2nd or 3rd round prospect before the combine, he’s a solid 2nd round guy now and might’ve moved into the first round had there not been so many talented OT’s in this class. With the 42nd pick overall, Mr. Armstead may be a Dolphin, they have a need opposite Jake Long.

Jon Davis February 26, 20139:47 am

Matt Barkley, who wasn’t in Indy, will surely be the 2nd or 3rd QB taken.

Scouts and GM’s want to see his shoulder and how he throws at Pro Day.

No way to tell right now if he’s healed up appropriately, so that’s a big question mark. If he’s stil injured or can’t make the throws, he could drop.

So for that, I didn’t rank him. Doesn’t affect Tyler’s status.

Jon Davis February 26, 20139:28 am

Tyler Wilson – Like Cobi, Tyler Wilson needs to bank on GM’s and Scouts reviewing his tape.

In terms of athleticism, Wilson didn’t compete well with other QB’s in this combine. Pro Bowl QB Kurt Warner really picked apart Wilson’s mechanics and commented that he’s got throwing motion issues and footwork issues that make Wilson a “Project”.

Still, Tyler has good size, good leadership and he’s a tough kid.

He knows the route tree like he know’s his ABC’s and his vision and knowledge of football give him a leg up. But he’s not a starter day one and for that, especially in a “weak” QB class, Tyler is a 2nd round reach. Folks at the combine really liked the other QB’s like Geno Smith, EJ Manuel, Mike Glennon and Tyler Bray (who had a great combine and made all the throws).

That puts Tyler #5 on my board, Mike Mayock doesn’t have him in his top 5.

Look for the Raiders with the 97th pick or maybe the San Diego Chargers at 107. My dark horse team is the San Francisco 49ers at 125. The Niners are shopping Alex Smith and they have a young QB that gives Wilson time to grow and become an NFL QB. With a running Kaepernick, Wilson should get reps as scrambling QB’s get injured more often that pocket QB’s, which Wilson is. At 125 Tyler Wilson would provide great value to a team and even trade bait in years 2 or 3 of his contract, a much higher pick would put a lot of pressure on him and the organization that drafts him.

Jon Davis February 26, 20139:07 am

Cobi Hamilton – Cobi is banking that GM’s and Scouts forget he was at the combine and go to the tape of the Rutgers game. If not that, Cobi has to get some speed training in and improve by his 40 by Pro Day.

During the combine, Cobi consistently underperformed and compared to the other WR’s in Indy, he looked pedestrian. Cobi was a track guy in high school and his top speed is really beyond the 40, his gears kick in later so he’s a “deep threat” almost exclusively, although he did show a penchant for shaking defenders in slants routes and taking it to the house – see Arkansas versus LSU 2010. But again, we’re talking about the tape, not his combine which was a snoozer.

I expect Cleveland at 132 to look at Cobi hard, but ultimately Cincinnati at 149 or Seattle at 151 are where Cobi fit best. Both teams need that second deep out and the late 4th round give a team great value in Hamilton.

Jon Davis February 26, 20138:57 am

Chris Gragg – I love the guy, but GM’s and scouts don’t as much. Potential is a small part of the equation unless someone posts freakish numbers, which Gragg didn’t. His 40-was very good, but his hands are small and for an NFL Tight End, he’s not big enough yet. I imagine he’ll play at around 260 and forego some of that speed for strength in the future. There are elite TE’s with 6’5″ size and over 260 pounds already in this draft and many good Tight Ends with that size.

So Gragg is a project Tight End. Same as when the WR was coming out of Warren, headed to play ball at Arkansas. Ultimately, I expect Chris to make the transition and be a 8-10 year player at the position. Look for him to get picked up in the 6th and go to Miami, they have a need at the spot but may have already picked up another TE in earlier rounds. A later pick maybe the Eagles and new coach Chip Kelly whose offense is suited to the lighter weight Gragg and his speed. The Eagles would be a good team for Gragg.

Jon Davis February 26, 20138:48 am

Knile Davis – Coming into the combine he was the, “do you remember that guy?” player. Coming out of the combine he’s the, “Oh yeah, that guy is a monster.” guy. Knile tore up the 40 and for a guy with his size and strength he was iffically considered to be in beast mode. Still lingering injury issues, moderate agility in the cone drill and an overall lack of production this past season will follow him into the draft. Folks get caught up in the libations of the combine performances, but they go back to tape and see 8 fumbles while on campus and 2 ankle surgeries and a weak senior season – that can sober any GM up fast.

Late in the 3rd, Atlanta has the 124th pick. That’s a reach but they have a need. If that dosen’t happen then the Cowboys would love him at 144 – it looks like they may not resign Felis Jones. Cowboys need a backup to DeMarco Murray and may pickup 2 back to replace one (Felix Jones) for insurance.

