INDIANAPOLIS - I was among the couple dozen members of the Professional Football Writers of America allowed to observe NFL Scouting Combine workouts Sunday.
I joined the second wave of reporters allowed to watch about 90 minutes worth of 'action' from up high.
Yes, single quotes on the word action.
Sorry, folks, but there isn't a whole lot of juice to report after having watched proceedings from one of the NFL-commandeered luxury boxes at Lucas Oil Field.
We took in the second group of QBs and second group of WRs, who participated together only during throwing drills.
Herewith, five meaningless observations:
1) Holy crap, the receivers were crap!
Not all of them, mind you, but I was stunned at how many balls were dropped, or went straight through the hands of supposed NFL-ready prospects. Many WRs were no doubt nervous, or tried too hard, or both. But crepes on a cracker! Alabama's Marquis Maze dropped more leather than a stripper at a biker stag.
2) Thank goodness for zoom lenses on TV cameras
At one point I counted four workouts occurring simultaneously: 40-yard sprint, vertical jump, three-cone agility drill and a throwing drill. The NFL Network does a helluva job of bringing a sense of order to all that concurrent chaos. Reminded me of when I covered the 1988 World Junior Track and Field Championships; so much was happening at once, you couldn't concentrate on any one thing long enough to make sense of it.
3) Live coverage? Not quite
By the stopwatch on my cellphone, the NFL Network had about a 10-second delay in broadcasting the action. Watching the delayed action on overhead TVs made my head hurt. Yes, I'm easily confused.
4) Lights, camera, QUIET!
Until the QBs and WRs took part in throwing drills together, it was eerily quiet under the dome. The only noises I picked up from the field were the occasional hand claps of drill coaches or players, or the odd grunt from a player in mid-leap during the vertical jump, or when the PA announcer rattled off the name of the next 40-yard dash runner.
5) That's Dave Wannestedt
I noticed the new Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator popping into the seating area two luxury boxes over.
Hey, like I said, these were meaningless observations. What did you expect?