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Plenty of pressure at the Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine is the ultimate job interview for more than 300 of the top college players. It's an opportunity to prove yourself in front of every NFL head coach, assistant coach, general manager, scout and just about everyone else involved in NFL football operations who descend upon Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Throughout the next week, while all of the prospects are in Indianapolis, current and former Steelers are sharing their thoughts on what their Combine experience was like. Everyone has a different take on it, what they liked, or didn't like, and it definitely gives insight into what the experience is about.

Kordell Stewart

"Almost everyone asked if I would play other positions, but they didn't want to take me away from being a quarterback. At that time my style of quarterbacking wasn't the style as far as mobility. Others wanted to try me at tailback. I didn't want to do it. It was interesting.

"I was one of the fastest guys at the skill positions. I remember throwing the ball as good as Steve McNair. I was thinking I have to show out. It was an experience that brought out my competitive juices. I just wanted to win. I just wanted to be better than everybody out there. It was tedious too.

"Then the interview process. I wanted to prove I belonged in the National Football League. It was a lot of pressure. But I stepped up to the challenge."  A look at Stewart's numbers from the Combine:

Player Info
Name: Kordell Stewart
Position: QB
College: Colorado
Draft Class: 1995
Draft Age: 22.6

Player Dimensions
Height: 73.50 inches
Weight: 212 pounds
BMI: 28.25
Arm Length: 31.50 inches
Hand Size: 9.50 inches

40 Yard Dash: 4.52 seconds
40 Yard (MPH): 18.1 (MPH)
20 Yard Dash: 2.68 seconds
10 Yard Dash: 1.60 seconds
Vertical Leap: 36.0 inches
Broad Jump: 125 inches
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.13 seconds
Four Square: 8.58 seconds

Amos Zereoue

"It's a meat market. It's like no other. You are preparing for a job, they want to see who they are going to select. You have to prepare yourself.

"You run the 40-yard dash, lift weights. They want to see what type of person you are mentally, physically, emotionally. They want to know why they should select you.

"My roommate was Ricky Williams. He was like the rock star coming out. He was never there. It was crazy."

A look at Zereoue's numbers from the Combine:

Player Info
Name: Amos Zereoue
Position: RB
College: West Virginia
Draft Class: 1999
Draft Age: 22.6

Player Dimensions
Height: 67.40 inches
Weight: 203 pounds
BMI: 32.17
Arm Length: 29.75 inches
Hand Size: 9.00 inches
Front Shoulder: 16.0 inches
Back Shoulder: 17.0 inches

40 Yard Dash: 4.53 seconds
40 Yard (MPH): 18.06 (MPH)
20 Yard Dash: 2.60 seconds
10 Yard Dash: 1.57 seconds

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