Expected to turn in a big workout, Khalif Barnes is ready to roll in the RCA Dome.">
Expected to turn in a big workout, Khalif Barnes is ready to roll in the RCA Dome.">

2005 NFL Combine Starts Today

With the NFL combine here, we have a few final notes as players tune up for their big "job interview".<br><br> Expected to turn in a big workout, Khalif Barnes is ready to roll in the RCA Dome.

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 pleased about.

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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