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Cook has good showing at NFL combine

** RETRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED QUALITY ** South Carolina receiver Jared Cook high jumps at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
** RETRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED QUALITY ** South Carolina receiver Jared Cook high jumps at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) AP

It’s a beautiful cloudless day at the new ballpark. The Gamecocks are winning 10-0, the stands are packed (except, oddly, some of the club seats behind home plate), and a bunch of kids are bouncing off one of those inflatable jumping pits.

But this is a football blog – and it’s been a pretty good weekend for a couple of former Gamecocks at the NFL combine in Indy.

Remember when Steve Spurrier compared TE Jared Cook to former Ga. Tech WR and Detroit Lions first-rounder Calvin Johnson a couple years ago when Cook ran a 4.35 40 at USC?

Well, Cook could put himself in some first-round discussions by weekend’s end. He has the best result among tight ends in three of the tests – the 40 (4.50), the broad jump (10 feet, 3 inches) and the vertical (41 inches – five inches better than the next-best tight end).

The word ‘beast’ comes to mind.

Offensive lineman Jamon Meredith has had a good showing, too. Meredith’s 5.03 clocking in the 40 is second among O-linemen, while his 23 reps in the pro bench (225 pounds) are tied for eighth.

WR Kenny McKinley is scheduled to begin testing Sunday.

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