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Monday, February 23, 2009
Interesting day for AFC West scouts

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

There were some events at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Monday that AFC West teams had a keen eye on.

Southern California inside linebacker Rey Maualuga and Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo both suffered hamstring injuries during their workouts.

Both of the players will likely be closely scouted in the division. Orakpo is a candidate to be drafted by Denver (which has the No. 12 pick). Maualuga could draw interest from both the Broncos and the Chargers, who have the No. 16 pick.

While the injuries were unfortunate and untimely, unless there is a major setback, neither injury should affect the player's draft status. But teams scouting Orakpo and Maualuga may have to rely on film more than in-person scouting.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs had to take notice of Aaron Curry's strong workout Monday. The Wake Forest linebacker is considered the best defensive prospect in the draft. The Chiefs will likely seriously consider taking Curry with the No. 3 pick. Monday's performance couldn't have hurt Curry's chances of landing in Kansas City.