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Notebook: Receivers Jeffery, Fuller have questions to answer

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'You can't think shoulda-woulda-coulda,' Fuller says. (US Presswire)  
'You can't think shoulda-woulda-coulda,' Fuller says. (US Presswire)  

INDIANAPOLIS -- South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery has yet to decide whether he will run the 40 in Indy on Sunday. The Gamecocks' all-time leading receiver did have a positive weigh-in, measuring at 6-2 1/2 and just 216 pounds, down significantly from his 2011 playing weight of 230. It was a positive development for Jeffrey, battling for draft position in a deep position group, as he was rumored to have added significant weight since the end of the season. Jeffrey is currently the No. 5 receiver and No. 47 prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com, and a big weight gain would have been detrimental with LSU's Rueben Randle, Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, Wisconsin's Nick Toon and Arizona's Juron Criner all stacked closely in the second-round range. "I don't really pay attention to any of that. Anybody can write anything on the internet," Jeffrey said of the rumors. Jeffery mentioned former Florida Gator cornerback Janoris Jenkins as the toughest corner he has faced. He managed only 53 yards against the Northern Alabama defensive back last season, his second-lowest single-game total as a sophomore.

  Texas A&M receiver Jeff Fuller set numerous school records as a junior in 2010, but his play leveled off this past season, leaving questions about why didn't he enter the NFL a year ago. But Fuller refuses to think that way.

"You can't think shoulda-woulda-coulda," said Fuller. "Right now I'm just looking forward and looking forward to being on a team and getting the opportunity to get out there and compete."

Fuller battled a hamstring injury and concussion issues this past year, which played a part in his inconsistent senior campaign. And yet another injury will keep him from working out this week in Indianapolis. Fuller suffered a stress fracture in his foot and won't work out until his March 29 pro day, along with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. And speaking of the former Texas A&M quarterback, what does Fuller think of Tannehill?

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"He's the smartest guy I know, incredibly talented."

  Stanford junior guard David DeCastro is the heavy favorite to be the first interior offensive lineman off the board. He said coming out of a pro-style offense has been helpful during his combine interviews with teams.

"You come here and a lot of the terminology is the same," he said. While many prospects have admitted to being stressed out over the entire process, DeCastro is taking it in stride.

"It's easy for me just talking about football, it's who I am," he said. DeCastro has a prototype build for an NFL guard at 6-5, 316 -- and a 20-inch neck, according to teammate Jonathan Martin, a fellow first-round prospect who said DeCastro has trouble finding shirts that fit.

  The second interior offensive lineman drafted figures to be Wisconsin center Peter Konz. Sure, he's a former tackle who's able to run out to the edges from the center position. But what really sets him apart as an elite center prospect? "I'm able to talk to the media."

The affable Konz was one of the last offensive linemen to make it through the room Friday as he got caught up in one of the combine's infamous MRIs. He was happy to finally be out of the medical exams and in the crosshairs of the media.

"My major is radio-television-film. I love it. I love attention!" he said with a laugh. "I don't know. As a kid, my mom would put on Brett Favre interviews and I loved how he didn't talk about, 'We played a great game. We gave 100 percent. We respect the other team.' "I wanted to break that cycle. I wanted to be that guy to say, 'You know what? I've got a personal story. I've got more tied into this game than somebody else might have."

  Patrick Witt went from one of sport's feel-good stories as a Yale quarterback and Rhodes Scholar with an NFL-caliber arm, to defending his character after a New York Times report in January that he had an informal sexual assault complaint filed against him last fall. Witt withdrew his name from consideration for the Rhodes Scholarship, a decision he said was made so he could play against Harvard -- the same day as his Rhodes interview -- and had nothing to do with the assault charge.

"A couple of teams have inquired about that. For the most part, they've done their research, and the more they learn the truth, the more that it's a complete non-issue to them," Witt said. "The 'New York Times' has issued a retraction, claiming that it was unfair reporting and shouldn't have been written. And so I'll let that speak for itself. But once they get an opportunity to meet me, they realize that my integrity is what I say it is, and they understand what kind of guy that I am. Just looking forward to the opportunity to come in and prove to a team my character."

  Florida running back Chris Rainey wasn't shy about his expectations for his 40-yard dash Sunday.

"I'm going for the 4.1. I'm going for the big one," he said.

The fastest 40 time at the Combine since 2000 was Trindon Holliday's 4.21 in 2010. Will the record fall?

"Oh, definitely," said Rainey, who said he fastest 40 to date is 4.23. Quotable: "I love him for that, too. He set the role for all the little people." - Rainey on Saints running back Darren Sproles.

Quotable II: "Honestly, I just said, guys get open. We didn't have any routes. At that time, I just said go get open and I'll find you, and then I'd force it. I only had four seconds to throw the ball. My guys would just run around and I'd gun it in there. We ended up doing pretty well. But then you'd play a team that was really organized and they'd rip you." - Arizona quarterback Nick Foles on playing 7-on-7 football in high school in Texas

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