Boil it down and really the NFL combine is the world’s most expensive President’s Fitness Challenge.
You remember that. If you did enough pullups, situps and ran a half mile fast enough, you got a patch. There were kids who wallpapered their rooms with Presidential Fitness patches. And then there were kids who read comic books (me).
The NFL combine is the President’s fitness patch times 10. Instead of a patch, players can earn the financial wherewithal to buy a house and have it built with fitness patches.
It’s running, jumping, lifting and talking.
There are nine Hawkeyes here. Punter Ryan Donahue, tight end Allen Reisner and guard Julian Vandervelde will speak today somewhere between the hours of 10 and 5. Northern Iowa tight end Schulay Oordt also will be talking.
Quarterback Ricky Stanzi, defensive linemen Adrian Clayborn, Christian Ballard and Karl Klug, linebacker Jeremiha Hunter and safety Tyler Sash also represent the Hawkeyes. Iowa’s nine players (should’ve been 10 with DJK) are one of the most by any school. (And hey, where’s fullback Brett Morse?)
I’ll be talking to the Iowa players along with the army of media here.
This week, Clayborn (@AjaClay) tweeted that he received a text from former Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer, who cracked the Colts starting lineup last fall as a rookie, on what to expect at the combine.
“Be ready to get ur [bleep] measured at the combine.” And, yes, that’s classic Pat Angerer.
Of the Iowa contingent, Stanzi, Clayborn and Ballard could make significant waves here. Clayborn is a first-rounder in a lot of mock drafts. He could go anywhere from eight to 20. With a great combine, Ballard could sneak into the late first round. Stanzi can solidify himself as a third rounder and maybe sneak into the second, if there’s a huge run on QBs.
NFL head coaches and a few GMs also are talking. With everything that’s gone on with Iowa football in the last month or so and my intense focus on the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, I’ve lost track of the NFL comings and goings.
Carolina head coach Ron Rivera just talked. Broncos head coach John Fox is talking now. He used to be the Carolina coach.
They have psychological testing here. I might look into that.
Here’s the schedule for interviews:
Today — O-linemen, kickers, punters, long snappers and tight ends
(Donahue, Reisner, Oordt, Vandervelde)
Friday — Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
(Stanzi, who will become the first Iowa quarterback to hear his name in the draft since Matt Rodgers went in the 12th round to the Buffalo Bills in 1992.)
Saturday — D-linemen, linebackers
(Ballard, Clayborn, Klug, Hunter)
Sunday — Defensive backs
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