Kennedy Indicates One Team's Interest

Friday kicks off the heavy workouts at the combine, but Thursday brought news of interest to Vikings fans, as Jimmy Kennedy commented on who he thinks will select him. We've also got notes on other players of interest on the defensive line.

The feeling here is that Chicago will take Jimmy Kennedy with their first pick of the draft, something Kennedy confirmed to us. Kennedy will skip the workouts here in favor of Pro-Day.

Terrell Suggs officially weighed in at 262 pounds and claims he's lost no speed. The added bulk was attributed to a pure protein diet, which he says he will stay on to add size. Suggs will not work out here and plans to wait for his Pro Day at Arizona State.

DeWayne Robertson of Kentucky is another player who plans on skipping the workouts at the RCA Dome, and the powerful thumper measured in at 6-1/317.

A third underclassmen who garnered a lot of interest was Johnathan Sullivan of Georgia. Looking rather large, Sullivan tipped the scales at 6-3/313 but said that his ideal playing weight is 305 and he's on a diet of basically water. Teams who put Sullivan high on their list include Cleveland, Green Bay, and Oakland.

Coaches booed Wake Forest fullback Ovie Mughelli after he announced that he was another who would not work out on the carpet of the RCA Dome.

One invitee who said, "I have to work out here" is Aaron Hunt of Texas Tech, who came in at 6-2.5 inches and 268 pounds. Hunt benched 225 pounds 25 times and was pursued by Tampa Bay, Oakland, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, who asked if he'd consider playing outside linebacker in their three-four alignment.

Ohio State defensive lineman Kenny Peterson also said he will not work out in Indianapolis this weekend and will wait for Pro Day, while Colorado guard/center Wayne Lucier said he will give it "the old college try" on the ankle he injured in December against Wisconsin, which is about 95% healed.

As mentioned earlier, Artose Pinner is hobbling around on crutches and said he'll be ready by May, though that may be a stretch.

We briefly caught a portion of the punter/place kicker workouts today and, far and away, the two most impressive players were Nathan Fiske of UCLA and Idaho State's Eddie Johnson.

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