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The 2012 NFL Combine comes to a close on Tuesday with the defensive backs going through their final drills of the week-long event. Because of the proceedings' staggered arrival system, the defensive backs were the last group of players to arrive in Indianapolis, which came on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.
Iloka had his measurements taken on Saturday and then went through psychological testing on Saturday. Tuesday will be his day to run the 40-yard dash and run through a variety of other drills that will test his speed, quickness, strength and etc.
Iloka is looking to become the third Boise State player to ever be selected in the first-round of the NFL Draft. The last one to be drafted in the first round was safety Kyle Wilson in the 2010 NFL Draft.
A trio of Boise St. Broncos defensive linemen has completed their 40-yard dashes at the 2012 NFL Combine on Monday, the penultimate day of the event. Tyrone Crawford, Shea McClellin and Billy Winn all ran the event on Monday morning, coming in with times of 5.00 seconds or better.
McClellin was the best with a 4.63 official time. That should help improve his draft stock and make him a good defensive end prospect. It is also possible that a team might want to try him as a linebacker, but he worked out as a defensive lineman at the Combine. Tyrone Crawford followed with a 4.89 second run and defensive tackle Billy Winn came in at 5.00 (and to make an unnecessary comparison, DT Dontari Poe is nearly 350 pounds and ran a 4.87 40).
NFL.com has the complete results.
The 2012 NFL Combine is in Day 6 on Monday, which means all of the offensive players are finished and the defensive players remain. And it also means there are enough results in that we can start to see significant changes in projecting picks for each team in the latest round of NFL mock drafts. Or not. In David Fucillo's latest 2012 NFL mock draft, the Denver Broncos still go with Michigan St. Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.
There's only so many ways for the last few months to say that drafting a defensive tackle makes sense for the Broncos. Last week, John Elway did confirm that defensive tackle is one of the overriding concerns for the team this offseason, so we know that this would not be an unexpected pick for the Broncos.
The Denver Broncos have come away impressed with quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler after meeting with both of them recently, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Denver picks No. 25 overall in the draft and could potentially select a new quarterback there.
While fans are admittedly enamored with current Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the team continues to survey other options while acknowledging that the former Florida Gator still isn't a sure thing. Weeden, the 28-year-old QB out of Oklahoma State, is considered to be an impressive pure passer, but it's hard for teams to ignore how unusually old he is for a prospect.
Osweiler also impressed the Broncos, according to Klis. Osweiler, a one-year starter at Arizona State before declaring for the draft, is an impressive athlete standing at 6-foot-7, but he didn't participate in any combine drills while recovering from a sprained foot. Klis says that both players are expected to be selected in the second round.
Boise St. Broncos safety George Iloka had his official height and weight measured on Sunday at the 2012 NFL Combine and he came in one inch taller and several pounds heavier than what he was listed at during his college days:
George Iloka measured at 6-4, 225 today— Bronco Beat (@IDS_BroncoBeat) February 26, 2012
Will that size help him move into the first round of the NFL Draft, becoming just third Boise State player to be selected in the first round? The last Boise State player to go in the first round was safety Kyle Wilson in 2010.
Iloka has two more days of Combine work to go through. Psychological tests will take place on Monday before skill drills on Tuesday.
The 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis becomes just a bit smaller on Sunday morning since those players who arrived on Wednesday will have already departed. That group includes the kickers, punters, offensive linemen and tight ends. Left in Indianapolis are the star positions of quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The entire defensive side of players is there as well.
For the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, it will be a long day of actual testing that involves everyone's favorite 40-yard dash. This will certainly be the day where we see players rise and fall in draft stock.
The defensive front seven get their psychological testing done while the defensive backs will have their measurements done. Boise State Broncos safety George Iloka will find out if he really is 6 feet 3 and 207 pounds.
Colorado Buffaloes offensive lineman Ryan Miller is the only member of the team at the 2012 NFL Combine, but he's putting on a good show during his final day in Indianapolis. He's taking part in his skill drills on Saturday and he's already run the 40-yard dash:
Scouts say Colorado T Ryan Miller ran a 5.20 40-yard dash today. That's a good showing for him. His pro day is March 8.— Jeff Legwold(@Jeff_Legwold) February 25, 2012
Miller played mostly guard for the Buffaloes, but he's likely to end up as a right tackle in the NFL, following Nate Solder as the latest Colorado tackle to be selected in the draft. Solder, though, won't be going as high as Solder did (17th overall to the New England Patriots).
If his other workouts go as well, Miller should move up on draft boards at this time.
