Tag:40-Yard Dash
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:06 pm
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Top CBs fail to close gap on Claiborne

NFLDraftScout.com has four strong cornerback prospects rated as potential first-round picks, and LSU's Morris Claiborne remains at the top of the position as none of the elite prospects particularly stood out during testing drills at the Scouting Combine on Tuesday.

North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins is hovering around the top 10, and ran an impressive 4.46-second 40-yard dash, compared to Claiborne's 4.50. Alabama's 'Dre Kirkpatrick posted a 4.51, while Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard ran a 4.55. All were very respectable times. (Combine 40 Times)

Dennard flipped the script a bit with an impressive 37-inch vertical jump, while Kirkpatrick (37), Claiborne (34.5) and Jenkins (33.5) lagged behind him a bit.

While Claiborne said he believes his speed helps separate him from the other top cornerbacks, he pointed to technique when asked to describe his game.

"More of a technician, and trying to funnel the guys instead of getting real physical with them at the line all the time," said Claiborne, who considers himself a better man coverage corner than zone.

The biggest mover of the day was clearly Central Florida's Josh Robinson, who torched the 40 in 4.33 seconds. He also led the defensive backs with a 133-inch broad jump and finished second in the position group with a 38 1/2-inch vertical. Currently projected as a fourth-round pick, Robinson figures to ride the wave up the draft board a bit leading into the pro day season.

Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:13 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Kuechly shows off athleticism with 4.5 40

Tackling machine. Great instincts. Field general. Luke Kuechly already had all the buzz words typically attributed to the top inside linebacker prospect in every draft.

But few people touted his outstanding athleticism - until Monday, when the former Boston College standout ran a blistering 4.50 unofficial 40, which would tie Robert McCune for the top time since 2000 by an inside linebacker.  (40-yard dash results). He also led the inside linebackers with a 38-inch vertical jump.

The "official" 40 time will likely be adjusted down a bit, but that won't affect the bottom line. With that type of speed, and noted instincts in coverage, Kuechly has shown the ability to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL who can hold his own in coverage against running backs and the growing list of freakishly athletic tight ends.

That's exactly while Kuechly is a virtual lock for the first round despite playing at a position that has lot a lot of draft value in recent years. A source told NFLDraftScout.com last week that Kuechly, who posted 532 tackles in just three college seasons, might be the "safest" player in this draft.

Alabama's Dont'a Hightower enjoyed a strong workout himself, posting a pair of unofficial 4.62 40 times at 265 pounds.

UPDATE: We've noted several times during the Combine that none of the 40 times are technically official, and Kuechly finished the day with four different 40 clockings. His second run was clocked in 4.78 by a handheld time after he appeared to get a slow start. He was then asked to run a third time, which was timed at 4.59. So what time is he now listed with? 4.58. At the end of the day, throw out the 4.78 and know that Kuechly runs in the 4.5-4.6 range, which serve the purpose of proving his athleticism.

Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:34 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Disappointing 40 times could hurt top receivers

Several of the more highly regarded wide receivers of the 2012 draft may see their stock slip after running signficantly slower than expected Sunday at the Scouting Combine. 

Baylor wideout Kendall Wright, who some regard as the draft's top talent at the position due to his ability to make the big play, clocked in at just 4.61 seconds, according to NFL.com. Wright had been projected to run in the 4.4s or better.

Wright was far from the only highly regarded receiver to produce a disappointing time in the 40-yard dash, however. LSU's Rueben Randle (4.55), Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu (4.67) and Arkansas' Joe Adams (4.55) also could force scouts to go back to the tape after running slower than anticipated.
   
These results come on the heels of a disappointing workout from NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated receiver, Oklahoma State junior Justin Blackmon. Blackmon elected not to run at the Combine citing a tight hamstring. He did perform in the positional drills, however, but appeared hesitant to run and cut with the aggression that characterized his spectacular career with the Cowboys.  

Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:43 am
 

RG3 unofficially clocked at 4.41, 4.38

For those arguing that Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III should leap Andrew Luck as the top quarterback -- and prospect -- of the 2012 draft, he helped the cause by demonstrating his unbelievable straight-line speed Sunday morning. 

Griffin was unofficially clocked at 4.41 seconds by The NFL Network on his first attempt and ran even faster the second time around, zipping down the line at 4.38 seconds, according to the league's stopwatch. 

