NFL Combine Results 2013: Day 5 Highlights, Reaction and Recap

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NFL Combine Results 2013: Day 5 Highlights, Reaction and Recap

Defensive linemen and linebackers are the strength of the 2013 NFL draft class, and those positions were on display on Day 5 of the NFL Scouting Combine. 

While these men are unlikely to run as fast in the 40-yard dash as smaller players like Marquise Goodwin and Tavon Austin, watching these big bodies move down the field is quite impressive.

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The players are also able to show off their strength and athleticism during the on-field drills that coaches put them through.

Last season, Dontari Poe turned himself into a first-round pick after posting the best bench press score of 44 reps while also running a 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds.

This year also featured a few eye-popping numbers, as well as solid evaluations of the top prospects in the class. While that is good news for some, it could be bad for others.

Here are the top performances, reactions and results from the fifth day of the combine.

 

Highlights and Best Performances of the Combine

Dion Jordan Impresses

Few prospects needed a big-time performance at the combine more than Dion Jordan. He was already a solid pick, but he came with a lot of question marks.

He can stand to add some bulk for the defensive line at 6'6", 248 pounds, and he did not put up great stats at Oregon.

However, the combine was a chance for him to show off his athleticism, and he did not disappoint.

Officially, his 40-yard dash was timed at 4.60 seconds, which was one of the fastest times at his position. You can see how effortlessly he runs here:

In addition, he also looked impressive in drills at both defensive end and as a linebacker.

NFL Network's Mike Mayock gushed about Jordan's potential as someone with great versatility that can rush the quarterback at an elite level. At one point, he compared him to Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers:

Smith had 19.5 sacks this season, so this would be a nice lead for Jordan to follow.

 

Prospects Put Up Incredible Numbers

Although Margus Hunt was not a hot name to watch as the combine began, he is now on scouts' radars after a big day on Monday.

The SMU defensive end is 6'8", and he used his long stride to run a 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds, which tied for third at his position.

Additionally, he tied for the lead in the bench press by lifting 225 pounds 38 times.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com gave some insight into Hunt's big day:

It is unlikely that Hunt shoots into the first round. However, his pure strength and athleticism will definitely be on the minds of general managers when draft day comes.

Two other prospects that showed off in the 40-yard dash were Ziggy Ansah of BYU and LSU's Barkevious Mingo. These two players have been judged on athleticism and potential over college production entering the draft.

Ansah excelled in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.63, while Mingo was even more impressive at 4.58. The LSU star also had impressive displays in the vertical and broad jump. You can see Mingo's entire performance here:

Finally, linebacker Jamie Collins almost out-jumped the drill area in his broad jump of 11'7".

On a day where everyone is trying to show off athleticism, these men stood above the rest.

 

Damontre Moore Falls

Few players hurt their stock on Monday more than projected top-10 pick Damontre Moore.

While he did well in the broad jump and vertical jump, his other numbers were much more concerning. 

Moore had only 12 reps in the bench press, which is two fewer than 174-pound receiver Tavon Austin. He followed that with an official time of 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash, much slower than his competition at the position.

To make matters worse, he appeared to hurt himself in the second run, according to the NFL Network:

This apparent hamstring injury hurt his ability to participate in drills with the rest of the players.

Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey was pretty blunt in his assessment of Moore's performance:

The Texas A&M defensive end had a good season, but his stock is trending down after his workouts.

 

Manti Te'o Stays Under the Microscope

Over the past few weeks, no prospect in this class has been discussed more than Manti Te'o.

The Notre Dame linebacker was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after an incredible 2012 season, but issues off the field and a poor performance in the BCS National Championship Game have hurt his stock.

On Saturday, he seemed to pass the interview process, according to Todd McShay of ESPN:

Still, Te'o needed to answer questions on the field too. The analysts on NFL Network felt that he needed to run a 40-yard dash in under 4.75 seconds to silence critics.

Unfortunately, he was unable to reach this goal as he finished with a time of 4.82 seconds. It is not terrible, but it will not do him any favors as teams will continue to question his ability.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune quoted analyst and former NFL GM Bill Polian saying that Te'o will be a late first-rounder:

Only time will tell if this ends up being a correct estimate for the much-discussed player.

 

Sharrif Floyd Shows His Versatility

While Sharrif Floyd did not do anything spectacular, his ability to do everything well is the reason he is so high on draft boards.

