Thursday, February 21, 2013
More quick hits from the combine
By Field Yates & Mike Reiss
INDIANAPOLIS -- More quick hits from the NFL combine ...
1. Vikings GM: No intent to trade Harvin. There's been recent "rumblings" that the Vikings are exploring trade options for talented wide receiver Percy Harvin, though general manager Rick Spielman has maintained his stance that the team is not looking to make such a move. But with a new audience of reporters in front of him, Spielman was once again probed about trading Harvin, to which he emphatically replied: "We have no intent on trading Percy Harvin." Trades are uncommon in the NFL, and one of the difficult parts of trading Harvin from this viewpoint is that it would be difficult to fetch equal value in return. With just one year remaining on his rookie deal, an inquiring team is likely unwilling to part with major draft capital (i.e., a first-round pick) for Harvin without the assurance of a long-term contract. Given his unique skill set and track record of production, the Vikings would likely need an offer to blow them away before considering parting ways with the Florida product.
2. BC lineman recalls Pats working out on campus. Emmett Cleary, an offensive tackle prospect from Boston College, recalled memories from the NFL's 2011 lockout, during which some Patriots opted to work out at Boston College. "[Vince] Wilfork was the biggest human I've ever seen," he said with a smile. Cleary, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., said he has not yet spoken with the Patriots (he said he's spoken with about half of the 32 franchises at this point), but admires the organization. "It's a great franchise," he said. "It's a case study in the NFL of how to kind of run an organization. It's been cool kind of seeing that up close." As for where he's been told he may end up in the draft, Cleary said he's heard possibly in the late rounds.
3. Gettleman talks Boston roots. It was nice to catch up with first-year Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, whose thick Boston accent is hard to miss. He was asked about being born in Boston, growing up in Mattapan, and attending Springfield College. "I didn't move out of there until I got my first job in teaching," the 61-year-old Gettleman relayed. "When I was a kid, the first teams I ever saw play on TV were the Giants and the Cleveland Browns. Those were the two teams you got in the late '50s. I was young enough so when the Patriots showed up in 1960, I jumped over and became a Patriots fan."
4. Patriots get lower of Buccaneers' two seventh-rounders. In a minor note, it was learned today that the seventh-round draft choice the Patriots acquired along with cornerback Aqib Talib was the lower of the Buccaneers' two selections in the round. Instead of receiving the 12th overall pick of the seventh round, which is the Buccaneers' original selection, the Patriots will receive the 20th overall selection of the round (which Tampa Bay had previously acquired from Chicago).
5. Another Ingram in Indy. Luke Ingram, a long snapper out of Hawaii and the younger brother of former Patriots draft choice Jake Ingram (a fellow long snapper out of Hawaii), is among the player invited to Indianapolis. He spoke briefly with the media and indicated that he's spoken to the Patriots during the pre-draft process. Jake Ingram, now a free agent, was a 2009 sixth-round pick of the Patriots who was waived during the 2010 season.