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Downey deserves shot in NFL

Khiawatha Downey has MS. But he's a legitimate prospect who deserves a shot at the NFL.

Updated: April 27, 2004, 2:37 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Over two days, a first-round marathon that made Rip Van Winkle's fictional deep sleep look more like a cat nap, and 255 selections, NFL franchises rolled the dice on prospects whose medical dossiers included severe knee injuries and assorted broken bones.

Teams invested in a few players whose rap sheets are longer than their stat sheets. They chose prospects of suspect character, of dubious production, players who suffered from the "terrible too's." You know, too short, too fat, too slow. ...

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