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Brown RB feels good after individual workout for scoutsPosted: Wednesday March 13, 2002 1:54 PM
Mike Malan will work out for the Colts on Friday at Brown University. This is the third in a series as CNNSI.com follows his quest for a chance to play in the NFL.
By B.Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
The waiting is over for Mike Malan -- at least for now.
On Monday night, Malan admits all he could think about was what lay ahead the following day. While trying to sleep on the eve of his individual workout, Malan says, "At first, it was all I could think about. It took me about a half-hour to fall asleep."
Malan showcased his skills Tuesday at Olney-Margolies Athletic Center on the Brown University campus for three NFL teams -- Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots -- and came away with a good impression, though not totally satisfied.
"I was incredibly anxious and nervous," Malan admits. "It's what I've been working out for and thinking about for the past few years.
"I did have a lot of anxiety heading in, but I think it turned out pretty well."
The final totals for Malan's personal Scouting Combine:
"I think I did pretty well," says Malan. "I didn't run the 40 as fast as I would have liked, but I think I can shave about five-hundreths off that time. I was tense, so hopefully I can improve.
"I hadn't timed myself in the 40 for many weeks; I've been doing sprint work of more than 40 yards."
The Washington Redskins were slated to be in attendance, but a schedule conflict prevented the team's participation.
Malan will work out Friday for the Indianapolis Colts, then participate in the prospect workouts March 23 at the University of Rhode Island.
"I now know what to expect," says Malan. "I think I can improve my 40, and I think I can do more [bench press] reps."
After the workout, in which Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson played quarterback, Malan says Anderson "seemed positive."
"I think everyone was pretty impressed," he says. "I really wanted to run a better 40, but I think I impressed [the scouts] with what I did overall, especially my pass-catching."
Malan admits his goal is not to merely be invited to an NFL training camp. He wants his name called during draft weekend April 20-21. "That's the goal," he says. "It's what I'm working toward."
And now, the waiting begins again.
"I just have to relax more Friday," says Malan.