[caption id="attachment_12987" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III shows off his monster socks during a news conference in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at the Davey O'Brien Award dinner. (AP Photo/Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Max Faulkner) MAGS OUT"] [/caption] The action finally shifts to the field here at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, as the offensive linemen and tight ends will go through their workouts today.
CBS Sports’ draft blog has the full list of bench press results for the offensive line and tight ends.
My story today from the scouting combine focuses on the Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s search for a quarterback in this year’s draft.
Carroll will have to figure out if guys like Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins make sense as a developmental prospect behind Tarvaris Jackson.
However, probably the best fit for Seattle is Robert Griffin III. He has the mobility, athleticism, accuracy and smarts the Seahawks are looking for. But he’ll likely go in the top five in the draft, and Seattle has to determine at No. 12 overall if they have the draft capital to leap quarterback-hungry teams like Cleveland, Washington and Miami to get him.
So what would it take?
Three years ago in the 2009 draft the New York Jets moved up from No. 17 to Cleveland’s pick at No. 5, trading their first and second-round draft pick, along with three players to select quarterback Mark Sanchez.
And just last year, Atlanta bolted up the draft board 21 spots with a trade for Cleveland’s No. 6 overall pick and the right to select receiver Julio Jones.
That Falcons gave up a king’s ransom, trading the team’s first-round pick at No. 27, second- (59th) and fourth-round (124th) picks in the 2011 draft, along with their first- and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft.
Carroll and general manager John Schneider are both risk takers and I think would be willing to make a move, but the problem is they might not have enough draft capital to get up far enough to get Griffin.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times considers if Griffin has done enough to charm his way into being the top pick in the draft.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports believes that Griffin is worth the risk of trading up in the draft to get him.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at this year’s young passers at the combine.
ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that Carroll got in a joke at the NCAA’s expense when a New York reporter asked about his former players meshing well and having fun under Rex Ryan’s direction with the Jets. The reporter asked if Carroll ever had to ramp down the fun while at USC: "Well, the NCAA thought we had to," joked Carroll.
If you’re interested in seeing the coin flip you can watch the riveting drama unfold at this video link.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that he believes Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be selected in the first half of the first round, similar to Jake Locker and Christian Ponder last year.