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8 News And Notes From Day 2 Of 2017 NFL Scouting Combine


The combine festivities continued Thursday with more NFL head coaches and general managers meeting with the hundreds of reporters in attendance. Prospects also began to make their way through the press room, starting with running backs and offensive linemen.

Here are eight news and notes from Day 2 at the combine:

  • Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson addressed the media Thursday morning and reiterated what Cleveland Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown said Wednesday regarding free agent receiver Terrelle Pryor. Jackson said the Browns continue to negotiate with Pryor, but a contract extension "has to work both ways" in regards to the money. Unless the Browns can work out a new deal with Pryor in the next week, he will hit the open market as one of the most sought-after free agents.
  • Jackson downplayed the comments that Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett made on social media earlier this offseason when he asked the Dallas Cowboys to trade up and draft him. The comments from Garrett won't impact whether the Browns use the No. 1 overall pick on him, Jackson said.
  • North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky surprised some scouts by measuring in at 6-foot-2. There was some talk that he would be shorter than that, but count the Browns among the teams happy to see that he's a little taller than expected. "I think a guy has to be about 6-2 to play in this league,'' Jackson said. "The special guys, I don't want to take anything away from any of the other quarterbacks – there have been guys who have played in this league who are not 6-2 – but the majority of the guys who have played are 6-2 or a little bit better, and that's just what I like in a quarterback." Trubisky is in play for the Browns with the No. 1- or No. 12-overall picks.
  • Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio praised former Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele, who made a Pro Bowl in his first season with Oakland. "He definitely made his mark on our team," Del Rio said. "He's a real physical blocker, and so that mentality in the trenches is something that we covet, and he brings it.
  • Florida State's Dalvin Cook confidently said that he's the best running back in this draft. "I think what separates me is that I can do it all," he said. "I can stay on the field all three downs. I'm just a do-it-all back, and I feel like I am the best back in this class."
  • LSU's Leonard Fournette weighed in at 240 pounds, and he attributed that to water weight from all he had been drinking to stay hyrdrated. He told reporters he could slim down to 225 pounds without a problem if that's what an NFL team wanted him to do. He did not make any bold proclamation like Cook.
  • Stanford's Christian McCaffrey is another one of the draft's top running backs, and he told reporters that he thinks "people are underestimating me this year." McCaffery was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2015, but he's considered by many draft analysts as a Day 2 draft pick.
  • Virginia Tech fullback Sam Rogers said Baltimore's Kyle Juszczyk has helped pave the way for the new era of fullbacks in the NFL's passing-driven league. "The way you stay in the NFL, from what I've learned, is that you have to be able to do a bunch of different things," Rogers said. "You can't be a one-trick pony. You can't just be able to block one certain play because they'll just use a third tight end as a fullback if that's all you can do. That's why I look up to guys like [Juszczyk]."
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