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Bryant still No. 1 WR but questions remain

The decision by Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant not to work out at the combine because of a tweaked hamstring really doesn't hurt Bryant's draft stock at all.

As long as he runs a solid 40-yard dash time -- somewhere in the mid-to-low 4.4-second range -- at his pro day Bryant loses very little by not taking part in combine drills. It might not look from a public relations standpoint given his issues last season with the NCAA, but Bryant is clearly better on the field than any other receiver in this class and that's what matters.

Because he showed up in excellent physical condition at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds teams know he has been working hard and his upside remains intact, so there is no question Bryant remains the No. 1 wideout on our board.

The one caveat here is that some scouts and personnel people we talked to rolled their eyes and grumbled that this had better be a real hamstring injury rather than another example of a guy with some perceived 'diva' issues simply looking to make some noise.

Benn's big chance?

While he won't overtake Bryant on any draft boards, Arrelious Benn of Illinois now has a chance to steal the show with a good workout.

There are questions about Benn's durability and lack of production in 2009, but he is a chiseled 6-1, 210 pounds and a good workout here can move him up some boards and solidify him as the No. 2 receiver in this class.

DT Jones a mystery

Syracuse DT Arthur Jones will not participate in combine workouts and scouts are wondering why. All indications are that he has fully recovered from an MCL injury that cost him the bulk of the 2009 season, and if he is passing simply to wait for an individual pro day workout it's a mistake.

Jones was among our top 32 prospects early in the season and he needs to show teams he is in shape and back to 100 percent, especially given the competition he is facing in one of the deepest defensive tackle classes in the past decade. With big names like Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy slated to take part in workouts Jones is missing a chance to prove he can hang with the best in his class.