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Tidbits overheard and seen at the NFL combine

* Former Terp tight end Vernon Davis -- who was drafted sixth overall by the San Francisco 49ers after he wowed scouts at the combine -- looked like was in danger of being a labeled a bust until last season, when he caught 78 balls for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers nearly surpassed his total numbers from the previous three seasons combined. Now he's the model of the athletic tight end everyone, including the Ravens, is looking for. What changed? 49ers general manager Scott McCloughan said Davis simply grew up a bit.

"I think just, you know, he's always worked really hard," McCloughan said. "But I think he's come into his own now. He came out as a true junior. He knew physically he could do it but now mentally he knows he can do it. I'm glad for him. The guy is a competitor, the guy's a warrior and it's important to him. To see how hard he works and the determination he has. And

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with him going to the Pro Bowl this year will only make him work harder. That's just his personality. You see a guy that work that hard, you pull for them. He's a guy that deserves where he got to."

* Speaking of potential busts, Bills coach Chan Gailey said he thinks the new defense he plans to play might mean better things for former Penn State linebacker Aaron Maybin, who grew up in Ellicott City and went to Mount Hebron. Maybin, the 11th pick in last year's draft, played an average of just 14 plays a game in his rookie year.

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"Aaron's got a lot of phsycial talent," Gailey said. "And if we can get him moved and get him to where he's standing up and doing some things off the edge, that might fit him a lot better than being a hand on the ground 4-3 defensive end. I think for him it's a great move. Hopefully that turns into being a great move for our football team."* Why can't the Ravens find a wide receiver in the draft who can contribute right away like Mike Wallace for the Steelers? It's a good question, but to be fair, even the Steelers didn't see it coming. Wallace caught 39 passes for 756 yards and 6 touchdowns -- better numbers, by the way, than Mark Clayton has posted in any season other than 2006.

"Mike's development was a surprise and really a bonus for us," said Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert. "He made great strides and quickly and forced his way into the lineup. But that's more the exception [with young wide receivers].

* USC tight end Anthony McCoy might be another player the Ravens are interested in as Todd Heap's successor. Although he doesn't have the upside of Jermaine Gresham, Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, he had a solid career for the Trojans, and as a former basketball player, he has sneaky athleticism. He shrugged his shoulders at the suggestion that he was a step down from Gresham and Gronkowski.

"If that's what people see, then I guess that's what they see," McCoy said. "But I'm coming to change their ideas and see me as number one. I don't feel anybody is ahead of me, I feel I can bring a different aspect to the game, I'm the most complete tight end in this draft, and I just got to show at this Combine and at my pro day that I am that guy."

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