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Combine Report: Thursday

1. First Item I found came from Jerry McDonald. Here is the quote:
One personnel expert’s assessment of LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey as opposed to USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis: “Dorsey. Hands down. He’s a top four pick no question while Ellis is a nice player but belongs in the top 15.”

I got pretty heavily criticized for saying we could get Ellis at 8. I think the Senior Bowl really hyped Ellis up among the fans. Apparently there is at least one personnel expert that thinks Ellis is more of a top 15 guy. If we start hearing more of this, then I might have to say I told you so, but I'll wait on that until after the combine results.

2. Also from Jerry: – According to one personnel man, Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter, scheduled for free agency after voiding the final year of his contract, may not get the big payday he desires.

“Can’t run,” he said.


3. Jake Long is apparently left-handed. I wonder just how much advantage that would give him being at LT? I would think it is significant. If only Barry Sims would stop being a douche and play RT. Video Press Conference Here.

4. Instead of compiling a list of measurable myself, which is a chore, I have found a good place to get them, for everyone interested. This has all the numbers not just 40-times.

5. This is quality. Is anyone surprised? I'm not, everyone should know we have the best tailgaters in the NFL. Our Joe Schmoes would blow to socks off of the best in other NFL cities...they should have just given them the award and saved them the trip.

5. Apparently Ryan Clady played in a zone blocking system at Boise State and also worked out with Jackie Slater our former line coach.What is more interesting? The fact a top OT ran zone blocking or that he worked out with Slater? I'd say both are red flags for a top OT prospect. Unless of course you run the zone blocking system and want one of the best that has done that. Going to a man scheme could hurt Clady, so it is possible he could fall on draft day. The fact he worked with Slater a HOFer who doesn't have a great track record as a line coach is concerning. Then again, was it Slater or Shell our Irv calling the shots for the line in 2006? Tough to say, interesting though.

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