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The best players always come to the NFL combine, but they don't always participate in drills. Some prefer the comfort zone of familiar surroundings. That's the way it'll be for quarterbacks Andre Woodson and, to a lesser degree, Matt Ryan this week.

Neither quarterback will throw, and only Ryan will run for the NFL scouts. Woodson, from Kentucky, said he has a hamstring pull that will keep him out of drills here. He will instead throw at Kentucky's pro day next month.

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Ryan, the Boston College quarterback who could well be the first pick in the draft, said he will run for scouts here, but wants to throw to his own receivers back at BC's pro day. He wants to present an "accurate representation" of his skills with receivers he knows.

Yesterday, Kevin Colbert, the director of football operations for the Steelers, pointed out that quarterbacks often has issues with accuracy at the combine because of the lack of familiarity with the receivers. That's also a problem at the all-star games at season's end.

By waiting, of course, the quarterbacks have removed their margin of error. If they show poorly on pro day, they're going to be scrambling.

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