INDIANAPOLIS -- Check in throughout the day for our live updates that will put you inside the media room as the players and coaches talk to the media.
Today's live blogging has ended, but be sure to check throughout the evening for audio, video and more Combine features. We'll be blogging live again from the media room beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday.
5:05 p.m.- USC offensive lineman Drew Radovich said that he believes his agility and speed to get into his blocks will translate well to the pro level. He also thinks his pulling ability as a guard will be an asset. He measured in at 6'4 and 307 pounds.
5:02 p.m.- Tennessee tight end Brad Cottam is looking forward to showing off his speed and his 6'8 size at the Combine since his junior and senior seasons were shortened by injuries. He'll be doing a full workout this week.
Meanwhile, Kentucky TE Jacob Tamme told reporters that he's played wide receiver during his football career, so he's very comfortable lining up on the line or split out. He put on five to six pounds and is anxious to show teams that he can keep the speed up while adding some weight to handle the rigors of working next to a pro-level tackle. He will also do a full workout.
4:52 p.m.- The Ravens are expected to devote plenty of their attention to the quarterback position during Combine workouts this week. And Boston College's Matt Ryan appears to be a primary candidate on their radar. Get the details at RavensInsider.com, our Baltimore site on the Scout.com NFL network.
4:45 p.m.- Wake Forest center Steve Justice told the media that he never really considered coming out of college early, and he was glad that he stayed for his senior year. "I grew a lot," he said. "I added better weight." Justice measured in at 6033 and 293 pounds in Indianapolis.
When asked about why he went to Wake Forest rather than other schools with more well-known football programs, he mentioned the quality of education he knew he would get there with smaller class sizes. And he said he knew that he'd have an opportunity to play earlier in his career, giving him a chance to help turn the school's football program around.
In his upcoming interviews with NFL head coaches and GMs, Justice said he wants to address any concerns they may have that he may look undersized to some teams. So the ultimate message he wants to send during interviews is, "I can play in this league if you give me the chance."
4:23 p.m.- Chris Steuber, Scout.com draft analyst has learned that Hawaii QB Colt Brennan won't run at the Combine due to a hip flexor he sustained during the Senior Bowl. However, Brennan does plan to participate in all other drills.
4:04 p.m.- Tulane running back Matt Forte, the MVP of the Senior Bowl, displayed great poise and a quiet confidence as he spoke about being an all-around back in this draft — and how his versatility is going to be an important selling point to NFL clubs.
Despite rushing for over 2,000 yards during his senior year, and then winning the MVP award among an all-star cast in Mobile, Forte said he still feels he has something to prove with his performance at the Combine. He believes some teams still aren't sure about his speed, but appeared to be confident that he will post times in the forty-yard dash that will quiet any critics.
3:38 p.m.-Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady measured in at 6'6 and 309 pounds and is planning to do a full workout. Clady said that his one year of experience at RT followed by two years at LT should help make him even more attractive to NFL clubs.
When asked if he believed if he was the best tackle in this draft, Clady said he thought so, primarily due to his pass blocking ability and his feet.
3:26 p.m.-The Vikings are interested in a big-name veteran wide receiver that is expected to hit the free-agent market on February 29, according to a league source. You can read more about it at VikingUpdate.com , our Minnesota site on the Scout.com network.
2:48 p.m.- Missouri tight end Martin Rucker is disappointed because he won't be participating in any workouts at the Combine. He said he tweaked his left hamstring roughly a week ago and won't be able to do any drills or workouts as a result. Rucker, who wasn't counted on much to block in Missouri's offensive scheme, had been looking forward to the opportunity to showcase his skills and strength in an effort to prove that he can be a well-rounded tight end in the NFL. Rucker stated that he believes he made strides in convincing scouts of that during his Senior Bowl performance.
2:20 p.m.- USC tight end Fred Davis will only be doing the bench press at the Combine as he hasn't fully recovered yet from his injury during Senior Bowl week. But he feels well-prepared for the NFL thanks to his experience at USC, pointing out "the speed, repetitions, the caliber of player you compete against."
