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Monday, February 28, 2011
Akeem Ayers slow at the NFL combine

By Blair Angulo

Former UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers might have some work to do.

Ayers, working out as "Linebacker 1" at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, was unofficially timed at 4.80 and 4.83 in his two 40-yard dash runs Monday. In comparison, Texas A&M's Von Miller, the top outside linebacker in Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft, ran a 4.53.

Ayers has not cracked the top five in any of the linebacker workouts, either. He will surely look to improve on those at UCLA's Pro Day.

He was No. 13 overall in Kiper's first mock draft, then slipped to No. 21 in Kiper's pre-combine projections.