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Northwest talent heads to Indy

Pasco High graduate Anthony Davis, who played linebacker in the NFL for theSeattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and BaltimoreRavens, once told me that he felt like a piece of meat at the NFL Combine.

And why not? NFL scouts, trainers and doctors are checking and testing everysquare inch of your body.

It can be demeaning, but for the NFL, it's still the best way to determinewhich players to draft.

This week in Indianapolis, it's time for another combine, and there areplenty of Northwest players there being tested.

First and foremost is Central Washington University quarterback MichaelReilly, who played quarterback at Kamiakin up through his junior year beforetransferring to Flathead Lake, Mont.

According to, here is the take on Reilly: "The 2008 GreatNorthwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year wooed scouts toCWU with his size, athleticism and outstanding production. He completed 64percent of his passes over his four years as a starter for 12,448 yards, 118touchdowns and only 40 interceptions. Still, he has some questions to answerabout his arm strength and the level of competition he faced before beingmore than a late-round pick or priority free agent."

Reilly's CWU teammate, tight end Jared Bronson, is also attending thecombine.

From Washington State, wide receiver Brandon Gibson is attending.

From Washington, center Juan Garcia, who prepped at Eisenhower in Yakima, isthere.

Also attending from Oregon State: defensive end Victor Butler, cornerbackBrandon Hughes, offensive lineman Andy Levitre, cornerback Keenan Lewis andwide receiver Sammie Stroughter.

Attending from Oregon: cornerback Jairus Byrd, strong safety Patrick Chung,defensive tackle Ra'Shon Harris, running back Jeremiah Johnson, offensivetackle Fenuki Tupou, offensive lineman Max Unger and wide receiver JaisonWilliams.

From Idaho, fullback Eddie Williams is attending. (Sidenote: Interestingthat T.J. Conley, the All-American punter from DeSales, is not attending).

From Boise State: wide receiver Jeremy Child and running back Ian Johnson.