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Draft diary: Chris Chambers

Editor's Note: Chris Chambers is getting ready for the draft. A highly regarded prospect from the University of Wisconsin, the 6-foot-1, 206-pound wide receiver led the Badgers with 51 receptions for 804 yards in 2000. This is the third installment of a regular diary that Chambers will write for NFL.com leading up to the NFL Draft that takes place April 21-22.

(March 7, 2001) - Well, I worked out for the NFL scouts today and I am pretty happy with the results.

I had a hard time sleeping last night. I was tossing and turning this morning from about 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. I woke up and ate a light breakfast (Lucky Charms).

I guess I was a little anxious for the workout because I had a hard time keeping it down. My roommates were eating a huge breakfast with bacon, eggs, and waffles. Normally, I would have joined in on the feast, but not today. I went over to the McLain Center at around 11:30 a.m. and most of the NFL people were already there. Since most of our draft-eligible players were working out, we had a really good turnout from the NFL teams.

We got started by measuring our height and weight. I weighed in at 206 pounds, which was four-to-six pounds lighter than normal. Then, we went to our indoor turf field and warmed up for a while. The first drill that we did was the 40-yard dash and I was ready to go.

This was the first time that I would be running for the NFL teams since I didn't run at the combine, and I was excited to show what I could do. All the NFL personnel lined up at the 10, 20, or 40 yard lines to watch and time us. I ran twice and felt like I ran really well.

Afterward, I heard times ranging anywhere from 4.27 to 4.39 seconds. I was happy about the times, even though I had been running them consistently in practice. Primarily, I was just relieved that I performed when I was put on the spot.

Next, we ran the short shuttle, long shuttle and L-drill. My times for these events were 4.07, 10.93, and 6.46, respectively. After I ran the L-drill, a lot of the people watching (the NFL people and my teammates) were kind of screaming and high-fiving me.

I didn't realize it at the time, but I guess my time of 6.46 was the fastest time that the NFL people had ever seen. Obviously, that made me feel great. I have to thank my teammate, Eddie Faulkner, for that. I was pretty happy with my first run, but then Eddie went out and beat my time.

Of course, I wanted to beat Eddie so I worked a little harder on my second run and posted the 6.46. I always felt that I would perform well, but to set an unofficial record was pretty special. I also have to give thanks to our strength and conditioning staff here, especially John Dettmann and Brian Bott, and also the trainers at UPMC. All of these people helped me prepare for the drills extremely well.

I didn't do the vertical and broad jump today because I had already done both at the combine and was happy with the results. So next, I went with the other skill-position guys (Michael Bennett, Eddie Faulkner, Matt Unertl, and our tight end, John Sigmund) to the other end of the field and ran routes and caught balls.

Our grad assistant and former quarterback, Scott Cavanaugh, threw to us and he threw a lot of great balls. I caught all the balls that were thrown to me and felt good running the routes. We ran a variety of routes, primarily short and middle-range.

Some of the NFL people complimented me on my performance and a couple gave me their business cards. And that was the last thing we did. I did an interview with the local media and headed home.

Overall, I am really happy with the workout. I think I did well because I had prepared extremely hard and because it was at my home practice facility here in Madison. That makes a big difference. This was really my last workout prior to the draft.

The next thing will be visits to NFL team offices, if I am invited, which I think takes place during the first couple of weeks of April. Until then, I am going to continue to workout and most importantly, stay healthy.

Thanks again for checking out my diary. I'll write again soon to keep you posted on what's going on.

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