Saturday marks Day 4 of the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis: the first arrivals finish out their schedules while the defensive backs begin their own process for the next four days. And in between the first and last groups there will be more measurements and psychological testing.
Colorado offensive tackle Ryan Miller will close out his Combine with timing, stations and skill drills on Saturday -- in other words, he'll be on the field running and moving around cones and whatnot. The same for Boise State's Nate Potter.
Kellen Moore and Doug Martin will attend an NFLPA meeting, undergo more psychological evaluation and take part in move interviews. Their fellow Boise State teammates, defensive ends Tyrone Crawford and Shea McClellin and defensive tackle Billy Winn, will get their official measurements.
George Iloka arrives on Saturday morning, takes part in orientation and gets some X-rays.
Check out the full schedule here.
The 2012 NFL Combine welcomes its final participants to Indianapolis on Saturday. The final two groups (10 and 11) consist of defensive backs, among them Boise St. Broncos safety George Iloka. He is currently trying to move his way into the first round, though he is already widely considered to be the top free safety in the 2012 NFL Draft (and second only to Alabama's Mark Barron in overall safety rankings).
If Iloka does wind up as a first-round draft pick, he would be just the third Boise State player to be drafted that high. Current Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady was the 12th overall pick in the 2008 draft and safety Kyle Wilson wound up as the No. 29 overall selection to the New York Jets in 2010. It would appear that Boise State is in line to have another first-round pick in this even-year draft.
Iloka will just register, receive a hospital pre-exam with X-rays and then deal with orientation and interviews on Saturday. We won't know until Sunday if Iloka is close to the 6 feet 3 and 207 pounds he was usually reported at during college. His on-field skills tests won't come until Tuesday, the final day of the Combine.
A complete schedule can be found here.
The top running backs for the 2012 NFL Draft arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday for the Combine and had the bare minimum to do upon arrival, just registering and get some X-rays done. On Friday, those running backs, including Boise State's Doug Martin and former Colorado Buffaloes player Darrell Scott, had their measurements done.
Martin came in, as expected, at 5 feet 9 and 223 pounds. This puts him among the shortest running backs in Indianapolis, but Oregon's LaMichael James leads a group of running backs that stand 5 feet 8. None of them is expected to be drafted as high as Martin, projected by some analysts as a late first-round draft pick. James could, if all goes well for him, wind up as a second round pick, but we'll need to see how he does in his later workouts at the Combine and then at his Pro Day.
Scott, who finished his career with the South Florida Bulls, checked in at 6 feet and 230 pounds. Scott transferred to South Florida in 2010 after it was clear that he was going to fight for playing time during the 2009 season. He left school early for the NFL.
Boise St. Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore is the all-time wins leader in NCAA history, so he certainly casts a long shadow for anyone future college quarterback looking to challenge his record of 50 victories. However, he's going to have an uphill battle when he transitions to the NFL since evaluators will certainly (but possibly incorrectly) be concerned with his height:
1st question for Kellen Moore is what he measured at: "I got to 6-foot so you can let everyone know about it"— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 24, 2012
He wouldn't be the first 6-foot-tall quarterback in the NFL. We need only look at the success that Drew Brees has had in this league. While we can point to Brees as an example of a short quarterback succeeding in the NFL, let's not start calling Moore the next Brees, who was the first pick of the second round in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Moore is looking at being a late-round draft pick during Rounds 4-7 on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Just one day after John Fox spoke with the media at the 2012 NFL Combine, Denver Broncos executive John Elway took the podium and answered many questions, including, obviously, one about Tim Tebow. Elway said that he hopes Tebow is "the guy for a long, long time." Toward the end of the session, Elway did tackle a question about defensive tackle questions for the team:
Elway: "We have a lot of high priorities...Defensive tackle is no question an area we want to get better, but we also have some others."— Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) February 24, 2012
Elway went on to add that he wants to bring back Brodrick Bunkley, whom the team acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in August. Though, Elway closed that comment out with a note that he wants all of his free agents back. Whether that's legitimately his belief is another matter.
The 2012 NFL Combine hits Day 3 on Friday, and that's when the good stuff starts happening. The first two days of the Combine saw the first players arrive on Wednesday and then get their official measurements on Thursday. Those players were the offensive linemen, the special teams players and the tight ends. The quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday and will get their measurements done on Friday.
The new set of arrivals on Friday includes the defensive linemen and the linebackers, including Boise State's Shea McClellin, Billy Winn and Tyrone Crawford. They will get a hospital pre-exam and x-rays done along with registration, orientation and interviews.
