I am not at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, but I was able to listen to Jim Harbaugh’s press briefing on the podium, and then in a more informal setting afterward. Here are some tidbits:
Harbaugh said defensive lineman Tank Carradine recently had a knee surgery to clean up a mass on his knee. He missed all of last season as he recovered from a 2012 torn ACL. The second-round pick is expected to contribute this season.
“He wasn’t able to straighten out his leg before that, and then they took that [mass] out and his leg went straight,” Harbaugh said. “He looks like a different guy now since that procedure ... I think he’s going to have a great offseason and look forward to his progress very, very much.”
Harbaugh said his brother in-law, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, recently showed the video of NaVorro Bowman stripping the ball despite tearing the ACL in his knee in the NFC title game to his team as inspiration.
Harbaugh didn’t appear to want to discuss the Jonathan Martin bullying case in Miami. He was interviewed as part of the Wells report. Like he stated in the report, Harbaugh said Thursday that he thinks Martin can have a successful NFL career. Martin played for Harbaugh at Stanford.
Harbaugh said he respected the honesty of Missouri pass-rusher Michael Sam, who announced this month that he is gay. Sam could become the first openly gay NFL player.
When asked whether he thinks Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel can be a star, Harbaugh said yes. He recruited Manziel while at Stanford.
Harbaugh reminisced about his combine interview with quarterback Colin Kaepernick three years ago. Harbaugh said Kaepernick “lit up the room.” The 49ers traded up to get him in the second round.