Davis said he is very comfortable with the evolving role of starting tight ends in the NFL who find themselves split out rather than consistently working off the line.
"We do that a lot at USC, he said. And he feels that plays to one of his biggest strengths of getting downfield and stretching the field."
1:40 p.m.- During his morning press conference, Bears head coach Lovie Smith addressed the issue of whether he's prepared to replace LB Lance Briggs. "Well, just like I said with Bernard [Berrian]. My entire time in Chicago, I've been with Lance Briggs. He's been an All-Pro player for us. How many teams would like to see an All-Pro go somewhere else? So I'm optimistic. My glass is half-full always, so hopefully that will be the case. I know we've made statements, and we realize when you have a player out there like Lance, a lot of teams want him. We're one of them that do."
He also had this to say about whether or not Cedric Benson is still his No. 1 running back on the team's depth chart. "Right now, it would be hard for me to say many guys are No. 1 at their position. You open everything up. I would like for all of our players to think that they're No. 1 coming in. Again, Cedric, we know what he was able to do. Adrian Peterson was productive and finished the season out strong, and I still think Garrett Wolfe has a bright future ahead of him."
1:00 p.m.- Jerome Felton out of Furman was one of the first running backs brought into the media room. Born in West Germany since his father was in the military, he's maintained a high emphasis on his studies, earning All-Conference academic honors four times. He's excited about his opportunity to compete against the nation's top running backs since he didn't get much exposure at Furman. "It puts us on an even playing field," he said.
12:35 p.m.- New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini addressed the media this morning, saying that he hasn't talked to WR Laveranues Coles since his comments about the Jets lying to him, but he plans to sit down with the player and talk about the state of the franchise very soon.
Mangini talked a bit about the risk involved in big free agent signings, saying that it's similar to selecting a high draft pick — chemistry is important.
According to Mangini, LB Jonathan Vilma is rehabbing like he does everything — all out. He wasn't sure if Vilma would definitely be a starter in 2008 due to scheme issues and the injury. He said a lot will be determined from the point of OTAs and on.
Mangini noted that there aren't necessarily a smaller pool of specific linebacker-to-end prospects in the draft because there are different styles of 3-4. Certain schemes like Baltimore and Dallas have down linemen to the point where the 3-4 is almost a misnomer.
12:20 p.m.- Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long drew a huge crowd during his press conference. He measured in at 6'7 and 313 pounds. Long talked about returning for his senior year and how it helped his development. "I think I'm smarter identifying the defenses. I worked on the little things in my pass pro and the run game." He said he will be doing a full workout on Saturday.11:48 p.m.- Offensive guard Robert Felton out of Arkansas said he's been training in New Jersey and "is ready to get this over with, run some good times." He was very upbeat during his entire session with the media. And he said he measured in at 6035 and 315 pounds. "That was my target weight, so I was happy." He believes his biggest strengths are his footwork and physical style of play. "Playing at Arkansas, you definitely have to be physical," he said.
11:07 p.m. - Steelers Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert talked about the team putting the Transition Tag on Max Starks as insurance as they feel that Alan Faneca is going to draw offers as an unrestricted free agent that they believe will be hard for the club to match.
10:48 a.m. - Branden Albert, guard from the University of Virginia was the first player to meet the media. He measured in at 6'5 1/2 and 309 pounds. He believes he can play guard or tackle at the next level, and although he would feel most comfortable at guard, he said he'll be glad to play either position at the next level. Albert believes that the pro-style offense he played in under Al Groh will help him make the transition to the pros much easier.
Albert believes that his character sets him apart, as Groh emphasized the importance of good character with his players.
The offensive lineman said that his pad level is the one thing he needs to work on. And his decision to come out early was based on his evaluation of the 2008 guard class, believing that he would be rated highly.
As a teammate of DE Chris Long, he was asked what it's like to work against him and his overall opinion of him. Albert replied that anyone blocking him at the next level "is in for a long day."
Albert believes he'll shine at the Combine with his agility drills and position work.
Doug Farrar and John Crist contributed to this report.