2018 SCOUTING COMBINE DAY 3 TESTING RECAP
Today the defensive linemen and linebackers took the field. It was a fun day if you like watching big boys who can run and explosion pass rush drills.
NEWS AND NOTES
- During the 40-yard dash, Delaware defensive tackle Bilal Nichols tweaked his hamstring and did not do anything else.
- UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin posted the fastest linebacker 40-yard dash on record with a 4.38 time. Everyone knows the story and he is a heck of a player. We do wonder why the descripancy in times and if there is any chance the first run was a little fast? If you watch film he can certainly run but we estimated 4.50 on film, which is much closer to his second time and would make more sense. Either way, we are happy for Shaquem and believe he will prove people like Mike Farrell of Rivals.com wrong and make it in the NFL.
Here are the highlights from the linemen and linebackers.
A few players really stood out and helped their stock.
DE ADE ARUNA, TULANE
Aruna looks the part at 6’5, 262 pounds and his testing should move him from a borderline draft pick to a possible 6th or 7th round pick. He ran a 4.6 40, had a 38 ½ inch vertical, 10’8 broad jump, 7.53 3-cone, 4.48 short shuttle, and 18 bench reps.
DT TAVEN BRYAN, FLORIDA
Bryan looked good in drills and did very well testing with a 5.0 range 40, 35 inch vertical, 30 bench reps, 9’110 broad jump, 7.12 3-cone, and 4.48 short shuttle at 6’5, 291 pounds. He could go in the top 40 picks.
DE BRADLEY CHUBB, NC STATE
Chubb probably can’t go much higher than he already was but at 269 pounds he ran in the 4.6s, had a 36 inch vertical, 7.37 3-cone, and 4.41 short shuttle. He should be a top 5 pick.
DT BJ HILL, NC STATE
His stock began to rise at the Senior Bowl and this workout may have put him in the second or third round. Hill ran a 5.0 40 at 6’3, 311 pounds with a 26 ½ inch vertical, 35 bench reps, 4.53 short shuttle, and 7.28 3-cone.
DT DA’RON PAYNE, ALABAMA
For a big man Payne is a freak at 6’3, 311 pounds he ran a 4.9 40, had a 28 ½ inch vertical, 27 bench reps, and 7.58 3-cone. He also had a 4.71 short shuttle. Payne is athletic for his size and should be a top 10 pick.
DT HARRISON PHILLIPS, STANFORD
Phillips had a solid workout but what stood out most was his 42 bench reps. Great strength.
DT NATHAN SHEPHERD, FORT HAYS STATE
When you look for the prototype tackle you should look no further than Shepherd. At 6’4, 315 pounds he ran a 5.10 40, 31 inch vertical, 7.50 3-cone, and 4.53 short shuttle. He has the ideal body with no fat, great strength, and he moves well. He could go in the top 75 picks.
Nobody really hurt themselves but one player did not impress like he needed.
DT TIM SETTLE, VIRGINIA TECH
Settle tripped over bags in drills, looked stiff, and just had average numbers. At 329 pounds he ran around a 5.40 40 with a 23 ½ inch vertical, and did not bench press. He is a true nose tackle who did not really help himself and who may not rise above the 4th round. That would be disappointing if he doesn’t because he was marked as a potential top 20 pick coming out of high school.
There were some very impressive workouts here. Below are the highlights.
DE JOSH SWEAT, FLORIDA STATE
Sweat had a fantastic workout with a 4.53 40, 39 ½ vertical, 10’4 broad jump, and 4.28 short shuttle at 6’4, 251 pounds. He can turn the corner and close on the quarterback as well as displaying a quick first step. He could have helped himself by a full round.
DE HAROLD LANDRY, BOSTON COLLEGE
Landry is a little undersized at 6’3, 252 pounds but he can fly with a 4.64 40 and showed strength with 24 bench reps. He was explosive and showed the ability to get around the edge very well in drills. His 36 inch vertical, 6.88 3-cone (tied for first), and 4.19 short shuttle are highly impressive. He should go in round one.
DE PETER KALAMBAYI, STANFORD
When you look for a late round developmental prospect with ability who needs coaching there is not going to be a better one than Kalambayi. He ran a 4.57 40 at 6’3, 252 pounds and has great length with 33 ½ inch arms. He also had a 34 inch vertical, 7.13 3-cone, and 4.36 short shuttle.
DE DARIUS JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE STATE
Small schoolers must jump out and Jackson failed to do so. He ran a 4.87 40, had a 7.52 3-cone, and his jumps were not good with just a 26 ½ vertical jump. At 6’3, 242 pounds you expect more and he doesn’t make up for it with length having just 32 inch arms. We had him in late rounds but he may fall out of the draft and is likely to only be a mid to late 7th round pick at best now.
This group was outstanding and we can’t highlight them all but here are a few risers as well as a couple who hurt their stock.
SHAQUEM GRIFFIN, UCF
Griffin may has just one hand but that did not stop him from tearing up the combine with a 4.38 40, 20 bench reps, and 117 inch broad jump at 6’1, 227 pounds. We had him as a late round pick but he could go as high as the 4th or early 5th round with this workout. We hope he does.
MATTHEW THOMAS, FLORIDA STATE
While Thomas did not produce as much as you would expect in college he showed the athletic ability that teams love to take in the 3rd or 4th round and develop. He ran a 4.58 40, 41 ½ inch vertical, 131 inch broad jump, 6.85 3-cone, and 4.28 short shuttle.
OREN BURKS, VANDERBILT
There is not much hype on Burks but we have had him as a possible draft pick for a while now and this workout may clinch him a spot as high as the 5th round. He ran a 4.59 40, did 18 reps, 39 ½ inch vertical, 131 inch broad jump, 6.82 3-cone, and 4.15 short shuttle.
We hate to point out fallers but there are two who may slide one or two rounds with their poor showing.
NICK DELUCA, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
It hasn’t been a good postseason for DeLuca with a subpar showing in Mobile and now he posted a 4.85 40, 29 ½ vertical, 7.09 3-cone, and 112 inch broad jump at 6’3, 251 pounds. He has had injury issues in the past that could drop him out of the draft despite being a good football player.
CHRIS WORLEY, OHIO STATE
Lucky for DeLuca he was not alone in disappointing times as Worley ran a 4.86 40, did just 15 reps, and had a 29 ½ inch vertical at 238 pounds.
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