First wave of Spartans arrive at NFL Combine
It’s NFL Combine time, and here is a little video to enjoy.
Edwin Baker, Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin arrived at the Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday and underwent examinations, orientation and interviews on Friday.
While not as cut and dry as most of the drills and skill tests later in the week, these events provided the four Spartans an opportunity to show more of themselves off the field, as well as physical measurements.
Cousins was a focus at the interviews, and as usual, impressed.
“Kirk Cousins might be the most articulate, sincere athlete I’ve ever interviewed,” said Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
As he has before, Cousins acknowledged many of his best attributes come in skills that cannot be measured on the field — and expressed his desire to have coaches look into him.
“‘I’m an open book. I want coaches to come and open me up … the more you take a look at me the more there is to like,” he said, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Cousins had some good things to say about himself as a player, as well.
“I believe I have what it takes to become a great player in the NFL,” Cousins said. “It’s gonna take time to prove that. You have to start somewhere…it’s not gonna happen over night and you have to focus on the next challenge ahead of you. Right now it’s the combine and I want to maximize the combine.”
Watch his interview from a press conference here on msuspartans.com.
Hear his interview from a press conference here on Spartan Sports Radio.
Cousins measured at 6-foot-2 5/8 and 214 pounds, measured slightly taller and five pounds heavier than he did at the Senior Bowl.
B.J Cunningham also spent his time with the press and drew some good reviews.
“Just interviewed B.J. Cunningham at Combine for Big10 Network – Came across as a good kid with personality to handle NFL attention,” said Russell Lande of The Sporting News.
Cecil Lammey, an NFL insider for ESPN Radio, had a similar view of Cunningham, including his on field talents.
“Michigan St WR B.J. Cunningham very impressive when interviewed, savvy route runner underrated by most, impressed at Shrine Game,” he said.
On his expectations for getting drafted, Cunningham said, “It’d be great to go early. As long as I get picked up, mid, late, it doesn’t matter. You know, I just want to get picked up, get to a camp, show these teams and coaches what I can do.”
Watch his interview here on msuspartans.com.
Hear his interview here on Spartan Sports Radio.
Surprisingly, the wide receiver who had the smallest hands was Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham at 8 1/8. Considering that Cunningham (6-1, 211) is not an undersized receiver, it was startling that his hands were smaller than the receivers who were sub 5-10 and 190 pounds.
Fellow wide receiver Martin also made his way to Indianapolis, but it might be his versatility that works best for him in the future.
“I talked to a couple scouts and they said they were looking at me for punt return, so that’s just another thing I can do for a team is go on punt return or kick return for them,” Martin said.
He added he would probably be in the 4.4 range in his 40-yard dash, but was trying to break into the 4.3 range.
Baker measured in at -8, 204 pounds. Dion Caputi of National Football Post compared him to former Spartans and current Tennessee Titans running back Javon Ringer.
These four Spartans will participate in drills Sunday. Jerel Worthy arrived in Indianapolis on Friday, and will undergo the same measurements and interviews Saturday. Trenton Robinson will arrive Saturday, before going through the same process Sunday.