The underwear olympics are in full swing, again, meaning Tweet counts are piling up faster than 40-times.
As Behind The Steel Curtain invites our readers to participate in our Combine Open Thread, but this post will serve to bring you the best of the Twitterverse from Sunday's action. We'll share some official numbers, some outsider insight and of course, plenty of laughs. One thing Twitter will never be short of, are self-anointed comedians; although some rightfully so.
We'll keep updating this thread throughout the day, so make sure to refresh the page to catch any new additions; and as always, feel free to chime in with your take in the comments or share some of your favorite Tweets from today which we have missed.
While the players involved are under immense pressure, as one false step could mean the difference between a first-round and a fifth-round selection, we fans can kick back and have some fun.
Goodwin's speed and quickness will lead @nfl scouts to consider him asa Mike Wallace-like playmaker as a pro.— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) February 24, 2013
Wait a minute! I thought Mike Wallace was unique? Evidently not so much anymore when:
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin ran a 4.25 40-Yard Dash.— NFL Draft (@DraftRT) February 24, 2013
Goodwin two sub-4.3 40s - unofficially. Officially: money is fast!— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) February 24, 2013
Interesting. What will the speed of the draft class do to Mike Wallace's market value? We know some players are watching:
Yes lmao RT @joey435686: @d_vandyke8 DVD do you watch the NFL combine to see if anybody comes close to your speed?— DeMarcus Van Dyke(@D_VanDyke8) February 24, 2013
No word from Wallace's camp yet. Hmmmm...
#Steelers CB DeMarcus Van Dyke ran a 4.28 40 two years ago and how's that worked out so far?— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) February 24, 2013
Crazy fast! Two (2) 4.25 40-yard dashes today. Only Titans Chris Johnson (4.24) since 2008 has been faster. #NFLCombine #NFL— NFLVR (@NFLVR) February 24, 2013
Tavon Austin/Marquise Goodwin 40s Side-By-Side 970espn.com/pages/970_davi...— David Todd (@DavidMTodd) February 24, 2013
In other news:
RT @nfldraftscout: Text I received from a scout this morning: Matt Barkley will not get past the Arizona #Cardinals at No. 7 overall.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 24, 2013
Guess they're taking the No-Foles decisions a bit harshly. Will Barkley really be any better than what they already have?
Ziggy Ansah, Bakervious Mingo, Dion Jordon, Alex Okafor, Bjoenr Werner, Damontre Moore among the DEs asked to do LB drills— gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) February 24, 2013
Think the Steelers scouts aren't watching these guys. They probably put in the most requests.
Mayock says 'several scouts' for one team clocked Goodwin at 4.19 (unofficial). #NFLCombine— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 24, 2013
Mike who? Chris who?
Just texted w Chris Johnson... His response to dual 4.25's?"What's the official time?"He's not sweating yet.— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) February 24, 2013
Anybody texting Mike Wallace?
Some good news for those with a fever to moan for Jones.
Georgia's Jarvis Jones did get favorable review on neck (stenosis) from Dr. Craig Brigham (neck, spine specialist), per various teams— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 24, 2013
Back to the speed...
For the record, I had Marquise Goodwin at 4.17 and 4.19 in the 40 at #NFLCombine. It didn't seem like he was running hard. So effortless.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 24, 2013
Ok, this is getting ridiculous. Love the kid, but someone will report him as sub-4 seconds before the day is over.
Did you know other people ran 40-yard dashes today?
Geno Smith runs a (unofficial) 4.56 on his first 40yd dash. on.nfl.com/Tracker #NFLCombine— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 24, 2013
Unofficial 4.60 for Geno Smith on 40 run #2. on.nfl.com/Tracker#NFLCombine— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 24, 2013
No Twitter conversation is complete without a little Baron Batch.
I think I have a cold. Or the zombie virus. It is Sunday.— Baron Batch (@baron_batch) February 24, 2013
Guess we know where Hines Ward is getting his inside information for his interviews. That stuff is contagious, don'cha know.
Meanwhile, back at the combine...
For what it's worth, Crosby sounded encouraged by talk yesterday with Malkin. Said Malkin described himself as "feeling better." #TribHKY— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) February 24, 2013
I said, "the Combine"...
#NASCAR fans: Curious-- does yesterday's crash at Daytona impact how safe you feel at races or whether you'll continue to attend?— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) February 24, 2013
The combine is today. Right?
First sighting of running backs on the field today.say.ly/TyI5eV5— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) February 24, 2013
Thank you, Rich Eisen.
Thanks for tuning in. Oh, and 4.34 isn't bad for the WR/RB/QB/whatever else #wheels RT @steaker: DENARD!!— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 24, 2013
Who let Rapoport in here? #HisSteelersInsideSource
RT @alfonsodaboss: He beat Geno Smith >> Denard Robinson is here as a wide receiver— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 24, 2013
Here's a little dose of perspective
FYI, last year, @rgiii's official 40 yard time at the COMBINE was 4.41. @dangerusswilson 4.55, Andrew Luck 4.67— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 24, 2013
Dangeruss? Whoever is in charge of NFL nicknames needs to be waived.
Goodwin from Texas... 4.29 in second run.Human hiccup.— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) February 24, 2013
Tavon Austin. Henri Richard ok w/ it RT @bylindsayhjones: Did I just hear Mike Mayock call someone the "pocket rocket?"— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) February 24, 2013
Seriously guys, stop. You're doing it wrong.
Speaking of hiccups, what happened here?
Unofficial 4.45 for Denard Robinson on second 40 run. on.nfl.com/Tracker #NFLCombine— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 24, 2013
He lost over a tenth?
Wasn't this a Maddenism?
"Johnny Football is like a good deodorant, because he makes stinky things smell good." Wow. #mayockisms #NFLCombine— Khalil P. Garriott (@khalilgarriott) February 24, 2013
In Steelers news:
After three. RT @katie11074 how many years into a players first contract can a team sign them to a new deal?— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) February 24, 2013
Guess we can stop praying for the team to offer Cortez Allen a long term deal this year. His contract was signed under the new CBA, 2013 will be his third year.
Yo @leonsandcastle, 4.21 40-yard dash for RB Onterio McCalebb (Auburn). Where are you at? Been watching #NFLCombine all day. #NFL #NFLDraft— NFLVR (@NFLVR) February 24, 2013
uh oh, did he have a cheetah ta...ugh, this joke is getting old today.
I know Chris Johnson didn't find it very funny.
Listen 4.21 thats childish— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) February 24, 2013
I'm sorry, who's childish?
CJ2K's 4.24 record is safe. Return specialist Onterio McCalebb's hand-clocked 4.21 translated to 4.34 officially nfl.com/news/story/0ap...— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) February 24, 2013
Well, at least we got to avoid that meltdown.