Expecting to move his 310-pound body swiftly across the field, he is shooting for a 4.85 in the forty on Saturday. Due to his wrist injury it seems unlikely that Barnes will lift at the combine and will perform the bench press at his pro-day workout.
"I think that meeting with the guys, they set up meetings to kind of figure out
what kind of kid you are, to see how your childhood was brought up, see how your
past was, to see if you were telling the truth about a lot of the thing they
already know," Barnes said of the upcoming interview process. "They kind of
just wanted to see what kind of a guy you are in general, in person. I think it
was more of an evaluation of your character, what kind of kid you are in person,
talking to them one-on-one, just seeing how you respond to questions, basically
how you react off the field."
Word has it that center Richie Incognito is looking trim and staying focused.
The much ballyhooed center has been taking care of business as he prepares for
the combine. Weight lifting goals for Incognito are 30+ reps on the bench press
late this week.
A trio of cornerback have been running very fast times and all could broach the
4.3-mark in the forty. Carlos Rogers and Ronald Bartell Jr. have been under
4.35 in training while it is quite possible Darrent Williams could break the
4.30 barrier and run in the high 4.2's next Tuesday.
Oklahoma receiver Mark Clayton offered praise of Williams after facing him
during Senior Bowl week saying, "Darrent Williams, a quicker guy who is my size,
being able to get in and out of breaks at the same speed I get out of them."
Quarterback Adrian McPherson leaves the plush scene of the O.C. and heads to
Indianapolis on Thursday. A protégé of 18-year veteran Steve DeBerg, he will
participate in every drill at the Combines.
"I don't have a choice," McPherson admitted with zest. "I have to go in there
and show everybody I can throw the ball around, have a strong arm and can make
the throws. It is my job to make them interested in me as a player."
McPherson has also been working out with Warren Moon in anticipation of this
event. The quarterback and his agents are still trying to coordinate his Pro
Day but word is it may occur at Florida State. McPherson has worked hard to
repair any relationships that may have soured after his departure from the program.
"We are definitely on good terms now," McPherson said of his relationship with
the Seminole staff.
Word is Cedric Benson will not run the forty and may opt out of the entire
workout portion of the combines. Running backs have notoriously skipped the
combine workout in recent years, something scouts and coaches have not been
Expect the Auburn duo of Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown to participate in
some drills. Williams already played in the Senior Bowl and is looking to keep
that momentum going while Brown could enhance his stock with a solid workout in
front of scouts.
Word out of Coral Gables has Frank Gore looking fit at 212-pounds, almost 18 pounds lighter then his playing weight. Roscoe Parrish is running times of 4.32-4.28 during workouts.
Parrish could be the only Hurricane to run at the combine as Miami coaches as well as former players and combine invitees are telling this year's group not to run on the floor of the RCA Dome but rather wait for Pro Day on March 3rd.
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