Trent Murphy, who played at Stanford, is projected as one of the top linebackers in the 2014 NFL Draft. Murphy will take you through the process of training for the NFL Combine, his pro day in Palo Alto, Calif. and the anticipation for draft day.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Taylor Lewan's disarmingly engaging personality is as outsized as his 6-8, 315-pound frame.
The Michigan left tackle could have been voted president of his IMG Academy's NFL scouting combine prep class.
Lewan calls himself "Daddy."
Make that "Big Daddy" given his size, athleticism and projection as one of the top three left tackles in the NFL draft along with Auburn's Greg Robinson and Texas A&M's Jake Matthews.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- What is turning out to be one of the best stories of this year’s NFL draft almost ended with Terrance West selling clothes.
After a year at a prep school, the running back didn’t have any scholarship offers.
Stephon Tuitt, who played defensive end at Notre Dame, is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Tuitt will take you through the process of training for the NFL Combine, his pro day in South Bend, Ind. and the anticipation for draft day.
Right now I’m at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and I’ve been here for the last six weeks. I have a few days left before the NFL Combine. I’ve been here working and watching my weight.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Zack Martin is going to his hometown this weekend, but that doesn’t mean he’s going home.
Aside from dinner with his family Saturday night, the trek to Indianapolis is purely a business trip. Martin, an Indianapolis native, will be taking part in the scouting combine and trying to help his draft stock.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Since the moment he was drafted, Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David has been compared to soon-to-be Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks.
Well, now there's a new twist on that. David, who made All-Pro, is becoming the standard of comparison.
BRADENTON, Fla. - Chris Weinke knows firsthand what new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien prizes in a franchise quarterback.
Weinke, a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback, has trained a quarterback O'Brien recruited, Michael O'Connor, when O'Brien was coaching at Penn State.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- When Stephon Tuitt arrived at IMG Academy in early January, he had the build of a defensive tackle.
That’s why a visitor was shocked to hear it was Tuitt -- and not a linebacker -- going through speed drills Monday afternoon.
“He’s transformed his body since he’s been here,’’ IMG director of football operations Chris Weinke said.
Tuitt, who played defensive end at Notre Dame, said he’s dropped about 25 pounds in the six weeks he’s spent at IMG Academy preparing for the scouting combine. He currently weighs a little over 300 pounds.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is a guy with a sense of humor.
That's a good thing because Lewan can laugh at himself as he reflects on the journey that brought him from a high school nose tackle to a likely first-round draft pick as a left tackle.
"Go to YouTube and call up my high school video," Lewan said with a laugh. "It was awful. It was probably one of the worst things you've ever seen in your life."
Editor's note: Towson junior running back Terrance West declared early for the NFL draft after setting school records with 4,584 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound Baltimore native is not enrolled at Towson this semester as he pursues the NFL and is sharing his draft experiences with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The NFL scouting combine starts this week and is an important step for West in the evaluation process. This is the third in an occasional series leading up to the draft in May.