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NFL.com: Pre-combine Rankings (Offense and Defense)


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Offense: http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/9234537

Defense: http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/9244060

Some random quotes:

"NOTE: This new combine track (field turf) is fast -- great for running very good times. After all, this is the surface the Colts and two of their players, Marvin Harrison and Dwight Freeney, have told combine organizers that they consider very fast. In 2005, 11 defensive backs ran their 40-yard dash in times of 4.40 and under. Of the 11, six ran for times of 4.35 and under. Of those six, Carlos Rogers (4.31) and Fabian Washington (4.31) moved up into the first round. Twenty-nine of the linebackers in attendance ran and completed the on-field drills. Derrick Johnson and Michael Boley both ran times of under 4.60."

"Six wide receivers have been selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. None of them are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

"Wide receivers -- 40 players invited

First players likely to be picked (listed alphabetically):

1. Jason Avant, Michigan (No. 4)

2. Derek Hagan, Arizona State (No. 15)

3. Santonio Holmes, Ohio State (No. 19)

4. Chad Jackson, Florida (No. 20)

5. Sinorice Moss, Miami (Fla.) (No. 26)

6. Maurice Stovall, Notre Dame (No. 34)

7. Brandon Williams, Wisconsin (No. 38)

8. Demetrius Williams, Oregon (No. 39)

9. Travis Wilson, Oklahoma (No. 40)

More names to know:

Hank Baskett, New Mexico (No. 5)

Mike Hass, Oregon State (No. 17)

Greg Lee, Pittsburgh (No. 23)

Martin Nance, Miami (Ohio) (No. 27)

Jonathan Orr, Wisconsin (No. 29)

Wild cards: Jeremy Bloom, Colorado (No. 8) and

Skyler Green, LSU (No. 13).

Both players have ability to return kicks and be a No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver."

"Name the first person to catch 100 passes in a season (after the 1970 merger).

Washington's Art Monk (106 in 1984)."

"Defensive linemen -- 54 players invited

First players likely to be picked (listed alphabetically):

1. Broderick Bunkley, Florida State (No. 10)

2. Dusty Dvoracek, Oklahoma (No. 14)

3. Tamba Hali, Penn State (No. 19)

4. Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College (No. 28)

5. Haloti Ngata, Oregon (No. 38)

6. Darryl Tapp, Virginia Tech (No. 47)

7. Gabe Watson, Michigan (No. 48)

8. Mario Williams, N.C. State (No. 50)

9. Kamerion Wimbley, Florida State (No. 51)*

10. Rodrique Wright, Texas (No. 52)

11. Claude Wroten, Louisiana State (No. 53)

* -- Some teams might view Wimbley as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

More names to know:

Elvis Dumervil, Louisville (No. 13)

Orien Harris, Miami (Fla.) (No. 21)

Eric Henderson, Georgia Tech (No. 23)

Manny Lawson, N.C. State (No. 31)

Jonathan Lewis, Virginia Tech (No. 32)

Babatunde Oshinowo, Stanford (No. 41)"

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