More news from the combine

Read the latest reports from the NFL Scouting Combine, underway in Indianapolis.

QBs almost always welcome additions at NFL Combine - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 22, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - The nightmare is enough to scare even the bravest of quarterbacks. But we're not talking about playing through the pain of a broken leg, as Marshall star Byron Leftwich on Friday revealed he did. No, we're talking about being drafted by the lowly Cincinnati Bengals, who own the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in April.

Plummer's worth baffles Cardinals - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 22, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - The Arizona Cardinals appear to have twofold feelings about possibly playing keep-away from the Denver Broncos and others with quarterback Jake Plummer on the free-agent market. They like "The Snake" in part for what he has done since they drafted him in 1997. They also feel somewhat Snake-bit.

Draft to yield bumper crop of D-linemen - - Vic Carucci
INDIANAPOLIS Feb. 21, 2003 -- In the market for a pass-rusher with the kind of speed that would make some receivers envious? How about a hulking tackle that can swallow up blockers two at a time and deny running backs even the tiniest sliver of daylight?

Brandt's Combine notebook: Day three - - Gil Brandt
INDIANAPOLIS Feb. 21, 2003 -- Gene "Duke" Babb, a former NFL player (six years -- including the 1960-61 Dallas Cowboys) who heads National Football Scouting, continues to do an unbelievable job of organizing the week-long NFL Scouting Combine.

Top pick gives Lewis plenty to ponder - - Vic Carucci
INDIANAPOLIS Feb. 20, 2003 -- Marvin Lewis already faced the sort of challenge that would occupy his thoughts 24 hours a day, seven days a week the instant he agreed to become the new coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Scouts still trying to identify top backs - Len Pasquarelli
INDIANAPOLIS Feb. 21, 2003 -- Over the last 10 seasons, the NFL has featured at least one rookie 1,000-yard rusher every year, 21 of them in all. Of note, though, is that just eight of those rookie tailbacks were first-round draft choices. Seven of them were selected in the third round or below and one, Dominic Rhodes of the Colts, wasn't drafted at all in 2001.

Notebook: Portis' Tastes Still Fresh in Ex-Teammate's Mind - - Andrew Mason
Feb. 21, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been over a year since former University of Miami center Brett Romberg blocked for Clinton Portis, last year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Yet the images of Portis' unique sense of style -- which became so familiar to Broncos players and fans this past season via both pictures and descriptions from teammates -- are permanently branded in Romberg's mind.

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