Canfield, Kristick look to make combine mark

SEAN CANFIELD

NFL COMBINE WORKOUTS begin on Saturday and two Beavers -- Sean Canfield and Keaton Kristick -- will perform under the close watch of over 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts. If you believe the internet sites and mock drafts out there in cyberspace, both have work to do to improve their NFL stock.

CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com didn't like Sean Canfield 's workouts at the Senior Bowl, saying his performance in Mobile hurt his draft stock. Heading into the combine, they project him to go in the 7th round, and rate him the 13th best quarterback in the draft.

And Keaton Kristick? CBSSports.com has him as their 21st best outside linebacker, projecting him also as a 7th round selection. With Kristick, the biggest concern appears to be his weight -- Kristick is listed by CBSSports.com at 6-3, 226 pounds.

"His size may not translate to the NFL," reads one of their analysis entries. "But he was a special teams standout before moving into the starting lineup as a junior. Maybe Canada is a better fit, with the bigger field and emphasis on quickness among defenders."

Keep an eye on Miami. Bill Parcells, the head of the Dolphins' football operations, coached Kristick's father at Army and is said to have taken an interest in the younger Kristick.

As for Canfield, others are more bullish. Following the Senior Bowl, Chris Steuber of Scout.com sees Canfield coming off the boards in rounds 4-5.

The NFL Network will televise the workouts from Indy. The QB's will be put through their paces on Sunday, Feb. 28. The LB's drill on Monday, March 1.

FOR THOSE LOOKING ahead, CBSsports.com has Stephen Paea as the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect for the 2011 NFL draft.

They also rate James Rodgers as the No. 3 wide receiver. Think they'll say anything critical between now and next February about Rodgers' size? Nah.

IF YOU MISSED IT, Sports Illustrated named their All Two-Star (And Fewer) Team recently. Oregon State placed two on the list.

As has been well documented, OT Mike Remmers came to Oregon State as a skinny walk-on. And all he's done since is to build himself into a starting Pac-10 tackle and the Beavs' best pass blocker in 2009. (A line's best pass blocker, of course, usually plays left tackle, in order to protect the QB's blind side, but Canfield is a lefty.)

The other is the guy rated the third best receiver available in the 2011 Draft -- James Rodgers. While brother Jacquizz Rodgers had suitors aplenty coming out of high school, James had far fewer schools beating a path to his door. All Quon has done in his Oregon State career is make the fly-sweep a part of every Beaver fan's lexicon while also turning himself into a 1,000 yard receiver.

With Remmers a junior-to-be, SI says the Beavs may have another two entries next year, depending on how OG Grant Johnson performs in 2010. Like Remmers, Johnson also arrived at OSU as a walk-on. He started all 13 games up front in 2009.

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