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Heyward-Bey makes a big splash

INDIANAPOLIS -- Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey ran the fastest 40-yard dash among wide receivers and running backs at the scouting combine today, perhaps securing a place in the first round of April's NFL draft.

Considered a marginal first round pick with second-round grades, Heyward-Bey seized the moment in Lucas Oil Stadium with a 4.30 time in the 40. He not only ran well, but performed well in his position drills.

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Clearly, a month in Phoenix helped the Silver Spring native make the most of the combine experience. Heyward-Bey, who is coming out as a junior, was headed back to Phoenix tonight to resume training. He'll have a pro day in College Park next month, but won't run another 40, according to his agent, Ben Dogra. "He's already shown how fast he is," Dogra said tonight.

At 6-feet-3 and 210 pounds, Heyward-Bey could be a top 15 pick if he continues to improve in the areas that concern NFL scouts -- his route-running and his receiving skills. Heyward-Bey didn't start playing football until ninth grade at McDonogh.

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"He got a chance to showcase the skills he wasn't able to showcase at Maryland," Dogra said.

Veteran NFL and Ravens writer Ken Murray is covering the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis for The Baltimore Sun. He will keep you updated on developments daily.

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