The Wednesday arrivals have a meeting with the NFLPA scheduled to go with psychological testing and more interviews. Additionally, the kickers and special teamers will have their workouts on Friday.
A full schedule can be found here.
Day 3 of the 2012 NFL Combine marks the arrival of the defensive front seven: defensive linemen and linebackers. For the former Boise St. Broncos players selected to participate in the Combine, this means that defensive ends Shea McClellin and Tyrone Crawford and defensive tackle Billy Winn will begin their journey through the pokes and prods of the NFL's battery of test over the next several days.
On Thursday, quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin arrived in Indianapolis to get started on their Combine journey while offensive tackle Nate Potter is going through the thick of things. That leaves safety George Iloka to arrive on Friday.
Because of the tiered arrival system, Day 3's arrivals will stay until Monday to get through all of the interviews and tests.
The 2012 NFL Combine is underway in Indianapolis, but before the prospects get to the drills that could end up making them a lot of money come April, they must first be weighed-in.
The official weigh-in numbers for offensive linemen have been released, and included in the bunch are Ryan Miller and Nate Potter.
Weight: 321 lbs
College: Boise State
Weight: 303 lbs
Miller, who is probably a late-round draft pick at this point, was listed at 6'8", 295 lbs. on the Colorado athletics website. Potter, who is projected by some services as a fourth or fifth rounder at this stage, also checked in a little heavier than his listed weight in college.
Ryan Miller is in Day 2 of the NFL Combine and that certainly means time for interviews. On Thursday, Miller discussed the help he received from former teammate and current New England Patriot offensive tackle Nate Solder (via DenverBroncos.com):
"Nate has been a great asset to have in this," Miller said. "He has been giving out advice, kind of the dos and don’ts, ‘Maybe you should try this, this might work for you, this didn’t work for me,’ kind of things. It’s been very valuable."
Solder made it to the Super Bowl as a rookie for the New England Patriots. He played right tackle and was an extra tight end on the line often enough. Miller is also expected to play right tackle in the NFL, but he likely won't be hearing his name called until Day 3 of the draft (Solder was a first-round selection).
The 2012 NFL Combine officially kicked off on Wednesday, as kickers, punters, offensive linemen and tight ends all made their way to Indianapolis. On Thursday, quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs joined in on the fun. There are some big names from college football like Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Justin Blackmon, Trent Richardson, and Michael Floyd who are the stars of the group, but Boise State running back Doug Martin is primed to make a big move up the draft board. Matt Bowen of the National Football Post thinks Martin can really improve his position with a good week in Indianapolis:
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State: The RB was explosive through the hole and displayed good vision in practice. What does a solid workout do for Martin? I think it puts him in a position (with Miami's Lamar Miller and Virginia Tech's David Wilson) as the second RB to come off the board after Alabama's Trent Richardson.
Group 1 (P/K, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)
Measurements, medical examinations, media, psychological testing, interviews
Group 4 (QB, WR), Group 5 (QB, WR), Group 6 (RB)
Travel to Indianapolis, registration, hospital pre-exam and X-rays, orientation, interviews
You can find the full list of players invited to the 2012 NFL Combine via the NFL Combine's official website.
There will be heavier focus on other players at the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis that started on Wednesday, but Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated notes that two Boise State defensive players are among those with the most to gain by playing well in front of NFL scouts and executives this week.
While several players could make major gains on draft boards around the league by thriving in Indianapolis, it may be especially true for two Boise State defenders in safety George Iloka and linebacker Shea McClellin. Here's what Pauline said about Iloka:
In a position group lacking talent, Iloka impressed teams during the Senior Bowl. He's currently the top free safety on draft boards around the league. If Iloka performs as expected (4.50 seconds and 25 reps on the bench at 225 pounds) he'll likely secure a spot in the early part of the second round.
Iloka is a lock to get drafted somewhat early, but he could really establish himself legitimate second-round pick at the Combine. Pauline believes that the same could be true for McClellin, as well:
McClellin has made a steady climb up draft boards. He was a devastating pass rusher at defensive end for Boise State, then made the seamless transition to linebacker at the Senior Bowl. He's another hybrid prospect who will jump up draft boards with good postings in the 40. A time no worse than 4.72 seconds could move him into the late part of the second round.
While neither player is expected to be a first-round pick at this point, there are still weeks before teams will have their draft boards firmly in place. Impressing scouts in Indy this week could be another key step towards that goal.