The demonstration of spectacular speed was not a surprise considering Griffin's Olympic potential, but it nonetheless gives scouts an actual time to go with all of the Heisman winner's highlights. 

Griffin is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 prospect in the draft and is projected by Senior Analyst Rob Rang to be the subject of an aggressive trade-up by some QB-hungry team in his recent mock draft.           

Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:20 am
Edited on: February 28, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Combine Results: 40-yard Dash

NFL.com is reporting 40-yard dash times from the Combine, first an "unofficial" handheld time and later an "official" time provided from National Football Scouting.

NFLDraftScout.com explained the 40-yard dash timing process, along with verified all-time Combine records. Those who participate in the 40 actually run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (that is actually initiated by hand on the player's first movement). Combine data put together for NFL teams by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time, but that information isn't typically known for a week or two following the conclusion of the Combine.

Of note: of the 36 offensive linemen NDS noted unofficial and official times for, 33 had slower times in the official listing, three were the same and none were listed as faster than their unofficial timing. Sixteen players had an official time at least a tenth of a second slower than their official time, led by Georgia's Cordy Glenn, who dropped 0.19 seconds from a blistering 4.96 for a 345-pound man to 5.15.

40-yard Dash Results
Check back here for updating results throughout the Combine. All times are unofficial.
N/A = Prospects who haven't run or have chosen not to run

WIDE RECEIVERS
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech - 4.30u, 4.36
Travis Benjamin, Miami - 4.32u, 4.36
T.J. Graham, N.C. State - 4.35u, 4.41
Chris Owusu, Stanford - 4.36
Chris Givens, Wake Forest - 4.37u, 4.41
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois - 4.39 
Devon Wylie, Fresno State - 4.39
Danny Coale, Virginia Tech - 4.40u, 4.50
Tommy Streeter, Miami - 4.40
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame - 4.42u, 4.47
Kashif Moore, Connecticut - 4.42
Jarius Wright, Arkansas - 4.42
Joe Adams, Arkansas - 4.44u, 4.55
Keshawn Martin, Michigan State - 4.45
Lavon Brazill, Ohio - 4.45u, 4.48
Marvin Jones, California - 4.46
B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State - 4.47u, 4.59
Greg Childs, Arkansas - 4.50u, 4.55  
Junior Hemingway, Michigan - 4.50u, 4.53
Devier Posey, Ohio State - 4.50
Marquiz Maze, Alabama - 4.51
Derek Moye, Penn State - 4.52
Timothy Benford, Tennessee Tech - 4.53u, 4.59
Jerrell Jackson, Missouri - 4.53u, 4.62
Marvin McNutt, Iowa - 4.54
Nick Toon, Wisconsin - 4.54
Dwight Jones, North Carolina - 4.55
Brian Quick, Appalachian State - 4.55
Rueben Randle, LSU - 4.55
Jermaine Kearse, Washington - 4.58
Eric Page, Toledo - 4.60 
Gerell Robinson, Arizona State - 4.62
Juron Criner, Arizona - 4.59u, 4.68
Darius Hanks, Alabama - 4.59u, 4.66
Kendall Wright, Baylor - 4.61 (Top WRs hurt by 40s)
Rishard Matthews, Nevada - 4.62  
James Rodgers, Oregon State - 4.67
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers - 4.67    
Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech - 4.69u, 4.74
Jordan White, Western Michigan - 4.69
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State - N/A (Hamstring injury)
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma - N/A
Josh Cooper, Oklahoma State - N/A
Patrick Edwards, Houston - N/A 
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M - N/A
T.Y. Hilton, FIU - N/A
Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina - N/A
Tommy Streeter, Miami - N/A
Nick Toon, Wisconsin - N/A       

RUNNING BACKS
LaMichael James, Oregon - 4.37u, 4.45 (James, Rainey lose top time to Miller)
Chris Rainey, Florida - 4.37u, 4.45
Lamar Miller, Miami - 4.38u, 4.40
David Wilson, Virginia Tech - 4.40u, 4.49
Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M - 4.41u, 4.47
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State - 4.41u, 4.45
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati - 4.41u, 4.47
Robert Turbin, Utah St. - 4.44u, 4.50
Edwin Baker, Michigan St. - 4.46u, 4.53
Chris Polk, Washington - 4.46u,
Davin Meggett, Marylan - 4.50u
Bernard Pierce, Temple - 4.50u, 4.49
Mike Ball, Nevada - 4.53u, 4.65
Tauren Poole, Tennessee - 4.53u, 4.54
Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss - 4.56u, 4.66
Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech - 4.59u, 4.71
Vick Ballard, Mississippi St. - 4.63u, 4.65
Terrance Ganaway, Baylor - 4.63u, 4.67
Alfred Morris, FAU - 4.64u, 4.67
Dan Herron, Ohio State - 4.65u, 4.66
Marc Tyler, Soutnern Cal - 4.72u, 4.76
Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin - 4.75u, 4.76
Rhett Ellison, Southern Cal - 4.79u, 4.88
Jonas Grady, Notre Dame - N/A
Jewel Hampton, Southern Illinois - N/A
Fozzy Whittaker, Texas - N/A   

