INDIANAPOLIS — There won’t be any single anticipated event on Sunday that can match Saturday’s press conference by Manti Te’o, but the on-field workouts are sure to produce some drama as the NFL Scouting Combine continues at Lucas Oil Stadium.
It’s all about offensive skill positions on the field, with quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers getting their chance to make an impression. Tavon Austin and Marquise Goodwin already have. Both receivers — Austin played his college football at West Virginia, Goodwin at Texas — clocked really fast times in the 40-yard dash. Official times won’t be released by the NFL until later on Sunday, but Chris Johnson’s Combine record of 4.24 seconds from 2008 might go down.
There’s no quarterback favored to go No. 1 in this year’s draft, unlike Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III a year ago. And Southern California’s Matt Barkley, still recovering from a late-season injury, is here but isn’t throwing. So the buzz that typically accompanies the quarterback workouts isn’t as strong.
Defensive backs will participate in media interviews on Sunday, and there has been speculation that Ravens coach John Harbaugh will take the podium, as well. The Patriots are currently one of just four teams that have not scheduled any coach or executive for the interview area, joining the Super Bowl-winning Ravens, Redskins, and Saints.