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The next major event on the draft calendar is the NFL Combine. Here's a list of the invites:
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NFL Scouting Combine invitation list.
Posted Jan. 30, 2010 @ 11:17 p.m.
The top college football players descend upon Indianapolis in less than a month to audition for jobs in the NFL, being prodded, pulled and put through a gauntlet of drills that test their physical and mental capabilities.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium from Feb. 25-28.

Thursday, Feb. 25 will feature workouts by offensive linemen, kickers, punters, long-snappers and tight ends. Workouts for Friday, Feb. 26 will be by quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Defensive linemen and linebackers will be the focus on Saturday, Feb. 27, and defensive backs are the stars of the show on Sunday, Feb. 28.

The following list includes the 330 players who have been invited to the Combine, listed alphabetically by position.

* — Junior or third-year sophomore

Quarterbacks (19)

QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma*
QB Levi Brown, Troy
QB Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
QB Sean Canfield, Oregon State
QB Daryll Clark, Penn State
QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame*
QB Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State
QB Max Hall, Brigham Young
QB Tim Hiller, Western Michigan
QB Mike Kafka, Northwestern
QB Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
QB Thaddeus Lewis, Duke
QB Colt McCoy, Texas
QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati
QB Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State
QB John Skelton, Fordham
QB Riley Skinner, Wake Forest
QB Jevan Snead, Mississippi*
QB Tim Tebow, Florida

Running backs (30)

RB Matthew Asiata, Utah
RB Joique Bell, Wayne State
RB Jahvid Best, California*
RB LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
RB Chris Brown, Oklahoma
FB John Conner, Kentucky
RB Andre Dixon, Connecticut
RB Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech*
RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford
RB Montario Hardesty, Tennessee
RB Rashawn Jackson, Virginia
RB Javarris James, Miami (Fla.)
RB Stafon Johnson, USC
RB Darius Marshall, Marshall*
RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State*
RB Dexter McCluster, Mississippi
RB Joe McKnight, USC*
RB Shawnbrey McNeal, SMU*
RB Lonyae Miller, Fresno State
RB Brandon Minor, Michigan
RB Pat Paschall, North Dakota State
RB Charles Scott, LSU
RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
RB James Starks, Buffalo
RB Ben Tate, Auburn
FB Manase Tonga, Brigham Young
RB Keith Toston, Oklahoma State
RB Keiland Williams, LSU

Wide receivers (44)

WR Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State
WR Danario Alexander, Missouri
WR Alric Arnett, West Virginia
WR Brandon Banks, Kansas State
WR Chris Bell, Norfolk State*
WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois*
WR Nyan Boateng, California
WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas*
WR Antonio Brown, Central Michigan*
WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State*
WR Chris Carter, UC Davis
WR Riley Cooper, Florida
WR Eric Decker, Minnesota
WR Marcus Easley, Connecticut
WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson
WR David Gettis, Baylor
WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
WR Shay Hodge, Mississippi
WR Brandon James, Florida
WR Donald Jones, Youngstown
WR Kevin Jurovich, San Jose State
WR Brandon LaFell, LSU
WR Scott Long, Louisville
WR Chris McGaha, Arizona State
WR Kerry Meier, Kansas
WR Carlton Mitchell, South Florida*
WR Preston Parker, North Alabama
WR Jared Perry, Missouri
WR Taylor Price, Ohio
WR David Reed, Utah
WR Andre Roberts, The Citadel
WR Emmanuel Sanders, SMU
WR Jordan Shipley, Texas
WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame*
WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech*
WR Verran Tucker, California
WR Chastin West, Fresno State
WR Blair White, Michigan State
WR Damian Williams, USC*
WR Jeremy Williams, Tulane
WR Kyle Williams, Arizona State
WR Mike Williams, ex-Syracuse*
WR Stephen Williams, Toledo
WR Ryan Wolfe, UNLV

Tight ends (20)

TE Nate Byham, Pittsburgh
TE Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
TE Ed Dickson, Oregon
TE Jim Dray, Stanford
TE Brody Eldridge, Oklahoma
TE Dedrick Epps, Miami (Fla.)
TE Riar Geer, Colorado
TE Garrett Graham, Wisconsin
TE Jimmy Graham, Miami (Fla.)
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma*
TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona*
TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State
TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida*
TE Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
TE Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State
TE Anthony McCoy, USC
TE Tony Moeaki, Iowa
TE Colin Peek, Alabama
TE Dennis Pitta, Brigham Young
TE Andrew Quarless, Penn State

Offensive linemen (47)

OG Jon Asamoah, Illinois
OT Zane Beadles, Utah
OT Ciron Black. LSU
OG Dorian Brooks, James Madison
OT Charles Brown, USC
OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa*
C Jeff Byers, USC
OT Kyle Calloway, Iowa
OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland*
OT Selvish Capers, West Virginia
OG Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
C Erik Cook, New Mexico
OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers*
OT Chris Degeare, Wake Forest
OT Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts
OT Jason Fox, Miami (Fla.)
OG Kurtis Gregory, Missouri
OG Joe Hawley, UNLV
C Jake Hickman, Nebraska
OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
OT John Jerry, Mississippi
OG Mike Johnson, Alabama
OT Kyle Jolly, North Carolina
OT Matt Kopa, Stanford
C Ted Larsen, North Carolina State
OT Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State
OT Marshall Newhouse, TCU
OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
C Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
OG Alex Parsons, USC
OT Cole Pemberton, Colorado State
OG Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida*
OG Dace Richardson, Iowa
OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana
OT Chris Scott, Tennessee
OG Shelley Smith, Colorado State
C Matt Tennant, Boston College
OT Mike Tepper, California
OT Adam Ulatoski, Texas
OT Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale (Mich.)
C J.D. Walton, Baylor
OT Ed Wang, Virginia Tech
OT Tony Washington, Abilene Christian
OT Thomas Welch, Vanderbilt
OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
OT Sam Young, Notre Dame

Defensive linemen (66)

DE Rahim Alem, LSU
DT Charles Alexander, LSU
DE Tyson Alualu, California
DT Geno Atkins, Georgia
DE Kevin Basped, Nevada*
DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State
NT Terrence Cody, Alabama
DE Antonio Coleman, Auburn
DE Jermaine Cunningham, Florida
DE Dexter Davis, Arizona State
DE Hall Davis, Louisiana-Lafayette
DE Brandon Deaderick, Alabama
DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida*
DE Junior Galette, Stillman (Ala.)
DE Clifton Geathers, South Carolina*
DE Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State*
DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
DE Everson Griffen, USC*
DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi
DT Lamarr Houston, Texas
DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
DE Carl Ihenacho, San Jose State
DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse
DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina*
DE Sergio Kindle, Texas
DE Jammie Kirlew, Indiana
DE Austen Lane, Murray State
DE Brandon Lang, Troy
DE Erik Lorig, Stanford
DE Albert McClellan, Marshall
DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma*
DE Greg Middleton, Indiana
DE Koa Misi, Utah
DT Earl Mitchell, Arizona
DE Arthur Moats, James Madison
DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech*
DT Aleric Mullins, North Carolina
DT Mike Neal, Purdue
DT Jared Odrick, Penn State
DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke
DT Jeff Owens, Georgia
DT Corey Peters, Kentucky
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida*
DT Brian Price, UCLA*
DT Jay Ross, East Carolina
DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson
DE O'Brien Schofield, Wisconsin
DE George Selvie, South Florida
DE Cameron Sheffield, Troy
DT Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas
DT D'Anthony Smith, Louisiana Tech
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DE Daniel Te'o-nesheim, Washington
DT Cam Thomas, North Carolina
DE Adrian Tracy, William & Mary
DT Torell Troup, Central Florida
DE Lorenzo Washington, Alabama
DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
DE C.J. Wilson, East Carolina
DE E.J. Wilson, North Carolina
DE Lindsey Witten, Connecticut
DT Al Woods, LSU
DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern
DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech*
DT Doug Worthington, Ohio State
DE Willie Young, North Carolina State

