Several highly touted players have announced they will skip parts of the NFL Scouting Combine, but at least one team executive said recently that a willingness to fully take part in drills is something he looks for in a potential prospect.
Smith is far from alone in wanting to see the top prospects put through their paces. During NFL Network's coverage of the combine Saturday, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock addressed some players directly.
"Andrew Luck, come on," Mayock said. "I watched you the last couple years at the Manning Passing Academy; you got nothing to hide. Robert Griffin: I have loved watching you throw the football. You have absolutely nothing to hide. Come out here tomorrow, let it rip; (2011 No. 1 overall pick) Cam Newton did last year, didn't hurt him. Let's have some fun."
Co-host Rich Eisen then invited Mayock to speak to Blackmon.
"Justin, dude," Mayock said. "Let's run, catch, throw, let's have some fun, and when you're done, come on up here and sit with us and we'll talk about your day. How much fun would that be, fellas?"