Quiet day two for Pac-12 players at the NFL Combine
After a few notable appearances in front of the media and on the field during day one, it was a relatively quiet Saturday for former Pac-12 players at the NFL Combine. That doesn't mean they didn't leave an impression however, as day two marked the conclusion of on-field workouts for offensive linemen, tight end and specialists.
A few news and notes from Saturday's session at Lucas Oil Stadium:
- Stanford's Zach Ertz was probably the most buzzed about Pac-12 player as he tries to prove he's the top tight end in the draft and worthy of a 1st round pick. He ran a 4.65 40-yard dash but didn't appear to create any separation between him and Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert at the position. Ertz was also very solid in the pass-catching drills.
- Oregon offensive tackle Kyle Long was one player who saw plenty of scouts paying him extra attention. He ran a 4.94 in the 40-yard dash to rank third at his position on Saturday and wound up as the top performer in the broad jump and 20-yard shuttle. It seems pretty clear that he's among those elevating their draft stock over the past few weeks.
- Cal's Keenan Allen won't go through drills until his pro day and that has definitely taken a bit of luster off one of the top receiver prospects. "I'm definitely disappointed," he told CBSSports.com. "I wanted to come here and show everyone what I could do. I was definitely on target for a 4.4."
- A few other 40-yard dash times: Cal's Brian Schwenke, 4.99; Colorado's Nick Kasa, 4.71; David Bakhtiari, 5.09; Stanford's Levine Toilolo, 4.86; UCLA's Jeff Baca, 5.03
- Former Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh had an interesting way of explaining his take on prospects that were untruthful:
"Somebody that's not truthful?" Harbaugh said. "That's big to me. I'm a big fan of the Judge Judy show, and when you lie in Judge Judy's courtroom it's over. Your credibility is completely lost. You have no chance of winning that case. So I learned that from her. It's very powerful, and it’s true. Because if somebody does lie to you how can you ever trust anything they say after that? Ronald Reagan, another person of great wisdom and advice: 'Trust but we will verify.'"
- Sunday will be an action-packed day in Indianpolis. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs will be on the field for drills while defensive linemen and linebackers will be on the bench press. Defensive backs will also meet with the media.