The Titans remain optimistic about the prognosis of their star quarterback, Marcus Mariota.
Head coach Mike Mularkey said at the combine this week that Mariota, who broke his right fibula at the end of December and is currently spending time at his new home in Oregon, is still right on schedule to make it back for camp.
“I think he’s home right now with his family. I know he built a house out there. (Players) don’t have to be back until April 17 and again, that’s when phase 1 starts and again, that’s all voluntary. But we know what’s going on with Marcus’ rehab daily. We do a good job of staying in touch with their training staff. We’re made aware of everything. It’s logged as it’s being laid out. We know what’s going on.”
Here’s the full list of linebackers and their combine results, updated through Sunday:
Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, who is more of a hybrid player, will go through position drills with both the linebackers and defensive backs at the combine. On Sunday, Peppers wowed with some of the the top numbers, including the fastest 40 time among linebackers. However, his size might be more suited for safety.
NFL teams need to like a lot of things to invest a high pick in a linebacker. It’s possible to go early with one big skill, especially if that skill is pass-rushing (probably from the edge). But it’s a lot easier to woo in NFL team with speed, coverage ability, and strong pursuit and tackling fundamentals. To go early, you usually need to do a lot.
Linebackers are “Group 9” at this year’s combine. They completed medical exams on Friday and took their turn at the bench press on Saturday. All of their on-field workouts, including the 40-yard dash, on Sunday. Their entire combine process unfolds over the four days between Thursday, when they’ve just arrived, and Sunday.
The NFL Draft takes place over three days beginning April 27, and it’s being held this year in Philadelphia.