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Poole improves 40 time in second workout

4/19/2004

Healthier than he had been three weeks ago for his first "pro day" workout, Southern California cornerback Will Poole on Friday improved his performance and likely his draft status as well, in a repeat audition for NFL scouts.

In front of representatives from 12 teams, Poole was measured at 5-feet-10 1/8 and 193 pounds. That is nine pounds heavier than he weighed on March 24, when he participated in a workout despite having battled a stomach virus for 10 days. At the combine, Poole was 194 pounds, so he is nearly back to his normal playing weight.

Poole was clocked at as fast as 4.50 in the 40 by one club and the consensus time was 4.54-4.55. He had a 33 ½-inch vertical jump, 10-feet long jump, a 4.03 time in the short shuttle and 6.60 clocking in the three-cone drill.

By comparison, Poole ran a pedestrian 4.65 time in the 40 three weeks ago, went only 28 ½ inches in the vertical jump, 9-feet, 7-inches in the long jump, 4.28 in the short shuttle and 7.06 in the three-cone drill.

That workout dramatically dropped Poole, who was regarded as a first-round prospect at the combine, into the second or third round on some team's draft boards. The Friday performance, however, should help rehabilitate his status somewhat and cast Poole in a much more favorable light.

Two scouts in attendance opined that Poole still isn't 100 percent yet, and noted that he will continue to improve his speed and strength in the next few weeks. "A pretty nice job," allowed one AFC scout.

After DeAngelo Hall of Virginia Tech and South Carolina's Dunta Robinson, viewed as having separated themselves from the other cornerback prospects, the rankings at the position differ significantly between teams ESPN.com has surveyed.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.