Fitzgerald holding steady; others moving up

Larry Fitzgerald did enough in his individual workout to remain in the top three overall, while others are moving steadily up the first round order.

Originally Published: March 22, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
WORKOUT REPORT | March 22, 2004

The competition for the top spot among wide receivers in the 2004 draft began in earnest Monday as Pittsburgh sophomore Larry Fitzgerald held an on-campus workout for the pro scouts.

Larry Fitzgerald
We all knew Larry Fitzgerald could go after the ball, and now we know how fast he is.
Perhaps the only question about Fitzgerald was his speed, and he did enough during his workout to maintain his spot at the top of the draft board. Running on artificial turf at Pitt's indoor practice facility, Fitzgerald ran an average 40 time of 4.50. That translates to about 4.56 on grass but is still fast enough to keep him from falling.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.