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
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.