His 40-yard dash time of 4.92 seconds was impressive for a man that weighs 297 pounds. He showed that he has the ability to play either at defensive tackle or defensive end in any system in the NFL.

Floyd also looked good in the drills, as he moved quickly through the obstacles. Dion Caputi of the National Football Post was high on the defender on Monday:

In addition, the young man helped out his cause after the workouts ended with an impressive interview on NFL Network.

There are some guys you simply want on your team, and Floyd seems to be in that category.

 

Complete List of Sunday's 40-Yard Dash Times

Defensive Linemen

Ansah, Ziggy BYU 4.63
Barnes, T.J. Georgia Tech 5.30
Bass, David Missouri Western 4.84
Boyd, Josh Mississippi State 5.14
Bryant, Armonty East Central (OK) 4.86
Buchanan, Michael Illinois 4.78
Carradine, Cornellius Florida State -
Dawkins, Everett Florida State 5.06
Dial, Quinton Alabama -
Edwards, Lavar LSU 4.80
Floyd, Sharrif Florida 4.92
Geathers, Kwame Georgia 5.44
Gholston, William Michigan State 4.96
Goodman, Malliciah Clemson 4.87
Grissom, Cory South Florida 5.31
Hankins, Johnathan Ohio State 5.31
Hill, Jordan Penn State 5.23
Hughes, Montori Tennessee-Martin 5.23
Hunt, Margus SMU 4.60
Jenkins, John Georgia -
Jenkins, Brandon Florida State -
Jones, Chris Bowling Green 5.33
Jones, Abry Georgia -
Jones, Datone UCLA 4.80
Jordan, Dion Oregon 4.60
Kruger, Joe Utah 4.83
Lemonier, Corey Auburn 4.60
Lewis-Moore, Kapron Notre Dame -
Logan, Bennie LSU -
Lotulelei, Star Utah -
Maponga, Stansly TCU -
McGee, Stacy Oklahoma -
Mingo, Barkevious LSU 4.58
Montgomery, Sam LSU 4.81
Moore, Damontre Texas A&M 4.95
Okafor, Alex Texas -
Powell, Ty Harding 4.64
Richardson, Sheldon Missouri 5.02
Short, Kawann Purdue -
Simon, John Ohio State -
Smith, Jared New Hampshire 5.08
Smith, Quanterus Western Kentucky -
Spence, Akeem Illinois 5.15
Square, Damion Alabama -
Stewart, Walter Cincinnati -
Taylor, Devin South Carolina 4.72
Werner, Bjoern Florida State 4.83
Williams, Nate Ohio State 4.88
Williams, Sylvester North Carolina 5.03
Williams, Jesse Alabama -
Williams, Nick Samford 4.94
Williams, Trevardo Connecticut 4.57
Williams, Brandon Missouri Southern State 5.37
Williams, Tourek Florida International 4.92

 

Linebackers

Alonso, Kiko Oregon -
Barrington, Sam South Florida 4.91
Beauharnais, Steve Rutgers 4.84
Bostic, Jon Florida 4.61
Brown, Arthur Kansas St. -
Collins, Jamie Southern Miss 4.64
Gooden, Zaviar Missouri 4.47
Greene, Khaseem Rutgers 4.71
Hepburn, Brandon Florida A&M 4.68
Hodges, Gerald Penn St. 4.78
Holloman, DeVonte South Carolina 4.76
Jenkins, Jelani Florida -
Johnson, Nico Alabama -
Jones, Jarvis Georgia -
Klein, A.J. Iowa St. 4.66
Knott, Jake Iowa St. -
Lotulelei, John UNLV 4.84
Magee, Brandon Arizona State 4.74
Mauti, Michael Penn St. -
McCray, Lerentee Florida -
Minter, Kevin LSU 4.81
Moody, Nick Florida St. 4.71
Moore, Sio Connecticut 4.65
Ogletree, Alec Georgia 4.70
Porter, Sean Texas A&M 4.75
Pough, Keith Howard 4.90
Reddick, Kevin North Carolina 4.72
Sabino, Etienne Ohio St. 4.75
Stewart, Jonathan Texas A&M 4.68
Taylor, Bruce Virginia Tech 5.01
Taylor, Mike Wisconsin -
Te'o, Manti Notre Dame 4.82
Thomas, Chase Stanford 4.91
Washington, Cornelius Georgia 4.55
Wort, Tom Oklahoma 4.78

 

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