QBs, backs, receivers set to show their skills

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s time for the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers to take the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, the most anticipated day of the NFL Scouting Combine.

The skill players are in various states of warming up right now. Hoods are up and earphones are in as the prospects prepare for some important drills. I felt some intensity as they prepped for the 40-yard dash, the first drill. It’s the money event for the receivers.

My view from the sidelines is shared by Paul Burmeister and Steve Wyche, and one topic we’ve already hit is that so much time has been spent discussing who isn’t working out, the focus has been taken off who is.

For every prospect who’s sitting out, there’s another who can use the opportunity to do something that will catch talent evaluators’ attention. As much as anything else, that’s what Sunday’s drills are about for many.

Wyche believes some players who fall into that category include QB Jarrett Brown (West Virginia), QB Tony Pike (Cincinnati), WR Arrelious Benn (Illinois), WR Antonio Brown (Central Michigan), RB Jonathan Dwyer (Georgia Tech) and RB Toby Gerhart (Stanford).

— Frank Tadych

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