On Thursday, the first full day at the 2005 NFL Scouting Combine, we had 42 players meet the press in the NFL media interview room. That's the most player interviews in one day. And they had quite the audience as there was a record number of writers from around the country -- 269, up from 170 last year. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett was among the players to be interviewed Thursday, while wide receivers Mike Williams (USC), Mark Clayton (Oklahoma) and Braylon Edwards (Michigan) headlined Friday's media sessions.
The most popular place at the scouting combine is Reebok's second-floor suite at the players' hotel.
Last night, we had over 60 players stop by, as well as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. One of the big attractions is the Foot Image Platform -- the eighth wonder of the world -- which studies the shape and structure of the human foot. Four digital images are taken of each foot while the player stands on the machine. From the images and measurements, the player can find out all kinds of information, such as what Reebok shoe would fit best and whether he will have future foot problems. Not only does Reebok use the machine here, but they are going to take it to China and Japan to see if athletes there need a different type of shoe than they do in the United States.
The kickers and punters completed their workouts.
The best placekickers were Ohio State's Mike Nugent and Michigan State's Dave Rayner. The best punters were Tennessee's Dustin Colquitt and Ball State's Reggie Hodges.
Here are some of the superlatives from Day 2 at the Combine:
Heaviest running back (Group 4):
Southern Illinois' Brandon Jacobs, 267 pounds
Lightest running back (Group 4):
Kansas State's Darren Sproles, 187 pounds
Tallest running back (Group 4): Southern Illinois' Brandon Jacobs, 6-foot-4
Shortest running back (Group 4):
Kansas State's Darren Sproles, 5-foot-6
Heaviest quarterback (Group 5 and 6):
Oregon State's Derek Anderson and Arkansas-Fayetteville's Matt Jones, 242 pounds
Lightest quarterback (Group 5 and 6):
Louisville's Stefan LeFors, 208 pounds
Tallest quarterback (Group 5 and 6): Oregon State's Derek Anderson, Arkansas-Fayetteville's Matt Jones and Arizona State's Andrew Walter, 6-foot-6
Shortest quarterback (Group 5 and 6):
Louisville's Stefan LeFors and Virginia Tech's Bryan Randall, 6-0
Heaviest wide receiver (Group 5 and 6):
Northern Colorado's Vincent Jackson, 241 pounds
Lightest wide receiver (Group 5 and 6):
Miami's (Fla.) Roscoe Parrish, 168 pounds
Tallest wide receiver (Group 5 and 6): Five players measured 6-foot-4 -- Pearl River CC's Larry Brackins, Georgia's Fred Gibson, West Virginia's Chris Henry, Southern Cal's Mike Williams and Northern Colorado's Vincent Jackson
Shortest wide receiver (Group 5 and 6):
Northern Illinois' Dan Sheldon, 5-foot-8