Feature attraction has arrived

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 27, 2011 – 7:39 am

INDIANAPOLIS–Sunday’s festivities offer the feature attraction of every year’s scouting combine, and that’ll certainly be the case today when an intriguing crop of quarterback, running back and wide receiver prospects work out at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The quarterback headliners are Cam Newton of Auburn, Blaine Gabbert of Missouri, Jake Locker of Washington and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas. The crop also includes intriguing prospects such as Christian Ponder of Florida State, Andy Dalton of TCU and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada.

At stake today is the number one quarterback designation, which could make that player the top pick of the draft. Who will step up? Will any of the quarterbacks step up?

Running back is thought to be one of the deepest positions in this draft. Mark Ingram of Alabama is the headliner, but the class includes tempting talents such as Mikel Leshoure of Illinois, Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech, DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma and Dion Lewis of Pitt.  At 5-7, Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter is a Maurice Jones-Drew type of runner with home run potential. Even at the bottom of the class, there are star-quality college players such as Evan Royster of Penn State and Da’Rel Scott of Maryland.

Wide receiver is another position of intrigue. A.J. Green and Julio Jones are at the top of the class. At 6-5, 230, some think Jon Baldwin has freak-type talent. The crop has speed in it. Which player will light it up in the 40?

If it’s possible, this is the day the ratings for NFL Network’s combine coverage spike.


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