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Top 5 Rumors Heard At NFL Combine

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March 4, 2024 3:00 pm

Top 5 Rumors Heard At NFL Combine

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March 4, 2024 3:00 pm

3/4/24 - Hour 1

Rich breaks down the 2024 NFL Combine and says why the 4.21 40-yard dash by Texas WR Xavier Worthy was the greatest moment he’s seen in 20 years of covering the event, praises the Combine workout of Washington Huskies QB Michael Penix Jr, and reveals the top 5 juiciest rumors he heard in Indianapolis last week.

The guys react to Daniel Jeremiah’s report that the Patriots are all-in on signing Baker Mayfield and to All-Pro WR Mike Evans agreeing to a deal to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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That's first of all. And just got back from Indianapolis, Indiana. NFL scouting combine, my 20th 20th.

Well, you missed one for one year for covid. And I got to tell you, the 40 yard dash run by Xavier worthy of the University of Texas. Is the number one. And I've been there.

I've been I've been through a lot. I saw Vernon Davis jump out of the old RCA. I remember that. OK. And Dallas Turner of Alabama was the first one to run as fast as somebody who also jumped as high as Vernon Davis and weighed as much as Vernon Davis.

So we're seeing, you know, defensive linemen now test like tight ends who back in the day were testing like, you know, nobody else. I've seen a lot, in other words, but Xavier worthy setting the 40 yard dash record. And I was there for John Ross's four to two and I was there for CJ two K's what I guess four point two eight.

Back in the day, I was in the in the stadium for both of them. This is the number one combine moment I've ever witnessed because it was a harmonic convergence of so much. From his. Abilities. And his desire to test now, I know he didn't do on field drills after this, he just ran the 40 and then put on his backpack and strolled out sort of like half a day on, although Dion swears he didn't run his fast 40 into a tunnel into a waiting car. He's denied that, but worthy in this combine where fewer and fewer players are doing everything and some didn't do anything. Jayden Daniels refused to even step on a scale.

I think he wouldn't even be measured. OK, as we know, Caleb Williams declined to be medically examined, which puts an interesting wrench in things. If the Chicago Bears want to draft him first overall and trade Justin Fields and intend to do so in the next week, because Ryan Paul says he would like to accommodate him and also this team and the Bears needing to make this trade because.

If other teams start filling up their quarterback openings, that's one fewer team that will be interested in acquiring Justin Fields, who does need to be offloaded if they're drafting Caleb Williams, and they won't do that unless they give him a full medical exam. That didn't happen this past week. So that and the fact that they were.

This definitely didn't happen when Vernon Davis was jumping out of the building, and this definitely didn't happen until a couple of years ago. Fans in the building, 16000 fans in the building and many of them outfitted with. An earbud and a device that connected them and their eardrums to the NFL Network broadcast. They were listening into what Daniel Jeremiah. Was dropping and Stacy Dales was telling stories, and.

Any time I opened my mouth. Put it all together, and when Xavier Worthy ran his first 40 yard dash at four to five, this is another advent of the combine over the past several years. They're now showing the live broadcast on the huge jumbotron in the corner of Lucas Oil that the players, if you've noticed, when many of them finished their 40 yard dashes, they looked up to their left. They're peaking to see what their time is. It hadn't been there before?

No, sir. That started just last year. Players were just completely. Taylor Lawan told the story when he came on the broadcast yesterday that when he ran his 40, he had no idea. This is 2014. He had no idea what he had just run.

None. He needed to have a friend of his who was looking at his phone and saw after a while it got posted on what used to be known as Twitter. And that's the way he found out. Sometimes you'd look down and get a text from somebody. You'd say, hey, we saw your time on NFL Network. And then it took forever to get the official times.

Forever. They used to wait for every single human being in the position group to be done running. So if you had a fast time in the first half of your group, you had to wait till everybody in the second half of your group to find out the official times. That's been changed. Rich, I heard someone say that the guys would have to get back to the hotel after they left.

Sometimes it took forever. Now all you got to do is just peek up to their left and they could see it. I like that. So he's got a 42540. And he goes and he runs back to the... He was cooking. That was fast. It was fast.

And I love it. Daniel Jeremiah could just see it on the eye test. When somebody gets out fast, he'll just go, well, he's rolling. And so Worthy goes back to the rest of the position group in the end zone where the 40-yard dash start line is. And our cameras cut to him looking at a phone that his fellow receiving colleagues are showing him the 40-yard dash because now it's immediately posted. And you could hear one of the receivers say to him, take your shoes off. You're done. 425.

You can't do any better than that. So then we're watching because Worthy, W, happened to be alphabetically the last player in the group to run. Everybody's running through their second 40s. And Daniel and I just begin to wonder, is he going to run again? And we thought, I guess he's going to take his shoes off.

Stacy Dales chimes in, he's planning to run again. At which point fans started cheering because they were listening to the broadcast in their ears. And that led to a buzz in the building. There were about six more runners till Worthy was going to run. I even then said, well, I wouldn't change the channel.