Jon Davis February 26, 20138:38 am

Dylan Breeding – Ran the fastest 40-time among punters. He’s an All-SEC punter but expect him to go in the Free Agent market. A team may reach on a punter in the 6th or 7th round but it’s not likely and doesn’t happen too often.

Jon Davis February 26, 20138:30 am

Alvin Bailey – He was exactly what everyone expected, so he didn’t move much. Moves well for a big guy and ran a good 40 time, which put him in the top group among OL guys. His agility was considered good coming into the combine but he didn’t do the drills. His bench was as expected. Overall he’s a non-mover, but for a guy who was projected by some to be a frist day pick before Arkansas’ horrendous season, he has to be somewhat disappointed that he didn’t perform during the season as expected. That was his tryout. Some GM’s will blame Petrino, others will question the whole team’s leadership post motorcycle wreck. Look for Alvin to go to Arizona or Tennessee. Both have early picks in the 3rd and Alvin’s a good pick for any team then.

Simon Lee February 26, 20138:06 am

From al.com this morning on Knile Davis:

“I think the thing that sets me apart is the size, speed, agility combination,” Davis said. “I think that is a rare combination that you just don’t find every year. The guy I really compare myself would be more of an Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson. Arian Foster with the zone running. I’m really good at running the zone and just the size and speed of Adrian Peterson.”

Entire story here: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/02/former_arkansas_rb_knile_davis.html

Simon Lee February 25, 20133:53 pm

From Sports Illustrated on Terron Armstead:

INDIANAPOLIS — Ever heard of Terron Armstead? If not, prepare to get to know the 2013 NFL Draft prospect a little better in the coming days.

Armstead provided a jolt to the league’s scouting combine early Saturday, when he posted a 4.71 time in the 40-yard dash (he initially was clocked at an unofficial 4.65). That’s well off the combine’s record of 4.24 seconds, set in 2008 by Chris Johnson, but it’s still the fastest time ever recorded here by an offensive lineman. His 10-yard split, unofficially, was 1.64 seconds.

An Arkansas Pine-Bluff product, Armstead measured in at 6-foot-5, 306 pounds, and his relatively blazing 40 time will help him continue to rise up draft boards — he received an initial boost from a strong performance at the East-West Shrine Game.

Complete story here: http://nfl.si.com/2013/02/23/terron-armstead-40-time-opens-eyes-at-nfl-scouting-combine/

Jon Davis February 25, 20132:11 pm

John Harbaugh didn’t like the Te’o time:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/0ap2000000145057/Te-o-disappoints-Harbaugh

Jon Davis February 25, 20132:06 pm

Final comparison on LB’ers, Kevin Minter (LSU) is considered to top LB’er in this draft. He’s 6’1″ 246 pounds and he ran a 4.81 40.

Both Te’o and Minter are expected to go 1-2 depending on how teams evaluate them with their current need.

In my opinion, LB’ers with speed will move up based on these performances.

Like Cornelius Washington of Georgia, standing 6’4″ and weighing 265 pounds, he ran a 4.55, second fastest among LB’ers. And he’s a big guy capable of playing with his hand down or as a stand-up OLB in the 3-4.

Jon Davis February 25, 20131:59 pm

In comparison Ray Lewis played at 6’1″ 240 pounds and at a 2009 Ravens practice he ran 4.58 40.

I think most could consider Lewis a prototypical ILB’er… I realize players come in all shapes, sizes, colors, speeds and ability. But the NFL today is about fitting guys into a mold. So, comparing Te’o to Ray Lewis is somewhat relevant, if not simply interesting.

Jon Davis February 25, 20131:53 pm

To be fair, expert Mike Mayock has te’o as his second best LB’er in the draft.

Mayock is well respected.

Jon Davis February 25, 20131:52 pm

Manti Te’o at 6’1″ 241 probably thinks the media blitz was less stressful in hindsight, he just dopped a 4.82 40.

Not nearly what anyone was expecting. Maybe he can improve it during Pro Day and mark his performance up to distractions?

A project 1 – 2 round pick weeks ago has to be dropping following a poor game versus Alabama, the ensuing medi blitz over “girlfriend gate” and now a disappoint 40.

If he can impress with lateral movement and cutting drills that would help him.

Tough month for Manti.

Jon Davis February 25, 20131:47 pm

After reviewing LB and DL 40-times, Ty Powell’s official 4.64 looks strong.