QUARTERBACKS
Robert Griffin III, Baylor - 4.38u, 4.41 (RG3, Luck won't throw at Combine)
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin - 4.50u, 4.55
Jordan Jefferson, LSU - 4.59u, 4.65  
Andrew Luck, Stanford - 4.59u, 4.67
Aaron Corp, Richmond - 4.65u, 4.72 
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois - 4.69u, 4.76
Jacory Harris, Miami - 4.72u, 4.72
Case Keenum, Houston - 4.75u, 4.82
Austin Davis, Southern Miss - 4.78u, 4.76
Darron Thomas, Oregon - 4.78u, 4.80
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State - 4.84u, 4.93
Ryan Lindley, San Diego St. - 4.87u, 4.90
Kellen Moore, Boise State - 4.87u, 4.94
Nick Foles, Arizona - 5.13u, 5.14
B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga - N/A  
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State - N/A (Foot sprain)
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M - N/A
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State - N/A 
 
TIGHT ENDS
James Hanna, Oklahoma - 4.49
LaDarius Green, Louisiana Lafeyette - 4.53
Evan Rodriguez, Temple - 4.58
Michael Egnew, Missouri - 4.62
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern - 4.64
DeAngelo Peterson, LSU - 4.76
Emil Igweganu, Massachusetts - 4.83  
Dwayne Allen, Clemson - 4.89 
David Paulson, Oregon - 4.93 
Cory Harkey, UCLA - 5.11 
Orson Charles, Georgia - NA
Coby Fleener, Stanford - NA
Nick Provo, Syracuse - NA
Beau Reliford, Florida State - NA

