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NFL Combine: Scouting the Defensive Linemen
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Jordan Beane’s Take: After two days of the offense on the field it was finally the defense’s turn here at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was also finally South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney's turn to show the NFL world if all the hype surrounding him was worth it. With all eyes on the stud defensive lineman, all Clowney did was run a 4.53 official forty, the fifth-fastest time for a defensive lineman since 2006. That was faster than any quarterback ran the forty and faster than all but one tight end. Oh, and his unofficial time was 4.47, which would have been the sixth-fastest time among running backs. Let me repeat, sixth-fastest among RUNNING BACKS. At 6-5, 266 pounds, Clowney’s physical gifts were clearly on display here at the Circle City. Even though he held out of agility drills, his showing in terms of straight line speed only further solidified his standing as one of the most intriguing defensive talents to enter the draft in years.
Another potential first rounder that showed off his jets was former Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Donald had impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl in Alabama and did so again here in Indy, where the big fella (he checks in at 6-feet, 304 pounds) showed off his athleticism with a 4.68 forty time. That combination of size and speed makes it easy to understand why teams are so high on him.
TOP FIVE PERFORMANCES
1 Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina– 4.53
2. Larry Webster, Bloomsburg – 4.58
3. Howard Jones, Shepherd – 4.60
4. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas – 4.63
T-5. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh – 4.68
T-5. Marcus Smith, Louisville – 4.68
1. Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College – 36
2. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh – 35
T-3. Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State – 32
T-3. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota – 32
T-3. Robert Thomas, Arkansas – 32
1. Howard Jones, Shephard – 40.5 inches
2. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina – 37.5 inches
T-3. James Gayle, Virginia Tech – 37.0 inches
T-3. Chris Smith, Arkansas – 37.0 inches
5. Larry Webster, Bloomsburg – 36.5
1. Kareem Martin, UNC – 129.0 inches
T-2. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina – 124.0 inches
T-2. Howard Jones, Shephard – 124.0 inches
T-4. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas – 123.0 inches
T-4. Zach Moore, Concordia (MN) –123.0 inches
T-4. Larry Webster, Bloomsburg – 123.0 inches Read