Prospects strut stuff at pre-combine workouts

With the NFL combine less then two weeks away, the Steelers have turned their attention towards April's NFL Draft. Free agency and the salary cap may punch some holes in the Super Bowl champs, particularly at wide receiver.

Several of the nation's top prospects have gathered at major training facilities across the nation. The results pouring out gives us an expected preview of what will happen in the RCA Dome.

Looking very fit, Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is expected to take part in the complete combine routine. Weighing 340-pounds, Ngata has checked in under 11% body fat, an incredibly low number for a man his size. Putting his power to use, Ngata has consistently pushed up 38-to-39 repetitions on the bench and hopes to break 40 at the end of this month.

Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk has been even more impressive in training. Tipping the scales at 248-pounds, 15-more then his playing weight, Hawk measured just 7.8% body fat. Running forty's consistently under 4.60, one source called Hawk a "defensive back in a linebackers body".

Florida Gator receiver Chad Jackson has also been very fast, running under 4.40 (4.39 to be exact) in the forty. Jackson weight has hovered around 207-pounds while his body fat has been an incredible 1.5%. Jackson could fill a glaring need should the Steelers lose Antwaan Randle El and Quincy Morgan to free agency. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos are among those showing significant interest in the talented wideout.

Tight end David Thomas has been running well at 249-pounds, heavier than his playing weight. While Georgia Tech linebacker Gerris Wilkerson has clocked in the low 4.5's at 238-pounds.

Teams are narrowing down target lists and we're getting a better idea who'll they are considering in April's seven rounds.

The Detroit Lions have shown plenty of interest in Jay Cutler and could use their first pick on the Vanderbilt quarterback. Some feel Matt Millen needs to take a player that will help him win immediately but others think the quarterback situation in the Motor City is desperate.

Kamerion Wimbley had a four hour visit with the Houston Texans recently, an unusually long interview for a team unlikely to select another Florida State defensive lineman.

With the team likely to lose Darren Howard in free agency, the New Orleans Saints have an interest in Quince Holman. Like Howard, the quick defender from Northern Illinois is undersized yet very athletic.

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