Vita Vea runs 40, will sit out other drills after tweaking hamstring

University of Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea hurt his hamstring on Sunday in Indianapolis, but, assuming it’s not a major issue, he hasn’t done anything to hurt his draft stock during the Scouting Combine.

Vea is ranked at the top of the list of interior linemen entering the NFL this year and helped cement his case as a first-round pick over the last two days. Vea did 41 reps on the bench press Saturday and ran a 5.10 40-yard dash on Sunday.

Hand, who weighed in at 297 pounds at the scouting combine, is someone to watch closely. There’s massive potential there. At the combine, he ran the seventh-best 40-yard dash among defensive linemen at 4.83 seconds. His second run wasn’t bad, either, clocking in at 4.92 seconds.

That makes him a big man who can run fast. And that potential likely will cause him to be drafted in the early rounds. Bleacher Report draft guru Matt Miller predicts Hand will go in Round 3.

Given that he is nearly a sure thing during draft weekend, I also asked Hand how playing at Alabama prepared him for the NFL.

The big thing is structure, he said. [Head coach Nick] Saban teaches you how to be ready for anything…the NFL throws your way. That’s what Coach Saban does for you.

After training with four-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, Chark said he hoped to run in the low 4.4s and anything faster than that would be an accomplishment.

Chark’s college teammate, LSU cornerback Donte Jackson, also trained with Johnson in McKinney, Texas, and said he hopes to run lower than 4.27.

Alabama cornerback Tony Brown also has a track background and could run under 4.3.

The two quarterback contracts about to come down the pike are the extensions for Rodgers and Matt Ryan. It wouldn’t be shocking if Ryan got the larger deal, if only because he’s 2 years younger than Rodgers, but I do think Rodgers’ status as a future Hall of Famer makes it more likely he’ll end up with the larger annual average, though likely on a shorter contract.

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the Predators again dominated scoring chances and outshot the Pens 32-19 in the first 40 minutes of Game 2.

Shedding Stepan’s $6.5 million cap hit each of the next four years before his no-trade clause kicked in July 1 was paramount for Gorton, but parting ways with Raanta was part of the price of doing business. Gorton said Arizona insisted on the goalie’s inclusion in the deal.

We were reluctant to get rid of Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta; these were two really good players for us, Gorton. said Derek, in particular, has been a good Ranger for a long time. We drafted him and developed him; and Raanta, since we’ve had him, has been really good. They are two guys that are going to be hard to replace.

Stepan, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, scored a hat trick in his NHL debut and went on to record 50 points or more in five of his seven NHL seasons, totaling 360 points in 515 regular-season games. He also appeared in another 97 playoff contests for New York, and was an alternate captain like Girardi for several years.

After suppressing the Penguins into a historic low 12 shots in Game 1, the Predators again dominated scoring chances and outshot the Pens 32-19 in the first 40 minutes of Game 2.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne allowed four goals in Monday’s loss and ceded another suspect shot early when Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel snuck a puck short side between Rinne’s glove and pad to tie the game 1-1 with 16:36 gone in the first period. Rinne seemed shaky, but stopped the next 18 shots he faced until Guentzel scored again 10 seconds into the third period.

Off the opening faceoff, Bryan Rust carried the puck into the attacking zone and fired a shot that deflected off Rinne’s pads and into the slot.

Guentzel, who was trailing the play, found a juicy rebound for the taking and buried it into the yawning crease, giving Rinne little chance to get back in time.

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