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Posted by craigkelleycolts on May 28, 2013 – 12:38 pm

After some conversation about changes, the NFL informed teams today the 2014 draft will be held on May 8-10 in New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

There is no information on the timing (or location) of the draft in 2015 and beyond.  This will be about two weeks later than the draft has been held since 1980.

From 1968-75, the draft was held in late January.  It was moved to April in 1976, then was conducted during the first week of May for three years.

Also, there will be no significant changes in the dates of major off-season events next year.

  • Several regional combines will be held on various dates from January 24 through February 16, 2014.  Some regional combines may be held after the national combine in Indianapolis.
  • The national combine in Indianapolis will be held from February 18-25, 2014.
  • The new League Year, and the Free Agency period, will begin on March 11, 2014.


The change in the date of the draft will not impact when rookies may begin to report to their clubs, the dates of off-season programs or the length of off-season programs.

Clubs will have available to them the same number of practice days that they currently have and no changes in the off-season calendar are being considered that would reduce the number of practice days or the overall length of the off-season program.

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on February 26, 2013 – 1:49 pm

Darius Slay was not one of the most trumpeted cornerbacks at the combine.

He was not even the most trumpeted cornerbacks at the combine from his own school, Mississippi State.

That honor went to Johnthan Banks, who started 45-of-51 games and had 16 interceptions.

A least one analyst who watched film of Banks noticed Slay.

“I tell you what’s interesting, I like that other corner too, Darius Slay,” said the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock on a pre-combine conference call.  “I put the tape on to watch Banks, who plays in the boundary for the most part, and my eye kept going to the other kid (Slay), and I liked him a lot.

“I think (Slay is) a guy that’s a third‑ our fourth‑round player.  And I think he’s opened some eyes.”

Cornerbacks got their day Tuesday in the 40-yard dash, and Slay topped his cornerback counterparts with 4.36 timing.  Alabama’s Dee Milliner, a talent who should be taken near the start of the draft, clocked in a 4.37.  Washington’s Desmond Trufant timed third at 4.39.  Banks was timed at 4.61.

Slay took a career path to Starkville similar to the Colts’ Vick Ballard.  Ballard played two years of junior college ball before starring at Mississippi State for his final two seasons.

Ballard was a fifth-round pick by the Colts last year, the 170th selection overall.

Slay played 26 games for the Bulldogs after two seasons at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College.  At 6-0, 191, Slay was a full-season starter in 2012, swiping five passes and recovering one fumble.

His interceptions led the nation’s premier conference and tied for ninth nationally.  In two seasons at State, Slay had six interceptions and broke up 10 passes.

This past year, he came in for all-conference notice by Pro Football Weekly, the SEC coaches and Phil Steele.

Slay chose Mississippi State over offers from Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma State.

Indianapolis has been a proving ground for Ballard.  Now, Slay leaves Indy as the top ‘Dog.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 7, 2013 – 10:42 am

Next up on the NFL offseason schedule is the 2013 Combine that will take place in Indianapolis beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The NFL released the official invite list for the Combine on Thursday with a total of 333 players receiving an invitation.

Here is a breakdown of the position groups:

Defensive backs – 60
Offensive linemen – 58
Defensive linemen – 54
Wide receiver – 39
Running backs – 38
Linebackers – 35
Tight ends – 19
Quarterbacks – 16
Kickers/Punters – 13/Special Teams – 1 will be covering the 2013 Combine and will have various blogs on the days leading up to the event starting up in less than two weeks.

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