Monday at the Combine

The Combine ended with a fizzle today in Indianapolis as attendance by NFL scouts and coaches was at an all-time low for the four day event but the forty times were not.

First the linebackers took to the carpet at the RCA Dome and a trio of PAC Ten prospects along with Northwestern's Napoleon Harris, turned in solid performances.  Harris looking like a physical specimen, ran a pair of forty-yard dashes in the low 4.50 range, then scorched the field during drills.  James Allen of Oregon State and Raonall Smith of Washington State also ran well but the surprise of the group of the group had to be Robert Thomas.  The UCLA Bruin ran much faster then expected (both times in the low 4.5 range) and looked terrific in pass coverage drills, a big nemesis of his in college.  

Add into this group another player from this conference on the west coast as Scott Fujita of California ran well then vaulted his body 42 inches in the air during the vertical jump; not bad when you consider Miami Dolphin rookie sensation Chris Chambers rocked the house a year ago jumping only 3 inches higher.  

Dan Graham was the star of the tight ends and though the Colorado product chose not to run in the forty, he caught the ball as well as any receiver in Indianapolis did this weekend and his speed was apparent during the pass catching drills.  Robert Royal of LSU, Chris Baker of Michigan State and Doug Jolley of BYU all looked solid. 

The top defensive backs did not fare as well, though many of them chose not to workout.  Oklahoma junior sensation Roy Williams tested poorly and was near the bottom of his group in both the vertical jump and broad jump before timing poorly in the 40 (a pair of times in the late 4.5's).  Another Willaims, this one Roosevelt of Tuskegee also disappointed, running slower than expected. 

All  this week we will have a full wrap-up on the events of the past four days that took place at the RCA Dome on our premium site posting the athletic numbers as well as body fat percentages and going in-depth during every drill segment from Saturday morning.

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