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2008 Scouting Combine: Thursday

By: Roshan Bhagat

Well the football world has turned its entire focus inside the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. With free agency starting next week, many of the coaches and agents are here getting ready to kick it off in the right way. And you can bet your bottom dollar that the right way will include some mega deals unlike those we’ve seen in the recent past. Day one saw few double takes and the expression “he did what!” was held to a minimum.

Premiere offensive tackle Jake Long was the one exception. He weighed in at 6’7, 313 and is rumored to have 11 inch hands and 35 inch arms. He was one of the players able to stand shirtless in front of a large crowd and not be embarrassed. He’s built thick and barely even looks like an offensive lineman. In the SportsCenter special, he was said to have 13% body fat, an incredible number for a lineman. As far as terrific numbers go, let’s just throw out that he’s had only two penalties and two sacks allowed in his four year career. If he participates in the full slate of Combine workouts, he could even make a push to be the top overall selection. To top things off, he sounded very polished in his press conference saying he learned a lot by returning for his senior year.

After months of mocking with an unofficial draft order, all mockers will finally be able to put their first “official” mock out on Friday. The coin flip will determine the order of the third, fourth, and fifth selections. Because the three-sided coin hasn’t been invented yet, the Falcons and Raiders will flip for the number three pick. The loser will then be paired with the Kansas City Chiefs for a flip for the fourth overall selection. The loser of the second flip will pick in the fifth slot.

No matter how the order finishes, the teams picking in those top slots will be keeping an eye on agents so it’s good to know who the athletes have signed with. provides a good list for this information. The most prominent organization is probably Rosenhaus Sports and Drew Rosenhaus. Dan Connor, Kenny Phillips, Devin Thomas, Kevin Smith, Jack Ikegwuonu, Kellen Davis, and Dominique Barber are all currently signed with him.

Glenn Dorsey will not work out at the Combine. Due to the recent death of his grandmother, he has gotten slightly behind in his workouts and through his agent, said it was in his best interest to take a few more weeks before showcasing himself to scouts. Dorsey has a Pro Day scheduled at LSU on March 26. Fred Davis will also sit the majority of this week out. He’s still recovering from a tweaked hamstring suffered in Senior Bowl week and will only participate in the bench press. He already helped himself slightly by measuring in at 6 foot 3 inches.

That just about wraps up a quiet day one. Stay tuned to Football’s Future for a nightly wrap-up. You can also follow the Combine live with other draft enthusiasts around the world on our forums.

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