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NFL Combine 2014: Day 5 risers and fallers

Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam runs a drill

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Defensive linemen and linebackers worked out on the Lucas Oil Stadium field Monday on the fifth day of the NFL Combine. So who did well, and who struggled? Here are the day's risers and fallers:

RISER: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Donald posted impressive measurables on Monday. His 4.68 40 was fifth-fastest among defensive linemen, and his 7.11 three-cone drill was fourth-fastest. He...

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RB prospect leaves Combine on God's orders

San Diego State running back Adam Muema runs

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I left Indianapolis today because my work at the Combine was done. Some others had different reasons for splitting.

San Diego State running back Adam Muema left the NFL Scouting Combine without working out, citing religious reasons. And it had nothing to do with resting on the seventh day.

“Can’t go wrong with God,” Muema told the San Diego Union-Tribune in a phone interview as he was...

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NFL Combine 2014: Day 4 risers and fallers

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks makes a

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Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers took the field on Sunday for the second day of workouts (and fourth day overall) at the NFL Combine. Let's see which players had impressive outings and which ones raised more questions than they answered.

RISER: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Cooks has always been known as a quick slot receiver, but on Sunday we found out exactly how quick....

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Sammy Watkins doesn't disappoint at NFL Combine

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs the 40-yard

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins bolstered his case to be the top wideout selected in this year's draft, running his two 40-yard dash attempts in 4.34 and 4.37 seconds 

He's coming off a terrific year with 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

The Jets and Giants are in the market for an elite receiver, but it looks like they'd have to trade up to get a talent...

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Dri Archer runs a 4.26 in the 40

Kent State running back Dri Archer (1) returns

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Kent State running back Dri Archer put in the fastest 40 time so far at the Combine, reeling off a blazing 4.26 seconds in his first attempt. It was close to breaking Titans running back Chris Johnson’s 4.24 clocking, the fastest in Combine history (2008).

Archer was easily the fastest running back in the 40. The next best time was 4.41 by Georgia Southern’s Jerick McKinnon, who also had the...

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Jadeveon Clowney flops at bench press

Indianapolis - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier didn't do Jadeveon Clowney any favors when the coach questioned the star defensive end's work ethic in a recent interview. 

Clowney didn't do himself any favors in dispelling that notion with his performance today in the bench press at the Scouting Combine. 

Clowney, a potential No. 1 overall pick, benched 225 just 21...

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Johnny Manziel is fast

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the 40-yard

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INDIANAPOLIS - We all know Johnny Manziel has got some quicks. Apparently, he's got some really, really good quicks. 

The Texas A & M quarterback ran an official 4.68 in the 40-yard dash today. That's just .13 slower than Russell Wilson ran two years ago. 

Manziel's time was second-fastest among QBs. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas ran a 4.61.

 

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NFL Combine 2014: Day 3 risers and fallers

Alabama offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio runs a drill

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The first day of on-field workouts at the 2014 NFL Combine (and the third day of the event) is in the books. Tight ends, offensive linemen and special teams got their moment in the spotlight Saturday, so let's see which players helped their cause and which ones didn't do so hot:

RISER: A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State

Leonard had the fastest 40-yard dash time of any tight end, clocking...

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Cardinals' Bruce Arians tries new tricks with older WRs

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald reacts to

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Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who has one of the greatest offensive minds you'll come across, is a master at helping his players achieve maximum effectiveness. Case in point: When he has a big-time receiver approaching age 30, he'll change things up by lining him up in different spots.

Why 30?

"Because guys lose a step at age 30," he said. "It's just natural. As hard as they...

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Is time right to expand NFL playoffs?

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer scrambles against the

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The time might be right for adding two more playoff teams in the NFL.

Though the league has toyed with the idea in recent years but never acted on it, there appears to be increasing momentum for adding two more playoff teams.

NFL president Mark Murphy, a member of the league's influential competition committee, said his group discussed adding one wild-card team for each conference. The...

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