Linebackers (36)

ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa
OLB Jason Beauchamp, UNLV
OLB Kyle Bosworth, UCLA
OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State*
ILB Donald Butler. Washington
ILB Lee Campbell Minnesota
ILB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi
OLB Keenan Clayton, Oklahoma
OLB Justin Cole, San Jose State
OLB Harry Coleman, LSU
OLB Kavell Conner, Clemson
OLB Rennie Curran, Georgia*
ILB Phillip Dillard, Nebraska
OLB A.J. Edds, Iowa
ILB Travis Goethel, Arizona State
OLB Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech
ILB Josh Hull, Penn State
ILB Micah Johnson, Kentucky
OLB Keaton Kristick, Oregon
OLB Simoni Lawrence, Minnesota
ILB Boris Lee, Troy
OLB Sean Lee, Penn State
OLB Samuel Maxwell, Kentucky
ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama*
ILB Mike McLaughlin, Boston College
ILB Rod Muckelroy, Texas
OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina
OLB Perry Riley, LSU
ILB Darryl Sharpton, Miami (Fla.)
ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida
OLB Steven Sylvester, Utah
ILB Nathan Triplett, Minnesota
ILB Daryl Washington, TCU
OLB Dekoda Watson, Florida State
OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
ILB Kion Wilson, South Florida

Defensive backs (58)

FS Nate Allen, South Florida
FS Jonathon Amaya, Nevada
FS Lucien Antoine, Oklahoma State
CB Javier Arenas, Alabama
SS Larry Asante, Nebraska
SS Eric Berry, Tennessee*
CB Cornelius Brown, UTEP
SS Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech*
CB Crezdon Butler, Clemson
CB Nolan Carroll, Maryland
CB Christian Chancellor, Clemson
FS Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
SS Barry Church, Toledo
SS Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
CB Chris Cook, Virginia
CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
CB Dominique Franks, Oklahoma*
CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest
CB Marshay Green, Mississippi
CB Joe Haden, Florida*
CB Chris Hawkins, LSU
CB Brian Jackson, Oklahoma
CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama*
CB A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State
FS Chad Jones, LSU*
SS Reshad Jones, Georgia*
FS Kendrick Lewis, Mississippi
CB Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt
CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
FS Taylor Mays, USC
SS Kyle McCarthy, Notre Dame
CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers
CB Sherrick McManis, Northwestern
CB Joshua Moore, Kansas State*
CB Jerome Murphy, South Florida
CB Akwasi Owusu-ansah, Indiana (Pa.)
CB David Pender, Purdue
CB Josh Pinkard, USC
FS Nick Polk, Indiana
CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State
FS Dennis Rogan, Tennessee*
SS Myron Rolle, Florida State
CB Devin Ross, Arizona
CB Amari Spievey, Iowa
FS Darian Stewart, South Carolina
FS Darrell Stuckey, Kansas
SS Earl Thomas, Texas*
CB Kevin Thomas, USC
CB Syd'quan Thompson, California
CB Walter Thurmond Oregon
CB Alterraun Verner, UCLA
CB Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech
CB Jamar Wall, Texas Tech
FS T.J. Ward, Oregon
CB Donovan Warren, Michigan*
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
SS Justin Woodall, Alabama
FS Major Wright, Florida*

Punters and placekickers (8)

P Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech
P Matt Dodge, East Carolina
P Robert Malone, Fresno State
P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
PK Aaron Pettrey, Ohio State
P Scott Ravanesi, Southern Illinois
PK Brett Swenson, Michigan State
PK Leigh Tiffin, Alabama

Special-teamers (2)

ST Clint Gresham, TCU
ST Trindon Holliday, LSU

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January 31st, 2010, 1:32 pm
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Every position is filled with players that I would love to have on our team. This just on the physical talent and strength reports that I have read.

If the Lions can get 3 or 4 of these kids I would be happy.

If they have the talent, we need to start, and continue to question these kids about their past life, their present life situation and what they will do for the rest of their lives.

I know that these guys are just kids but they are going into a mans world.

I would like for the kids that have the talent, have the smart that I didn't. It would make the darft easy and then we might be able to make these boys into real, resposible adults.

Sorry, family arguements can lead your mind to run all over. Just be calm if you can and tell who will be the Lions 2 and 3rd picks. XXsmoker.gif


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Im less inclined to worry about the guys past then most. Sure you should be able to weed out (no pun intended) the Charles Rogers' of the combine, but one of my main concerns would be the kids work ethic. We don't want BMW who didn't have legal issues or anything, he was just a lard rectum who didn't want to work. That's what you need to avoid. I'd take Rey Maulauga and his DUI over some of the other guys without one. Sure it's somewhat of an embarrassment but who holds the title of most embarrassing team in the NFL? Sorry folks, it's the Lions.

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The 2010 draft class is loaded with talent. Unfortunately, it's also loaded with baggage. From durability questions to character concerns, it seems most of the top storylines to follow at the NFL combine have nothing to do with 40-yard dash times, bench press results or position-specific drills.

With that in mind, here's a brief breakdown of the five prospects whose interviews and medical exams will receive the most scrutiny:

Toughest interviews

1. Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant: Bryant is the most talented wide receiver coming out of the college ranks since Calvin Johnson (Lions) in 2007. Unlike Johnson, Bryant comes with some red flags. For starters, there is his well-publicized suspension for the final 10 games of the 2009 season for lying to an NCAA investigator who was looking into Bryant's offseason meeting with former NFL player Deion Sanders.

In addition, multiple NFL scouts tell us of concerns regarding Bryant's maturity level and mental capacity. He will have to answer some tough questions during interviews with NFL teams, and while he's too talented to drop out of the first half of the first round, one bad interview with an interested top-10 team could end up costing Bryant a few million dollars in guaranteed money in his rookie contract.

2. Florida DE Carlos Dunlap: Dunlap is a uniquely gifted prospect with an exceptional combination of size and athleticism, but every team in the league knows he comes with a "buyer beware" tag, and pleading no contest to a December DUI arrest only adds to existing worries about his maturity level and work ethic.

