Defensive lineman day. Stay tuned throughout for up to date forty yard dash times, reaction and news as it happens.
Group 1 forty yard dash times
Sam Acho (Texas): 4.67 & 4.63
Marvin Austin (UNC): 4.80 & 4.86
Allen Bailey (Miami): 4.77 & 4.76
Christian Ballard (Iowa): 4.70 & 4.75
Jeremy Beal (Oklahoma): 5.13 & 5.18
Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson): DNP
Chris Carter (Fresno State): 4.67 & 4.66
Jurell Casey (USC): 5.07 & 5.20
Ugo Chinasa (Oklahoma State): 4.67 & 4.67
Adrian Clayborn (Iowa): 4.81 & 4.82
Marcell Dareus (Alabama): 4.94 & 4.92
Kenrick Ellis (Hampton): 5.19 & 5.29
Rick Elmore (Arizona): 4.91 & 4.93
Nick Fairley (Auburn): 4.86 & 4.82
Sione Fua (Stanford): 5.33 & 5.28
Lawrence Guy (Arizona State): 4.95 & 5.04
Cameron Heyward (Ohio State): DNP
Jarvis Jenkins (Clemson): 4.98 & 5.13
Cameron Jordan (California): 4.71 & 4.74
Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue): 4.67 & 4.73
Corey Liuget (Illinois): 4.95 & 5.06
The first group of defensive lineman posted some very fast times. Marcell Dareus in particular ran well for a 320lbs defensive tackle – posting in the 4.9’s. Ryan Kerrigan helped his stock with an incredibly fast time, as did Marvin Austin and Sam Acho. Jeremy Beal and Rick Elmore were both disappointing.
Cameron Jordan impressed me the most during the bag drills and really his stock is limitless at the moment. Big personality, big potential. Christian Ballard made the most of his work out and could push himself further up the board. Chris Carter at Fresno State also performed well.
Group 2 forty yard dash
Cliff Matthews (Sout Carolina): 4.86 & 4.78
Terrell McClain (USF): 5.04 & 5.02
Pernell McPhee (Miss. State): 4.94 & 5.00
Dontay Moch (Nevada): 4.45 & 4.48
Drake Nevis (LSU): 4.97 & 5.06
Stephen Paea (Oregon State): DNP
Jerrell Powe (Ole Miss): 5.27 & 5.41
Robert Quinn (UNC): 4.73 & 4.67
Brooks Reed (Arizona): 4.67 & 4.66
Greg Romeus (Pittsburgh): DNP
Jabal Sheard (Pittsburgh): 4.66 & 4.70
Aldon Smith (Missouri): 4.74 & 4.76
Phil Taylor (Baylor): 5.23 & 5.18
JJ Watt (Wisconsin): 4.78 & 4.85
Markus White (Florida State): 4.90 & 4.82
Muhammed Wilkerson (Temple): 4.99 & 5.00
Last week I mocked Jabal Sheard to the Seahawks at #25. Today he ran a 4.66 – backing up the projection. He’s stout enough to hold up against the run and he’s proven at the combine he’s got the necessary speed and size to play the LEO. It’s a distinct possibility.
Robert Quinn ran a late 4.6 and a 4.7 which is fine. The problem with Quinn (aside from sitting out 2010) is not a lack of edge speed, it’s a limited repertoire of moves. He won’t be able to rely on the edge as often at the next level against better offensive lineman. The fact Cameron Jordan managed a 4.71 despite being much bigger speaks volumes.
Dontay Moch didn’t get the mind blowing time but a 4.4 is still credible. He’s a difficult guy to project, I have him as a 4-3 OLB. Brooks Reed ran a blazing 4.6 and like Sheard could be an option at #25.
Brooks Reed continued to impress during drills. He’s showing good foot work, foot speed and freedom in the hips to match the relentless style you see on tape. Jabal Sheard didn’t do the other drills due to an elbow injury. Robert Quinn looked a little stiff to me, as did Aldon Smith.
Phil Taylor performed well on the bag drills, flashing a powerful punch, swim and great feet for a guy his size.
The official times were announced shortly after with Dontay Moch (4.44) leading the way. Chris Carter (4.62), Sam Acho (4.68) and Brooks Reed (4.68) followed. Sheard posted the fifth fastest official time (4.69).
The 10 yard splits made for interesting reading. Cameron Jordan (who posted an impressive 4.78) had a split of 1.69 seconds. That was actually faster than Sheard (1.70). Acho had the fastest split at 1.60 with several other posting in the 1.6-1.7 range. Robert Quinn’s 1.63 looks good as does Ryan Kerrigan’s 1.65. Brooks Reed had a 1.62, as did Chris Carter.
Linebackers forty yard dash times
Akeem Ayers (UCLA): 4.80 & 4.83
Bruce Carter (UNC): DNP
Mason Foster (Washington): 4.65 & 4.71
Mark Herzlich (Boston College): 4.92 & 4.96
Justin Houston (Georgia): 4.64 & 4.63
Nate Irving (NC State): DNP
Greg Jones (Michigan State): 4.76 & 4.75
Von Miller (Texas A&M): 4.46 & 4.53
Kelvin Sheppard (LSU): DNP
Quan Sturdivant (UNC): DNP
Martez Wilson (Illinois): 4.44 & 4.47
It’s not a surprise that Von Miller and Martez Wilson posted eye catching times. Both excel with their speed and events like this are perfect for them. Wilson’s stock is rising as people wonder whether he could play 3-4 outside linebacker. I still see Miller as strictly a 4-3 OLB.
Ayers’ times are a disappointment. He’s a playmaker but he’s shown quality as a pass rusher at UCLA. That time doesn’t translate to anything but a 4-3 OLB, which is what I’ve been mocking him as. He made up for slow times during linebacker drills, showing a good change of direction and great lateral movement.
Justin Houston worked out with the linebackers although I think he’s better as a pure 4-3 defensive end. He needs to improve his range and run defense, but running in the low 4.6’s is good for his stock.
Len Pasquarelli is another journalist reporting teams were impressed with the way Ryan Mallett handled himself this week. And that’s all that matters.
Da’Quan Bowers didn’t work out today and he explains why to the NFL Network. He’s an impressive guy who had a sensational 2010 season. I can’t see him getting past both Carolina and Denver.
Todd McShay runs through the defensive lineman drills today: