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Short was a steady presence on Purdue's defensive line for four years, a member of one of the All-Big Ten teams for three seasons and a captain for the Boilermakers twice. It all may lead to a first-round selection in the NFL draft for Short, who finished his collegiate career with 186 tackles, 19 1/2 sacks and 17 passes defensed with his long arms. That kind of production and experience will appeal to many NFL teams, as will his impressive combination of size, strength and quickness. That's not to say Short is completely without concerns. He wasn't able to work out at the NFL combine due to a hamstring injury, and some scouts have asked questions about his consistency and conditioning. Those seem like correctable problems, though, and Short says he's already become leaner over the last few months. "I feel more versatile now," he said. "Conditioning is way better than what it used to be. I can play a lot more, I can run a lot more." If that's true, it should help him penetrate into backfields and disrupt offenses immediately in the NFL. Short's physical tools give him the look of a fairly safe prospect, and if he's not selected late in the first round, he should certainly be gone by the end of the second.