3. Penn State OLB Navorro Bowman: Bowman has dealt with some hardships off the field, including the deaths of his father and his high school coach in a six-month span. Teams are sympathetic, but NFL draft picks are business investments, and right now Bowman's stock is volatile.

He was suspended and placed on probation for his involvement in a 2007 off-campus fight. He later violated probation in April 2009 and was sentenced to an additional 12 months of probation, as well as drug and alcohol testing, and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. Bowman is a first-round talent but could free-fall on draft day as a result of his off-the-field issues.

4. Syracuse WR Mike Williams: Academic issues and multiple suspensions are certainly frowned upon by NFL decision-makers, but certainly not as much as quitting on your team, which Williams did in early November when facing yet another suspension. He is one of the top three wide receivers in the 2010 class in terms of pure talent, but there's a good chance Williams won't be among the first 10 receivers off the board because of his character issues.

5. Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount: Blount's suspension for punching a Boise State player after the 2009 season opener has been well-documented at this point, and to his credit Blount was able to earn his way back onto the field by meeting several off-the-field and academic conditions set by the Oregon coaching staff.

Now the challenge is to convince NFL that he is a changed man. Blount has the physical tools of a potential third-round pick, but how far beyond that point he falls will be decided in part by how he handles interviews and performs on certain teams' psychological tests.

Most important medical exams

1. Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford: Shoulder surgery ended Bradford's 2009 season, and he is still recovering. He will attend the combine but skip the drills and throwing portions, instead waiting until a pro day workout set for March 25. However, teams want to know how sound his throwing shoulder is after he injured it twice during the 2009 season.

2. Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen: Clausen played through turf toe on his right foot for part of the season and underwent offseason surgery to correct the problem, and he is not ready to throw or work out at the combine. His individual workout will take place April 8, but NFL decision-makers want assurance that the injury will not have a long-term effect on his throwing motion.

3. Texas QB Colt McCoy: McCoy is in the final stages of rehab after a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the BCS title game, and while he plans on taking part in drills and attempting to throw, it is also important that he prove the injury was not serious or lingering.

4. Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham: Gresham missed the entire 2009 season after surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee but will participate in all phases of the combine. His exam will carry additional weight, because he also tore the ACL in his left knee in high school.

5. California RB Jahvid Best: Best will take part in all combine drills and interviews, and teams are anxious to check out his laundry list of injury issues. He missed three games with a hip injury in 2007, sat out the 2008 Arizona State game with a dislocated left elbow and underwent foot and elbow surgeries during the offseason, and most recently suffered a season-ending concussion and disk injury to his back during a scary tumble in the 2009 Oregon State game. The concussion is most worrisome, of course, but all the dings and dents have teams worried about Best's ability to stand up to the pounding NFL backs endure.

Moving on up?

On a more positive note, there are always players who capitalize on the four-day job interview that is the combine. Here's a look at five FBS-level prospects with the most to gain, followed by five small-school prospects capable of hanging with the big boys:

Five with most to gain
1. South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul: After entering the 2009 season as a junior college transfer just hoping to win a starting job, Pierre-Paul has accomplished a lot over the past few months. Scouts have seen his fierce pass-rushing potential on film and now it's time to showcase his awesome upside. Pierre-Paul can solidify a spot in the top 10 picks, and possibly write his ticket to Tampa Bay at No. 3 overall, if he puts on an impressive performance in Indianapolis.

2. Maryland OT Bruce Campbell: Campbell started just 17 games in his three seasons at Maryland, and there are plenty of holes in his game when you watch the tape. Still, Campbell has a chance to go in the first round, because he has the lateral agility, quickness and upper-body strength NFL front offices covet at left tackle. If he performs as well as expected across the board, Campbell could come off the board in the late first round based on his developmental potential.

3. Rutgers CB Devin McCourty: Boise State's Kyle Wilson was the headliner among cornerback prospects at this year's Senior Bowl, but McCourty quietly won over his fair share of scouts with a strong showing of his own. His fluid hips, quick feet and toughness are enough to land him a spot in the first two rounds, and if McCourty delivers on an expected 40-yard dash time in the 4.3-second range he could punch his ticket to the first round.

4. USC S Taylor Mays: Mays saw his stock dip over the course of the college season thanks in large part to his subpar instincts and poor change-of-direction skills in coverage. In fact, some felt he could slip into the second round. The combine is the perfect place for Mays to begin a comeback and solidify himself as a first-round pick. If he runs the 40 in the same range as much smaller safeties Eric Berry (Tennessee) and Earl Thomas (Texas), look for at least one front office to overlook Mays' weaknesses on the field and take him in the first round because of his freakish natural tools.

5. Ohio WR Taylor Price: Price didn't put up eye-popping numbers and played in a non-BCS conference, but it's important to point out that inconsistent quarterback play was an issue and that Price was impressive at the Senior Bowl. He caught the ball well and showed against a talented group of corners that he's capable of stretching the field vertically. A 40 time in the 4.3s or low 4.4 at the combine will reinforce what we saw in Mobile and on film and could move Price solidly into the second day of the draft.

Small-school prospects to watch
1. Massachusetts G Vladimir Ducasse: It became painfully clear during Senior Bowl week that Ducasse lacks the technique and mirror-and-slide skills to play on an island at offensive tackle in the NFL. In fact, he might need a full year of development before he's ready to compete for a starting job at guard. Still, Ducasse's upside is intriguing to NFL teams in a position to develop a youngster. Look for the raw Haitian-born lineman to impress with his combination of size, mobility in space and straight-line speed (particularly the 10- and 20-yard splits in the 40) during drills.

2. Hillsdale (Mich.) OT Edwin Veldheer: Veldheer created some buzz in scouting circles during his senior season and he carried the momentum over to the Texas vs. The Nation Game, where he showcased outstanding feet. The combine should be a perfect forum for the 6-foot-7¾, 321-pounder to showcase his excellent combination of size and agility.

3. Citadel WR Andre Roberts: We currently grade Roberts as a fringe third-rounder, but he is a silky-smooth player who runs polished routes and is blessed with soft hands. He's a bit undersized, but look for the future slot receiver to make some noise with his excellent quickness in the shuttle drills and initial burst in his 10-yard split.

4. James Madison OLB Arthur Moats: He is listed at just 6 feet, but Moats' thick build and unusually long arms for his frame will play to his favor during measurements. Look for his explosiveness and ability to hold up in space during position drills to ease concerns about his ability to transition from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker.

5. Abilene Christian OT Tony Washington: There is some off-the-field baggage that will be addressed during some tough interview sessions, but the good news for Washington is that he can only improve his plummeting draft stock. First, he can help his cause by being honest and sincere when speaking to teams. Secondly, the position and agility drills are an ideal stage for the nimble 6-1, 303-pounder to display his outstanding agility.

Speed to burn

From Darrell Green to Bo Jackson to Deion Sanders, there's always a debate about who owns the combine's all-time fastest 40-yard dash time. The picture is much clearer in recent years., though.

