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One more Saturday showcase for WSU’s Gabe Marks

GABE MARKS on Saturday (finally) will hit the Lucas Oil Stadium turf at the NFL scouting combine. That’s the part the fans see. But what goes on behind closed doors might have more influence on Marks’ draft stock. Indeed, by the time the former Washington State star wide receiver comes to the workout portion of the combine, it might come as a relief.

That’s because Marks has already gone through a battery of testing in Indianapolis that past two days, with more to come today. 

On Wednesday, according to NFLcombine.net, the wide receivers at the combine went through registration, hospital pre-exam and X-rays, overflow testing, an orientation and interviews with NFL teams.

Thursday’s schedule called for measurements, the medical examinations, overflow testing and more interviews.

Today, it’s psychological testing, an NFLPA Meeting, media interviews, the bench press and still more interviews with NFL teams.

Finally, on Saturday, Marks will go through the on-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills).  And then a plane ride out of Indianapolis.

If you believe the media buzz about Marks, a decent 40 time will be crucial to his draft prospects. 

But other media and NFL-types say the medical testing and interviews are the more important pieces in determining draft slotting.

Wazzu’s Shalom Luani and the defensive backs take part in on-field workouts Monday, the final day of the combine. The media buzz on Luani: a good day of testing Monday could help differentiate him from a strong draft class of DBs.

NOTABLE NOTES:

  • Draft analyst Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com noted that 117 of the 332 players (35.2 percent) at the 2016 Combine went undrafted.
  • The Scouting Combine is being televised by the NFL Network and also streamed live on NFL Now. Saturday's coverage of the WRs, QBs and TEs starts at 6 a.m. Pacific.
  • “The 40 doesn’t equate to football speed … The 40 is overrated. I never ran a good 40, but they couldn’t catch me.” - Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice

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