The NFL scouting combine always is good for story angles. Here are five that popped up over the weekend:
5. No QBs raising stock »
At least not enough to be a top-10 pick. West Virginia's Geno Smith ran well (4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash), and he did throw well at times. But he was inconsistent. He was the best of the quarterbacks but did not do enough to warrant a high pick.
4. Honey Badger exits » Tyrann Mathieu made it clear again he's leaving that nickname behind at LSU. That's fine. And he says his drug issues are done. Time will tell on that one. He was a playmaker in college, but the off-field issues plus a lack of height (5-foot-8) and concerns about his coverage skills will push him to the fourth round or so.
3. Speed kills » With the offensive players getting timed in the 40-yard dash, two offensive linemen stood out the most. Yes, there was the typical sizzling times by receivers: Texas' Marquise Goodwin (4.27 seconds) and West Virginia's Tavon Austin (4.34) were studs. But offensive tackles were equally impressive. Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Terron Armstead (4.71) and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson (4.71) were stunning.
2. Heart worries »
Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, projected as a potential top-five selection, won't work out at the combine after an echocardiogram revealed an issue with his heart. Instead of trying to impress future employers with his workout, he will get further tests.
1. Te'o talks »
It was Manti Te'o's first press conference since, well, you know. Yeah, he handled it well, but it's the interviews with teams that will matter more. Even then he can be coached to say the right things. It's great to win the media interview, but it's irrelevant.
- John Keim