Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NFL Combine begins, but not yet for Spartans

The first players are getting started at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis today, but there won't be any 40 times or vertical jumps for a few days.

Groups 1, 2 and 3, which includes special teams, offensive linemen and tight ends will be going through registration, hospital pre-exams, X-rays, orientation and interviews today. All other position groups begin later in the week.

No Spartan is in these first three groups, but there are six Spartans who will be working out in Indy: quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Edwin Baker, wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy and safety Trenton Robinson.

Groups 4, 5 and 6, which include quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers, will start tomorrow.

Groups 7, 8 and 9, which include defensive linemen and linebackers, will start Friday.

Groups 10 and 11, which include defensive backs, will start Saturday.

Each group's second day includes measurements, physical examinations, media, psychological testing and interviews.

The third day includes an NFLPA meeting, psychological testing, and interviews.

The fourth and final day includes the workout (timing, station and skill drills).

Cousins, Cunningham and Robinson boosted their stock a bit at the Senior Bowl, while Martin and early-entrants Baker and Worthy have only been working out.

With good performances in Indianapolis, Worthy could get into the first round and Cousins could get into the second round. The rest of the Spartans likely are just performing to get drafted at some point. I'd say Baker has the most pressure to do well at the Combine, as his size and production last season will be issues for him.

Once the Spartans begin doing work, I'll have more coverage of the Combine.

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