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Day 1 wrap-up from Indianapolis

The first official day of the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine started and ended at full throttle. Some of the NFL hopefuls talked about their experience in Indy, while some NFL head coaches and executives spoke about free agency, offseason plans and scouting players.

Traveling takes its toll on Beatty

Connecticut’s William Beatty is considered one of the draft’s best senior offensive lineman, but his weight has been an issue.

Tennessee OL Foster has quite a pedigree

Move over Mannings. Another set of brothers is establishing a legacy in professional sports.

Johnson destined to be a football player

Ever since Herman Johnson entered the world weighing 15 pounds and 14 ounces, it seemed he was meant to play football. He is listed as being one of the heaviest babies ever born in Louisiana and he says “my doctor told me all the time I was going to be an LSU Tiger.”

Zorn hopes DE Taylor will return to Redskins

Jim Zorn is unusually forthcoming for an NFL coach. He’ll tell you as much, likely in a very thorough and well-thought-out way. When asked about what he learned during his first season as a head coach, Zorn offered this:

“One thing I’ve learned is that I’ve probably said too much in interviews with you guys,” Zorn quipped. “But that’s the way I am. I need to speak in shorter snippets.”

Practice competition makes perfect

A common theme among many of the top prospects here at the combine is that they trained against elite teammates in college. Several players credited facing such high-quality competition daily at practice with their development.

Baylor OT Smith ready for smooth transition to NFL

Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith goes by the nickname “J. Smooth” for a reason — his lively press conference was possibly the most entertaining of the day at the combine.

Alabama OT Smith undecided about working out

Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith, projected as a potential top-five pick, hasn’t yet decided if he will work out this weekend at the combine. He said he will make his decision Friday.

New Lions coach Schwartz in spotlight at combine

It’s no surprise that Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was the man of the hour on Thursday. He’s the first-year man in Detroit who holds the top overall pick in the upcoming draft.

NFL Network, have the combine covered

Part track meet, part grammar-school fitness test … those are the workouts of the NFL Scouting Combine. NFL Network has every event, from the weigh-ins to the bench press, covered with more than 15 hours of live programming over four days.

LSU’s Johnson shedding pounds ahead of combine

Days before the combine in Indianapolis, LSU offensive lineman Herman Johnson already is one of the biggest losers. Johnson, who has been listed at 6-foot-7 and 382 pounds, has lost over 30 pounds in his preparation for this week’s tests for NFL teams. He will participate in all the drills at the combine.

Navy tells Kettani he is not allowed to attend combine

Fullback Eric Kettani, only the second Navy player to be invited to the Senior Bowl, will not be attending next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. In a ruling made Friday by Navy superintendent Vice Admiral Jeff Fowler, Kettani will not be allowed to attend the annual six-day event in which top NFL prospects have a chance to improve their standing among their peers.

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