With the NFL Combine now less than a week away, we'll begin shifting our focus to the players that will be competing in that event next week in Indianapolis. We'll also be there providing regular coverage beginning on Tuesday. Here's some links that will provide some information on some of the players that will participate in the combine.
The NFL network catches up with Georgia's Matthew Stafford, Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and USC's Brian Cushing as they prepare for the combine.
More NFL network: An interview with Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie.
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Ed Thompson of Scout.com says Clay Matthews Jr., one of the lesser-known USC linebackers, is climbing up the draft board and could be a first-round pick come April.
Todd McShay of Scouts.Inc and ESPN breaks down Crabtree and calls him the best receiver he's graded since Calvin Johnson.
More McShay: He breaks down Malcolm Jenkins here.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Crabtree is fast enough to play in the NFL. He's expected to run the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range, similar to what Larry Fitzgerald ran. Although Crabtree won't run at the combine, Williams said, and his high ankle sprain is about 85 to 90 percent healed.
Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News says Crabtree will not workout at all in Indianapolis, and instead will hold a pro day in late March at Kincaide Stadium in Dallas. Watkins also reports that Crabtree has signed with agent Eugene Parker, who also represents Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones.
Ross Tucker of Sports Illustrated says forget all of the combine numbers and look at the tape – that will tell you how a college player will transition to the NFL.
The Sporting News has Seattle taking Andre Smith with the No. 4 overall pick. I think the Seahawks would be giddy to get this guy at this spot in the draft.
The Sporting News ranks Rob Sims eighth and Floyd Womack 10th among the guards available in free agency. Sims listed as a restricted free agent. Former Seahawks guard Pete Kendall is listed seventh overall.
Pro Football Weekly reviews the NFC West.
Casey Greer writing for the Bleacher Report offers a long and involved explanation why the Seahawks should not draft Crabtree with its No 4 overall pick.