As an NFL fan, it's easy to look at the Scouting Combine in Indianapois as a prime venue to add first-round talent to your favorite team.
As an head coach, general manager or NFL Scout, the Combine is actually much more than that.
In fact, many team owners will tell you that the second day of the draft (rounds 4-7) is just as important, if not more important, than day one.
And that's why teams like to bring in lesser-known prospects for extensive interviews. They want to be one to find the next "diamond in the rough" who may be flying "under the radar" at a smaller school.
Fitting that profile perfectly is Abilene Christian's (Division II) Danieal Manning (5-10, 202), a sleeper defensive back prospect that has already scheduled interviews with several teams at the Combine- including the Cowboys.
If you haven't heard of Manning, you're not alone. However, don't be fooled by the fact he played at a Division II school as he is currently being listed as one of the top 10 safeties available in the 2006 NFL Draft by many experts.
Why such a high ranking for a player from a such a small school?
For starters, he enjoyed a strong week of practice leading up to the East-West Shrine Game. In addition, he also has the ability to run the 40-yard dash well under 4.4 seconds.
Manning told the Abilene Reporter-News earlier this month, "I want to actually bring my 40 time out there (at the Combine)," he said. "I want to run at least a 4.27 or a 4.25 ... around that area. A 4.3 at the combine is excellent."
Manning finished his junior season at ACU with 49 tackles (33 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three blocked kicks.
He also returned 19 punts for 243 yards (12.8 yard average) and one touchdown, and returned 13 kickoffs for 349 yards (26.8 yard average) and one score. He also ran the ball nine times for 20 yards and caught five passes for 28 yards.
Manning also has natural ability- he originally signed with Nebraska before deciding to transfer to ACU.
Finally, Sunday afternoon Manning informed Scout.com that he has spoken with the Colts, Chiefs, Bears, Seahawks, Jets, Cowboys, Jets, and Bills at the NFL Combine.
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