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Combine tidbits

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February

For the draft junkies out there, thought I might post some tidbits from the scouting combine in Indianapolis. Our Rick Stroud just returned, but since his visit was dominated by Bucs news, we didn't get to share much draft news.

* Everyone likes speed, so here are some of the players with the fastest times in the 40-yard dash: East Carolina running back Chris Johnson (4.24), Arkansas running back Darren McFadden (4.33), Cal receiver DeSean Jackson (4.35), Houston running back Anthony Aldridge (4.36), Appalachian State receiver Dexter Jackson (4.37), Florida receiver Andre Caldwell (4.37) and Virginia Tech receiver Eddie Royal (4.39).

That's good news for the Bucs. That's a lot of speed at two of the positions they are targeting in the draft.

* One of the storylines to develop over the weekend was the inability of Kentucky quarterback Andre' Woodson to participate in drills because of a hamstring injury. Woodson could have used a strong performance because there is a belief his stock is falling after a sub-par performance at the Senior Bowl in January. Woodson's injury means he is going to have a lot of pressure on him during his pro day, giving him just a single opportunity to impress scouts.

* There's some talk that LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey could be in for a potential fall on draft day because of concerns about a tibia injury he suffered in a weight-room incident the summer before his junior season. That seemed surprising considering Dorsey didn't miss any playing time with the injury. But it doesn't take much to be labeled a risk this time of year, not with the millions teams are going to spend on these guys.

Dorsey said he doesn't understand all the fuss and our guess is he'll still be one of the top picks in the draft.

"I have not missed a game since I got to LSU," he said during an interview in Indianapolis. "Everybody gets bruised up. That's the way I look at it. Who does not go through a season without getting bums and bruised? I don't think it's an issue at all."

Dorsey won't work out at the combine because of a recent death in the family. He only stopped in to participate in interviews with team executives and scouts.

There's likely to be more news today and Tuesday, so we'll pass it along as we get word on the latest.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:57pm]

    

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