10th among all DL and LB’ers

Simon Lee February 25, 201310:44 am

Knile Davis leads the charge as “the Freak of the weekend” with his run and lifts at the Combine. Details and video here:

http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2013/02/25/knile-davis-nfl-combine-bench-press-40-yard-dash/

Jon Davis February 25, 201310:33 am

Nothing quite like watching a 6’4″ 350 pound behemoth run a 40-yard dash.

Jon Davis February 25, 201310:27 am

Powell improves to 4.62 for his 40 – it’s good time for his size.

Jon Davis February 25, 201310:20 am

Jelani Jenkins, 6′ 250 pound, Florida LB’er put the bar up 27 times, so Powell compares favorably there. Jenkins is projected as a 4th rounder.

So let’s compare his 40 to Powell’s – LB’ers are warming up to run.

Jon Davis February 25, 201310:13 am

Ty Powell’s, Harding Bison and frist team All-GAC performer drops a 4.68 on his first run. That woud place him in the top group for DL if it stands.

He has a chance to improve on the run. Looked very smooth running.

Jon Davis February 25, 201310:09 am

Ty Powell’s group is running now.

Jon Davis February 25, 20139:00 am

Hunt improves his 40 at 4.6. That’s really moving for a guy as big as he is.

Jon Davis February 25, 20138:40 am

If a team looking for a 3-4 ILB, then Powell might compare favorably to a guy in the LB’ers group – we’ll look at him both ways for comparison’s sake.

Powell seems to be a hybrid DE/LB build. Speed will tell the difference and strength, he’s already had positive reviews on his nose for the ball and his tenacity.

Jon Davis February 25, 20138:37 am

Ty Powell’s 28 bench reps places him 10 behind leader Margus Hunt of SMU.

Hunt is 6’8″ and 277 pounds. Powell goes 6’2″ and 250 pounds.

Hunt drops a 4.65 in the 40 and Powell needs to beat that time.

I compare those two guys because Hunt is a round 2-3 guy, Powell is projected to be a 6th round guy.

So it’s a relevant comparison as far as Powell is concerned.

Jon Davis February 25, 20137:30 am

Terron Armstead mentioned as a rising star during the combine:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/0ap2000000145022/Draft-stock-on-the-rise

Simon Lee February 24, 201310:16 pm

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Kansas City reporter TJ Carpenter writes that after the interviews and workouts, Tyler Wilosn is on thin ice with the Chiefs, but that Geno Smith is gaining interest. Read his full report here:

http://whb-am.tritondigitalmedia.com/common/more.php?m=49&post_id=3751

Simon Lee February 24, 20132:45 pm

Jon Davis February 24, 20132:16 pm

Still miffed that Dennis Johnson isn’t here. He’s better than half these guys.

Jon Davis February 24, 20132:13 pm

Knile looks great in the passing drills.

Jon Davis February 24, 20132:13 pm

OFFICIAL 40 times for RB’s:

O. McCalebb 4.34
K. Davis 4.37

So yeah, Knile owned that drill with 60-pounds on Onterio McCalebb

Jon Davis February 24, 20132:07 pm

Knile looked smooth catching the bal out of the backfield; he caught 32 balls for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns while at Arkansas.

Jon Davis February 24, 20132:04 pm

Vanderbilt’s Zac Stacy looks really good running the cones, had a 40 time of 4.5 and he goes 218 pounds, he may be moving up today.

Projected to be a 5th or 6th round guy.

Like the QB’s not too many elite prospects in this year’s 2013 draft at RB. A guy like Stacy can move up if outshines other prospects.

Jon Davis February 24, 20131:58 pm

Knile’s cut were slow through the cones

Jon Davis February 24, 20131:54 pm

Hold the phone…. Knile may be closer to McCalebb’s 40 time than the NFL Network at first thought

Jon Davis February 24, 20131:52 pm

Doing the positional drill with the blocking dummies and the announcers comment that Knile looks, “Explosive”

Jon Davis February 24, 20131:48 pm

Here’s a video of Knile running through, over and around defenders, catching the football and pass blocking like a boss:

Jon Davis February 24, 20131:42 pm

Difference between Knile Davis’ 4.3 40 and Onterio McCalebb’s 4.21 40?

Knile davis is 60 pounds heavier and can be an every down back.

McCalebb is a special teams and 3rd down guy almost exclusively. Thurman Thomas just said as much.

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Jon Davis February 24, 201312:45 pm

4.3 (unofficial) 40 – Knile Davis at 5’11″ 227 pounds just smoked the show – he’s leading so far

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:40 pm

RB’s are now running.

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:18 pm

Not sure what all Marcus Lattimore will do at this combine…

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:16 pm

I’m watching Knile Davis, but I’m also really interested in Marcus Lattimore out of USCe.

