Final day of combine includes Murphy, Allen
Tons of notes to get to from the NFL combine in Indianapolis, where defensive backs are working out today in the final day of stopwatches and measurements for NFL draft hopefuls. Cornerback Jerome Murphy is running the 40-yard dash this morning -- his group is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m., and while safety Nate Allen is in Indy, he's not running the 40 due to a quad injury and will run at USF's Pro Day on March 30.
-- NFL.com's Vic Carucci has high praise for Murphy, writing that his "combination of excellent speed and ball skills should allow him to merit strong consideration as a first-round pick." Carucci says that Allen is "a well-rounded safety who holds his own in pass defense and run support."
-- Nationalfootballpost.com's Michael Lombardi has really high praise for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. He writes: "(JPP) has only started seven games and one year of major college football, yet he looked as impressive as any defensive lineman I’ve watched work out. He’s raw and athletic, and he played hard all season. The lack of experience will hurt him in his rookie season — but in two years, if he keeps working hard, he might be the next DeMarcus Ware."
-- ESPN.com's Todd McShay, writing about Pierre-Paul: "What makes Pierre-Paul so special, though, is his best-in-class quickness. He ran a 4.67 and moved very well for his size, the kind of tools that give him the potential to be a dominant pass rusher at the next level. His bench press was only 19 reps and he needs to develop his upper-body strength, but Pierre-Paul has a very high ceiling."
-- From the Not Quite Right Dept.: CBSsports.com's Clark Judge writes that Pierre-Paul "didn't play the first three games last year." Pierre-Paul played in every game -- he had just 1.5 tackles for loss in the first three games, but that's two I-AA games and Western Kentucky. I think the confusion comes from the transcript of Pierre-Paul's media interview at the combine, which has him saying he didn't play the first three games for some reason. If anything, it shows he got the stats he got against tougher teams later in the season. Judge writes that Pierre-Paul "scares some because of his inexperience" and quotes a scout as saying he has "boom or bust potential. I'd be careful."
-- USF reports that linebacker Kion Wilson's numbers from Monday included 40-yard times of 4.88 and 4.90 seconds -- to get in the top 10 for linebackers, you needed to run a 4.71 this year. Wilson had 27 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, which tied him for fifth among linebackers, and his 36.5-inch vertical leap was tied for ninth at his position.
-- From the Not How I Remember It Dept., the Denver Post writes that Wyoming was able to sign linebacker Ruben Narcisse out of Hollywood because he backed out of a commitment to USF after Jim Leavitt's firing. I remember Narcisse visiting USF with teammate Hans Louis (who signed with the Bulls) after the coaching change, hoping for a scholarship offer, waiting weeks after signing day and not getting one. Narcisse is a humble kid, so that info is from his new bio on Wyoming's official site.
-- Former USF grad assistant Jared Davis, who left last summer to be defensive coordinator at Gibbs High in St. Petersburg, is one of six finalists for the head coaching job at Tarpon Springs, according to the Times' Bob Putnam.