Horse Tracks - 3/3/10 - Combine Wrap-up

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The NFL Scouting Combine is over - which means we are full-steam ahead towards the draft at the end of April.  Of course, free agency and the chaos that will ensue is next on the calendar, starting on Friday.  Keep it locked to Mile High Report for all your FA news as it happens.

Lost Season Fuels Fire - DB.com
Sometimes the injury isn't the most painful part.

Clark trial: Owner's girlfriend traces path of Tahoe - The Denver Post
Willie D. Clark, 26, is on trial in the death of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams early New Year's Day 2007. Williams was riding in a stretch Hummer limousine near 11th Avenue and Speer Boulevard when a single bullet struck him in the neck.

Krieger: Tattoos staining the truth - The Denver Post
The prosecution in the Darrent Williams murder trial wanted to see defendant Willie Clark's tattoos. Street gangs don't issue membership cards, but sometimes body ink serves the same purpose.

NFL Events: Combine Top Performers
Jusst the numbers from the combine, sorted by drill and position

Is Bears TE Greg Olsen on the trading block? | National Football Post
The Bears and Lovie Smith were a hot topic this past weekend at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis due, in large part, to the free-agent talk.

What Warren Buffett can teach NFL teams | National Football Post
I opened up my email home page Monday morning and was confronted by the smiling visage of Warren Buffett and a story on Yahoo! Finance telling us about the Oracle of Omaha’s "rules to live by." This was too good a tease to miss the article, written by Stephanie Loiacano, and was provided to Yahoo! by the Forbes company Investopedia. Brilliant people leave a trail of philosophical crumbs behind for the rest of us to follow if we’re just smart enough to see what’s on the ground forming a pattern. The organizational thoughts of a Bill Walsh, or even the very different Bill Belichick, are as applicable to running any business as they are to running a football team.

Combine DL prospects: Who’s up, who’s down | National Football Post
A look at some of the defensive line standouts and sliders from day three of the NFL Scouting Combine:

Wilson: Dolphins set internal budget | National Football Post
The Miami Dolphins aren't going to spend until it hurts in free agency, owner Stephen Ross announced.

Citadel QB busted for armed robbery | National Football Post
Citadel quarterback Miguel Starks and former player linebacker Reginald Anthony Rice, 22, are two of the four individuals who have been charged with armed robbery of a man at his Charleston, South Carolina home, according to the Associated Press.

Wilson: Jets reportedly not interested in Cromartie | National Football Post
San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie is on the trading block and being actively shopped with one prospective trade scenario with the Detroit Lions already being declared dead.

Wilson: Good day for Devin McCourty | National Football Post
Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty had a strong workout today at the NFL scouting combine.

Wilson: Dobbins likely to get second-round tender | National Football Post
The San Diego Chargers are expected to assign a second-round tender to restricted free agent linebacker Tim Dobbins, according to an NFL source.

Wilson: Browns, Cribbs inching closer to deal | National Football Post
The Cleveland Browns continue to make progress toward what seems to be an eventuality: a new, restructured deal for kick returner Josh Cribbs.

Sources: Final Eight free agent money raises slightly | National Football Post
Under the new provisions governing the pending uncapped year, the NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association have officially established how much money Final Eight teams can pay to free agents.

Biggs: Vick reveals his team of choice for '10 | National Football Post
The Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly pick up a $1.5 million roster bonus that is due to quarterback Michael Vick. That doesn’t necessarily mean he will have wings on the sides of his helmet this season.

Wilson: Amari Spievey on the rise | National Football Post
Iowa cornerback Amari Spievey created some buzz at the NFL scouting combine.

Mock draft 1.0: After the combine, Bradford goes first to Rams
With the NFL Scouting Combine now over, it's a reasonable time to post my first mock draft. I'm sure many things will change with this projected first round, but here it is -- for now:

Plenty of QB questions to go around, but not a lot of answers ... yet
Of last year's 10 quarterbacks who threw for more than 4,000 yards and the nine who threw for 3,000-plus, one, Kurt Warner, has retired and another, Brett Favre, just might do the same.

Not record-setting, but Mays still sets DB pace - NFL.com
The official 40-yard dash times have just been released for the defensive backs, and Taylor Mays was indeed the fastest, just not with the 4.24 unofficial time that was originally reported. The USC safety was officially clocked with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash, placing him tied for ninth overall among all participants at the NFL Scouting Combine, behind wide receivers Jacoby Ford, Taylor Price, Emmanuel Sanders and Golden Tate, running backs Jahvid Best and C.J. Spiller, tight end Dorin Dickerson and specialist Trindon Holliday.

Peppers’ representatives met with Bears over weekend - NFL.com
Representatives for defensive end Julius Peppers met with the Bears over the weekend, according to a report from Chicago Breaking Sports News.

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