They’re doing a piece on him right now and I dont’ see how anyone can’t pull for this kid to succeed.

Both Lattimore and Davis have a lot in common. Oft injured, but elite when healthy.

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:10 pm

And so far, Scott is having a good combine.

His 40 time was 4.69, so he has enough speed to get around in the pocket.

He’s got good enough size at 6’2″ and 215 pounds – a big hand at 9 inches on the span.

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:09 pm

EJ Manuel (FSU) Geno Smith (WVU) look very good today.

From my seat, this kid Matt Scott out of Arizona looks like a guy who is improving his stock. He’s a project 5ht round pick, but this draft is considered to be soft on QB’s so that helps everyone’s chances of moving up with a good combine.

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:06 pm

Tyler throws 2 really nice “bucket” throws. Deep corner.

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:05 pm

Kurt Warner says Wilson’s fron foot takes a big step when he throws, it’s a mechanics thing that can be fixed.

Its slows down Tyler’s throwing motion.

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:02 pm

Sorry, curl routes and his timing and the ball were spinning. I think he’s settling in now.

Jon Davis February 24, 201312:01 pm

Wilson coming up on right field square out

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:56 am

Tyler’s third, deep flag to Roberts Woods (USC) was perfect.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:54 am

Again, Tyler under throws the WR on the deep flag.

His second deep throw was vey well placed but the WR didn’t catch up to it.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:53 am

Denard Robinson looked really smooth on the deep flag.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:52 am

On the field, the scout is reminding the QB’s how to make this throw, he’s actually QB coach for the Bengals, Ken Zampese.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:48 am

Same thing on the third throw, ball placement was behind the receiver.

The announcers mentions that the scouts are looking for the ball to lead to the WR to the sideline – to “stretch” him outside the yard hashes.

I’m not sure if the Arkansas coaches taught Tyler to throw it the way he did or not.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:45 am

Tyler throws behind and short to both receivers on the 10 & out

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:43 am

There are plenty of on-field passing and catching drills without the gauntlet.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:42 am

I’m thinking that the NFL may consider cutting the gauntlet drill out of the combine in the future.

With varying opinion on its value, it doesn’t make for good TV. And with the increased coverage the combine is getting, they need to keep the pace up.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:40 am

Finally, the RB’s are about to get it on.

That gauntlet drill took a while to complete. Glad I went out and bagged leftover yard debris while that was playing out…

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:37 am

Interestingly, Denard Robinson QB from Michigan is with the Wide Receivers and ran a 4.43 40.

He looked pretty decent in the gauntlet drill. Announcers mentioned his hands being a little far apart. That’s a coachable technique.

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:31 am

Cobi officially 4.56 in the 40

Jon Davis February 24, 201311:31 am

Official 40 time, top performer out of the Wide Receivers ends up being Marquise Goodwin from Texas with a 4.27.

Tavon Austin’s official is 4.34 as is Ryan Swope from A&M.

Simon Lee February 24, 201310:26 am

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:25 am

Here’s what NFL.com scouts say about Tyler Wilson:

“WEAKNESSES Delivery a bit longer than scouts like, his windup allows some alert defensive backs into plays downfield. While he has impressive intermediate arm strength, Wilson frequently floats or underthrows balls on deeper patterns due to a tendency to drop his elbow. Not a quick-twitch athlete; footwork coming out from under center is uneven, pro pass rushers will get him on first contact and disciplined linebackers will prevent his longer runs. Holds ball low in the pocket, vulnerable to strip-sacks. Will trust his arm and his receivers too much, throwing passes into traffic downfield.”

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:23 am

Fuller’s second gauntlet was flawless.

Cobi drops another one in the gauntlet.

The announcers are discounting this drill as no meaningful. And that may be, but for our guy Cobi, he has to look great compared to these other more highly projected guys. Obviously he can get on with a team and make his name over time – the cream will rise to the top, as they say.

Best of luck to Cobi for sure but right now it’s just not happening for him in Indy.

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:18 am

QB Collin Klein runs a 4.78 40. Showing again that he’s a poor man’s Matt Jones (former QB Arkansas/JAcksonville Jaguars WR).

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:16 am

Corey Fuller is fast, but he just got brutalized in the gauntlet and dropped 3 balls.

Cobi drops one during the gauntlet. It looked like an easy pass for him – he does looked relaxed so I’m not sure what’s going on with Cobi today. He’s off and it’s a bad day to be off.

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:11 am

Most of the projections have Cobi Hamilton going in the 3rd round. It’ll be interesting to see if he drops.

There’s just so much talent at this WR positon, it’s similar to the offensive line talent in Indy. Guys have to standout to not get left out and picked up in the free agent market.

