Goodwin, Smith set pace in 40-yard dash

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Wuarterback Geno Smith is using this week's NFL scouting combine to prove that he should be the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.  MICHAEL CONROY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Wuarterback Geno Smith is using this week's NFL scouting combine to prove that he should be the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft.

INDIANAPOLIS — Texas receiver Marques Goodwin looked more like a sprinter than an Olympic long jumper Sunday.

The 10th-place finisher in the long jump at last summer’s London Olympics posted the fastest 40-yard dash time of the day. He was clocked in 4.27 seconds. West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin and Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope tied for second in 4.34.

That time also matched the fastest time posted by a running back, Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb. Arkansas running back Knile Davis was the next fastest at 4.37.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith helped his case by posting a 4.50, the fastest at his position. Florida State’s E.J. Manuel was second at 4.65.

TEST OF CHARACTER: Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu says it’s not the money he’s chasing. He just wants to play football again.

The former Heisman Trophy finalist and LSU star has been arrested, through drug rehab and spent last season on the sideline after coach Les Miles booted him off the team.

And he’s telling everyone who will listen at this year’s combine that his troubles are behind him and that he’s rededicated himself to the game after spending a year away from it.

BULLDOG FACES QUESTIONS: Alec Ogletree passes the eye test for an NFL linebacker.

All he has to do now is prove he’s worth the risk.

Ogletree has had his share of problems since arriving at Georgia, a list that includes a four-game suspension to start last season for an undisclosed violation of team rules and last weekend’s DUI arrest. When he showed up to take reporters’ questions Saturday, the fourth day of the league’s annual scouting combine, the first five questions were about his past mistakes and whether it will affect his draft stock.

“I don’t really know what it’s going to do, but like I said, I feel bad about it and I’m really sorry about it,” he said.

INJURY CONCERNS: Dee Milliner is waiting until after this week’s NFL scouting combine.

The Alabama alum who is expected to be the first cornerback taken in April’s draft said Sunday that he will have surgery March 12 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He’s expected to need about two months to fully recover.

Though Milliner decided to work out this week, injuries are keeping a handful of others off the field.

The biggest name to be out might be Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, who is waiting till his March Pro Day to start throwing after injuring his shoulder in October.

Another is Duke quarterback Sean Renfree, who tore his right pectoral muscle during the Blue Devils’ bowl game.


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