CB Fabian Washington (Ravens) won the unofficial track meet in 2005 by blazing a 4.29-second 40, followed by CB Tye Hill (Falcons) with a 4.30 in 2006, WR/RS Yamon Figurs (Raiders) with another 4.30 in 2007, RB Chris Johnson (Titans) with a ridiculous 4.24 in 2008, and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders) with a 4.30 last year.

Here are five leading candidates to win fastest-in-class honors in 2010:

1. Kansas State RS Brandon Banks (5-7¼, 149)
2. Ohio WR Taylor Price (6-0⅛, 198)
3. Clemson RB C.J. Spiller (5-10¾, 196)
4. Clemson WR Jacoby Ford (5-8¾, 181)
5. California RB Jahvid Best (5-9¾, 198)

Feeling left out
Approximately 10 percent of the players selected in the annual NFL draft are not invited to the scouting combine, and we're not just talking about journeyman late-rounders who contribute on special teams. Big-time players such as QB Tony Romo, WR Wes Welker and DE Osi Umenyiora have fallen through the cracks in recent years, and with that in mind here's a look at 10 combine snubs from 2010 who shouldn't give up hope just yet:

1. Eastern Washington QB Matt Nichols
2. Auburn CB Walter McFadden
3. Hawaii C John Estes
4. Rutgers OT Kevin Haslem
5. Virginia DT Nate Collins
6. Virginia Tech G Sergio Render
7. Miami CB Sam Shields
8. Bowling Green WR Freddie Barnes
9. Oklahoma DE Auston English
10. Central Michigan WR Bryan Anderson

Player schedule

Here's how things will break down for each group of players during their four-day stays in Indianapolis:

Day 1

* Arrive and register
* Pre-examination and X-rays at hospital
* Orientation
* NFL team interviews

Day 2

* Measurements (height, weight, arm length, hand span)
* Injury evaluation
* Media interviews
* Psychological testing (Wonderlic test)
* NFL team interviews

Day 3

* NFLPA meeting
* Psychological testing
* NFL team interviews

Day 4

* Workout to include all or some of the following: 40-yard dash, bench press, three-cone drill, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, position-specific drills
* Departure

Following is a breakdown of the 11 groups and their workout dates:

Groups
Group 1: Offensive linemen/Specialists
Group 2: Offensive linemen
Group 3: Tight ends
Group 4: Quarterbacks/Wide receivers
Group 5: Quarterbacks/Wide receivers
Group 6: Running Backs/fullbacks
Group 7: Defensive linemen
Group 8: Defensive linemen
Group 9: Linebackers
Group 10: Defensive backs
Group 11: Defensive backs

Workout dates
Saturday, Feb. 27: Groups 1, 2 and 3
Sunday, Feb. 28: Groups 4, 5 and 6
Monday, March 1: Groups 7, 8 and 9
Tuesday, March 2: Groups 10 and 11


February 28th, 2010, 4:48 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Tape measures and scales will not be traded in for stopwatches and footballs at the NFL combine until Saturday, but that doesn't mean there isn't buzz being generated. Here are our observations after Thursday's weigh-in sessions for tight ends, offensive linemen and specialists. Here are some of our observations:

Campbell, Iupati already impressive
Maryland OT Bruce Campbell is inconsistent on film but figures to wow scouts with his upside, and he started doing so Thursday. Campbell is one of the few 316-pound human beings in this world who can be described as "shredded." He's expected to be among the leaders in the standard 225-pound bench press Friday and to clock a sub-5.00 in the 40-yard dash Saturday.

Idaho OG/OT Mike Iupati came in a close second in the offensive line's best-in-show contest. Iupati is not as defined at Campbell but carried his 331 pounds well on a 6-foot-5 frame.

Bulaga measures up
One of the big questions as the premier offensive linemen were sized up was just how long the arms of Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga would be. Arm length is one of the most scrutinized physical attributes for offensive tackles because short arms make it easier for pass-rushers to get into their frame and get around them.

Concerns were eased a bit for Bulaga, who exceeded expectations with 33¼-inch arms. For comparison purposes, first-round pick Eugene Monroe measured in at 33⅞ inches a year ago and fared just fine as a rookie for the Jaguars.

Bad start for Davis
Rutgers OT Anthony Davis is currently the highest-rated tackle on our board, but he looked sloppy and soft in the middle during weigh-ins. It's a disappointing start for a player looking to solidify his status in a very competitive class, and coming in out of shape will only add to off-the-field concerns Davis is sure to be grilled about in interviews.

Seniors back on the radar
We got our first look since bowl season at the top two senior offensive tackles in the 2010 class, and Oklahoma State's Russell Okung passed the eyeball test a little better than Oklahoma's Trent Williams. Okung looked athletic at 6-5 and 307 pounds. Although Williams certainly didn't embarrass himself, he looked a little fleshier at 6-5 and 315.

Saffold moving up
Indiana OT Rodger Saffold isn't in the first-round discussion, but his stock is on the rise. After a strong showing at the East-West Shrine Game, Saffold weighed in here at 316 pounds and measured 6-4⅝. He carried the weight well and is looking to move up in the second round with a strong showing at the combine.

Tight ends show well
We thought Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham would win the weigh-in among tight ends, but Arizona's Rob Gronkowski stole Gresham's thunder. Gronkowski checked in taller than we expected at 6-¼, has long arms at 34¼ inches and has 10¼-inch hands. Size isn't an issue, either, after he weighed in at 264 pounds. In fairness to Gresham, he looked good, too, at 6-5¼ and 261 pounds.

USC TE Anthony McCoy might not have elite measurables, but he looked athletic at 259 and 6-4½. Although McCoy didn't catch the ball as well as expected at the Senior Bowl, there's a lot to like about his 10⅜-inch hand span.

Penn State's Andrew Quarless and Pittsburgh's Nate Byham also caught our attention Thursday. Quarless is a talented underachiever, and the combine is a perfect venue for him to showcase his athleticism, and his 6-4⅝, 254-pound frame is impressive. It could be the start of a big week for him. Meanwhile, Byham looked trim at 6-4 and 262.

What's next?
The pace picks up a bit Friday when the skill position players (quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers) get into the mix with their measurements and some of the big fellas (offensive linemen and tight ends) hit the bench press.

Be sure to check in frequently between now and Tuesday because we will keep the results flowing in our daily NFL draft blog and put a bow on each day with our combine buzz, which will feature more in-depth analysis after we've collected and compared the day's information.


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INDIANAPOLIS -- The story of the day Friday at the NFL combine was obviously Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant announcing he will not run because of a hamstring injury.

Make no mistake, there are plenty of NFL scouts and coaches questioning the validity of Bryant's injury and the timing of his announcement. For certain teams, enough behavioral concerns exist to pass on Bryant in favor of a similarly graded player at a different position.

But keep in mind, there's only a handful of prospects in the 2010 class who possibly compare to the freakishly gifted Bryant. The bottom line is it will take a lot more than lying to NCAA investigators and opting not to run at the combine for Bryant to fall out of the first half of the first round, and there isn't a receiver in this class capable of leapfrogging him.

Wide receivers report

Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas also is dealing with an injury (foot) that is likely to prevent him from running for NFL scouts before April's draft. Thomas was making a strong push to be the second receiver off the board after Bryant.

