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Draft Scout Paris Cotton News
03/13/12 - Representatives from 11 NFL teams descended on Mt. Pleasant Monday for Central Michigan football’s Pro Day to evaluate outgoing Chippewas. "It’s pretty big,” said running back Paris Cotton. "It’s the biggest interview of my life. It would be a dream come true to play in the league. I think I did great. I came out and did what I had to do. We’ll see what happens after today.” The event started shortly before 1:30 p.m. at the CMU Indoor Athletic Complex. As it started, CMU soccer assistant coach Ian Carry, perhaps inspired by the presence of NFL scouts, was booting soccer balls through the makeshift field-goal uprights in the turf bay from 45-and 50-yards out. After the scouts compared notes on the first set of measurements, the players moved on to vertical leaps, long jumps and the bench press. Tight end David Blackburn impressed by benching 225 pounds 26 times. Cotton got the biggest cheer from his teammates when he put out 18 repetitions. Cotton also got a big cheer when he checked in at a power-packed 190 pounds, despite only standing 5-foot-6 1/2. Up next was was the drill that is often the most crucial, the 40-yard dash. Cotton and defensive back John Carr both had times of 4.3 seconds. Offensive lineman Rocky Weaver ran an unofficial 4.9 and linebacker Armond Staten ran an unofficial 4.6. - Steve Livingston, The Detroit Free Press