Former USC defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney will meet the media Saturday. His smile and easygoing attitude probably will make a good first impression. Expect Clowney to push two points – he has a good work ethic and he thinks he deserves to be the No. 1 selection. Clowney will run his 40-yard dash on Monday.
The only thing that will keep Clowney from being swarmed by media Saturday is if former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam comes to the room at the same time. If Sam is drafted in May, he will become the first openly gay player in the NFL. Not only will Sam be asked about his announcement, but every coach, general manager and player likely will be as well.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is telling anyone who will listen that he has matured, but “Johnny Football” is no less brash. Last week, he told the Houston Chronicle that the Houston Texans would be making the “worst decision they have ever made” if they don’t take him with the No. 1 selection. Many analysts think Houston will take either Manziel or Clowney No. 1.
Former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has high hopes for his 40-yard dash on Sunday. Watkins said during the offseason that he ran a 4.27 in the 40. It’s unlikely a sub-4.3 will hold up to the professional timekeepers in Indy, but anything under a 4.4 will turn a lot of heads. The NFL Combine record is the 4.24 run by Chris Johnson in 2008.
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USC invitees: Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw, Kelcy Quarles, Bruce Ellington and Victor Hampton
Workout schedule: Saturday: OL, TE, K; Sunday: RB, QB, WR; Monday: LB, DL; Tuesday: DB
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis | When: Thursday-Tuesday
TV: NFL Network, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday
Friday: Registration, hospital pre-exam, X-Rays, orientation, team interviews
Saturday: Measurements, medical exams, media and team interviews
Sunday: NFLPA meeting, pyschological testing, bench press, team interviews
Monday: On-field workout (timing, stations, skills)