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:08 am

Cobi Hamilton drops an easy deep ball. “Officially” he’s having a bad combine.

Other guys are as big, are faster and aren’t dropping anything.

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:05 am

A note about Cobi Hamilton; his 40 time was disappointing but no one can doubt his productivity on the field. Also, a pretty durable guy who played since his Freshman season for the Hogs.

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:04 am

Collin Klein is working with the QB’s. Some teams asked him to participate with TE’s.

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:02 am

Actually looks like the QB’s are throwing sideline routes to the WR’s.

One QB did log a bench number….

Jon Davis February 24, 20139:01 am

Tyler Wilson is on the bench upcoming.

I wonder if his lack of a deep ball has anything to do with arm strength or is it mechanics. Tyler regularly under threw the deep ball over the past 2 seasons.

Jon Davis February 24, 20138:58 am

Knile Davis goes for 31 on the bench, 5 times fewer than top performing RB Tommy Bohanon of Wake who pushed up 36.

Athletically, Knile should be a top RB in all categories. We’ll see what he can achieve in the 40 soon.

Jon Davis February 24, 20138:55 am

Hamilton pushed up 11 reps on the 225-pound bench – leading WR TJ Moe did 26.

Jon Davis February 24, 20138:45 am

Yikes, Cobi drops down to a 4.59 on his second run, hurts the validity of his first.

Scout may ask him to run a third time.

With all these 6’2″ 200+ pound guys, Cobi being one of them, anything over 4.5 is damaging to their stock.

Jon Davis February 24, 20138:41 am

WR Cobi Hamilton’s first 40 is an unofficial 4.47.

BLAZING fast, WR Tavon Austin of West Virginia drops a 4.25 and the announcers are stunned. WR Marquis Goodwin of Texas meets Tavon’s run.

An incredible 4.38 by WR Corey Fuller of Virginia Tech seems pedestrian by comparison. Fuller has another shot.

Simon Lee February 23, 201311:05 pm

Jon Davis February 23, 20133:47 pm

Gragg tops Tight Ends in the broad jump as well.

His 125″ was 6″ further than the second competitor, Vance McDonald

Jon Davis February 23, 20131:58 pm

Gragg looked smooth catching the deep out. Right now he’s considered more an H-back type in the NFL.

He really played that position (H-back) while at Arkansas too. Anytime you saw him in motion or ined up in the slot or backfield.

Jon Davis February 23, 20131:56 pm

Gragg also has the best vertical jump among Tight Ends at 37.5″

Jon Davis February 23, 201312:59 pm

Alvin Bailey

Jon Davis February 23, 201312:58 pm

Chris Gragg

Jon Davis February 23, 201312:58 pm

Cobi Hamilton

Jon Davis February 23, 201312:58 pm

Knile Davis

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Tyler Wilson

Jon Davis February 23, 201312:52 pm

Vernon Davis ran a 4.38 in 2006 and Matt Jones of Arkansas was listed as a TE and ran a 4.37 in 2005 – NFL.com

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Jon Davis February 23, 201312:36 pm

Chris Gragg with a 4.55 40, so far second behind Maryland’s Matt Furstenburg at 4.50.

None of these time are posted as official right now.

Jon Davis February 23, 201312:29 pm

We’ll have Gragg’s 40-time shortly

Jon Davis February 23, 201312:24 pm

The Tight Ends are on the turf now, preparing to go through drills.

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:59 am

As we mentioned here yesterday, Manti Te’o will have all eyes on him during the interview session. He’s coming up soon.

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:57 am

That time for Bailey is .01 seconds slower than last year’s fastest lineman.

So this is an athletic group of lineman and illustrates the changing player type for the NFL.

Can’t be a just a big fat dude to play offensive line anymore. To be elite, you have to be a big, fast and in shape… scary to think how big and fast these guys are getting.

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:54 am

Alvin Bailey’s sub 5.0 40 time (4.95) is very good and puts him in the top performers category at the position.

So far, the Arkansas schools are representing well.

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:47 am

One thing that actually hurts Armstead is that there is an abundance of OT’s in this year’s draft. So many that teams are talking about taking care of their Tackle needs in free agency.

This can affect Armstead because there’s no rush to get a Tackle with so many options.

Guys like DJ Fluker will still go very high. The elite prospects always do – no matter position.

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:44 am

Terron Armstead with 31 reps on the bench. Strong, fast and big. Depending on how he does in the agility drills and one-on-one’s could move Terron from a round 3 to a round 2 pick. He’s doing what he’s got to do.

