INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL ran the last of the offensive prospects through the media center here today. Tomorrow the real business starts: Agility drills, 40-yard sprints, vertical jumps for the offensive linemen and tight ends.
What to make of the media impression? Not a lot. Jason Smith of Baylor looked like the real deal and should be the first tackle off the board, ahead of Virginia's Eugene Monroe and Alabama's Andre Smith. Brandon Pettigrew of Oklahoma State looked every inch a top 15 pick at tight end.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford of Georgia played his role well and said he hoped to prove he was worthy of the No. 1 pick. But, oh, by the way, he's not throwing here. Running back LeSean McCoy of Pittsburgh gets my vote as player of the combine. He showed up to fulfill his media obligations even though he has a bad cold and was obviously feeling ill. That won't happen once he hits the NFL, I bet.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree, considered by some the best athlete in the draft, acted like he had something to hide. He wasn't at ease at all facing the media. And we didn't even ask the tough questions. Darrius Heyward-Bey was straight-forward addressing the knock on his hands and came off better for it.
I'll give line of the day to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin of Missouri: "I'm a very special young man and a gentleman to everybody."
That's the combine.