Electronic Excitement! Days 3 and 4 of the combine featured defense. If only I was able to say the same about the Dolphins during December!
This year’s crop of pass rushers and run stuffers appears to be deep. Most experts expect guys like Leonard Williams, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray and Danny Shelton to go early. Its starting to look like we will see more DL and LBs taken in the first round than any other position.
So who stood out? Who was the athlete that left front offices around the NFL picking their jaws up from the floor. Let’s start with Vic Beasley. No Surprise here. Everyone knew he had incredible speed. He had the top 40 time. But he also had the top bench press, the top 3 cone drill, the 2nd best 20 Yard Shuttle, the 3rd best vertical jump and the 3rd best broad jump. He came to the combine at 246 lbs after reportedly playing most of the season at Clemson at 225 lbs. Honestly, what did you expect from Beasley.
Another guy who had an outstanding day was Bud Dupree. He had the top broad jump of the day at 11’6″. The combine record is 11’7″. He also ran a terrific 40 and had an impressive vertical jump. Dupree was impressive but he is not expected to be a top 10 pick. On the other hand Dante Folwer is. Folwer also has an impressive 40. He is also a big breather. I mean either the microphone was buried in the bottom of his lungs or this guy breathes small tornadoes. I’m saying his breathing was loud.
The drills were a lot of fun to watch. Those guys hit those bags hard. I think we all know what the worst job in America is now. No matter what you do, don’t look the pass rusher in the eye!
In my humble electronic opinion the drills are better to watch than the 40. I was really impressed by the smoothness of some of these big guys. Two guys jumped out to me as really smooth. Mario Edwards, Jr. and Markus Golden.
On Monday, the final day of the combine, the NFL hosted propsective defensive backs. Unfortuantely some of the blog favorites like Gerald Holliman and Ifo Ekbre-Olomu didn’t run. Electronic sadness. There were some impressive sub 4.40 40 times by Ronald Darby, Justin Cox and Trae Waynes. Waynes is considered by many to be the top CB in the class and a legit option for the Dolphins to take at 14. Read it and weep chubby chasers.
The biggest shocker of the day was when Connectitcuit CB Byron Jones jumped 12’3″ in the board jump. I don’t know if he will play in the NFL but I am sure USA Track and Field took notice. BOING!
All in all the Combine was incredibly entertaining! Right Coach Philbin? Ehhh…Coach….Ehh….Are you there?