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:10 am

D.C. Jefferson”s potential pectoral injury, image:

http://www.myhousecallmd.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Pectoral-Anatomy1.jpg

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:06 am

Looks like D.C> Jefferson has an injured pectoral muscle. That explains the low bench amount:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/02/22/dc-jefferson-rutgers-bench-press-injury-pectoral-john-lott/1940241/

Jon Davis February 23, 201311:03 am

Dylan Breeding tallies 11 reps on the bench (225 pounds) – 8 better than Rutgers TE D.C. Jefferson.

Chris Gragg pushed the bar up 18 times and Alvin Bailey achieved 27.

Leader so far, Eric Herman, Ohio OL prospect with 36.

Jon Davis February 23, 201310:58 am

NFL Network commentators can’t stop raving about Armstead’s 40 time.

One of the reason’s Armstead choose UAPB was because Monte Coleman, former Redskin’s LB’er and current head coach, allowed him to participate in track.

During the SWAC Indoor Championships, Armstead was the meet’s field Most Outstanding Performer. Armstead scored 20 points with a record-setting win in the shot put (17.73m) and another victory in the weight throw (17.66m)

Simon Lee February 23, 201310:33 am

So, Dylan Breeding is fast, too.

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Simon Lee February 23, 20139:13 am

From our Nate Olson on Terron Armstead:

“(Armstead is) looking to be the highest drafted Golden Lion. San Diego took OL Courtney Van Buren in the third round (80) and Carolina took DB Dante Wesley 4th (100). Van Burens career was shortlived after knee injuries plagued him. Wesley played nearly a decade, mostly on special teams for the Panthers and Bears.”

Jon Davis February 23, 20139:13 am

The offensive linemen are working out now. Tight Ends perform later today in group 3.

Jon Davis February 23, 20139:11 am

Here’s video of the Armstead run:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combine/0ap2000000144221/Armstead-s-incredible-40-yard-dash?campaign=Twitter_videos_armstead

Simon Lee February 23, 20139:09 am

Simon Lee February 23, 20138:59 am

UAPB’s Terron Armstead’s impressing at the NFL Combine with his size AND speed.

Simon Lee February 23, 20138:37 am

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Simon Lee February 23, 20138:33 am

And Chris Bahn reports some comments from Archie Manning on his thoughts concerning Tyler Wilson:

http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/chris-bahn-archie-manning-likes-tyler-wilson/

Simon Lee February 23, 20138:31 am

You can find updated information on what the experts are saying about Tyler Wilson’s draft prospects here:

http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/tyler-wilson-in-the-nfl-draft/

Simon Lee February 23, 20138:25 am

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Simon Lee February 22, 20132:25 pm

Scouting report from the Senior Bowl on Tyler Wilson, in part:

Tyler came into the 2012 season with high hopes, not only for himself, but for his Razorback team as well. The well-documented collapse of Arkansas included a concussion and missed games for him and led to a 4-8 record and, obviously, no bowl game. But, he went to work in preparation for the Senior Bowl and the pre-draft process and it paid off here in Mobile. One of the knocks on Tyler was the circular “loop” in his throwing motion. In Monday’s practice, he unveiled a shortened and quicker delivery, which will serve him well in the future. He demonstrated a good handle on the Detroit Lions’ offensive system all week, seemed in control of the huddle and appeared to understand the reads he was being asked to make. Tyler does not have the pure arm talent or size of his predecessor, Ryan Mallett, however, he has substantially more leadership and intangibles and probably better anticipation in delivering the football. He is a potential starter, which may sneak him into the 1st round, and for sure, no later than the 2nd.

Whole report is here: http://seniorbowl.com/article.asp?articleID=520

Jon Davis February 22, 201311:14 am

USC QB MAtt BAarkley not throwing at Indy following surgery and rehab on a repair for a separated shoulder.

Says he’ll be ready by Pro Day.

Here’s detail on shoulder anatomy, injuries and repair:

http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/shoulder-anatomy/

http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/what-is-shoulder-instability/

http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/non-surgical-treatments-for-shoulder-injuries/

Jon Davis February 22, 20139:13 am

A somewhat recent TE out of Arkansas, DJ Williams and his contract details:

7/28/2011: Signed a four-year, $2.238 million contract. The deal included a $198,000 signing bonus. 2013: $555,000, 2014: $645,000, 2015: Free Agent

Williams was a 5th round pick.

Jon Davis February 22, 20139:11 am

As you can read below, all the Arkansas players fit the mold.

One knock on Gragg has been a penchant for dropping a few balls. His hand span may come into question since it’s almost .5″ short of the prototypical TE. And he’s still a bit light but has obviously gained weight since December.

Once they do running drills, if Gragg has kept his sub 4.6 speed, that could improve his stock. And he can’t drop one ball in Indy – he has to be a vacuum.