Now it's up to Arrelious Benn of Illinois to seize the moment. As an underclassman whose production was hurt by poor quarterback play, Benn can prove more during workouts than most players in Indianapolis. He never will be mistaken for Usain Bolt, but it will help Benn's cause if he can post a 40-yard dash time in the high 4.4-second range.

He also needs to show suddenness in and out of breaks, and strong hands during pass-catching drills. To his credit, Benn (6-foot-1, 219 pounds) appeared to be in peak physical condition during Friday's weigh-in session.

Big wideouts abound

One obvious trend when watching the wide receivers roam around Lucas Oil Stadium is that this year's crop has, as they say in NBA scouting circles, great length. In fact, 16 of the 44 receivers invited to the combine stand 6-2 or taller, and seven of those 16 are at least 6-3.

Great NFL wide receivers come in all shapes and sizes, but it should be noted that four of the top five NFL receivers in total yards in 2009 were 6-3 or taller (Andre Johnson, Miles Austin, Sidney Rice, Randy Moss). Here's a look at the 16 prospects looking to continue that trend, listed in descending order by height:

1. Danario Alexander, Missouri (6-4⅝, 215)
2. Stephen Williams, Toledo (6-4½, 210)
3. Riley Cooper, Florida (6-3⅜, 222)
4. Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State (6-3⅜, 204)
5. Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech (6-3¼, 224)
6. Eric Decker, Minnesota (6-3⅛, 217)
7. David Gettis, Baylor (6-3, 217)
8. Carlton Mitchell, South Florida (6-2⅞, 215)
9. Marcus Easley, Connecticut (6-2¾, 210)
10. Brandon LaFell, LSU (6-2½, 211)
11. Blair White, Michigan State (6-2¼, 209)
12. Brandon Long, Louisville (6-2⅛, 216)
13. Kerry Meier, Kansas (6-2⅛, 216)
14. Chris Bell, Norfolk State (6-2⅛, 211)
15. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State (6-2, 225)
16. Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas (6-2, 207)

WR highs and lows
Here are the highs and lows from the wide receivers during Friday's weigh-in session:

WR Extremes
Category Highs Lows
Height Danario Alexander, 6-4⅝ Brandon James, 5-6⅜
Stephen Williams, 6-4½ Brandon Banks, 5-6¾
Riley Cooper, 6-3⅜ Jacoby Ford, 5-8⅞

Weight (pounds) Dez Bryant, 225 Brandon Banks, 149
Kerry Meier, 224 Brandon James, 176
Demaryius Thomas, 224 Jared Perry, 178

Arm length (inches) Danario Alexander, 34¾ Brandon James, 29¾
Dez Bryant, 34 Brandon Banks, 30
David Gettis, 34 Kyle Williams, 30

Hand span (inches) Demaryius Thomas, 10½ Brandon Banks, 8¼
Riley Cooper, 10½ Marcus Easley, 8¼
Chris McGaha, 10⅛ Brandon James, 8¾
Brandon LaFell, 8¾

Quarterback report

The top two quarterbacks on our board got off to a strong start. Oklahoma's Sam Bradford measured 6-4¼ and tipped the scales at 236 pounds. He looked thicker than expected, and the new look might help ease concerns about his durability.

Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen also checked in bigger than expected at 6-2⅝ and 222 pounds. Clausen didn't have a perfect day, though, tying two other prospects for the smallest hands among the quarterbacks .

A couple of other QB positives from Friday:

• Cincinnati's Tony Pike looked borderline anemic when weighing in at 212 pounds at the Senior Bowl but is up to 223 at the combine. Pike must continue to add weight to his 6-5¾ frame, but his added bulk could be the start of a strong week, considering he is willing to throw in Indianapolis while the three quarterbacks we rank ahead of him will not.

• Florida's Tim Tebow has the biggest hands (10⅛ inches) and appears to be in great shape at 6-2¾ and 236 pounds. Tebow's intangibles continued to shine as well when he said it's his dream to play quarterback in the NFL but that he would put the team first and play another position if asked. The reality is Tebow would be a project at quarterback and might never excel at another position, but his selfless approach certainly can't hurt his draft stock.

Things did not go as smoothly for Texas QB Colt McCoy, who does not have prototypical size at just 6-1⅛ and 216 pounds. McCoy worked primarily out of the shotgun at Texas, and his height raises concerns about his ability to scan the field when dropping from under center. In addition, McCoy is not expected to throw because the shoulder injury he suffered in the BCS title game has not completely healed.

A couple of other QB negatives:

• Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour might have read too many press clippings after his strong showing at the Senior Bowl. LeFevour says he will throw but only to stationary targets rather than live receivers because he prefers to throw to receivers he's comfortable with and can get into a rhythm with.

Problem is, scouts would account for a quarterback throwing to receivers he doesn't know. They understand it can make a quarterback's timing and accuracy appear worse than they actually are. Teams also want to see how quarterbacks handle the high-pressure situation. LeFevour projects as a third-round pick, so he had better pound the strike zone when throwing to those stationary targets if he wants to improve his stock.

• At just 5-10⅞ and 187 pounds, Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards lacks the size to line up at quarterback in the NFL and would be wise to participate in the drills with the receivers if possible. Although we are not sold on Edwards' ability to play receiver in the NFL, getting some reps there would improve his chances of getting drafted late or signing as a rookie free agent because he has more upside at receiver than at any other position.

Here are the highest and lowest weigh-in numbers for the quarterbacks:

QB Extremes
Category Highs Lows
Height Tony Pike, 6-5 Armanti Edwards, 5-10⅞
John Skelton, 6-5⅜ Max Hall, 6-0⅝
Sam Bradford, 6-4¼ Colt McCoy, 6-1⅛

Weight (pounds) John Skelton, 243 Amanti Edwards, 187
Tim Tebow, 236 Max Hall, 209
Sam Bradford, 236 Zac Robinson, 214

Arm length (inches) Jarrett Brown, 34⅞ Max Hall, 30
Sam Bradford, 34⅝ Jimmy Clausen, 30¾
Tony Pike, 34½ Colt McCoy, 31

Hand span (inches) Tim Tebow, 10⅛ Jimmy Clausen, 9
Jevan Snead, 10 Max Hall, 9
Jarrett Brown, 10 Zac Robinson, 9
Tony Pike, 10

Running back report

There is no question Clemson's C.J. Spiller owns the No. 1 running back spot in the 2010 class. Spiller checked in at 5-10⅝, 196 pounds, and while we had hoped he would be heavier than 200 pounds, his versatility will overcome any size concerns.

The bigger question is how the second tier of backs will come off the board. Fresno State's Ryan Mathews, California's Jahvid Best, Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster, Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer and Tennessee's Montario Hardesty will be jockeying for position this weekend.

Like Spiller, Best and McCluster checked in on the lighter side. The pint-sized McCluster measured 5-8¾ and 172 pounds, and Best's thin frame (5-10⅛, 199) is a concern because of his extensive injury history and aggressive running style.