I'd stay right where you are. And sure enough, we're looking down because players might change their minds. He wanted the record. He wanted the John Ross record. And he stepped to the 40-yard dash line for his record-attempting run and got whistled by Mark Gorsuch. The longtime Steelers scout who, by the way, is no longer a scout but comes back just to do this.

Because he loves doing it. And he whistled the kid for, I guess, he twitched or something. The fans groaned.

It's the first time Mark Gorsuch's ever been booed for whistling a player. That was kind of like a buildup and then, oh, come on, man. You heard a groan. I was like, come on. You heard an audible groan in the building. Let's do it again. And he then sets up and he runs it.

And my reaction, if you watch it back, I just reacted. I just went, ooh. Like I was, as an old-school reference, like I was Bud Collins.

You remember Bud Collins when you just do tennis back? Ooh. I don't know where that came from.

I never do that at home. I don't know why I said that. But I said, ooh. And then the fans then looked up and saw the 4-2-2, as did Worthy. And the place went nuts. And he started, he kept running. And he took a victory lap around this huge.

That was super cool. I guess the only word for it, it's this huge platform that we place our cameras. And the combine places the cameras that set up on the 20-yard line opposite the 40-yard dash start line.

So all the teams can get the proper footage. He runs right around that, disappears, and emerges on the other side. And the rest of the position group, quarterbacks as well. I believe J.J. McCarthy was the first one to him. Now, Worthy used to be on Michigan.

Oh, okay. He transferred to Texas, so Roman Wilson was there. His former mates went up and just went crazy. The crowd went nuts.

Stacy Dales ran probably the fastest she's run since she was in the WNBA. She starts interviewing him, and he needs to catch his breath. He basically said, I don't know if I could be heard, I don't know if they shut my mic off or not.

I basically said, I think you need to keep talking. You can hear me say that? It was unbelievable.

And then he starts talking, and it's just a delight, a delight. And it sort of dawned on me that over the last couple of nights, the official times are one one-hundredth of a second faster than our hand times on NFL Network. We give you our hand times. And it's a hand time by Mark Ross, the longtime scout that you see on NFL Total Access.

He was so damn dead accurate. It's four to one if it comes back just as fast the official times as we've seen in the previous two nights. I mentioned this, you could hear when I say this now, a buzz in the building. It's wild to hear you say something and fans are instantly reacting to it like I'm a live event. Sure enough, the times come back because, again, they're coming fast. Within five minutes, I make the announcement and the crowd cheers because they're listening in.

And Worthy looks up and starts waving around. It is the coolest combine moment I've ever been a part of. I will never forget it. Never forget it.

So, of course, we need to start joking. I saw you tweeted this out to Chris that the Raiders are going to draft him because Al Davis back in the day would have signed him a contract on the spot. On the spot. I love that they cut to Antonio Pierce pretty quickly. They did. I know. Mark Teitelman, our producer and the rest of the crew, you know, they get it. Charlie King of Spring, they immediately started showing Antonio Pierce. Hey, man.

And he was in a white, like, sweatsuit type thing looking like Al. And again, and we're all sitting here wondering, and I saw Florio post this over the weekend. And he's right. We may start seeing players who just declined to go to the combine, period.

Which I think would be a mistake. Caleb Williams was out there to the very end Saturday night. He basically, with Roma Dunze, turned off the lights in Lucas Oil.

He went up, Caleb Williams, he stuck around. He was with his fellow combine mates. There's a certain camaraderie that I think coaches love to see, too. Absolutely.

But I understand, you know, where this thing is going. Some coaches didn't show up. Some players are now saying, I won't even step on a scale.

So for Worthy to run a 4-2-5 and say, not good enough. I'm going to, I'm so close to the record. All I need is to run four one-hundredths of a second faster and I got it. And he decides to do it and then does it. I will never forget it. Just awesome. Fittingly, he was, as you know, each player is given a number based on the alphabetical order. And how many guys are coming to the combine.

If you put up a photograph of him one more time, just to finish up this conversation. Xavier Worthy was wide out 40. 4-0. Wow. Look at that. He was wide out 40 in the 40-yard dash.

And he is now the fastest man in the history of the scouting combine because 4-2-5 wasn't good enough. Awesome. Love it. Love it.

Soup to nuts. What a week. And that stands out. As do, you know, other moments that I'll spend over the next three hours telling you. But when we come back, I take my Medill School of Journalism master's degree and torch it.

Throw it out. This is an annual tradition because, boy, do people talk at the combine. And they love telling you what they hear. And I heard five things that stand out to give you my annual top five rumors I heard at the combine. Look at all these rumors. And I will tell you, Dallas Cowboy fans, you should stay tuned.

TJ Jefferson, I was texting you over the weekend. I heard it. Yeah, you've been there. And then I'm like, I just need one more person.

At least my journalism degree just stays around in my mind's eye long enough to get a second person to tell me this. You've been making me hold on, man. Well, it's already, the embers are out there.

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