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NFL Combine 2012: Saturday Recap


Following a few days of media availability (blah blah blah), the first day of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine workouts is finally now in the books, with the offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists having flexed their muscles for the bean counters Saturday.

Make the jump for a recap of the highlights, news, and notes from the day's action (psst, don't tell anyone else, but it involved a lot of stopwatch clicking).

Bucky Brooks posted this piece on with his list of notable standouts, including TEs Ladarius Green and Michael Egnew, and offensive linemen Cordy Glenn, David DeCastro, and Adam Gettis. colleague Steve Wyche really liked what he saw from OTs Matt Kalil (whose older brother Ryan, starts at center for the Panters), Jonathan Martin, and Riley Reiff.

In this video, Michael Lombardi tells us that he is impressed by the OL and TEs (but the specialists left something to be desired?).

An blog post discusses the role of the spotter in the bench press at the Combine, Arizona Cardinals strength coach, John Lott.

Dig Lott's philosophy, in his own words:

"(Prospects) might've gone through a Wonderlic Test about how their grandma fed them, about how they didn't have a dad in their life, and we find out about their history and how they enjoy football, if they've been in a fistfight," Lott said. "OK, I hear what you're saying, but this is, ‘I see what you're doing.' This is, ‘Have you been working out? And when you've been working out, how strong are you? And when you start to fade out, how long can you last?'"

John Clayton filed his observations on, encouraging the Vikings to take Matt Kalil @ #3 overall, touting David DeCastro as the best guard prospect since 2001, poking holes in some other o-line prospects, spouting stuff about the 40 times of the TEs, and plotting some next homes for Peyton Manning, should he get released by the Colts.'s Combine blog ended Saturday with pieces about Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler and ANOTHER Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin comparison (spare me, please).

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What does all this tell us? No one knows. We've just got a bunch more numbers now that may or may not indicate who may or may not do well in the NFL. Salud!