The NFL Combine Begins
For those of you who are desperate for football (be it college or pro) news, today is a minor holiday. That’s because today, eight Nittany Lions have arrived at the 2009 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
[Penn State tackle Gerald] Cadogan will be joined by teammates Lydell Sargeant, A.Q. Shipley, Aaron Maybin, Derrick Williams, Maurice Evans, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood at the Combine, which lasts from Feb. 18-24.
However, today is mostly check-in. Cadogan and Shipley will be involved in drills on Saturday, the Smurfs are working out on Sunday, the DE combo of Maybin and Evans on Monday, and finally Sargeant on Tuesday. We’ll post pertinent information regarding results as soon as they become available.
For those of you who don’t happen to know, the NFL Combine is an invitational event where aspiring pro players make their case to each of the 32 franchises. The website calls it a “job fair” for prospective players. Among the most important events are interviews with head coaches, the Wonderlic test, the 40-yard dash, and bench press.
Arguably, Aaron Maybin has the most to prove – he is widely regarded as a high-upside player who scouts contend would have benefitted from staying an extra year in Happy Valley. Monday will be the first indication as to whether this belief is accurate.
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