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Sunday Combine Storylines

The skill position players hit the field at Lucas Oil Field on Sunday. Here's a brief look at some of day's big storylines.

Who will stake their claim as fastest prospect? - While the fastest 40-yard dash time could come from someone in the defensive secondary (Miami (FL)'s DeMarcus Van Dyke is expected to put up a top score), the wide receivers and running backs should showcase their speed. Some of the top candidates to print past the field are Kentucky running back Derrick Locke, Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith and Troy wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan.

Will Cam Newton throw and impress? - After declaring himself as an "entertainer and icon," the eyes will be on Newton's quarterback ability. Some believe that Newton is making a bid to be the top overall pick in the draft, and if he really impresses he will have a chance to make a move on the current top-rated quarterback, Missouri's Blaine Gabbert, who will not throw Sunday.

Which quarterback will make a move? - There's plenty of jockeying for position in the quarterback crop after Gabbert and Newton. Washington's Jake Locker, Arkansas' Ryan Mallett, Florida State's Christian Ponder, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and TCU's Andy Dalton are all in the mix to fill in the slots after the top two. Whose competitive juices will propel them up the board?

Jockeying at wide receiver - A.J. Green (Georgia) and Julio Jones (Alabama) are the consensus top two wide receivers, with Green firmly at the top, but there's plenty of room for maneuvering after them. Boise State's Titus Young was impressive at the Senior Bowl, Pittsburgh's Jonathan Baldwin, Maryland's Smith and Miami (FL)'s Leonard Hankerson are all in the mix in the late first round. There will also be plenty of opportunity for small-school players like Abiline Christian's Edmund Gates and Troy's Jernigan to make an impression.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:33 a.m., February 27

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