Triplett thinks Rivers will wind up in New Orleans (1 Viewer)


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By Mike Triplett/The Times-Picayune

We weren't necessarily waiting for USC's Pro Day earlier this week before unveiling The Times-Picayune's mock draft, but it did help put things in focus.

USC's defensive stars Sedrick Ellis and Keith Rivers gave superb performances on the school's campus Wednesday, solidifying their status as top prospects in this April's draft.

Ellis -- who looked a bit overweight and sluggish at February's scouting combine in Indianapolis -- reportedly weighed 11 pounds lighter at 297 on Wednesday. He reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 5.01 seconds (nearly three-tenths faster than his combine time) and bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times.

He also showed superb stamina in a grueling hand-fighting drill with Kansas City Chiefs defensive line coach Tim Krumrie.

Rivers, meanwhile, reportedly ran the 40 in 4.51 seconds after not running at the combine because of an ankle injury, and he wowed scouts with a 42-inch vertical jump.

The end result? We're now convinced that Ellis will be gone before the Saints make their pick at No. 10.

And we think Rivers will wind up in New Orleans on draft day.

Full Story - The Times-Picayune

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