Mathews and Hardesty were two of the winners from the group. It was hard to find much body fat on Mathews, who tipped the scales at a lean 218 pounds, and while Hardesty has added weight since the end of the college season, he's carrying his 225 pounds very well.

At 5-11¼ and 229 pounds, Dwyer has taken off some weight and appears to be in good shape by his standards. Scouts now will want to see whether that translates to the field in terms of quickness, agility and top-end speed during the physical workouts.

A pair of bigger backs we want to keep a close eye on during agility drills are Oregon's LeGarrette Blount (6-0½, 241) and LSU's Charles Scott (5-11⅜, 238). Both checked in a bit heavier than expected, and we will be interested to see whether this affects their explosiveness during the workout portion of the combine.

Finally, here are the weigh-in highs and lows for the running backs:

RB Extremes
Category Highs Lows
Height James Starks, 6-2⅛ Dexter McCluster, 5-8¾
Rashawn Jackson, 6-1 Shawnbrey McNeal, 5-9⅛
Anthony Dixon, 6-0¾ Darius Marshall, 5-9¼
Andre Dixon, 6-0¾

Weight (pounds) John Conner, 246 Dexter McCluster, 172
Manase Tonga, 245 Darius Marshall, 190
LeGarrette Blount, 241 Shawnbrey McNeal, 194

Arm length (inches) James Starks, 33¾ Chris Brown, 29
LeGarrette Blount, 33½ Dexter McCluster, 29¼
Charles Scott, 33 Keiland Williams, 30
Rashawn Jackson, 33
Rashawn Jackson, 33
Hand span (inches) C.J. Spiller, 10¼ Dexter McCluster, 8⅜
Andre Dixon, 10¼ John Conner, 8½
LeGarrette Blount, 10 Jonathan Dwyer, 8⅝


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Two of the top three running backs on our board measured on the smaller side. Clemson's C.J. Spiller checked in at 5-foot-10⅝ and 196 pounds, while California's Jahvid Best was 5-10⅛ and 199.

Size is not as much of an issue for Spiller, who plays a versatile role that includes kickoff returns. Best, however, dealt with nagging injuries throughout his college career and there are questions about whether he has the frame to take a pounding as an inside runner. Medical exams, including evaluation of the serious concussion Best suffered late in the 2009 season, will also be closely scrutinized.

Dwyer looking good
Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer measured 5-11¼ and 229 and appears to be in good shape by his standards. We mentioned in our running back breakdown that Dwyer would do well to show up under 230 pounds to avoid looking sluggish and this is a pretty good start for him.

Mathews, Hardesty solid
Fresno State's Ryan Mathews, the No. 2 back on our board, showed up and 5-11¾ and 218 and it was hard to find any fat on his body. Tennessee's Montario Hardesty is 5-11⅝ and has bulked up to 225 pounds, and he is carrying the extra weight well.

Hardesty still faces questions about nagging knee problems and Mathews about how much of a role he can play in the passing game, but each gained a little momentum during the weigh-in.

No surprise with McCluster
A lack of size has always been an issue for Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster and he is as small as advertised at 5-8¾, 172. If McCluster is going to play a versatile, Darren Sproles-type role in the NFL he must clock one of the fastest 40-yard dash times among running backs. Something in the 4.4-second range will solidify his second-round grade.

Big backs could stand to trim down
Oregon's LeGarrette Blount (6-0½, 241) and LSU's Charles Scott (5-11⅜, 238) are two of the biggest backs in the 2010 class and both could stand to drop a few pounds.

Blount is a powerful runner but there are questions about his ability to turn the corner at the NFL level while Scott is not quite the bruiser his frame suggests and lacks burst out of his cuts.

Be sure to check back throughout the day as we update the wide receiver group and chime in with scouting takes on the big news coming out of Indy.



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There hasn't been much action at the NFL combine thus far, because the only thing happening is that measurements are being taken for quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. However, things will pick up later when the offensive linemen and tight ends take on the bench press.

LeFevour's mistake

Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour was measured at 6-foot-3¼, 230 pounds, which is what was expected, but the biggest surprise it that he will not throw at the combine. To our knowledge, he doesn't have an injury, and if he is doing this because he doesn't want to, he's making a mistake. This is his chance to try to close the gap between him and the rest of the pack, because most quarterbacks aren't throwing, but he is throwing away a good opportunity.

Hands on

Florida QB Tim Tebow looks to be in great shape, and measured in at the same size (6-2¾, 236 pounds) he was at the Senior Bowl. His hands are also the biggest of all the quarterbacks. His were measured at 10⅛, but right behind him were Cincinnati QB Tony Pike (who has bulked up to 223 pounds), West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown and Mississippi QB Jevan Snead.

Advice for Edwards

Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards measured in at 5-10⅞, 187 pounds, which was expected, but he would be wise to take reps at wide receiver.

Bulked-up Bradford

The biggest news so far is that Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford physically looks fantastic. He has bulked up to 236 pounds and measured in at 6-4. This is great to see because, regardless of the injury, another concern about Bradford was his tall, lengthy frame, and some questioned his ability to fill it out. Those concerns are gone, and NFL scouts are pleased.

Coming up a little short

Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen came in at 6-2, 222 pounds, which is not ideal height for a quarterback, but he is solid. The one concern about him was that his hands were measured at nine inches, which is half an inch shorter than the NFL average. This is not a big deal, but typically you want your quarterback to have hands closer to 10 inches because it will help with ball security.

Texas QB Colt McCoy came in at 6-1⅛, 216 pounds. This was not surprising, but he was hoping to come in closer to 6-2.

We will continue to give updates from the NFL combine throughout the day, so keep checking back.



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The decision by Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant not to work out at the combine because of a tweaked hamstring really doesn't hurt Bryant's draft stock at all.

As long as he runs a solid 40-yard dash time -- somewhere in the mid-to-low 4.4-second range -- at his pro day Bryant loses very little by not taking part in combine drills. It might not look from a public relations standpoint given his issues last season with the NCAA, but Bryant is clearly better on the field than any other receiver in this class and that's what matters.

Because he showed up in excellent physical condition at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds teams know he has been working hard and his upside remains intact, so there is no question Bryant remains the No. 1 wideout on our board.

The one caveat here is that some scouts and personnel people we talked to rolled their eyes and grumbled that this had better be a real hamstring injury rather than another example of a guy with some perceived 'diva' issues simply looking to make some noise.

Benn's big chance?

While he won't overtake Bryant on any draft boards, Arrelious Benn of Illinois now has a chance to steal the show with a good workout.

There are questions about Benn's durability and lack of production in 2009, but he is a chiseled 6-1, 210 pounds and a good workout here can move him up some boards and solidify him as the No. 2 receiver in this class.

DT Jones a mystery
Syracuse DT Arthur Jones will not participate in combine workouts and scouts are wondering why. All indications are that he has fully recovered from an MCL injury that cost him the bulk of the 2009 season, and if he is passing simply to wait for an individual pro day workout it's a mistake.

Jones was among our top 32 prospects early in the season and he needs to show teams he is in shape and back to 100 percent, especially given the competition he is facing in one of the deepest defensive tackle classes in the past decade. With big names like Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy slated to take part in workouts Jones is missing a chance to prove he can hang with the best in his class.


