Combine notebook

2005 NFL Combine -- Day One<p> 9:00am (Indianapolis)<p>

A number of high-profiled prospects have already announced that they do not intend to workout at the NFL Combine, including quarterbacks AARON RODGERS of California and ALEX SMITH of Utah, running back CEDRIC BENSON of Texas, wide receiver MIKE WILLIAMS of USC, offensive tackle ALEX BARRON of Florida State and defensive end/outside linebacker DAN CODY of Oklahoma. Many team members in attendance are also of the belief that a number of the top-rated cornerbacks will not workout, as well.

There was a lot of early morning conversations amongst the members of the media and team representatives, regarding yesterday's blockbuster trade rumor of Minnesota All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss being sent to the Oakland Raiders for their 2005 first round pick (#7), linebacker Napoleon Harris and late round 2005 draft choice. While many said that it could allow the Vikings to have better team chemistry it also creates a void at the top of their receiver depth chart, while adding Harris could allow them to spend free agent dollars on another position, as they are now unlikely to re-sign linebacker Chris Claiborne.

11:30am (Indianapolis)

LSU senior defensive end MARCUS SPEARS will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days, as he suffered a minor knee injury, while training for the Combine. It is not considered a serious injury (strain at worst), but for precautionary reasons he will wait until the school's Pro Day before working out.

Ball State senior punter REGGIE HODGES was 6000, 225 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be punting with his group on Friday. He has a Pro Day planned for March 15th, but will decide if he will workout again that day based on his Combine performance. Hodges would become the only African-American punter in the league should he earn a roster spot this summer.

Tennessee senior punter DUSTIN COLQUITT was 6023, 211 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be punting with his group on Friday. He seems to have received a lot of interest from both Denver and Kansas City, as most have him carrying a third to fifth round grade, as of today. His brother, Britton, will become the families fourth punter to attend the University of Tennessee, following their dad, Craig, who played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and uncle, Jimmy. Colquitt says he has had no issues with his left hamstring (punting leg), which effected him in the early season. "This is like any other job interview, so I am approaching it in a professional manner and have been totally dedicated in my workouts leading up to the combine". His ability to nail punts directionally (coffin corner) should impress scouts at tomorrow's workout.

North Carolina senior center JASON BROWN was 6026, 310 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Has no prior injury history, and will be interviewing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Graded out at 98%.

Virginia senior offensive lineman ELTON BROWN was 6047, 329 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be working out until his Pro Day on March 23rd. He says that his sprained MCL is 100% healthy with no added concerns from today's medical evaluation. Would prefer to stay in a West Coast style offense, but is willing to play either guard or tackle with his preference being right guard. Has spoken with Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit, Green Bay, Kansas City, Miami and New Orleans.

Mississippi senior offensive lineman MARCUS JOHNSON was 6061, 321 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Has been told that several teams are looking at him, as both a guard and tackle.

N.C. State senior offensive tackle CHRIS COLMER was 6051, 310 pounds at his weigh-in, but will not be working out until his Pro Day, as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery. He was fully evaluated by all of the team doctors in attendance, and received a clear bill of healthy, according to one official.

Florida State senior offensive tackle RAY WILLIS was 6054, 327 pounds at his weigh-in, but only plans to do the bench press and positional drills here at the Combine, leaving his 40-time for his Pro Day. Has spoken with Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami and New England.

1pm (Indianapolis)

Wisconsin senior offensive guard DAN BUENNING was 6027, 320 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Has a Pro Day setup for March 9th, and said that most teams have told him he should go somewhere late on the first day of the draft.

Michigan senior offensive lineman DAVID BAAS was 6044, 319 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Says teams have been evaluating him, as both a center and offensive guard.

Utah senior offensive guard CHRIS KEMOEATU was 6034, 344 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Quiet kid, who answered all his questions short and with a low voice. Seems to have more of a smaller lower body than you would expect for someone of his size.

Pittsburgh senior offensive lineman ROB PETTITI was 6056, 345 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Has shed nearly 20 pounds (16), since the Senior Bowl, but wants to get back down to the 330-335 pound range. A turf toe injury on his left foot knocked him out of the Senior Bowl, but he expects to be able to workout at his Pro Day.

Miami senior offensive lineman CHRIS MYERS was 6045, 300 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He injured his right hamstring while training for the Combine, but it is not considered a serious problem, as he will be doing a full workout at his Pro Day on March 3rd. He is been evaluated, as both a center and guard, but prefers center. Has spoken with Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Miami.

Fresno State senior offensive lineman LOGAN MANKINS was 6040, 307 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He is being evaluated at both guard and tackle, but most teams feel that he would be an ideal fit in a West Coast style offense.

Citadel senior fullback/running back NEHEMIAH BROUGHTON was 5112, 250 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He has a Pro Day setup for March 18th, but could impress scouts and coaches a like by running a high 4.4 to low 4.5 40-time on Saturday. Has spoken with Cleveland, Miami, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

North Carolina A&T senior offensive lineman JUNIUS COSTON was 6033, 310 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Has setup a Pro Day for March 15th, as he is being evaluated at both center and guard. Has spoken with close to ten teams, including the New York Giants, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.

Mississippi junior offensive lineman CHRIS SPENCER was 6026, 309 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Very strong to go along with being one of the most athletic interior linemen available, although he looked a bit soft around the middle, and could use some more definition to his body. Set state marks in the squat (725 pounds) in high school, and currently bench presses more than 500 pounds. Has a Pro Day setup for March 22nd. He said his two key reasons for leaving early were the firing of his college position coach and the fact that the NFL Advisory Committee sent him back a second round grade.

