Joe Madsen is one of four Mountaineers who received invites to take part in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. While most of the attention is going to be on Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, Joe Madsen is on a mission to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Madsen started 50 games at center in his Mountaineer career, only missing two games — both times he was academically ineligible. Madsen was a member of the All-Big 12 Team in 2012, but was ruled ineligible to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse. His absence in that game was felt as the Syracuse defensive line created nightmares for Geno Smith throughout.
“I messed up. I should have been going to classes and doing the right thing,” Madsen told TribLive Radio the week of the Senior Bowl. “Things didn’t go my way, and I screwed up a little bit.”
“There were some family things,” Madsen said. “My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer before the season. I didn’t focus in. I dug myself a hole, and I couldn’t get out of it.
“I talked to all the guys and told them I was sorry. There’s still real good relationships down there.”
With his collegiate career behind him, Madsen forges ahead, this week at the Combine. Madsen’s style of play as an offensive lineman is characterized as aggressive and attacking. He was never one to shy away from contact, often seeking it out.
At the Combine, Madsen will show that aggression as he participates in various workouts. That should show in the field drills. A few things to keep an eye on, that will not show up on film, are his team interviews. In the interviews, teams will throw a battery of questions about game situations, and they will grill him about his academic issues.
Madsen will get to Indianapolis on Wednesday, where he will register, have his hospital pre-exam and x-rays, go through orientation and begin interviews. On Thursday, he will have his medical exams, measurements taken, be available to the media and continue interviews. Friday, Madsen will attend an NFLPA meeting, undergo psychological testing, do the bench press drill and have more interviews. Madsen will take to the field on Saturday for his on-field workouts before departing from Indy.
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