It was a tremendous day in Lucas Oil Stadium as just 17 of the defensive linemen who ran the forty failed to get under the five second barrier. Better than that, just about all the prospects showed themselves to be terrific athletes. Here’s the breakdown.
|DT||Ladi Ajiboye||South Carolina||5.33||5.28|
|DT||Marvin Austin||North Carolina||4.83||4.89|
|DE||Chris Carter||Fresno State||4.65||4.67|
|DE||Ugo Chinasa||Oklahoma State||4.74||4.69|
|DT||John Graves||Virginia Tech||5.13||5.14|
|DT||Lawrence Guy||Arizona State||4.92||5.04|
|DE||Cameron Heyward||Ohio State||Inj||Inj|
|DE||Cliff Matthews||South Carolina||4.81||4.75|
|DT||Terrell McClain||South Florida||4.98||4.98|
|DE||Pernell McPhee||Mississippi State||4.99||4.91|
|DE||Bruce Miller||Central Florida||4.76||4.79|
|DT||Chris Neild||West Virginia||5.09||5.13|
|DT||Stephen Paea||Oregon State||Inj||Inj|
|DE||Robert Quinn||North Carolina||4.68||4.59|
|DT||Cedric Thornton||Southern Arkansas||5.16||5.15|
|DE||Markus White||Florida State||4.84||4.87|
|DT||Colby Whitlock||Texas Tech||5.19||5.22|
|DT||Ian Williams||Notre Dame||5.13||5.22|
|DE||Ryan Winterswyk||Boise State||4.94||4.88|
Sam Acho/Texas: Looked incredibly athletic, moving well around the field and showing a large degree of quickness. Very effective in reverse.
Ladi Ajiboye/South Carolina: Moved exceptionally well for a big man. Showed a burst and good change of direction. No punch with his hands.
Marvin Austin/North Carolina: Looked athletic and powerful. Terrific punch in the bag drills. Was off balance part of the time.
Allen Bailey/Miami: Showed good footwork, moved well and powerful hand punch.
Brandon Bair/Oregon: Looked slow, lacked overall quickness and struggled changing direction.
Christian Ballard/Iowa: Quick footed, displayed a good change of direction and decent hand punch.
Jeremy Beal/Oklahoma: Practiced faster than he timed and showed a small burst. Looked good in linebacker drills.
Chris Carter/Fresno State: Looked very athletic, fast and quick. Showed an explosive burst. No punch with his hands in bag drills.
Jurrell Casey/USC: Looked sluggish, was slow changing direction and gathered himself into his movements.
Ugo Chinasa/Oklahoma State: Quick footed, showed nice punch and looked athletic. Does have a tendency to get tall as the drill continues.
Adrian Clayborn/Iowa: A bit off balance but looked much quicker and faster in drills compared to his forty time. Showed punch in the bag drills. Another that needs to bend his knees better.
Wayne Daniels/TCU: Moved well but was off balance and looked very average.
Marcell Dareus/Alabama: Exceptional. Looked athletic, quick and powerful. Knocked the guys holding the bags off their feet with his violent punch. A lot to like.
DeMarcus Dobbs/Georgia: Surprisingly good. Moved well about the field, showed a solid change of direction and quick.
Ricky Elmore/Arizona: Worked hard and fluid. No punch at all in the bag drills.
Nick Fairley: Looked quick, explosive and very athletic. Did the bag drills despite his shoulder and looked solid. Terrific movement skills.
Sione Fua/Stanford: Looked good in all aspects. Moved well around the field, showed a solid change of direction and terrific power in the bag drills.
John Graves/Virginia Tech: Moved well but overall a marginal session.
Lawrence Guy/Arizona State: Looked heavy, struggled moving around the field and was nothing more than average.
Cameron Jordan/California: Surprisingly unimpressive in drills. Seemed tentative, gathered himself and non-explosive.
Ryan Kerrigan/Purdue: Looked athletic in all aspects. Quick and fluid changing direction, showed a nice pedal in reverse and covered a lot of area on the field. Really good in defensive line drills and good in linebacker drills.
Corey Liguet/Illinois: Moved well and fluid. Had a burst. Solid but not spectacular and not first round material.
Cliff Matthews/South Carolina: Practiced faster than he timed. Showed quick feet, good overall explosion and movement skills. Struggled in linebacker drills.
Terrell McClain/South Florida: Worked hard but struggled changing direction. Lots of stop and go.
Pernell McPhee/Mississippi State: Off balance much of the session, played very tall and seemed tentative. Average change of direction. Struggled at linebacker.
Bruce Miller/Central Florida: Looked ordinary. Lacks a quick change of direction, showed average foot quickness and slow in linebacker drills.
Dontay Moch/Nevada: Fluid, was light on his feet and explosive in every direction. Tremendous change of direction and a great burst. Slow to react and take direction in linebacker drills.
Chris Neild/West Virginia: Moved relatively well and worked very hard.
Drake Nevis/LSU: Surprisingly uninspired. Had average movement skills, change of direction and no punch in bag drills.
Cheta Ozougwu/Rice: Very athletic, quick and explosive. Looked terrific in linebacker drills. Fluid in his hips, backpedal and had a burst.
Martin Parker/Richmond: Worked hard but struggled changing direction and showed slow footwork.
Jerrell Powe/Mississippi: Moved relatively well but straight-linish and can’t change direction without almost coming to a complete halt.
Robert Quinn/North Carolina: In a word- magnificent. Looks like he has not been away. Fluid, smooth and athletic. Moved with speed in every direction and very explosive.
Brooks Reed/Arizona: Reed was sharp yet not spectacular in drills. He looked very athletic showing quick feet, an explosive nature and good hand punch. He did struggle in linebacker drills showing poor hips and balance. One thing about this guy, he plays like his hair is on fire.
