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    Draft Risers and Sliders

    By Tony Pauline, Special to,
    Within days of the completion of the NFL combine, scouts from around the league began criss-crossing the country to evaluate pro-day workouts. Throughout March, players will test for NFL teams at their respective schools. Here's a look at how the first week went.

    Andre Woodson, QB -- Kentucky
    Woodson turned in a solid performance under a microscope in Lexington. He ran the 40 in 4.86 seconds and looked physically imposing. Woodson threw the ball well and was accurate with his passes. Scouts said it was obvious the Kentucky signal-caller has been working on his throwing mechanics since the Senior Bowl. He was late with a few passes and also underthrew a number of deep passes. But overall, Woodson came away with solid grades.
    David Roach, Safety -- TCU
    The TCU safety rested on his combine times but stood out in the position drills. Scouts on-hand said Roach turned in one of the most impressive safety workouts they had ever witnessed. He is now being given consideration at cornerback, and a number of teams came away thinking this one-time middle-round choice could slide into the third round.
    Paul Hubbard, WR -- Wisconsin
    Hubbard significantly improved on his combine performance. He scorched the track with 40 times that clocked between 4.38 to 4.45 seconds, a full .15 faster than his runs in the RCA Dome. His vertical jump was also at least six inches better. Hubbard kept the momentum going by turning in a terrific pass-catching workout.
    Ryan Clady, OT -- Boise State
    The Boise State junior did not participate at the combine but turned in a first-round performance at his pro day. Clady ran times of 5.20 seconds after tipping the scales at 311 pounds. His three-cone time of 7.05 seconds eclipsed that of any offensive linemen at the combine by almost a half-second. He also looked good in position drills.
    Martellus Bennett, TE -- Texas A&M
    Bennett stood on most of his combine times and participated in the pass-catching workout, where he looked outstanding. He caught the deep ball well and was fluid in making all the downfield receptions.
    Tracy Porter, CB -- Indiana
    The Hoosier cornerback was considerably faster during his pro-day workout. He clocked 4.45 seconds in the RCA Dome, but some watches had Porter as fast as 4.33 seconds in Bloomington.
    David Vobora, LB -- Idaho
    Vobora was yet another who improved on his combine performance. His vertical jump of 35.5 inches was 6.5 inches better than his leap at the RCA Dome. He ran his 40 in the 4.58 range, almost two-tenths faster than his combine time.
    Jalen Parmele, RB -- Toledo
    Parmele is still struggling with a hamstring injury, which slowed him at the combine (even though he ran impressively). He improved his vertical jump significantly at Toledo -- jumping 42 inches, eight better than his Indianapolis performance.

    Calais Campbell, Defensive End -- Miami (Fla.)
    Campbell chose not to compete on the bench press, which surprised many after his poor performance at the combine (16 repetitions). He tried to better his 40 time, yet ran an uninspired 5.06 seconds.
    Kenny Phillips, Safety -- Miami (Fla.)
    Philips decided not to run as he and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, decided to stick with the 40 times from the combine, which averaged in the 4.5 area.

    Linebacker Beau Belle, a top 75 pick in April's draft, is still suffering lingering effects from the knee injury he sustained during the Senior Bowl. He was unable to run at the combine or the UNLV workout earlier this week, but hopes to workout by the end of March. The same holds true for wideout Luke Swan. The Wisconsin receiver underwent surgery in mid-October to repair a torn hamstring. He is considered one of the better pure-possession receivers in the draft. On Wednesday, he performed some stationary pass-catching drills for scouts and hopes to complete a full workout on March 31.
    Martin Rucker is another pass-catcher on the shelf with hamstring woes. He did not participate at the combine or Thursday's pro day in Missouri because of the ailment. Rucker hopes he'll be ready to go during the Tigers' second pro day March 20.

    Interesting to see a Safety now looking to be in the mid 3rd(trade down to get him?) as well as two Miami player sliding in Calais Campbell and much more importantly Kenny Phillips. I'm not sure if I'd touch Campbell now, even in the 2nd, but if Phillips were there at #33, I'd take him in a heartbeat.

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    I could probably see Philips going into the second round now, honestly. Maybe we could make a run at him. The Dolphins just re-signed bell, the giants signed someone for safety, didn't they? Knight? I can't remember. Any team in the late first round that might pick him up?

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    I think it's funny that Phillips is sliding because he ran a 4.5 at the combine. he's a freaking safety people, thats fine for me. If he is there at 33 I also take Phillips to replace Chavous.
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    Calais Campbell, Defensive End -- Miami (Fla.)
    Campbell chose not to compete on the bench press, which surprised many after his poor performance at the combine (16 repetitions). He tried to better his 40 time, yet ran an uninspired 5.06 seconds.
    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Defensive answer to Alex Barron.

    I could see him being available @ 33, and my rectal cavity will be fully puckered until we announce a different name with our pick.
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    Yeah, Calais Campbell is a bust waiting to happen. I want to stay as far away from him as possible.

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    Calais Campbell does this guy have an agent? If so he needs a new one. If you are not up to it take a pass, leave some doubt in the scouts minds. Now all doubt has been removed, I will take a pass.

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    I thought I saw a recent article in the Post Dispatch about David Vobora from Colorado. Linehan may have been there for his pro day. Does anyone know what round he is projected to be drafted?


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