News from the Combine

Read the latest stories from the NFL Scouting Combine in today's story links.

Bowlen takes greater role - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, February 23, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - Like the wall-sized John Elway mural hanging at the entrance of Denver's training facility, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen looms large over his franchise. His presence in and over his organization, according to those involved in it, is greater than ever. Bowlen doesn't necessarily share that view, but offers an explanation.

Indianapolis always abuzz come combine time - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, February 23, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - Around every corner, and in every room are NFL coaches, scouts, agents and prospects. In February, Indianapolis means information overload.

Plenty of passers to pick - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, February 23, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS - Just as the Denver Broncos are inspecting prospective quarterbacks, prospective quarterbacks are doing the same of them. "I'm aware of who needs a quarterback," Florida signal-caller Rex Grossman said at the NFL scouting combine at the RCA Dome. "I know what's going on." Grossman also knows something else. One year after he nearly had the chance to play for Mike Shanahan at Florida, Grossman would like the chance to do the same in Denver.

Boss of Broncos enters 20th year - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, February 23, 2003 - Without fanfaronade or flourish of brass instruments, Pat Bowlen passed by another birthday last Tuesday. No wonder the Broncos' media guide years ago stopped mentioning his age. Mr. Bronco is very old now. He is 59. Mister Bronco?

Slow market for No. 1 pick - ESPN.com- Len Pasquarelli
Sunday, February 23 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Holders of the first overall choice in the draft, the Cincinnati Bengals are in a bit of a pickle right now, because they would prefer not to exercise the pick. Carson Palmer is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.But the problem for Cincinnati, and one that became obvious here this week at the annual predraft scouting combine, is that no franchise is keen on moving up into the first slot to select Carson Palmer, the Heisman Trophy winner and former Southern Cal star.

Teams fume over decisions not to run - ESPN.com- John Clayton
Sunday, February 23 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Titans general manager Floyd Reese sat in the RCA Dome Saturday and joked with a frustrated group of personnel men as they watched running back after running back announce that they weren't working out.

Leftwich and Palmer eager to prove themselves - ESPN.com- John Clayton
INDIANAPOLIS -- Believe it or not, Carson Palmer wants to be a Bengal. That's what he says. He even sounds convincing. He's had several discussions with his agent, David Dunn, who has represented two Bengals quarterbacking disasters (David Klingler and Akili Smith), and came to the conclusion that the Bengals would be a perfect home for his Heisman Trophy. Meanwhile, Byron Leftwich, Palmer's main competition to be the best quarterback in April's draft, admitted Friday that he broke his left tibia in November and played with a broken leg for Marshall in a bowl game.

Simms and Klecko look to make their own names - ESPN.com- Len Pasquarelli
Saturday, February 22 - INDIANAPOLIS -- Amid all the rhetoric regarding the merits of University of Texas quarterback Chris Simms, the whispers that the son of former New York Giants star Phil Simms is an overhyped and underachieving media creation who fell far shy of his press clippings in Austin, there has been at least one voice of reason.

Notebook: Doing It All at the Combine - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Feb. 22, 2003 - INDIANAPOLIS -- The weekend that arrives in just over two months -- the two days of the NFL Draft -- is the debutante ball for these rookies. For a handful, it entails being paraded around New York City, enjoying two days of banquets and revelry before donning their finest suits, striding across the stage at The Theater inside Madison Square Garden and smiling for the world. For the rest of the first-day picks, it still leads to the finest of treatment, being whisked off to their new city and displayed and presented for the media and fans to meet and greet.


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