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Saturday, February 25, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Combine Notes: EWU's Meyer a snap away

Seattle Times staff reporter

INDIANAPOLIS — Not everyone has heard of every draft prospect at the NFL scouting combine, and Erik Meyer certainly qualifies as an under-the-radar guy.

He played his college football in Cheney, which might as well be Outer Mongolia to many folks in the Midwest for the combine this week.

But Meyer is here, one of 25 quarterback draft hopefuls invited to participate in this showcase of college talent. And the former Eastern Washington Eagle is reveling in it.

"I'm excited to go against the best guys in the nation, to be throwing with them and throwing against them," Meyer said. "I'm just a competitor, and I love to be here."

Meyer has earned his place among the invitees. Meyer, the sixth Eastern Washington player to be invited to the combine in the past four years, passed for 4,003 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior in 2005 and had 10,261 yards and 84 TD passes in his career.

Eastern offensive tackle Michael Roos was drafted in the second round last year, the highest pick ever from EWU.

Meyer won the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in Division I-AA. Now, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of southern California is hoping to parlay the accolades into a pro career.

He has spurned offers to sign with major-league baseball clubs — Meyer was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school and twice by the San Francisco Giants in college, even though he didn't play baseball at EWU — and is pinning his future on football. At least for the time being.

Projected as a seventh-round pick with a chance to increase that stock before the draft, Meyer is hoping scouts see something in him that many didn't see while he was in obscurity in the Northwest.

"You think about that a little bit, but scouts are going to find the good players," Meyer said. "After watching Michael Roos be drafted in the second round last year, it just gave guys like me and some other guys on the team a lot of excitement that there are people looking at the Division I-AA level and guys are getting opportunities."

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Meadow-land

Robin Meadow, former Washington offensive tackle, is at the combine trying to increase his draft projection.

Meadow, at best, is seen as a seventh-round prospect.

Meadow, who measured 6 feet 5 and 324 pounds, sees the combine as more of competition against himself than against the other offensive linemen taking part in workouts and testing.

"What you do over there [against the other players] isn't going to make a world of difference," Meadow said.

Notes

• More contract talks between the Seahawks and RB Shaun Alexander's agents are expected today.

• Seahawks special-teams coach Bob Casullo will return next season.

• The Seahawks' first minicamp of the offseason won't take place until the week after the draft, which would be early in May. The team has held practices in early April in the past. Dates for the minicamp and the start of the team's offseason workout program — which will start in March — will be set in the coming weeks.

• Former WSU running back Jerome Harrison and former UW defensive tackle Manase Hopoi will be represented by the northern California-based Octagon sports agency, whose football division co-director is Mike Sullivan. Sullivan represents two Seahawks, running back Maurice Morris and cornerback Marcus Trufant.

• Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban started his combine news conference Friday by needling reporters, saying that he walked out of the commissioner's luncheon early "out of respect for the great job you do."

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