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Adam Gettis, Iowa - 4.91 u, 5.0
Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma - 4.94 u, 4.94 
Cordy Glenn, Georgia - 4.96 u (Big Man Rumbles), 5.15
Desmond Wynn, Rutgers - 4.97 u, 5.05 
Matt Kalil, Southern Cal - 4.99
Tom Compton, South Dakota - 5.03 u,  5.11
Brandon Mosley, Auburn - 5.05 u (Working with OL guru coach Alex Gibbs), 5.21 
Philip Blake, Baylor - 5.09 u, 5.25
Bobby Massie, Ole Miss - 5.09 u, 5.23
Rishaw Johnson, California (PA) - 5.15 u 
Ryan Miller, Colorado, 5.15 u, 5.27
Jeff Allen, Illinois - 5.16 u, 5.28
Riley Reiff, Iowa - 5.16 u, 5.23
James Brown, Troy - 5.18 u, 5.30 
Tony Bergstrom, Utah - 5.19 u
Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State - 5.19 u, 5.36 
Brandon Washington, Miami - 5.19 u, 5.25
Andrew Datko, Florida State - 5.22 u, 5.32
Dustin Waldron, Portland St. - 5.22 u, 5.34
Michael Brewster, Ohio State - 5.25 u, 5.35
Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina - 5.25 u, 5.39
Justin Anderson, Georgia - 5.28 u, 5.31 
Nate Potter, Boise St. - 5.28 u, 5.36
Luke Nix, Pittsburgh - 5.28 u, 5.43
Matt Reynolds, BYU - 5.29 u, 5.37
Quentin Saulsberry, Mississippi St. - 5.29 u, 5.38
Mike Adams, Ohio State - 5.31 u, 5.40
Kelvin Beachum, SMU - 5.31 u, 5.37
Mitchell Schwartz, Cal - 5.31 u, 5.45
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin - 5.31 u, 5.39
John Cullen, Utah - 5.32 u, 5.34
Amini Silatolu, Midwestern St. - 5.33 u, 5.43 
David DeCastro, Stanford - 5.34 u, 5.43
Lamar Holmes, Southern Miss - 5.35 u
Ronald Leary, Memphis - 5.36
Antoine McClain, Clemson - 5.40 u, 5.57
Taylor Dever, Notre Dame - 5.41 u, 5.46
Ben Jones, Georgia - 5.41 u
Zebrie Sanders, Florida State - 5.41 u, 5.41 
Garth Gerhart, Arizona State - 5.44 u
Matt McCants, UAB - 5.44 u, 5.52
Andrew Tiller, Syracuse - 5.50 u, 5.50
Senio Kelemete, Washington -5.52
Johnnie Troutman, Penn St. - 5.53 u, 5.67   
Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin - 5.78 u, 5.80 
Mark Asper, Oregon - N/A
Paul Cornick, North Dakota State - N/A
Peter Konz, Wisconsin - N/A 
Joe Looney, Wake Forest - N/A  
Jonathan Martin, Stanford - N/A
David Molk, Michigan - N/A 
Markus Zusevics, Iowa - N/A (Zusevics tears pec; Combine over)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Bruce Irvin, West Virginia - 4.43u, 4.50
Nick Perry, Southern Cal - 4.50u, 4.64
Andre Branch, Clemson - 4.62u, 4.70
Shea McClellin, Boise St. - 4.62u, 4.63
Whitney Mercilus, Illinois - 4.63u, 4.68
Melvin Ingram, South Carolina 4.66u, 4.79
Olivier Vernon, Miami - 4.68u, 4.80
Quinton Coples, North Carolina - 4.72u, 4.78
Jaye Howard, Florida - 4.75u, 4.82
Cam Johnson, Virginia - 4.75u, 4.81
Jacquies Smith, Missouri - 4.75u, 4.81
Jack Crawford, Penn St - 4.76u, 4.85
Jake Bequette, Arkansas - 4.78u, 4.82
Brandon Lindsey, Pitt - 4.78u, 4.93
Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy - 4.78u, 4.89
Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St. - 4.79u, 4.79
Kendall Reyes, UConn - 4.79u, 4.96
Tyrone Crawford, Boise St. - 4.81u, 4.89
Derrick Shelby, Utah - 4.81u, 4.96
Chandler Jones, Syracuse - 4.82u, 4.87
Jamie Blatnick, Oklahoma St. - 4.84u, 4.90
Mike Martin, Michigan - 4.84, 4.88
Vinny Curry, Marshall - 4.85u, 4.98
Dontari Poe, Memphis - 4.87u, 4.98
Markus Kuhn, N.C. State - 4.90u, 4.89
Malik Jackson, Tennessee - 4.93u, 4.91
Jared Crick, Nebraska - 4.94u, 4.99
Jamaar Jarrett, Arizona State - 4.94u, 5.02
Scott Solomon, Rice - 4.94u, 5.00
Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati - 4.94u, 5.01
Billy Winn, Boise St. - 4.95u, 5.00
Rennie Moore, Clemson - 4.97, 5.12
J.R. Sweezy, N.C. State - 4.97u, 5.01
Jerel Worthy, Michigan St. - 4.97u, 5.09
Vaughn Meatoga, Hawaii - 5.00u, 5.00
Kheeston Randall, Texas - 5.00u, 5.00 
Devon Still, Penn St. - 5.00u, 5.08
Trevor Guyton, Cal - 5.03u, 5.07
Brett Roy, nevada - 5.03u, 5.07
Marcus Forston, Miami - 5.10u, 5.17
Loni Fangupo, BYU - 5.16u, 5.18
Travian Robertson, South Carolina - 5.19u, 5.32
Akiem Hicks, Regina - 5.21u, 5.23
Tydreke Powell, North Carolina - 5.28u, 5.36
Michael Brockers, LSU - 5.33u, 5.36
Chas Alecxih, Putt - 5.34u, 5.41
Alameda Ta'Amu, Washington - 5.34u, 5.37
Chritian Tupou, Southern Cal - 5.35u, 5.42
Dominique Hamilton, Missouri - 5.50u, 5.54
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma - N/A
Josh Chapman, Alabama - N/A
Mike Daniels, Iowa - N/A
Justin Francis, Rutgers - N/A
DaJohn Harris, Southern Cal - N/A
John Hughes, Cincinnati - N/A
Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina - N/A
Brandon Thompson, Clemson - N/A
DeAngelo Tyson, Georgia - N/A   
           
