- NFL Combine Day 1 Preview – RB & OL
- NFL Combine Day 1 Notes – OL Edition
- NFL Combine Day 1 Notes – RB Edition
- NFL Combine Day 1 – Home Runs vs Whiffs
- NFL Combine Day 2 Preview – QB, WR, TE
- NFL Combine Day 2 Notes – QB Edition
- NFL Combine Day 2 Notes – WR Edition
- NFL Combine Day 2 Notes – TE Edition
- NFL Combine Day 2 – Home Runs vs Whiffs
- NFL Combine Day 3 Preview – DL & LB
- NFL Combine Day 3 Notes – DL Edition
- NFL Combine Day 3 Notes – LB Edition
- NFL Combine Day 4 Preview – DB’s
- NFL Combine Day 4 Notes – DB Edition
- 2016 NFL Combine – NFL Sure Shots
*The following are some of the NFL Combine Day 3 notes taken while watching live. DL Edition.
The pass rusher. The run stopper. Piano key player. You need them all. In that order. Man, this combine has them by the boatload.
The Denver Broncos just won Super Bowl 50 thanks to suffocating defense and it all started up front with Von Miller and Demarcus Ware. But it was finished inside as defenses from both sides had the advantage of incredible interior line play.
“Edge Pressure” used to be the magic pill that cured a NFL defenses woes. Now it’s just “Pressure.” From anywhere, anytime. This combine was definitely the place “be” in order to start the process.
As I mentioned in my Day 1 Preview, the number of underclassmen declaring for this season should make this draft as a whole exceedingly deep. No position group epitomizes this quite like the defensive line. And along the line, no position quite like defensive tackle.
The defensive end class in indeed deep. The defensive tackle group is the Philippines Trench.
If your team is in need and you don’t get a stud DT in this drat your front office failed in epic fashion. #DallasCowboys
And that’s the way I see it. The talent along the defensive line is incredibly deep. Is there a DeMarcus Ware or a Reggie White? I think there are more guys closer to Reggie than Ware in this draft. The interior is bloated with talent.
The below combine notes will seem negative versus the other sections I have covered this far. The entire group is so talented it became counter productive to write down what they did well. Mistakes were far fewer and easier to catalog.
Suffice to say “almost” every every player, especially along the interior moved better well, with a certain level of power, urgency and quickness. Athletically, this is an excellent group. There was more than one joke suggesting this group was faster than the WR group. I may have to check that. It is probably closer than one would think.
I do make some general observations as I go along. The notes are a compendium of what occurred versus a letter for letter transcription. Please remember. This is about who did well today. Not in their senior year. Without further ado ….
DT – Mehdi Abdesmad – 6’6″ 284 lbs Boston College – 5.10 40 yard dash. Stiff. Gets too high.
DE – Sterling Bailey – 6’4″ 285 lbs Georgia – 5.23 40 yard dash. Smooth in cuts. Good power. Solid performance.
DT Andrew Billings – 6’1″ 311 lbs Baylor – 5.05 40 yard dash. Focus. Power. Intensity. More focus. Here for football. Step above the rest. Good power. Man among boys.
DE Joey Bosa – 6’5″ 269 lbs Ohio State – 4.86 40 yard dash. Smooth. Not blue-chip-quick-twitch. A bit stiff in cuts. Stumble here and there. Looks just a bit tired. Good violence in rip move. Nice tight bend to QB. Superior edge drill. Solid hybrid drill. Fluid drop. Competitive.
DE DeForest Buckner – 6’7″ 291 lbs Oregon – 5.05 40 yard dash. Eyes down in transition drills. QB. Superior edge drill. A bit soft with the rip move. Hips a bit tight in backpedal.
DT Vernon Butler – 6’4″ 323 lbs Louisiana Tech – 5.33 40 yard dash. Quick with cuts. Solid rip, bend to QB. QB. Superior edge drill. Needs to bend knees more. Gets a bit high.
DE Shilique Calhoun – 6’4″ 251 Michigan State – 4.82 40 yard dash. Fluid with cuts. Solid rip, bend to QB.
