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Clowney's 40-yard dash, Bortles' throwing to highligh Combine

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
2/20/2014 10:58:08 PM
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Each year the NFL Combine – the annual prospect Olympics – marks the time when all draft speculation, and of course smokescreens, kick into high gear.

But while the recent trend is for top prospects to skip drills at the showcase, opting instead to perform at pro days and private workouts, this year's combine will treat teams to at least a couple high profile workouts.

Perhaps the most anticipated showing will be top prospect Jadeveon Clowney's 40-yard dash. The dominant pass rusher says he is aiming for a time of 4.4 in the drill, unheard of for a defensive end. To put his target time in perspective, that time would have put him among the top performers at last year's Combine, a group populated by receivers, defensive backs, and running backs, most of whom Clowney outweighs by nearly 100 pounds.

The Combine will also feature one of the top quarterbacks in UCF's Blake Bortles participating in all throwing drills. While Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater - who along with Bortles are the consensus top prospects QB - will attend the Combine, Bortles' throwing will give both scouts and fans an early in-depth look at a potential Top 5 pick.

In total 330 prospects will turn out to Indianapolis this weekend, looking to wow teams with their measurables and boost their draft stock. The Combine could also be some prospects' undoing as height, weight, and speed numbers can no longer be fudged by their college teams.

Jadeveon Clowney (Photo: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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