LINEBACKERS
Mychal Kendricks, Cal - 4.47
Zach Brown, North Carolina, 4.50
Luke Kuechly, Boston College, 4.5u, 4.78u, 4.59u, 4.58
Nigel Bradham, Florida St. - 4.53u, 4.64
DeMario Davis, Arkansas State - 4.53u, 4.61
Tank Carder, TCU - 4.56u, 4.69
James-Michael Johnson, Nevada, 4.60u, 4.68
Dont'a Hightower, Alabama - 4.62u, 4.68
Steve Johnson, Kansas - 4.65u, 4.78
Lavonte David, Nebraska - 4.66u, 4.65
Najee Goode, West Virginia - 4.66u, 4.64
Emmanuel Acho, Texas - 4.68u, 4.73
Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma - 4.68, 4.68
Tahir Whitehead, Temple - 4.70
Sean Spence, Miami - 4.71  
Audie Cole, N.C. State - 4.72u, 4.81
Ryan Baker, LSU - 4.74u, 4.88
Tyler Nielsen, Iowa - 4.74 
Chris Galippo, Southern Cal - 4.75u, 4.87
Darius Fleming, Notre Dame - 4.77 
Nathan Stupar, Penn State - 4.78
Terrell Manning, N.C. State - 4.79
Keenan Robinson, Texas - 4.79
Brandon Marshall, Nevada - 4.81
Shawn Loiseau, Merrimack - 4.85
Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest - 4.86
Travis Lewis, Oklahoma - 4.88           
Caleb McSurdy, Montana - 4.97 
Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State - 4.93u, 5.09

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Josh Robinson, UCF - 4.33
Ron Brooks, LSU - 4.37
Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina - 4.40
Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson - 4.42
Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette - 4.43
Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama - 4.46
Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech - 4.47
Coryell Judie, Texas A&M - 4.48
Asa Jackson, Cal Poly - 4.49
Morris Claiborne, LSU - 4.50
'Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama - 4.51
Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma - 4.53   
Chaz Powell, Penn St. - 4.53
Terrence Frederick, Texas A&M - 4.54
Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska - 4.55
Jeremy Jones, Wayne St. (MI) - 4.56u
Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt - 4.57
Justin Bethel, Presbyterian - 4.58
Trevin Wade, Arizona - 4.59
Trumaine Johnson, Montana - 4.61
Micah Pellerin, Hampton, 4.61
Charles Brown, North Carolina - 4.63
Antwuan Reed, Pitt - 4.63                   
Cliff Harris, Oregon, 4.64
De'Andre Presley, Appalachian St. - 4.64
Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina - 4.66
Antonio Fenelus, Wisconsin, 4.68
Mike Harris, Florida St - 4.68
Ryan Steed, Furman - 4.68
Robert Blanton, Notre Dame - 4.70
Winston Guy, Kentucky - 4.70
Leonard Johnson, Iowa St. - 4.71
De'Quan Menzie, Alabama - 4.74
D'Anton Lynn, Penn St. - 4.77
Omar Bolden, Arizona St. - N/A
Brandon Boykin, Georgia - N/A
Chase Minnifield, Virginia - N/A       
Shaun Prater, Iowa - N/A 

SAFETIES
Christian Thompson, South Carolina State - 4.50
Trent Robinson, Michigan State - 4.52
Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt - 4.52
Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State - 4.54
Corey White, Samford - 4.55
Jeron McMillian, Maine - 4.56
Harrison Smith, Notre Dame - 4.57
Brandon Taylor, LSU - 4.58
Cyhl Quarles, Wake Forest - 4.62
Johnny Thomas, Oklahoma State - 4.63
Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State - 4.63
Eddie Pleasant, Oregon - 4.63
Janzen Jackson, McNeese State - 4.64
Delano Howell, Stanford - 4.65
George Iloka, Boise State - 4.66
Antonio Allen, South Carolina - 4.67
Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State - 4.68
Phillip Thomas, Syracuse - 4.74
Sean Cattouse, California - 4.74
Mark Barron, Alabama - N/A
Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State - N/A

PUNTERS
Bryan Anger, Cal - 4.75 u
Drew Butler, Georgia - NA
Derek Dimke, Illinois - NA
Kyle Martens, Rice - NA
Brad Nortman, Wisconsin - NA    
Shawn Powell, Florida State - NA
Brian Stahovich, San Diego State - NA
David Teggart, UConn - NA   
Blair Walsh, Georgia - NA
Carson Wiggs, Purdue - NA
Posted on: February 28, 2010 9:41 am
 

There is no "official" time in the 40-yard dash

It is easy to be confused by the wide range of times being reported for players' 40-yard dash times. LSU's Trindon Holliday, for example, had been reported by some as having been timed as low as 4.22 seconds and as high as 4.34 seconds. Obviously a pretty significant disparity.

