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We're following the latest news out ofÿthe 2013 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
February 22, 2013, 4:02 pm

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and Darin Gantt, along with CSN's NFL insiders, are in Indianapolis this week for the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Follow their up-to-the-second updates on how the top 2013 NFL Draft prospects are faring in Indy:

On PFT Live from the Combine, Mike Florio explains how health is the main concern for prospects in Indianapolis. Florio also talks with Arizona coach Bruce Arians about how to reshape the Cardinals, as well as Titans coach Mike Munchak and Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland.

The merits of the 40-yard dash as a scouting tool have been long-debated. Count longtime NFL GM Bill Polian as a believer in it.

PFT's Darin Gantt says that while media interviews and the 40-yard dash are in the spotlight, it's the medical tests that teams value most at the Combine.

CSN Philly's Reuben Frank says Eagles GM Howie Roseman won't prioritize defense over offense, prefering a "big board" approach as he scouts talent in Indy.

CSN Houston's Dave Zangaro has 10 prospects on whom to keep a close eye in Indianapolis.

Georgia LB Jarvis Jones, widely viewed as one the draft's top prospects, won't run in Indianapolis.

CSN Houston's James Palmer has the skinny on international prospects who could turn heads at the Combine.

Inside the Irish blogger Keith Arnold says all eyes will be on Manti Te'o this week as the Notre Dame linebacker tries to rehab his image in the minds of NFL talent evaluators.

Te'o isn't the only Irish standout with something to prove at the Combine. Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood has a lot riding on his performance in Indy.

CSN Chicago's John Mullin talks about how the evolution of the Combine over the years has changed the way NFL draft prospects are evaluated.

CSN Philly's Ray Didinger pontificates on what the Wonderlic test means for players' draft hopes.

Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker, one of the fast risers among draft prognosticators, is rapidly losing weight, down from 355 pounds at the Senior Bowl to 339 at the Combine.

Dee Milliner, the draft's top CB prospect, will require surgery on his lingering shoulder injury.

Heisman finalist Collin Klein, hoping for a shot to play QB in the NFL, will work out at the Combine. Purdue DT Kawann Short, however, will not.

Cal WR Keenan Allen, one of the draft's top-rated WRs, will not work out, claiming to be only 70 percent recovered from a torn PCL in his left knee.

Speaking at the Combine, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he won't be focused on scouting read-options QBs.

It's been a few years since Tim Tebow worked out at the Combine. But Tebow's future could be decided there this week.

Speaking at the Combine, 49ers GM Trent Baalke says all options are still on the table regarding QB Alex Smith.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he wants to coach quarterback Nick Foles.

The man Kelly replaced in Philly, Andy Reid, appeared to be a happier and refreshed.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told ProFootballTalk that the team likely put too much on Cam Newton last year.

The Ravens have no intention of letting Joe Flacco leave Baltimore, assistant GM Eric DeCosta told PFT. In the same interview, DeCosta said of wide receiver Anquan Boldin, "Anquan's a Raven." The same is no longer true of center Matt Birk, who retired on Friday. Florio says that the loss of Birk meansanother leader is out the door in Baltimore.

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff and his old friend Scott Pioli, formerly the GM of the Chiefs, allowed PFT to tag along as they reminisced about old times. The two men were pups in the Patriots' front office.

The NFL and Players Association traded salvos on Thursday and Friday, with the league accusing the union of dragging its feet on HGH testing. When the NFLproposed an overhaul to the offseason schedule that would move free agency and the draft, the union said it was not on board. The NFL envisions a February "signing day," similar to that of college football, on which free agents would announce their destinations. In further NFL-NFLPA wrangling, Judge David Doty rejected the union's attempt to pursue collusion charges against owners related to the 2010 uncapped year.

Broncos president John Elway had an informative media availability, in which he said that the talented new batch of QBs is more the result of better-prepared players than better scouting. Elway went into more depth about the team's scouting approach in an interview with Florio later Friday, and he discussed whether the club has considered restructuring Peyton Manning's deal -- yes, already -- to avoid a future cap issue.

Speaking of quarterbacks fighting the noodle-armed rap, Matt Barkley met with the press on Friday, and he explained his decision not to throw at the Combine. Barkley said his right shoulder will be healthy for his March 27 pro day, and he will wow scouts with his arm strength.

West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin caused some ripples when he proclaimed himself the best player in the draft.

The Niners are bound to find trade partners for Alex Smith. So why would they release him? Jim Harbaugh said that's not going to happen.

Harbaugh's divisional rival in St. Louis has a tough decision to make about Danny Amendola, and the Rams apparently will not use the franchise tag on the free-agent wide receiver.



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