INDIANAPOLIS — The Latest on the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis (all times local):
Running back Karan Higdon trained with plenty of big-name athletes at Michigan.
He was never more star-struck than he was in Miami, working out alongside 11-time baseball All-Star Miguel Cabrera at Bommarito Performance Systems.
“He’s a pure legend, one of the top three baseball players in the world,” Higdon said Thursday at the NFL’s annual scouting combine. “Just seeing how he works and how he moves and what he does to really stay at that high-calibre level is incredible. It’s motivational and makes me that much more hungry.”
Higdon did just fine in Indy after measuring in at 5-foot-9, 206 pounds.
He recorded 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press, tied for 10th among the running back class. Alex Barnes of Kansas State led all running back with 34 reps.
Sua Opera of Weber State had 39 reps to lead the offensive lineman. Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State was second among the linemen with 34 reps.
— AP Sports Writer Michael Marot reporting.
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur saw the Vanderbilt quarterback milling around during informal interviews at the NFL scouting combine but didn’t need to call him over for a get-to-know-you interview.
He already knows more about the Commodores QB than anyone else in Indianapolis this week — it’s his son, Kyle Shurmur.
The younger Shurmur said his father gave him a “bro hug” when they ran into each other for the first time at the five-day gathering of coaches, executives and college prospects.
Then, they both went their separate ways, with Pat Shurmur resuming his evaluation of other players and Kyle Shurmur trying to impress other coaches.
“We’re both here, but at the same time he’s got a job to do and I’ve got a job to do here,” the younger Shurmur said.
The elder Shurmur said he’s a proud papa just like any father would be to see his son at the NFL combine.
“Well, I’m extremely proud of him,” the Giants coach said. “He’s made great decisions. He did an excellent job in high school, giving himself the opportunity to go to a place like Vanderbilt. He graduated in 3 1/2 years, helped them win games. He’s a good player.”
–Reporting by AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey did his homework before signing free agent Kareem Hunt.
At least that’s what he told reporters Thursday.
“We did extensive research. We talked to a lot of people and we felt comfortable with the information we had, listening to how remorseful he was, knowing that once he comes here there are no guarantees,” Dorsey said. “He’s going to have to earn respect in the Cleveland Browns organization by his actions not words.”
The Kansas City Chiefs released their starting running back late last season after a video showed Hunt shoving and kicking a woman.
Hunt signed a one-year deal with the Browns earlier this month but is currently on the commissioner’s exempt list and it’s not known when he’ll be allowed to play again.
But after meeting with Hunt, Dorsey figured he was worth the risk.
“He has a good heart. The act he did last year was egregious, we all know that,” Dorsey said, acknowledging he found Hunt to be remorseful.
— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis.
Kyler Murray may not throw at the NFL scouting combine, but he checked in just over 5-feet-10 and weighed 207 pounds.
His hand size, as measured from his pinkie to his thumb, was 9 1/2 inches.
Murray’s measurements on Thursday compare favourably to two other undersized quarterbacks in recent years: Russell Wilson in 2012 and Baker Mayfield, last year’s top overall draft pick.
Murray’s measurements were among the most anticipated at this year’s annual gathering of 300-plus prospects. He turned down the Oakland Athletics and a career in baseball for a shot at the NFL.
— Reporting by AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton
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