With the average NFL salary for a starting TE at $840,000, teams tend to pick the positon apart in detail. Especially since elite TE’s (who make over $4,000,000) create match-up nightmares for opposing defenses.

League minimum in 2013 is $405,000, so it’s important for Gragg to get drafted, then he will have a chance to stick with a team and make his name.

Jon Davis February 22, 20139:00 am

Weight and measurements of Offensive Linemen and Tight Ends from Arkansas at the NFL Combine:

Terron Armstead
Arkansas-Pinebluff
6′ 5″
306 pounds
34.08″ arm length

Alvin Bailey
Arkansas
6′ 3″
312 pounds
34.6″ Arm Length

Chris Gragg
Arkansas
6′ 3″
244 pounds
33.58″ arm length
9.08″ hand span

Here are the NFL Player Prototypes by postion:

OT
6′ 5″
300 pounds
32″ arm length

OG
6′ 3″
300 pounds
32″ arm length

TE
6′ 3″
250 pounds
32″ arm length
9.5″ hand span

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Jon Davis February 21, 20139:19 am

Chris Gragg is projected to go somewhere between the 4th – 6th rounds. San Francisco needs another pass catching TE and Gragg could fit the bill. Undersized for a prototypical NFL TE at 6’3″ 235-pounds, Gragg needs to wow scouts this week in order to move up the boards.

No matter what he does, he can’t erase his injuries in 2012 and subsequent lack of production.

From my seat, having watched him during his career at Arkansas, Gragg is still raw and has a frame to add weight and keep his speed. His hands are good and he’s a good pass blocker right now.

Here’s a little video fo Chris Gragg in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49dhCOLxzDE

Jon Davis February 21, 20139:06 am

Dominique Blanton, Chicago Now.com has Bailey on his Bears board:

“#9 Alvin Bailey, Arkansas – the Bears’ new offense figures to be a pass-first one, and Bailey has experience in an offense that heavy utilizes the pass back at Arkansas. Bailey is solid in both pass and run blocking and looks like a quality prospect the Bears can get in the fourth-round.”

Jon Davis February 21, 20139:01 am

James Dator has Alvin Bailey in his Panther’s mock draft:

“5th round – Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas

It’s time for a right guard.

The Panthers could forgo the offensive line one more year, hoping that Ryan Kalil’s return is the glue to make it all work again, but why risk it? Geoff Hangartner had more downs that ups in 2012, but he was also asked to do a lot. When your backup plan is relying on Geoff Hangartner to be your second-most important OL, it’s your own fault.

Alvin Bailey is a large (6-5, 315-pound) man who projects naturally to right guard. He moves a little better than you’d think, but don’t confuser him for an elite athlete. His pass blocking can be suspect at times, but he has road-grading potential, and late in the draft it’s a developmental pick. Bailey faced good competition, played well, and would add depth — imagine that?”

Jon Davis February 21, 20138:58 am

Mr. Amrstead has a lot of quality press right now:

By Dan Pompei, National Football Post
“Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine Bluff OT—He may be a bit raw, but that won’t matter now. Armstead’s athleticism should reflect well on him, especially in comparison to big school competition.”

Written by tomblaz – Washington Redskins page
“-Terron Armstead (Arkansas Pine Bluff)- 6’5″ 305- Coached by former Redskin linebacker Monte Coleman, Armstead chose Pine Bluff because Monte allowed him to participate in track and field and football. Armstead was a three time All- Conference performer in football and eight time track and field champion. Armstead is not only a fantastic athlete, he has a high football IQ as well. Armstead needs improved lower body strength and excelled against sub-par competition in college. Some project him at guard, versatility that the Redskins love, especially along the offensive line.”

Jon Davis February 21, 20138:53 am

Gil Brandt of NFL.com says of Terron Armstead:

“Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Armstead really looked good at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He’s a very bright, very smart guy who moves around well. He did, however, look out of place at the Senior Bowl. Now we’ll get to see if, in the few weeks since that event, he’s been able to correct some of the weaknesses people were seeing in him.”

http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/0ap1000000140643/article/nfl-combine-success-stories-set-bar-for-hopefuls-like-ej-manuel

Jon Davis February 21, 20138:49 am

Mike Mayock doesn’t have Tyler Wilson in his top-5 QB’s. I say that’s absurd per multiple sources. We’ll see:

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0ap1000000139744/article/precombine-position-rankings-for-2013-nfl-draft

Jon Davis February 21, 20138:42 am

Linemen and Tightends perform bench pressing tomorrow (Friday). So that begins the physical aspect of the combine, but the real show start Saturday.