DT Kenny Clark – 6’3″ 314 lbs UCLA – 5.06 40 yard dash. Fluid, smooth, quick. That’s just first drill. VIOLENT rip move. Tight turn to QB. QB. Superior edge PLUS drill. Moves well in space. Economy of movement. Focused.
DE Kamalei Correa – 6’3″ 243 lbs Boise State – 4.69 40 yard dash. Good pad level. Too soft with rip. QUICK. Nervous. VERY quick. Nice hips. 3/4 OLB.
DT Sheldon Day – 6’1″ 293 lbs Norte Dame – 5.07 40 yard dash. Stud w/sense of humor. A “smidge” high in transition. Excellent power. Superior athlete. He’s doing HYBRID drills?!?!? – wow! A bit erect but impressive. GREAT feet. He’s just showing off. Well done for a very big man. Good hands.
DT Javon Hargrave – 6’1″ 309 lbs South Carolina State – 4.93 40 yard dash. Bubble Butt. Nice power. Needs urgency. Hips too tight.
DE Branden Jackson – 6’4″ 273 lbs Texas Tech – 5.06 40 yard dash. Got wide on edge rush turn to QB. Good edge rush.
DT Chris Jones – 6’6″ 310 lbs Mississippi State – 5.03 40 yard dash. Stumbles in some cuts. A bit stiff. Can get to high. Powerful. Solid.
DT Darius Latham – 6’4″ 311 lbs Indiana -5.32 40 yard dash. Nice rip move on way to QB. Solid ball reaction skills. Nice mover.
DE Dadi Nicolas – 6’3″ 235 lbs Virginia Tech – 4.74 40 yard dash. Flashes. Has good frame. Focused. 3/4 OLB.
DT Robert Nkemdiche – 6’3″ 294 lbs Ole Miss – 4.87 40 yard dash. Athletic. Weak focus. Top heavy in transition. Great feet. Wanes. Nice bench press, vert, etc. Total freak. 5 cent head reputation.
DE Emmanuel Ogbah – 6’4″ 273 lbs Oklahoma State – 4.63 40 yard dash. Good bend to QB. Soft rip. Nice get off. Little stiff in hips. Nice drive in cuts. Tall. Has to lean to get going. Helped himself today.
DT Sheldon Rankins – 6’1″ 299 lbs Louisville – 5.03 40 yard dash. Very good feet. Movement is impressive. Big guy moves with compact movement.
DT D.J. Reader – 6’3″ 327 lbs Clemson – 5.33 40 yard dash. Nice package. Flashes. Good day.
DT Jarran Reed – 6’3″ 307 lbs Alabama – 5.21 40 yard dash. Nice power. Good pad level. Solid effort. Good motor.
DT A’Shawn Robinson – 6’4″ 307 lbs Alabama – Bit uncomfortable back peddling. Ok. Fine moving foward. Very good power. Patient. Good feet in close quarters. Confident.
DE Noah Spence – 6’2″ 251 lbs Eastern Kentucky – 4.80 40 yard dash. Almost, not quite. Medium power on rip. Nice bend to QB. Good get off. Smooth in transition. Quick. Moves well in space. Good feet. Excellent bench press.
DT Vincent Valentine – 6’4″ 329 lbs Nebraska – 5.19 40 yard dash. Big man. Economy of moment. Can get too upright. Nice feet. Good power in rip move. A bit wide on bend to QB from edge but hey, he’s a DT. Quick. Helped himself today.
DT Connor Wujciak – 6’2″ 291 lbs Boston College – 4.91 40 yard dash. Good motor. Effort. Solid basic skills. Reminds me of Cowboys Goldencock.
- Kenny Clark was a machine today. He made money
- Bosa had a very good, not great combine
- Andrew Billings is scary
- DeForest Buckner seems to coast at times
- Kamalei Correa is a very intriguing player
- Sheldon Day is a FREAK! Love this guy
- Vincent Valentine showed up today
- Noah Spence seems like Von Miller “Lite” – is that a bad thing?
- I can’t say enough about how DEEP this group is.
- Did I mention how deep … ok … overkill. I get it.
Line Backers later today. Winners and Losers … of course. Start with DT Kenny Clark.
What say you Sports Nation?
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