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INDIANAPOLIS -- Maryland OT Bruce Campbell has become the top workout warrior of the 2010 class, confirming everything we thought about his strength and athletic ability coming into the NFL combine.

Campbell ran an official 4.85-second 40-yard dash, turned in a 32-inch vertical jump and put up 34 repetitions on the standard 225-pound bench press.

He needs to play with better balance, his technique needs polishing and he has trouble staying healthy, but this showing proves that Campbell is blessed with rare physical tools and should make him a lock to come off the board in the bottom half of Round 1.

• Oklahoma OT Trent Williams was not far behind Campbell in terms of workout showing. Williams is not as chiseled as Campbell physically, but we were pleasantly surprised by the way Williams moved.

He was fluid and agile during drills, moved his feet well, and was quick in his sets with a strong, compact punch and good balance. This was a good day for Williams and a step in the right direction for a player whose ability to hold up on the left side has been questioned.

• Oklahoma State's Russell Okung is battling with Williams to be the top senior tackle off the board and had an up-and-down day. Okung showed good strength with 38 reps on the bench press and his time of 5.15 in the 40 was adequate. We knew he was somewhat limited athletically and that showed during drills, and Okung's combine ended when he suffered a groin injury during pass protection drills, but he did nothing to hurt his high-first-round grade.

• Florida C/G Maurkice Pouncey is making a strong push to become the top-rated interior lineman on our board. He looked balanced and fluid and moved his feet well during drills, and while Pouncey is not an elite athlete, he is very smooth.

Idaho G/T Mike Iupati remains ahead of Pouncey at this point, but the combine is not an ideal showcase for him because Iupati's game is predicated on power rather than athleticism. He held his own during drills, though, and Iupati remains a first-round prospect.

• Small school prospect Edwin Veldheer of Hillsdale (Mich.) was the under-the-radar story on Saturday. He has great size at 6-8⅛ and 312 pounds and his footwork is impressive. Veldheer showed that footwork off with a 4.51-second short shuttle (official), the fastest of all offensive linemen, and he clocked a good 40 time of 5.09 (official).

Veldheer moves smoothly and easily for his size and picks his feet up and puts them down quickly. He gained some momentum during the season and is continuing to make strides with his quickness and agility. His arms are on the shorter side at just 33 inches but that's really the only beef we have with what we saw from Veldheer.

• Indiana's Rodger Saffold had a solid say as well. Saffold doesn't look the part of a great athlete but is surprising with his flexibility and agility in space. His 5.22-second 40 is more than respectable for his size.

• It was not a good day for a pair of Notre Dame offensive linemen. Irish OT Sam Young showed heavy feet and struggled to bend at the waist and get good knee bend, while C Eric Olsen lacked balance and lost momentum when changing directions, even falling to the ground at one point.

• Arkansas G Mitch Petrus pulled up on his first 40 attempt with an apparent hamstring injury, but he did register a 5.20. We were most impressed with Petrus' overall strength, though, after he tied the combine record (since 2000) with 45 reps.

• Massachusetts G Vladimir Ducasse did little to help himself on Saturday. Ducasse's 5.21 in the 40 was adequate, but he continues to show a lack of athletic ability in space. He was stiff and struggled to change direction, and he also played a bit high. This showing, combined with a Senior Bowl week during which he looked lost on the edge, further convinces us that he is a better fit at guard despite playing tackle in college.

• Boston College C Matt Tennant also had problems during drills, struggling to get out of his stance quickly, shuffling his feet and failing to look fluid when changing directions. His stock has been hurt a bit.

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AP Photo/Darron CummingsA lack of ideal size is the only thing working against Dorin Dickerson.

• The story of the day among the tight ends was the performance put on by Pittsburgh's Dorin Dickerson (6-1⅜, 226), whose official 4.40 in the 40 illustrated the explosiveness, burst and separation skills that set him apart from the rest of the tight end class. Dickerson looked good all over the field, catching the ball well and performing well in all phases.

The excitement around Dickerson is tempered by his lack of size, however. He has long arms (34 inches) and big hands but still must find a niche with an offensive coordinator who can create a unique H-back role for Dickerson, one that will use his versatility to create mismatches. Overall, though, Dickerson solidified his third-round grade and is at least in the late-second round discussion.

• Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham looks like the knee injury that cost him the entire 2009 season is completely behind him. Gresham ran routes well and his 4.76 in the 40 confirmed that he has not lost his ability to stretch the middle of the field.

He still catches the ball naturally and effortlessly, and despite some inconsistency when turning and coming back to the quarterback, Gresham appeared close to his old form and is locking down the No. 1 spot on our tight end board.

• Two other big-name tight ends opted not to run the 40. Florida's Aaron Hernandez sat out because of a strained back that is not thought to be serious, and he will run at Florida's pro day in mid-March.

The case of Arizona's Rob Gronkowski is a bit more curious. A back injury cost Gronkowski the entire 2009 season and the combine would have been the first chance for scouts to see him in over a year. However, he did not run here and will not take part in Arizona's pro day, instead choosing a private workout at a later date.

• BYU TE Dennis Pitta had an outstanding day. Pitta was more athletic than we anticipated, clocking a 4.62 in the 40 and showing more burst and better change-of-direction skills than we thought he had. He showed good strength with 27 reps on the bench and we are also impressed by his hands, which might be the best in the tight end class.

• The day could have gone better for both Anthony McCoy of USC and Ed Dickson of Oregon.

McCoy (6-4, 259) ran an adequate 4.79 in the 40 but put up only 19 reps on the bench press. He also had a few drops, which was also a problem for him during Senior Bowl week. We knew he was somewhat limited athletically so McCoy did not hurt his second-round grade much, but he did miss a chance to get into the first-round conversation.

Dickson was a little better in the bench (23 reps) and the 40 (official 4.67), but he had a bad day catching the ball. He dropped a few passes and lost focus when adjusting to a deep ball thrown behind him, things that also showed up at the Senior Bowl, and Dickson remains an early-third-round prospect.

• The combine is a perfect stage for an athlete like Miami TE Jimmy Graham (6-6⅜, 260), who looked good getting down the field (official 4.56 in the 40), changed directions well and showed some softness in his hands. Graham put up 20 reps on the bench and has the frame to get stronger, and while the former basketball player still needs to develop more mental and physical toughness, he remains a fourth-round prospect.

• The workouts were a mixed bag for Penn State's Andrew Quarless. The measurements (6-4⅜, 254; 34-inch arms, 10¾-inch hands) and workouts (official 4.69 in the 40, 23 bench press reps) were good for Quarless, who also looked good tracking the ball and running routes.

However, he fought the ball at times, stumbled on occasion and seemed to lack body control, and had some drops when turning back to the quarterback to catch the ball. Quarless is a good athlete but needs to work on the little things and focus on being more consistent. Overall, he squandered a chance to show off in this forum.