2:30pm (Indianapolis)

Wisconsin senior running back ANTHONY DAVIS was 5066, 200 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He recorded 18 reps of 225 pounds earlier today.

Maryland senior offensive lineman C.J. BROOKS was 6050, 309 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Did not get the chance to bench press today, as his group was called at the same time he was being sent to the hospital to complete his physical. It has not been determined if he will be added to one of the groups bench pressing on Friday.

LSU senior offensive lineman BEN WILKERSON was 6036, 300 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He still has about a month left of rehabbing his left knee, as he suffered a torn patella tendon during the season. Said he may try to workout at LSU's Pro Day on March 9th, but is most likely to set a secondary date for scouts/position coaches to see him closer to late March or early April when he might have the chance to perform all or most of the combine-type activities.

Miami junior running back FRANK GORE was 5094, 217 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He will be working out at his Pro Day on March 3rd. Has lost close to 20 pounds, since the end of the season, and expects to run between 4.48 and 4.55 in the 40 next week.

Ohio State sophomore running back MAURICE CLARETT was 5113, 234 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Was seemingly more mature in the way he carried himself and talking about his training for the event, but held the podium tight throughout his 15-20 minutes media session, and would only respond to questions he deemed necessary to answer, refusing to talk about prior issues or some of the probems he had at Ohio State. Was not 100% believeable, as many walked away saying he had been coached up for the interview process, and did not come across too genuine. His last real contact or true action took place at Ohio State's spring drills in 2003.

Florida junior running back CIATRICK FASON was 6002, 207 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He will be working out at his Pro Day on March 9th. His primary reasons to declare were that he is already married and has two children, plus he received a second-to-third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.

California senior running back J.J. ARRINGTON was 5082, 214 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days.

Oklahoma State junior running back VERNAND MORENCY will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days, as he will wait to workout at Miami's Pro Day on March 3rd.

Miami junior wide receiver/return man ROSCOE PARRISH will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days, as he expects to run in the low-to-mid 4.3 range here at the Combine.

3:45pm (Indianapolis)

New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards made mention today that his team might have a strong interest in signing recently released free agent quarterback JAY FIEDLER, who was born and raised in the Big Apple, according to Miami Herald columnist Jason Cole, who is at the Combine covering the Miami Dolphins for the paper.

Texas senior running back CEDRIC BENSON was 5110, 222 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. He will be working out at his Pro Day on March 23rd.

BYU senior offensive lineman SCOTT YOUNG was 6034, 312 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Tied the Combine record by recording 43 reps of 225 pounds, nearly set a new record, as he had one rep deducted for bouncing it off his chest. Lacks ideal experience, as he has only played the past year-and-a-half on the offensive side of the ball, but teams are evaluating him at both guard and center.

Oklahoma senior offensive lineman WES SIMS was 6051, 318 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Recorded 26 reps of 225 pounds, but did so with a shortened grip on the bar, as he is not 100% recovered from a left pectoral injury he suffered while training. Teams are evaluating him at both guard and tackle.

Syracuse senior offensive tackle ADAM TERRY was 6076, 330 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Decided not to bench press today, and did not commit to doing anything other than positional drills on Saturday, but did say he would be doing a full workout at his Pro Day.

Alabama senior offensive lineman EVAN MATHIS was 6052, 304 pounds at his weigh-in, and will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Recorded 35 reps of 225 pounds, which was the second highest total completed in his group.

West Virginia senior running back KAY-JAY HARRIS was 6002, 241 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Plans to run the 40-yard dash on Saturday, but will bench press at his Pro Day, since he had done extensive upper body training on Monday and Tuesday prior to coming to the Combine.

Minnesota junior running MARION BARBER III was 5110, 221 pounds at his weigh-in, and will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days. Recorded 20 reps of 225 pounds, but will wait to run the 40-yard dash until his Pro Day on March 7th. Would not mind returning kickoffs, as a rookie, and said that he received back a second-to-third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.

5:00pm (Indianapolis)

Alabama-Birmingham senior wide receiver RODDY WHITE will not be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days, as he is still bothered by the pulled hamstring injury that cost him to pull out of the Senior Bowl. Said that he should be 100% for his Pro Day, where he will attempt to perform a full workout, including the 40-yard dash.

Northern Colorado senior wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days.

Florida State senior defensive end/outside linebacker ERIC MOORE will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days, and should weigh-in at roughly 260-262 pounds.

Nebraska junior cornerback/return man FABIAN WASHINGTON will be doing a full workout with his group over the next few days, as he expects to run in the low 4.3 range here at the Combine.

Louisville senior cornerback ANTOINE HARRIS is 5104, 192 pounds, has been training at Ignition in Michigan... ran 4.30 in the 40... 3.88 in the short shuttle... 6.68 three-cone drill... 10' broad jump... spent first two years at wide receiver...his Pro Day is March 7th.

Ohio senior defensive back CHIP COX will be working out at Ohio (March 16th) and Ohio State (March 9th)... he has been timed between 4.45 and 4.50 in the 40, while training at Ignition in Michigan.

Fordham senior cornerback/return man TAD KORNEGAY will be having his Pro Day on March 22nd at 10:00am... has been weighed at 5100, 183 pounds... running 4.48 to 4.52 in the 40... 4.01 short shuttle... 35" vertical and 14 reps of 225 pounds.

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