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Cobbs could slide in draft, excel in NFL

Several prospects are out to prove that not all solid NFL contributors are first-round draft picks.

Updated: April 13, 2004, 12:34 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It is viewed in some precincts as a loser's lament, an empty-rhetoric rationalization, hackneyed words meant to soften the landing when a player's draft stock plummets and a projected first-rounder finds himself staring up at a long litany of other names.

You know the routine. A much-hyped player goes to the combine workouts in February, runs a pedestrian 40-yard time and, even before the scouts clicked off their stopwatches, the prospect is offering a concession speech that goes something ...

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