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NFL Combine: OU's Frank Alexander misses combine drills because of heart condition

OU FOOTBALL — Former University of Oklahoma defensive lineman Frank Alexander said Tuesday on Twitter that he did not get to participate in position drills because he has a previously undetected heart condition.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: February 28, 2012

/articleid/3653112/1/pictures/1653391">Photo - Oklahoma's Frank Alexander talks with media at media day for the Insight bowl at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman <strong>SARAH PHIPPS</strong>
Oklahoma's Frank Alexander talks with media at media day for the Insight bowl at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman SARAH PHIPPS

The Baton Rouge, La., native was one of seven former Sooners in Indianapolis for the showcase event.

Cornerback Jamell Fleming was the only former OU player to participate in Tuesday’s drills for defensive backs. The Arlington, Texas, native had a terrific day. Fleming’s 10.75-second time in the 60-yard shuttle run was the best in years at the Combine, regardless of position. His 3.97-second time in the 20-yard shuttle was tied for fourth among all participants in 2012.

Fleming was also among the top defensive backs in the broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and bench press (23 repetitions). He ran a swift 4.43-second 40-yard dash unofficially, but the official time wound up being a tenth slower.

Regardless, Fleming did a lot Tuesday to enhance his stock. He was already considered a potential second-day pick, perhaps as early as the second round. He could be one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and perhaps the first Sooner off the board.


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