By Dr. Bill Chachkes-Executive Editor-Football Reporters Online
Well the scouting combine is finally over, and there is an awful lot to digest yet, but here is some of the happenings you can think about from now until the NFL Draft In April.
(photo-Former Florida Gator & recent North Alabama DB Janoris Jenkins turned heads at the combine despite his past off the field issues)
Teams are now more wary then ever about “at risk” players. Former Florida Gator and more recent North Alabama Defensive back Janoris Jenkins is finding this out first hand. “I’m done with it” he says of his past mishaps, and on smoking pot. “I can’t do it any more.” NFL teams are “red flagging” more players now for “indiscretions & conduct unbecoming.” It was very clearly addressed during on-field drills by Giants cornerbacks coach Peter Guinta (Who BTW once upon a time was the defensive coordinator of the Rams “greatest show on Turf” that won a Super Bowl) “Playing in the NFL is not a right, it’s an honor”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks that soon the Combine will be open to fans(the ones who pay 400 bucks a pop like the VIP seating at the draft) and someday soon there might even be cameras in the meeting rooms when players are being interviewed. I wonder how much the guy with the AIR Horn that signals the end of the interview sessions gets paid? Maybe ESPN commentator and former Giants LB Antonio Pierce should have that gig since he’s so good with horns..
It’s evident that after 3 full days of broadcast coverage on the NFL Network that they will run out of relevant stuff to say. Now I know what I was missing the last few years watching it on my computer. How many times can we watch Rich Eisen’s two nephews videos of 40 times? At least Rich can run a faster 40 then me, and I walk with a cane these days.