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Reed: Walking and talking


(Editor's note: In two years, LSU's Josh Reed went from being a little-used running back to becoming one of the nation's elite wide receivers. In 2001, he caught 94 passes for 1,740 yards and seven touchdowns. He helped lead the Tigers to an SEC title, then had 14 receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns in LSU's Sugar Bowl victory against Illinois. Each week on, Reed will offer his thoughts leading up to the Draft)

First of all, I'm sorry I didn't check in with you last week. My girlfriend's brother died unexpectedly, and I needed to be there for her and her family.

On Friday, March 1, I took an early-morning flight out of Baton Rouge to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. I let the doctors examine me and I talked to every team. But, on my agent's advice, I did not participate in any of the drills - I'll do all of that Thursday in Baton Rouge at LSU's "pro day." Seven of my teammates will also work out.

I got to the combine Friday and started interviewing with the teams. On Saturday, we got our physicals and interviewed with more teams. On Sunday, I sat down and watched some of the other players run their 40s.

The interview process was pretty informal. You just walk around and all the teams are out there, and if they want to talk to you, they just pull you to the side and you just meet.

I enjoyed talking to all the teams. The typical interview would last about 10 minutes. Dick Vermeil, Bill Cowher and Mike Sherman were among the coaches I talked to, and they were really cool.

The physicals on Saturday lasted all day. It started at seven in the morning and went until nine at night. There were a lot of guys there, obviously, and we had to move from one line to another, so that's why it took so long. At least they gave us chairs to sit on.

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