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Thursday, February 24, 2011
McShay's first combine report

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. fame will be delivering a daily report from the NFL combine free of charge. In his first installment, McShay does a nice job of breaking down the entire process.

If you've ever wondered how many representatives from each team are allowed to talk to prospects during formal interviews, take a look at this story. GMs and coaches are beginning to arrive in Indianapolis. I'm told that Giants GM Jerry Reese hopped on a plane this morning.

Every team has its own quirks when it comes to the interview process. I know that some of them bring along a psychologist. Others like to immediately put a player on the board and have them answer questions. I would think that Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett would be most interested in testing players mentally. And I'm sure he'll allow defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to use his gruff style to see how certain players react.

I'm in touch with representatives from all four teams, so I'll try to keep you in the loop on what they're saying. It will be interesting to hear in the coming days how GMs are approaching free agency since we don't know when or even if it will take place.