Today's live blog has ended as things are winding down in the media room in Indianapolis. Check back throughout the upcoming week for more player notes and insider information based on our our interaction with the players over the past few days.
2:12 p.m. - UTEP defensive back Quintin Demps said teams have been complimenting his ball skills as he's talked to them. He believes he can play cornerback or safety in the NFL. When asked what pro player he thinks he resembles in style, he picked the Ravens' Ed Reed. Demps said that everyone wants to see him run, and he thinks he'll do well.
1:11 p.m. - Michigan defensive back Jamar Adams measured in at 6'2 and 212 pounds. His mission at the Combine is simple: "I want to impress people with my speed and change of direction."
12:49 - Florida State wide receiver De'Cody Fagg suffered a left leg injury after stretching to make a catch near the sidelines during Sunday morning's quarterback-wide receiver drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He was taken from the RCA Dome with his leg in an inflatable cast and on a stretcher. There has been no official report released yet regarding the extent of the injury. Houston WR Donnie Avery pulled up a bit during one of the drills, reaching for his hamstring. He stayed up and was walking a bit gingerly, but left the field to have it checked out.
12:17 p.m. - USC cornerback Terrell Thomas wants to show NFL teams that he's a complete cornerback while he's in Indianapolis. He said he's a bigger corner who plays like a small corner, with the same kind of fluid hips normally associated with the smaller guys. He lists Champ Bailey and Chris McAlister among his favorite cornerbacks based on the way they play.
He also wants teams to know that, "I'm a quiet leader," on the field and someone of good character off the field.
9:53 a.m. – Virginia Tech CB Brandon Flowers was one of the first CBs to enter the media room this morning. Flowers is a prospect who’s physical, but lacks elite speed. He said that he plans on running well, but will have to wait until he tests. He measured in at 5-foot-9, 189 pounds and said that he will bench and run at the Combine. Flowers met with the Buffalo Bills this morning and said he has a lot of interviews this evening and tomorrow.
10:12 a.m. – Penn State defensive back Justin King measured in at 5-11, 192 and said he weighed in heavier than most people probably expected. He credited Santonio Holmes as being the best receiver he faced, but admitted there will be a lot more of those types of polished receivers in the NFL. While King called Holmes “slippery,” he felt he did well against Holmes, who was a junior when King was a freshman. King said he needs to improve on his transition and running for a deep ball. Playing for Joe Paterno meant strict rules – no hats, facial hair or earrings – but King said “Penn State is Joe.”
10:21 a.m. – Alabama’s Simeon Castille said he enjoys playing the nickel because it allows him to also come on blitzes as well. He can also play free safety. “The athleticism to play both helps a lot,” he said.
Castille hopes to run a 4.45-second 40 or better and credited Hawaii’s Davone Bess as being the toughest receiver he faced because of his quickness and speed, also citing Donnie Avery as being a tough assignment.
10:27 a.m. – Playing for Nick Saban helped LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson with his press coverage, he said, and the current coaching staff helped him with a variety of other coverages. He said LSU’s championship should help his transition into the NFL, calling it “that winning attitude.” Going against Dwayne Bowe and Buster Davis in practice didn’t hurt either.
10:30 a.m. - Florida State wide receiver De’Cody Fagg injured his leg during workouts Sunday morning.
11:05 a.m. - Antoine Cason stayed in the NFL to win the Jim Thorpe award and did it, and he has the bloodlines of NFL players. His cousin is Detroit Lion Aveion Cason; his father played in the NFL and coached him from high school on, he said. “I’ve always wanted to be the best and worked to be the best,” he said. After his grandfather, Royce Rambo, died of leukemia, he started Cason Cares, a foundation that sold $3 bracelets and for the American Cancer Society and raised $7,000 in two months. Even the Phoenix Suns wore them.
11:10 a.m. - Miami safety Kenny Phillips said he returned to the team because he wanted to lead the team in interceptions, become an All-America player and win a national championship. He accomplished the first two. He believes his draft stock will be helped by his coverage abilities and the fact that he studies film for three to four hours per day. Although he said he’s received coaching from Ravens safety Ed Reed, he declined to say what he’s learned because he didn’t want to give away any “secrets.”
11:25 a.m. - Nebraska cornerback Zackary Bowman tore his patella tendon in March (he had already injured his other knee the previous year) and returned to play for the 2007 season. He said his medical evaluation checked out fine at the Combine and plans to do a full workout. “I’m a hard worker and I’m determined,” he said of his ability to come back in a short timeframe.
11:29 a.m. - Marcus Griffin said his twin brother Michael and he play a similar physical style, but off the field he said Michael is more outspoken. Marcus measured at 5-foot-10 and 201 pounds.