Sealver Siliga/Utah: Did not run the forty but took part in the drills. Moved relatively well and showed good hand punch yet is a straight line defender that struggles changing direction without losing a ton of momentum.
Aldon Smith/Missouri: Smith practiced faster than his forty time, was dynamic moving around the field and looked terrific in linebacker drills.
Phil Taylor/Baylor: Showed solid athleticism in drills, fluid movement skills and terrific hand punch. Did struggle changing direction.
JJ Watt/Wisconsin: Watt looked incredibly athletic and moved about the field well, all the time bending his knees and playing low to the ground. He was quick changing direction and showed big hand punch. His closing burst was rather ordinary.
Cedric Thornton/Southern Arkansas: Showed some quickness and agility yet for the most part had an average change of direction and was constantly off balance.
Markus White/Florida State: Looked very average in all aspects. Was off balance, not especially quick changing direction and showed average foot quickness.
Colby Whitlock/Texas Tech: Moved better than expected yet still showed himself to be a limited athlete.
Muhammad Wilkerson/Temple: Very athletic and quick. Agile, moved well in all directions and a solid change of direction. Poor hand punch, which was surprising.
Ian Williams/Notre Dame: Small area prospect that lacks the ability to quickly change direction and had no burst.
Ryan Winterswyk/Boise State: Quick footed lineman. Worked hard and displayed solid hand punch.
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Update 2 PM EST – Defensive line workouts…
- The second group of defensive linemen were just as impressive in the late morning of the combine.
Arizona’s Brooks Reed and Pittsburgh’s Jabaal Sheard both ran in the low 4.6 area during both of their 40-yard dash timing, while North Carolina’s Robert Quinn was not far behind. Nevada’s Dontay Moch was expected and did time the fastest with a 4.47. Missouri’s Aldon Smith also ran well.
In drills Temple’s Muhammad Wilkerson looked athletic. Several of the linemen went through linebacker drills with Quinn, Smith and Cheta Ozougwu looking outstanding.
11 AM EST
- It was a fast group of defensive linemen this morning as all but a handful got under five seconds in the fort-yard dash. Two, Sam Acho and Chris Carter, registered below 4.7 seconds. Christian Ballard, Ryan Kerrigan and Cam Jordan were all in the mid to high 4.7 area. Adrian Clayborn was slightly dissapointing with a 4.8-second effort.
- In drills Kerrigan, Acho and Sione Fua looked terrific. Jeremy Beal, who barely broke 5.2 seconds in the 40, looked solid in drills.
- California defensive end Cameron Jordan appeared a bit tight and tentative.
9 AM EST
- Despite not breaking 4.5 seconds in the forty-yard dash yesterday, scouts are incredibly high on Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas. Many said yesterday his combination of size, route running skills and hands could push Salas into the second round.
- Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen will not work out today due to a minor leg issue. Allen will workout at the Nebraska pro-day. hulih
It was an eventful day for the signal callers on the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium today. Several quarterbacks put in top-notch performances and really turned heads. The good most certainly overshadowed the few poor performances. Here’s the breakdown.
|QB||Ryan Colburn||Fresno State||5.24||5.19|
|QB||Jerrod Johnson||Texas A&M||4.75||4.82|
|QB||Christian Ponder||Florida State||4.68||4.69|
|QB||Tyrod Taylor||Virginia Tech||4.54||4.50|
|QB||Jeff Van Camp||Florida Atlantic||4.81||4.81|
|QB||TJ Yates||North Carolina||5.05||4.98|
Ryan Colburn/Fresno State – He showed a marginal arm, threw poor outs and the deep passes floated.
Andy Dalton/TCU – Displayed good timing and accuracy in short area throws and between the numbers. He struggled to throw the outs and deep throws were erratic.
Pat Devlin/Delaware – A short delivery contributed to a lack of velocity, and he overthrew a long ball.
Nathan Enderle/Idaho – He showed great speed on all of his throws. He was relatively accurate but struggled to hit receivers down the field.
Jerrod Johnson/Texas A&M – All over the place with his throws. Receivers were constantly waiting on the ball. Deep passes floated. Pass catchers were constantly waiting for his throws.
Colin Kaepernick/Nevada – Inconsistent. He threw some terrific deep outs yet was all over the place in the short and intermediate field as he sprayed his passes. He seemed to have a much slower delivery than was seen at the Senior Bowl.
Jake Locker/Washington – Significantly improved over his Senior Bowl performance. He was relatively accurate while hitting receivers in stride and rarely had pass catchers adjusting to the football.
Ryan Mallett/Arkansas – Tremendous performance. He showed speed and power with all of his passes and threw with pinpoint accuracy in all areas of the field.
Cam Newton/Auburn – An impressive looking athlete with a major league arm. He made a few nice throws yet showed poor timing for the most part. The majority of his passes sailed over his intended target.
Christian Ponder/Florida State – He showed good speed on his throws, terrific timing and was very accurate. He put zip on the outs and throw the deep out well.
Josh Portis/California (PA) – He displayed good speed on throws with a large degree of accuracy.
Ricky Stanzi/Iowa – He was inconsistent most of the day. He does have a nice delivery and threw some solid passes down the field.
Tyrod Taylor/Virginia Tech – He has a nice delivery. He was inaccurate and inconsistent with his throws for the most part.
Scott Tolzien/Wisconsin – He shows a quick release, his short throws had speed and he put air under deep passes.
Jeff Van Camp/Florida Atlantic – He appeared to be a timing and touch passes that accurate short and between the numbers. Does not show any type of strength in his arm.
T.J. Yates/North Carolina – A timing and touch passer. He doesn’t have a big arm, yet he was accurate down the field.