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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23LSU">#LSU</a> center/guard P.J. Lonergan posted a 5.29 in his 40-yard dash this morning at the Combine.</p>&mdash; nakia hogan (@nakiahogan) <a href="https://twitter.com/nakiahogan/status/305351529588744192">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Joeckel 40 drops to a 5.35. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23TAMU">#TAMU</a></p>&mdash; Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) <a href="https://twitter.com/garlandgillen/status/305355359378362368">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ah, the doubt about Joeckel because of his 40 times is now setting in.</p>&mdash; Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/305359244155301890">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Posted up for Gus Bradley's press conference. Will keep you guys updated on the highlights.</p>&mdash; Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewFairburn/status/305356787706634240">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bradley says he was laughing at the punters and kickers doing heights and weights.</p>&mdash; Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewFairburn/status/305358771033612288">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Forgot to mention in Friday recap just how awesome Doug Marrone's press conference was. Will get a little something on that later</p>&mdash; ryan van bibber (@justRVB) <a href="https://twitter.com/justRVB/status/305357507822493697">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>O-Linemen clocking fast times at the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NFLCombine">#NFLCombine</a>. Big Men Moving Fast! That's how we roll! RBs love to see our big asses pulling to block!</p>&mdash; Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) <a href="https://twitter.com/WendellPierce/status/305357602412429315">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>That was my life as a young man playing Pontchartrain Park Football. A gridiron star at Gregory Jr. High in New Orleans before acting.</p>&mdash; Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) <a href="https://twitter.com/WendellPierce/status/305358274742583296">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gus Bradley echoes Jeff Fisher on defending option &amp; pistol offenses: speed all over and good cover corners</p>&mdash; ryan van bibber (@justRVB) <a href="https://twitter.com/justRVB/status/305359662725877761">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Bradley helpfully explains the similarities in an offense like Wilson vs Kaepernick, smarts &amp; ability to confuse a DEF w/ speed</p>&mdash; ryan van bibber (@justRVB) <a href="https://twitter.com/justRVB/status/305360297030467584">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>ding, ding RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/lancezierlein">lancezierlein</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/nfldraftscout">nfldraftscout</a> It's all on tape.I don't give 6 turds about what he runs.</p>&mdash; Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/305360313295982592">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>We are in the NFL writer equivalent of camping out for concert tix now. "Waiting for Te'o", the stage show.</p>&mdash; Judy Battista (@judybattista) <a href="https://twitter.com/judybattista/status/305361489714352128">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Whoa, lunch is being served at the same time as we're waiting for Te'o. This is a dilemma.</p>&mdash; Judy Battista (@judybattista) <a href="https://twitter.com/judybattista/status/305362015214505986">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I'm going to auction my seat here at the Te'o press conference. I'll make back what the trip cost.</p>&mdash; Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/305365418686685186">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gil Brandt just crapped on everyone saying Te'o won't be here until 3 p.m. Awesome.</p>&mdash; Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/305365711340064770">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I'm saving a cookie for the first reporter that asks Te'o about "the option" offense</p>&mdash; ryan van bibber (@justRVB) <a href="https://twitter.com/justRVB/status/305365865925320704">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Te'o crowd has become the lunch line. And some lady just about fell off a chair. I want to go home.</p>&mdash; Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/305366378507010049">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Style guide: Avoid the clunky "hippopotamuses" or the pretentious "hippopotoi" by trying "hippos potamus"</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/status/305367421886267394">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>BYU DE Ziggy Ansah *has* showed up to the podium...if you need an end, he might be your Ansah! <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23trytheveal">#trytheveal</a></p>&mdash; shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) <a href="https://twitter.com/shalisemyoung/status/305369279505776640">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Collective media doing a hoagie scarfing challenge. RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/bobbybigwheel">bobbybigwheel</a>: When do they get to the hot dog eating competition at the Combine?</p>&mdash; Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/305371998496911360">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Can't wait for the stories analyzing how Te'o's performance at presser affects his draft stock.</p>&mdash; Les East (@EastAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/EastAdvocate/status/305377163035701250">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Nothing Te'o says or does at presser will affect where he's picked.</p>&mdash; Les East (@EastAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/EastAdvocate/status/305377372436312065">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gus Bradley is easily the happiest, most energetic coach I've seen. Makes Pete Carroll look like Mike McCarthy</p>&mdash; gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) <a href="https://twitter.com/greggrosenthal/status/305377741358915584">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Great, now everyone will call it the Harbine. ...RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/sinow">sinow</a>: PHOTO: The Harbaugh brothers at the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NFLCombine">#NFLCombine</a>: <a href="http://t.co/sd4AfFln6Z" title="http://instagr.am/p/WFTcN0gUoA/">instagr.am/p/WFTcN0gUoA/</a></p>&mdash; Les East (@EastAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/EastAdvocate/status/305378363533582337">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sharrif Floyd said first NFL game he EVER watched was the Super Bowl the Colts won. Liked to play, didn't like to sit still and watch.</p>&mdash; Judy Battista (@judybattista) <a href="https://twitter.com/judybattista/status/305380382344355840">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Muschamp told Floyd was a 1st, he was kicking him out of Florida.</p>&mdash; Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/305381060726894592">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dion Jordan is having shoulder surgery next week. Said 3-4 month rehab. Said he showed his toughness playing through it.</p>&mdash; Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewFairburn/status/305381860232544257">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Different at the combine ... Last 2 Februarys, there was 1 enormous story looming : Lockout in '11, Peyton in '12. Nothing close to that now</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/305384791228944386">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Saints Stuff