Ryan Miller is the only Colorado Buffaloes player at the 2012 NFL Combine -- the only prospect from any of the local Colorado schools for that matter -- but on Tuesday he informed us that he got into Indianapolis a day early.
Touched down in Indy— Ryan Miller (@Rmiller73) February 21, 2012
Players who arrive on each of the first three days of the Combine are allowed to come in a day early to schedule their medical exams (but only schedule them). On Wednesday, Miller won't be doing much more than registering, having X-rays taken, going through orientation and interviewing with several teams.
While he played mostly guard during his Colorado career, Miller is viewed as a right tackle by NFL evaluators, according to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post. Former teammate RT Nate Solder was drafted 17th overall by the Patriots in 2011, but Miller is looking like a Day 3 draft prospect right now. His size (6 feet 7, 326 pounds before the Combine weigh-in) is similar to Solder's, which should ease concerns about that.
Miller will be at the Combine through Saturday, Feb. 25.
The 2012 NFL Combine begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22, but only the Colorado Buffaloes' Ryan Miller will be there from the three local Division I football teams. Miller, a guard who is expected to be a late-round draft pick, will arrive on Wednesday as part of the first group of players that includes offensive lineman, kickers, punters and tight ends. He'll go through a battery of tests and interviews up until he leaves on Saturday.
Among prospects the Broncos may be interested in, we see defensive tackles Michael Brockers, Fletcher Cox, Devon Still and Jerel Worthy arrive on Friday. Defensive tackle looks to be the No. 1 priority for the Broncos to address in this year's draft, but the team certainly won't be afraid to draft a different position if that is how the board shapes up.
Here is a complete list of the players that will be in attendance.
The 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22, with the arrival of offensive linemen, tight ends and special teams players. The rest of the position players will arrive on a staggered schedule: the offensive skill players start on Thursday; the defensive linemen and the linebackers get underway on Friday; and the defensive backs mark the beginning of the end on Saturday.
As a result of this tiered system, players that begin on Wednesday will finish on Saturday. And those who start on Saturday will finish on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
A complete schedule of the week's events can be found here. The schedule for the Day 1 arrivals represents the system the league has set up to help teams with their draft evaluation:
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Arrive in Indianapolis, Register, Exams and X-rays, Orientation Interviews
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media Session, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, PK/ST Workout, Interviews
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis
The official 2012 NFL Combine Invite List came out and the Boise St. Broncos, as we have known for some time, will have seven players in Indianapolis. Those seven players are defensive end Tyrone Crawford, free safety George Iloka, running back Doug Martin, defensive end Shea McClellin, quarterback Kellen Moore, offensive tackle Nate Potter, and defensive tackle Billy Winn.
Related: SB Nation 2012 NFL Mock Draft
The will be poked, prodded and tested in numerous drills to determine much change there will be in draft stock, though the draft is two months later and future pro days could also change things. Martin figure to be the highest draft pick of all of them, potentially going somewhere in the back end of the first round. Iloka, McClellin and Winn could go as early as Rounds 2 or 3 on Day 2 of the draft. Moore is looking at Round 4 or later right now.
The Colorado Buffaloes are going to be a little light in representation at the 2012 NFL Combine. The official invite list is out and offensive guard Ryan Miller is the only player from Boulder heading to Indianapolis to be subjected to a whole number of tests that scouts and fans will obsess over endlessly until the NFL Draft takes place at the end of April.
Related: SB Nation 2012 NFL Mock Draft
Miller is likely looking at being selected on Day 3 of the NFL draft, probably Round 5 or later. Tyler Hansen, who wasn't invited to the Combine, will look to be a late-round pick too.
Last year, the Buffs had three players go to Indianapolis for the Combine: offensive tackle Nate Solder and cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown. Solder was drafted in the first round by the New England Patriots while Smith went later in the round to the Baltimore Ravens. Brown was taken in the fourth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Boise State senior Kellen Moore has received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, as the quarterback told Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman. The event takes place Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis, and showcases many of the draft's top prospects to the 30 NFL teams.
Moore has been one of the top quarterbacks in the nation over the past couple years while leading Boise State. He holds the all-time record for wins by a starting quarterback on an FBS team with a 50-3 career record and is a two-time All-American. He finished the 2011 season with a 74 percent completion rate, 3800 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
The quarterback isn't considered a major prospect for the sport's highest level of competition given his lack of size, but we've seen small quarterbacks prove doubters wrong before. Moore certainly didn't have trouble succeeding against the best that college football could offer.
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