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Big Ten WRs steal from Tebow's thunder

Posted on: March 18, 2010 1:09 pm
Lost in all the attention heaped upon Tim Tebow's Pro Day were two eye-popping results by Big Ten wide receivers certain to improve their draft stock.

I'd listed Illinois' Arrelious Benn as a faller following the Combine after the 6-1, 219 pound wideout was slower (4.57) and sloppier as a route-runner and pass-catcher than expected.

Yesterday during his Pro Day, however, Benn was "pretty spectacular" according to sources on the scene. Scouts from two separate teams, each thought likely to invest a pick in the 2010 draft on a wideout, clocked the big receiver at 4.36 and 4.39, respectively. They also acknowledged that Benn's footwork in route-running drills was much more fluid and that he caught the ball very well.

Benn is viewed by most clubs as a second round pick.

Benn, however, wasn't the only Big Ten receiver to enjoy a eye-popping workout Wednesday.

Michigan State's Blair White, 6-2, 209 pounds, had already impressed scouts at the Combine with better athletic ability than most gave him credit. He spoke about this issue at the Combine.  "I think one of the main things I've heard is that a lot of people think I'm just a possession receiver at the next level," White said. "It's tough trying to overcome that stereotype, because I think I'm better than that and I disagree. But I just have to go out there and let my performing do the talking for me."

His performance did the talking Wednesday, as he was timed at 4.40 by one scout I spoke to. The scout mentioned "no surprises" among White's route-running and catching -- which is to say he was great. Route-running and sticky hands are two of White's best characteristics.
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