2013 Position Review: Quarterbacks | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Doyle

St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher discusses brief time with Rob Ryan and Gregg Williams | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Fisher reportedly said Ryan quit as the Rams' defensive coordinator.

Film of the NFC South chat - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Let's take a team-by-team look at the highlights from Friday's NFC South chat.

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Combine Coverage

The 2013 quarterback draft class isn't as highly regarded as the 2012 group | NOLA.com
Top prize winner in the "stating the obvious" category of today's FDL headlines.

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy is the top running back at the Combine | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Hamstring injury will prevent the Gretna native from participating in drills.

Local Standout The Fastest Man In The NFL Draft? | wwl.com
Mike Detillier - Despite not getting a Combine invitation WR/KR Charles Hawkins has gotten the attention of a number of teams in the NFL due to his all-purpose skills.

Terron Armstead, a 306-pound tackle, runs a jaw-dropping 40 | ProFootballTalk
Michael David Smith - Unless you’re a hard-core draft junkie or a fan of Arkansas Pine-Bluff, you’ve probably never heard of Terron Armstead.

Video: Armstead's incredible 40-yard dash | nfl.com
306-pound Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead runs an unofficial 4.65-second 40-yard dash.

2013 NFL Combine results: Don't let Luke Joeckel's 40 time fool you - SBNation.com
Dan Kadar - Luke Joeckel, arguably the top player in the 2013 NFL Draft ran poor 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine.

Jarvis Jones’ neck causes red flag for multiple teams | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio - It’s an injury that forced him out of Southern Cal that is getting NFL teams to yank him off their draft boards.

...and from The Lighter Side of the Combine

The NFL Combine's New Wonderlic Test, Designed To Measure Grown-Ass Adulthood - SBNation.com
Jon Bois - These days, 22-year-olds are miserably deficient in life skills.

Incompetents of the Life Combine, a test of us for the rest of us - SBNation.com
Jon Bois - Talent evaluations aren't just for football players. Here, we take a look at some of the worst-ever performances from the Life Combine, a series of tests designed to evaluate life skills for the rest of us.

Let's watch a large man running in slow-mo - SBNation.com
Brian Floyd - The 40 is a bit of a pointless exercise for offensive linemen, but it's still pretty fun to watch. Especially in slow-mo.

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Lagniappe

KSK Mock Draft: Potato Chip Flavors | Kissing Suzy Kolber
Unsilent Majority

2013 Dalton Hilliard Oilfield Networking & Celebrity Golf Tournament | sportsnola.com
From the WTF? department. Some BS news release from Dalton's tax shelter.

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