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After three days of watching the prospects parade in front of us and handle their business,  I have to say I've come away very impressed with the way the top guys carry themselves. Of course, there's a lot more to football than that, most obviously the physical element, but I'm quite certain that Alan Branch, for example, wouldn't be considered a top-10 pick if he couldn't get it done between the white lines.

To a man, nearly all of the kids that we've projected to be the first off the board acquitted themselves extremely well, specifically Branch, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Brady Quinn, JaMarcus Russell and Joe Thomas. Generally, it was tough not to be impressed with their maturity, charisma and comfort in their own skin. Even Russell, who was clearly less comfortable than the others in the spotlight, drew arguably the biggest laugh of the week when asked how big he was when he started playing football at the age of 6. He pointed to a below-average sized reporter to the side of the podium. 

It's clearly not the most important factor in determining your pick, but given the size of the investment at that level, it certainly doesn't hurt.  

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