Four Bulldogs Headed to NFL Scouting Combine
Feb. 19, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Four Fresno State Bulldogs - Davante Adams, Isaiah Burse, Derek Carr and Marcel Jensen - are all headed to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine held Feb. 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Jensen flew out to Indianapolis on Tuesday and his test day on the field is Saturday, Feb. 22 with all offensive lineman, tight ends and kickers. Adams, Burse and Carr will all test on Sunday, Feb. 23 with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs.
Two of the four Bulldogs - Adams and Carr - come into the week already with high stock while Burse and Jensen will use this opportunity to elevate theirs.
"I think Derek Carr is somebody that people are trying to learn more about," NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said of Carr on Tuesday during a media teleconference. "I think Carr will fit in to the end of the first round."
Mayock also believes that Adams is a player who could be taken early in the draft as well.
"[Davante] Adams from Fresno [State], another kind of late one to late two type pick," he said. "I really like him as an outside receiver who is going to develop over time."
As for Burse and Jensen, the two both participated in post-season all-star games in front of scouts and executives. They too enter the week with a little head of steam.
Burse had an impressive week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and in the all-star game, was the leading receiver with four catches for 50 yards.
Jensen was at the Senior Bowl with Carr, which is the elite postseason all-star game to be at because representatives from each team are there. Jensen did not get to compete in the game due to an injury, but his time being there will help prepare him for what he'll face in Indianapolis.
At the combine, the Bulldogs and other NFL hopefuls will be put through a battery of both mental and physical tests. On the field, they'll work through position drills and workout drills, which include testing in the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill and the shuttle run.
Since declaring early for the NFL Draft, Adams has been training in McKinney, Texas at the Michael Johnson Performance center getting ready for the combine. With all this time training under Johnson, the Olympic gold medalist sprinter, and his team, Adams is looking to showcase his speed in Indianapolis.
"We've been getting a lot of good work in, a lot of speed work and strength, so it's been a good balance of both," Adams said. "A lot of scouts and coaches don't know exactly how fast I am, so I feel like the 40 [yard dash] is going to be a big thing for me."
In addition to all his speed and strength training, Adams has also been working with former NFL wide receivers Curtis Jackson and Patrick Clayton honing in on his route running.
Carr has been training in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. over the winter with his brother and former No. 1 overall draft pick David Carr, and trainer Eric Mahanke. Mahanke worked with David before the 2002 NFL Draft when he was coming out of Fresno State.
"It's been a lot of fun being able to be close to home and not having to go out of state to train," Carr said. "We've been doing normal quarterback stuff and all those good things [on the field] and also getting ready for the combine. It's been great, I think that Eric again is doing a great job, he did a great job with David when he came out and is doing a great job with me."
Carr is looking forward to showing off his athleticism at the combine to silence some of the critics.
"You want to put up as good of numbers as you can," Carr said. "Especially when you hear people talk about me saying you run a five-second 40, so it will be nice to go out there and show them that's not the case at all and show them that we are a little more athletic than they think."
Mayock is already a believer in Carr, saying Tuesday "I do believe he's got the arm strength and athletic ability to be a starter in the NFL."
For Jensen, he looks to prove that along with having the desired size to play at the next level (he played last season at Fresno State standing 6-6 and weighing 270) that he can move & block well, run sharp routes and catch the ball.
His resume at Fresno State speaks highly to that, as he caught 12 passes of over 20 yards the past two seasons.
Burse has been a stalwart for Fresno State over the past four seasons, excelling on special teams and as a slot receiver. He ranks third all-time in Fresno State history with 209 receptions for 2,503 yards and 15 touchdowns.
His analysis from NFL.com entering the combine rates him highly as an athlete that is quick and competitive.
Fresno State fans can watch the Bulldogs in action at the NFL Combine, as the NFL Network and NFL.com will be broadcasting the four-day event live from Lucas Oil Stadium.
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