Jon Davis February 21, 20138:37 am

LB Manti Te’o will have a ton of pressure on him over the next 48-hours, as will other players who had “issues” or circumstances that affected them outside of football while in college.

No doubt most of these guys just want to run, jump, throw and perform drills rather than get grilled by C-level managers looking for cracks in the foundations of a player’s psyche.

Jon Davis February 21, 20138:33 am

The first two days of the NFL combine allow players to charm would-be employers or show off their knowledge of the game.

Jon Davis February 21, 20138:32 am

Thursday and Friday are media and interview days for the combine, most of which is behind the scenes.

Jon Davis February 20, 201310:03 am

Fox Sports calls Ty one of the 5 small school guys to watch for:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/2013-scouting-combine-preview-021413

Jon Davis February 20, 201310:02 am

During Senior Bowl practice, Ty Powell “seemed to be all over the field”, per Mile High Sports.

@lawlornfl – Eagles scout commented on Ty, “who the hell is this guy!?”

#5 on defense kept cleanly beating his blocker. Whether it was a power move, rip, swim or just pure speed and quickness, Powell couldn’t be stopped.

A sleeper who could move up…?

Jon Davis February 20, 20139:57 am

Cardinal and white Hog…. edit below

Jon Davis February 20, 20139:56 am

Even though Dennis Johnson won’t be at the combine, he’s on almost everyone’s “Biggest Combine Snubs” list, including the Philadelphia Eagles:

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Highlighting-10-Combine-Snubs/f5e68cce-4c87-4516-9caf-07626d288a93

From my perspective, Dennis put the rock on the ground a bit much but beyond that he’s one of the toughest runners ever to wear the cardinal and red Hog.

His legs always churn, his pad level is low and he run behind those pads and DJ looked for contact with every run… these opposing defenders agree with me:

http://www.qeyik.com/watch=0_7PYTtToEM_.html

Here he is against Florida (scroll to 1:32 to see him truck a Gator):

Jon Davis February 20, 20139:48 am

Alvin Bailey and Cobi Hamilton look like day 2-3 type prospects:

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Draft-Rumblings-What-NFP-is-hearing-from-around-the-NFL.html

Everything can change in Indy though.

Jon Davis February 20, 20139:41 am

UAPB Product Terron Armstead:

Was a standout at the Shrine Game. Had a tough start on with some ugly reps in one-on-one drills, but he recovered and improved throughout practice, finishing strong and earning some praise from coaches. A left OT, Armstead doesn’t have ideal length or power, but he showed good feet.

– CBSSports reports

Jon Davis February 20, 20139:31 am

Denver Post talks about Knile Davis. The Broncos have picks throughout the draft and RB is a need on their roster.

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_22585095/big-backs-easy-see-nfl-draft-but-still

Davis will destroy other backs at the combine, but he’s injury prone (2011 & 12) and has had ball security issues.

But his combine numbers may move him up from projected 5-6 rounds.

Jon Davis February 20, 20138:56 am

Kansas City Start speculates if their Chiefs will take Tyler with their #1 pick overall:

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/01/30/4039150/could-qb-tyler-wilson-move-up.html

Jon Davis February 20, 20138:54 am

Tyler Wilson’s stock is soaring, the following few articles have him going in the first 10 picks.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Mock-Draft-Senior-Bowl-EJ-Manuel-Ryan-Nassib-Tyler-Wilson-first-round-quarterbacks-012113

6th to Cleveland

Jon Davis February 20, 20138:50 am

We’re going to bring you news and updates on players from the Natural State as they compete to earn a spot at the next level.

Check with us before, during and after the draft to get news updates and information.

This week, the NFL Combine.

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32 Responses to “Arkansans in the NFL Combine – Coverage & Analysis”

  1. @SportingLifeArk
    February 23, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    WOW! @UAPBAthletics footballer Terron Armstead is turing heads at the combine with his speed! WOW! http://t.co/ZcGRevd8Ca

  2. @SportingLifeArk
    February 23, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Terron Armstead from UAPB is tearing it UP at the combine. http://t.co/ZcGRevd8Ca

  3. @SportingLifeArk
    February 23, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    Do you want to see some video of that Armstead run? The OL in the 40 at sub-5 sec speed: http://t.co/ZcGRevd8Ca cc: @DavisJon

  4. @uapbcjames
    February 23, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    “@SportingLifeArk: Terron Armstead from UAPB is tearing it UP at the combine. http://t.co/xmdRfp7NAy”

  5. @uapbcjames
    February 23, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    “@SportingLifeArk: Do you want to see some video of that Armstead run? The OL in the 40 at sub-5 sec speed: http://t.co/xmdRfp7NAy

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