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More than 300 top prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft have been invited to participate at the combine in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This event is a vital step in athletes achieving their NFL dreams. Follow this event on NFL.com and NFL Network.

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Tuesday, Feb. 28
Safety Trenton Robinson was the sixth and final Spartan to test at the NFL Combine as he performed in front of scouts from around the league on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Robinson was one of the top safeties in several testing categories. His 40-yard dash time of 4.52 seconds tied for second fastest at the position, while his broad jump of 125.0 inches (10' 5") and 20-yard shuttle time of 4.15 seconds each tied for fourth best.

For a complete look at how each Spartan tested at the NFL Combine, visit their respective player pages on NFL.com:

Edwin Baker
Kirk Cousins
B.J. Cunningham
Keshawn Martin
Trenton Robinson
Jerel Worthy

For a photo gallery from the NFL Scouting Combine, click here: NFL Combine Photo Gallery.

The next phase leading up to the NFL Draft will be Michigan State's Pro Day on Wednesday, March 14.

The 2012 NFL Draft will be conducted April 26-28 (Thursday, April 26 - first round; Friday, April 27 - second and third rounds; and Saturday, April 28 - fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Monday, Feb. 27
Consensus All-American defensive tackle Jerel Worthy worked out for scouts at the NFL Combine on Monday. Check out how Worthy did on his results page on NFL.com.

Before testing, Worthy met with reporters on Sunday to talk about his career at Michigan State and what he expects at the next level.

Jerel Worthy Interview

In addition, former Spartans and current Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Blair White and cornerback Chris L. Rucker stopped by Lucas Oil Stadium to support their ex-teammates. Hear their interviews in Spartan All-Access.

Blair White & Chris L. Rucker Interview

Sunday, Feb. 26
Running back Edwin Baker, quarterback Kirk Cousins, and wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin performed in front of NFL scouts Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In addition, MSUSpartans.com caught up with Baker and also safety Trenton Robinson, who will test on Tuesday at the NFL Combine.

"Everything that I've done at Michigan State, all the help that the coaches have given me, have put me in good position going into this," said Robinson.

Edwin Baker Interview
Trenton Robinson Interview

In the 40-yard dash, Martin led the way with a time of 4.45 seconds. He also was one of the top performers in the 60-yard shuttle at 11.16 seconds.

Baker recorded a time of 4.53 seconds in the 40, while Cunningham came in at 4.59 seconds and Cousins came in at 4.93 seconds.

For a complete look at the test results on Sunday, visit the respective player pages at NFL.com here:

Edwin Baker
Kirk Cousins
B.J. Cunningham
Keshawn Martin

Saturday, Feb. 25
MSUSpartans.com had a chance to catch up with several media members at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, including Charles Davis and Jim Miller of the NFL Network, Todd McShay of ESPN, Chris Martin of BTN, Rich Gannon of Sirius NFL Radio, and Bill Polian, former Indianapolis Colts President and current Sirius NFL Radio analyst.

Hear what they had to say about each Spartan participant at the NFL Combine and also their thoughts on the state of the Spartan football program under head coach Mark Dantonio.

NFL Draft Experts on:
Edwin Baker
Kirk Cousins
B.J. Cunningham
Keshawn Martin
Trenton Robinson
Jerel Worthy
Spartan Football Program

Friday, Feb. 24
Quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin met with the media on Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Check out video interviews from each player on Spartan All-Access:

Video Kirk Cousins Interview
Video B.J. Cunningham Interview
Video Keshawn Martin Interview

"I believe I have what it takes to become a great player in the NFL," said Cousins, who set nearly every career passing record at Michigan State, including touchdown passes (66) and passing yards (9,131). "It's going to take time to prove that. You have to start somewhere, so I'm excited about the opportunity to be here this weekend to take the next step toward the NFL Draft, and once the draft passes, to take the next to become a great player in this league. It's not going to happen overnight. You have to focus on the next challenge ahead of you, and right now, that's the combine. And I want to maximize the combine."

Thursday, Feb. 23
The NFL Network provides a preview on three Spartans who will be participating in the upcoming NFL Combine.

Video NFL Network Combine Preview

PLAYERS INVITED
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. 40 Bench Vert. Shuttle (20 yd./60 yd.) 3-C Broad J.
Baker
Edwin Baker
RB 5-8 204 4.53 sec. 20 35.0 in. 4.31 sec. 7.27 sec. 111.0 in.
Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB 6-3 214 4.93 sec. - 28.5 in. 4.50 sec. 7.05 sec. 109.0 in.
Cunningham
B.J. Cunningham
WR 6-1 211 4.59 sec. 12 31.5 in. - 7.10 sec. 116.0 in.
Martin
Keshawn Martin
WR 6-0 188 4.45 sec. 13 39.5 in. 4.13 sec./11.16 sec. 6.85 sec. 122.0 in.
Robinson
Trent Robinson
S 5-10 197 4.52 sec. 15 35.0 in. 4.15 sec. - 125.0 in.
Worthy
Jerel Worthy
DT 6-2 308 5.08 sec. - 28.5 in. 4.56 sec. 7.60 sec. 107.0 in.

40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press
The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical jump
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

3 cone drill
The 3 cone drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

Shuttle run
The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodse out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.