What could Peyton Manning possibly have in common with Warren Moon – other than Moon being in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Manning a slam dunk to join him someday? Mike Sando at ESPN.com explains: “Peyton Manning will be 36 if and when he resumes his career with a still-unknown team. … A search for the most productive seasons from quarterbacks at least 36 years old turned up memorable ones from NFC West alums Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Warren Moon.” Check this out, if only for a reminder of just how productive Moon was with the Seahawks in what was supposed to be the twilight of his career.
Also from Sando, a best/worst list of the performances from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Also at ESPN.com, Ashley Fox says it’s OK to break the bank to acquire Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III in the draft, because the Heisman Trophy winner is worth the price: “Trade the house. Go Mike Ditka. Rarely is it worth it, but this time it is. There’s nothing left to scare you, not size nor character nor production nor arm strength. Robert Griffin III has the entire package. He can be the face of a franchise. He can be a savior.”
Don Banks at SI.com passes out some awards from the Combine, and flaunts a little imagination while doing it – as in giving Dontari Poe the “Sexy and I Know It” honor: “I don’t think you get to pick your own music yet during the combine drills, but Poe was probably humming the song in the title, with its signature riff: “I work out.” But he need not remind us, because his results in Indy did the trick nicely. Where to begin? At 6-4, and a cool 346 pounds, Poe did a combine-best 44 reps on the bench press, and ran a 4.98, making him the World’s Fastest Largest Man. In addition, he vertically jumped 29.5 inches, and that’s the equivalent of fitting at least 10 phone books between him and the floor. Before the combine I was rooting like heck for Poe to slip some in the first round and last all the way until No. 29 Baltimore — Poe, a Raven, alas, nevermore — but it is not to be. He came out of Indy as a top 15 pick, and it’s not out of the question that someone in the top 10 could fall in love with him. In the NFL, big, fast and good is a very intriguing combination.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the week that was/week that wasn’t for some of the Combine participants, including Stephen Hill: “The Georgia Tech wide receiver was “off the charts” in Indy, as one scout put it. It wasn’t just that Hill ran the 40 in 4.36 seconds, it’s also that he is 6-4, 215. And it wasn’t just his combination of size and speed; it’s also that Hill made a diving, tumbling catch of a pass during his workout. ‘Stephen Hill killed it,’ said Mike Mayock, draft analyst for the NFL Network. ‘I had a bunch of scouts tell me before the Combine this kid might blow the roof off. And he did.’ ”