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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Stephen McGee lights up NFL combine workouts

By staff

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman has told anybody who would listen the last few months that he thought Stephen McGee had the right stuff to play quarterback in the NFL.

Most thought it was just a way for Sherman to put a feel-good spin for his senior who lost his starting spot due to injury and then didn't complain after Jerrod Johnson assumed the No. 1 job.

But McGee's performance at last weekend's NFL combine shows that he still might fulfill his college coach's prophecy after all.

McGee blazed a 4.66 time in the 40-yard dash, second behind only West Virginia's Pat White, at his position. He also was tied for third among quarterbacks with a 33-inch vertical leap and ranked fourth among quarterbacks with a broad jump of 9 feet 4 inches. Those numbers should indicate that somebody will give McGee a shot based on pure athleticism when draft day rolls around.

The workouts of Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree (stress fracture of left foot) and Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hyper-extended left knee) curtailed their workouts. Both players were expected to be first-round picks before the combine. It will be interesting to see if their status is affected by their injuries.

Other notable performances by former Big 12 players at the combine included:

Some Big 12 players will work for scouts as their respective school's pro days. I'll have a list of those dates later today.