• Fellow tight ends Colin Peek (Alabama), Nate Byham (Pittsburgh) and Riar Geer (Colorado) all had a tough time in this venue. All project as No. 2 tight ends who can work the underneath areas some, but none of the three were impressive. Peek looked stiff in his routes, Byham ran a pedestrian 5.09 in the 40 and Geer put up only 13 reps on the bench press.

• Wisconsin's Garrett Graham continues to impress us with his receiving skills. Graham does not have great size (6-2⅛, 243) and could get stronger (20 reps on the bench press) but he has added some weight since the Senior Bowl and showed the natural hands to snatch the ball cleanly away from his frame.

We believe after watching film and workouts that Graham is a better football player than athlete and that is why he remains a fourth-round prospect in our eyes.

• We will continue to monitor small-school prospect Clay Harbor of Missouri State, who has flown under the radar but had an impressive combine workout. Harbor clocked an official 4.68 in the 40, had a tight end best 30 bench press reps and showed good overall athleticism.

He did let the ball get into his frame a bit on Saturday but that is really the only issue we had with his performance. Harbor has the athleticism to become a solid No. 2 pass-catching tight end and is a sleeper prospect who could offer good value in the late rounds.


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Did anyone see the bench press results for the DL yesterday, Suh had 32 but McCoy only had 23. I think that will help solidify Suh as the top DT in the draft - I'm a bit surprised at how lows McCoy's reps were at, you would have think he had been working hard to have a good number here.

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Did anyone see the bench press results for the DL yesterday, Suh had 32 but McCoy only had 23. I think that will help solidify Suh as the top DT in the draft - I'm a bit surprised at how lows McCoy's reps were at, you would have think he had been working hard to have a good number here.


That is pretty sad that McCoy only threw up 23 reps?

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Did anyone see the bench press results for the DL yesterday, Suh had 32 but McCoy only had 23. I think that will help solidify Suh as the top DT in the draft - I'm a bit surprised at how lows McCoy's reps were at, you would have think he had been working hard to have a good number here.


That is pretty sad that McCoy only threw up 23 reps?


I thought McCoy had 26...and who cares? How many times is the guy gonna be asked to bench press a RB? The bench press is about endurance, not overall strength. In addition, McCoy relies more on technique and quickness than Suh....which is why Suh has more bust potential than McCoy. Not saying he will be a bust, just saying his potential to bust is greater than McCoy's in that regard.


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Did anyone see the bench press results for the DL yesterday, Suh had 32 but McCoy only had 23. I think that will help solidify Suh as the top DT in the draft - I'm a bit surprised at how lows McCoy's reps were at, you would have think he had been working hard to have a good number here.


That is pretty sad that McCoy only threw up 23 reps?


I thought McCoy had 26...and who cares? How many times is the guy gonna be asked to bench press a RB? The bench press is about endurance, not overall strength. In addition, McCoy relies more on technique and quickness than Suh....which is why Suh has more bust potential than McCoy. Not saying he will be a bust, just saying his potential to bust is greater than McCoy's in that regard.


McCoy did several reps that weren't counted because he didn't lock them in. Whatever that means. So, he actually did more than 26 reps. He just didn't get credit for them.


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m2karateman wrote:
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Pablo wrote:
Did anyone see the bench press results for the DL yesterday, Suh had 32 but McCoy only had 23. I think that will help solidify Suh as the top DT in the draft - I'm a bit surprised at how lows McCoy's reps were at, you would have think he had been working hard to have a good number here.


That is pretty sad that McCoy only threw up 23 reps?


I thought McCoy had 26...and who cares? How many times is the guy gonna be asked to bench press a RB? The bench press is about endurance, not overall strength. In addition, McCoy relies more on technique and quickness than Suh....which is why Suh has more bust potential than McCoy. Not saying he will be a bust, just saying his potential to bust is greater than McCoy's in that regard.


Sure didn't look like it today in the drills when Suh looked like a freak while McCoy couldn't even compare to him. Suh showed better quickness, better movement, better technique in the punch, rip and swim drills...Suh just flat out made McCoy his bitch today.

To be fair though, even I was surprised at how stiff McCoy looked in a lot of those drills...and I will admit that even I was also surprised that Suh seems to not only be the more athletic between the two after all but by a pretty good margin.

After the combine I honestly don't see how anyone could still debate Suh being head and shoulders above McCoy (though I'm sure some will refuse to admit it).


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Sure didn't look like it today in the drills when Suh looked like a freak while McCoy couldn't even compare to him. Suh showed better quickness, better movement, better technique in the punch, rip and swim drills...Suh just flat out made McCoy his bitch today.

To be fair though, even I was surprised at how stiff McCoy looked in a lot of those drills...and I will admit that even I was also surprised that Suh seems to not only be the more athletic between the two after all but by a pretty good margin.

After the combine I honestly don't see how anyone could still debate Suh being head and shoulders above McCoy (though I'm sure some will refuse to admit it).


Thank God you are not the Lions GM, because you'd be the Midwest version of Al Davis.

The Combines are one day, one workout. Yes, Suh did look good. Nobody on here has said that McCoy was better than Suh, or would show better at the Combines. But to simply sit there and say, because of these workouts, that Suh is head and shoulders better than McCoy is a foolish thing indeed.

Why? Are they doing all this with pads on? No. Are they performing against humans? No. Are they playing in a game, where their adrenaline could come into play even more? No.

How many times, in how many years, do players have to do well at the Combines, get drafted earlier than they should, and then have everyone turn around and say, 'well his workouts were good, but that doesn't make him a good football player'?

Players do make money at the Combines and at their Pro Days by having good workouts. But good coaches and scouts rely on game tape more than anything else. Suh played in a different style defense than McCoy, which could lend to the perception that McCoy is quicker. Suh was asked to hold the point and read the play, then attack. McCoy was asked to penetrate and disrupt from the get go.

You also have to remember that Suh has had two knee surgeries. One surgery would be somewhat easy to dismiss. But two has to be cause for concern. McCoy hasn't had any serious injuries of that nature that I know of. Durability must be taken into account.

So while Suh ruled the day yesterday, it's no reason to start crowning him the end-all-be-all of the DTs in this draft class. I saw other DTs outlift him. I saw other DTs outrun him. I saw other DTs outmaneveur him. Should we be considering one of them instead?


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M2K - this is Suh's second chance to compete against McCoy, albeit on a different level. When the two teams played each other, Suh looked like the better player to me. Add in his combine performance, along with the on-the-field performance, and I have to agree with Rob (to a lesser degree) that he has pulled away from McCoy.

I think you point out the difference in what each was asked to do on the field, and that lessons (IMO) one of the advantages McCoy had over Suh being his quickness of the ball and ability to penetrate into the backfield.

Based upon what I saw on the field, and backed up by the skills he has shown at the combine, I think Suh has put a little distance between himself and McCoy. That is a good thing for the Lions, because I have a feeling that the Rams are taking a QB (remember when some team kept taking WR after WR in the draft, well the Rams have been going down that same road with DL) and if the Lions stick at two they can have a greater confidence in the Suh pick that with McCoy.

Just as CJ solidified his spot in the draft with his combine workout (remember the 4.35 40 in borrowed shoes), I think Suh has done much the same with his efforts.

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