6th Annual Peter King NFL Combine Tweetup

An esteemed group of NFL writers joined The MMQB’s Peter King for his annual NFL Combine Tweetup in Indianapolis. Fans asked questions and the panel answered.

Peter King NFL Combine Tweetup (L to R): Adam Schefter,     Doug Farrar,

Peter King NFL Combine Tweetup Panel One (L to R): Adam Schefter (ESPN), Orlando Alzugaray (640Sports.com), Doug Farrar (Sports Illustrated), Matt Miller (Bleacher Report), Pat McAfee (Indianapolis Colts), and Peter King (TheMMQB.com). (Personal Photo taken with Motorola Droid MAXX)

“Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fans Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”

(My voice recorder died a few minutes into the tweet up. So many thanks to @Daniel_Doelling for taking some great notes during the tweetup and allowing me to share them here.  Also kudos to Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) for another great hosting job.

There’s also a video at the bottom of the post via the @1070thefan to their Google+ hangout online if you want to watch the tweet up in its entirety.)

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  • Re: Browns/Harbaugh – “Sounds like the 49ers never ever thought there was anything to this” via @SI_PeterKing
  • “Teams won’t sign Chris Johnson to be a #1 back” – @SI_DougFarrar
  • Andre Williams tells you everything you need to know about the RB position. The RB position is severely devalued – @SI_PeterKing
  • Breakout players, per the Tweetup panel: Jerrel Jernigan Marcus Wheaton.
  • FWIW, @AdamSchefter just admitted his mistake in calling out Pead to be his breakout player of 2013. #Rams

(This got a nice chuckle from parts of the audience, mostly Rams fans. Honestly, I was quite impressed that Adam Schefter actually remembered his AFC and NFC picks. For what it’s worth, his AFC breakout player was Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders.)

  • In conversations with coaches and GMs from the combine, more and more teams will view nickel corners as starting players. – @SI_PeterKing
  • People in the NFL this yr will be more interested (1 GM told me this yesterday) slot WRs are going to become more popular – @SI_PeterKing
  • More and more premium receivers will be playing back and at HB depth – @SI_DougFarrar
  • Next topic at the Indy Tweetup: franchises in London.
  • Probably will lead to Rams in LA…
  • There are owners in the NFL determined to have games in London every year. – @SI_PeterKing
  • I think it would suck for the team, but be great (and he used the world brilliant) for the game’s growth – @PatMcAfeeShow on London games.
  • If it means adding revenue, the league will do it. – @AdamSchefter on London game.
  • . @SI_PeterKing Thinks there ‘absolutely should be” NFL games in Mexico City.
  • Why is PIT keeping Big Ben? @AdamSchefter says Two teams – Jags and Raiders – considered trading for him last offseason.
  • Two teams to watch on Hakeem Nicks: CLE and CAR – @AdamSchefter
  • On no consensus number #1 or 2 player in this year’s draft: @AdamSchefter says it’s not atypical for this.
  • . @nfldraftscout, without hesitation, says he’d take Teddy Bridgewater as his first pick.
Tweetup Panel two (L to R): Aaron Nagler (Bleacher Report),

Tweetup Panel two (L to R): Aaron Nagler (Bleacher Report), Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth), Russ Lande (Sports on Earth), Jene Bramel (Footballguys.com), Josh Katzowitz (CBS Sports), Todd Archer (ESPN Nation) and Peter King (TheMMQB.com) (Personal photo taken with Motorola Droid MAXX)

  • Is Kroenke just playing games? Leverage? Real? – question from @ThePigskinArch

(See the Google+ Hangout starting at the 1:10:40 mark. There are more details there and goodish news for St. Louis Rams fans.)

  • Re: Kroenke land purchase ” @LATimesfarmer is convinced this is total leverage deal to get best deal in STL & not move them”- @SI_PeterKing
  • . @RUSSLANDE “Medicals and interviews at the Combine will change a player’s draft stock dramatically”
  • . @SI_PeterKing says he would only trade Kirk Cousins to a team offering a high 2nd round pick or future 1st rounder.
  • If it had to be said… “Draft grades the day after the draft are dumb” – @SI_PeterKing
  • Vertical jump and cornerback size has been the only small correlation between Combine metrics and draft grade – @JeneBramel

If you’re interested in what transpired at last year’s tweet up here’s my write-up here.