Combine Kicks Off in Intriguing Manner (1 Viewer)

Dan in Lafayette

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The NFL Combine, always a buzz-generating event, got a kick-start with more intrigue than normal Thursday.

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There has been much speculation about the draft prospects of Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and California wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Their athleticism and game-breaking ability warrant high first-round consideration, especially in a draft lacking elite top-end talent. However, my sources are telling me speculation is rampant about their off-field decision-making.

Red flags concerning McFadden have been well-documented. Scouts are worried Jackson was a microcosm of a disappointing California team that raced to a 5-0 start and No. 2 national ranking before losing six of their final eight games. Jackson scored five of his six receiving touchdowns in a three-week span, but was virtually non-existent the second half of the season. Scouts are concerned he was looking ahead to the NFL with half of the season to go. As eagerly as Jackson may have been looking ahead, scouts are now looking forward to interviewing him. Full Story –

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