INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Quinton Coples stood at the podium, knowing what was coming and ready with an answer. Coples, generally considered the 2012 NFL Draft’s best player at one of its most coveted, difficult-to-find positions, registered seven-and-a-half sacks this past season. The number wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, either.
INDIANAPOLIS — Baylor receiver Kendall Wright was asked about Robert Griffin III’s practice habits, his deep ball accuracy, his personality and his socks at the NFL Scouting Combine. He noted that Griffin has Hello Kitty socks but was partial to the Heisman Trophy winner’s famous Superman socks. There was a lot reporters wanted to know about Wright’s teammate — much more than they wanted to know about the receiver himself.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The weekend will come and go, and the big names will not throw. That has been perhaps the biggest news at the NFL Scouting Combine this week, and while it’s not unusual that the top quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft chose to spend their weekend in Indianapolis mostly talking, running and being measured, it makes the dynamics of this year’s pre-draft process clearer.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Morris Claiborne is largely regarded as the top cornerback available in the draft. The Jaguars may be drafting a bit too late at No. 7 to get him, but he’d sure be a great fit. Jacksonville has a quality young corner in Derek Cox. But veteran Rashean Mathis is about to be an unrestricted free agent and is coming off a torn ACL. Even if he’s re-signed and recovered for opening day, the Jaguars need their next starting corner on the roster.