More Players Show, Some Legends Grow

Perception, reality and a developing legend was the theme of the NFL combine this weekend.

In years past, many projected high-round selections declined to work out in Indianapolis with advice from their agents. At this year's combine, that perception changed dramatically.

With no real set top-20 selections for this year's NFL draft, it seems that agents felt that their clients have a better oppurtunity to make a jump up draft boards if they work out here.

David Canter, the agent for University of South Carolina wide receiver Troy Williamson, said his client could really make a big move up in the draft by having a good workout. Williamson is thought of as a late first- or early second-round selection and with a good workout — especially a good 40 time — he could potentially move into the top 20 of the first round. Canter feels that even if Williamson didn't have a good workout at the combine, he'll still have a chance to make up for it at his next workout. Williamson is thought to be one of the fastest receivers to enter the draft and unofficially ran times of 4.38 and 4.40 on Sunday.

The reality is that many agents feel that their clients have nothing to lose.

Even Auburn running back Ronnie Brown worked out at the combine. Brown, who was projected to be a possible top-10 selection, had an outstanding 40-yard dash time and now could be selected in the top five and he also could be the first back taken off of the board, ahead of Cedric Benson, who chose not to run.

One player that we have been tracking for some time now is University of Arkansas' Matt Jones, whose legend continues to grow.

After an impressive set of practices during Senior Bowl week, where he played wide receiver, he met with the media this week in Indianapolis. Jones seemed almost non-chalant about his amazing athletic career in high school and college. Despite his size, Jones moves quite well and told us that he ran a 4.41 40-yard dash just three weeks ago. It seemed that many media members doubted that time. On Sunday, those doubts turned to reality as he unofficially ran a 4.37 ... and the legend continues.

On the NFL side, teams have been getting into salary cap shape by restructuring and releasing players before free agency starts on March 2.

One move that many here inside the RCA Dome were surprised at was former Carolina Panther wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad signing with the Bears less than 24 hours after being released by his former team.

The perception was that Muhammad would look to sign with a team that would give him a chance to get back to the Super Bowl. He instead signed with a team that looks to be far away from playing in that game — at least at this point.

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