It's important to understand what happens to get the 40 times at the combine:

. Those who participate in the 40 actually run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (that is actually initiated by hand on the player's first movement.

. Combine data put together for NFL teams by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time.

Team scouts and coaches have various approaches for getting the 40 time they use from those six timings. Some use averages. Some throw out slowest and fastest and then average the rest. Some ignore the whole thing and use a time taken by their own scout.

However, beware any 40-yard time that is labeled as "official" from the combine. In deference to the players, NFLDraftScout.com uses the best verifiable -- or listed -- time from the combine unless it is conspicuously skewed from the other times, which happens when a hand timer has an itchy trigger finger on the stopwatch. However, the times are usually well grouped.


Posted on: April 2, 2009 11:59 pm
 

CBs Byrd, Mouton Flash in Pro Days

Oregon junior cornerback Jairus Byrd was unable to workout at the Combine due to a groin pull, but struggled to reward scouts for their patience in testing in the mid to upper 4.6s in the 40-yard dash, according to scouts in attendance.

The time is certainly a concern for scouts, though they were also quick to point out that Byrd tested very well in shuttle drills (4.10 short shuttle, 6.75 3-cone). Each of these marks would have ranked among the top ten cornerbacks tested in Indianapolis and are indicative of the rare agility and burst Byrd showed throughout his career with the Oregon Ducks. If Byrd's name is familiar, it is because his father, Gill Byrd, was a long-time standout for the San Diego Chargers at cornerback.

A few hundred miles south, Hawaii cornerback Ryan Mouton suffered the same fate at his Pro Day today (held at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles) that limited him at the Combine over a month ago -- a pulled hamstring. Still, the 5'09, 187 pound cornerback flashed some eye-popping explosion by dropping his 40-yard dash time from 4.51 seconds at the Combine to 4.46 seconds Thursday. So why did five-hundredths of a second rate as a significant improvement? Because Mouton, according to scouts in attendance, pulled up with the hamstring at about the 30 yard mark in the event and still posted a 4.46 second time. Had the injury not occurred, he likely would have been in the low to mid 4.3s... Mouton's explosiveness was on display in the broad jump, where he leapt 11'0 -- a mark beaten only by potential first round pick Darius Butler (Connecticut) among the cornerbacks tested at the Combine.

 

 

Posted on: March 27, 2009 8:49 pm
 

NIU's Larry English Steps it up at Pro Day

 

 Northern Illinois defensive end/outside linebacker didn't necessarily have to workout for scouts Friday. The two-time MAC defensive player of the year was impressive off the edge at the Senior Bowl and flashed athleticism in Combine workouts, as well.

However, considering that many teams wanted to see him shed some time off his 40-yard dash, the move was a good one. English's fastest time at the Combine was 4.82 seconds, but he was clocked in the high 4.6s to low 4.7s according to scouts in attendance Friday, and was better in both defensive line and linebacker drills, as well. 

The knock on English is that while he has good burst off the snap and reasonable straight-line speed, he doesn't necessarily change directions as fluidly as some teams operating the 3-4 defense would prefer out of their linebackers. In a 4-3 scheme, English, 6-2, 255 pounds, is probably best suited as an undersized defensive end, which is why many of the teams who had scouts on campus were from clubs operating out of the 3-4.

Among the teams represented were the 49ers, Ravens, Packers, Steelers, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Broncos, Lions, Falcons, Bears, Saints, Bills and Buccaneers.

English has the tools to warrant consideration late in the first round, but this year's unique collection of outside linebackers and hybrid defensive ends likely to make the transition to the OLB position could push him into the mid second range. He is among a group of about a baker's dozen hybrid pass rushers (Brian Orakpo, Everette Brown, Brian Cushing, Aaron Maybin, Robert Ayers, Connor Barwin, Clay Matthews Jr, Clint Sintim, Paul Kruger, Michael Johnson, Lawrence Sidbury, Jr, Cody Brown, Zach Follett, etc.) scouts feel warrant first day consideration. 

 
 
 
 
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