NFL Scouting Combine

NFL Combine 2014: Day 5 Results, 40 Times and Recap

South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy/Associated Press
Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Monday was Jadeveon Clowney day at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.  

The South Carolina star and possible top overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft took to the field Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium looking to prove his worth. As expected, he blazed an extremely impressive 40-yard dash, though he decided against participating in the on-field drills.

Of course, Clowney wasn't the only player on display Monday, so let's take a look back at all the results and the major storylines as the defensive linemen and linebackers were in action.
 

Defensive Linemen Results

Michael Conroy/Associated Press
Defensive Linemen
PlayerSchoolHeightWeight40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitBenchVertArm
Jay BromleySyracuse6'3"3065.061.722633.533 1/2
Ryan CarrethersArkansas State6'1"3375.471.78322631 3/4
William ClarkeWest Virginia6'6"2714.771.63223234 5/8
Jadeveon ClowneySouth Carolina6'5"2664.531.562137.534 1/2
Deandre ColemanCalifornia6'5"314DNPDNP24DNP34 3/8
Scott CrichtonOregon State6'3"2734.841.622431.532 3/4
Aaron DonaldPittsburgh6'1"2854.681.59353232 5/8
Kony EalyMissouri6'4"2734.921.66223134 1/4
Dominique EasleyFlorida6'2"288DNPDNP26DNP32 7/8
Kasim EdebaliBoston College6'2"2534.791.641934.532 3/4
Justin EllisLouisiana Tech6'1"3345.271.88252833
I.K. EnemkpallLouisiana Tech6'1"2615.011.75283433 1/8
Ego FergusonLouisiana State6'3"315DNPDNP24DNP32 1/2
Dee FordAuburn6'2"252DNPDNPDNPDNP32 7/8
James GayleVirginia Tech6'4"2594.71.6263732 3/8
Ra'shede HagemanMinnesota6'6"3105.021.753235.534 1/4
Taylor HartOregon6'6"281DNPDNp21DNP32 3/4
Kerry HyderTexas Tech6'2"2905.11.752029.533 1/2
Jackson JeffcoatTexas6'3"2474.631.6183633 7/8
Timmy JerniganFlorida State6'2"2995.061.722729.531 5/8
Anthony JohnsonLouisiana State6'2"3085.241.782024.533
Daquan JonesPenn State6'4"3225.351.812127.533 1/2
Howard JonesShepherd6'2"2354.61.582540.534 1/8
Zach KerrDelaware6'1"3265.081.722828.532 7/8
Demarcus LawrenceBoise State6'3"2514.81.622034.533 3/4
Aaron LynchSouth Florida6'5"249DNPDNP18DNP34
Eathyn ManumaleunaBYU6'2"2965.161.68292832 1/4
Cassius MarshUCLA6'4"2524.891.66143232 3/4
Kareem MartinNorth Carolina6'6"2724.721.532235.535
Josh MauroStanford6'6"2715.211.75213233
Dan McCullersTennessee7-Jun352DNPDNP2720.536 5/8
Tevin MimsSouth Florida6'4"2604.951.691727.533 1/2
Zach MooreConcordia6'5"2694.841.562333.533 3/4
Jonathan NewsomeBall State6'3"2474.731.62213433 1/4
Louis NixNotre Dame6'2"3315.421.85DNP25.533
Jeoffrey PaganAlabama6'3"310DNPDNPDNPDNP33
Tenny PalepoiUtah6'1"2985.11.723130.530 1/2
Mike PennelColorado State - Pueblo6'4"3325.231.752328.533 3/8
Kelcy QuarlesSouth Carolina6'4"2975.031.812723.533 1/4
Kaleb RamseyBoston College6'3"293DNPDNP36DNP32 7/8
Caraun ReidPrinceton6'2"3024.911.692026.533
Michael SamMissouri6'2"2614.911.721725.533 3/8
Chris SmithArkansas6'1"2664.711.59283734 1/8
Marcus SmithLouisville6'3"2514.681.57233534
Shamar StephenConnecticut6'5"3095.251.812530.533 1/8
Ed StinsonAlabama6'3"287DNPDNPDNPDNP33 3/4
Will SuttonArizona State6'0"3035.361.752428.531 1/4
Robert ThomasArkansas6'1"327DNPDNP32DNP33 7/8
Khyri ThorntonSouthern Mississippi6'3"3045.031.72282932 1/2
Stephon TuittNotre Dame6'5"304DNPDNP31DNP34 3/4
George UkoSouthern California6'3"2844.991.751829.533 1/4
Brent UrbanVirginia7-Jun295DNPDNPDNPDNP34 1/4
Larry WebsterBloomsburg6'6"2524.581.571736.533 1/2
Ethan WestbrooksWest Texas A&M6'3"2674.91.75192933 1/4
Chris WhaleyTexas6'3"269DNPDNPDNPDNP32 1/8
Kerry WynnRichmond6'5"2664.971.6313431 3/4
NFL.com

  

Linebacker Results

Michael Conroy/Associated Press
Linebackers
PlayerSchoolHeightWeight40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitBenchVertArm
Jerry AttaochuGeorgia Tech6'3"252DNPDNPDNPDNP33
Anthony BarrUCLA6'5"2554.661.561534.533 1/2
Lamin BarrowLouisiana State6'1"2374.641.59223533 3/8
Chris BorlandWisconsin5'11"2484.831.62273129 1/4
Carl BradfordArizona State6'1"2504.761.662337.530 1/4
Jonathan BrownIllinois6'0"2385.031.79163133
Preston BrownLouisville6'1"2514.861.64233333 1/2
Max BulloughMichigan State6'3"2494.781.62303131
Khairi ForttCalifornia6'2"2484.71.59303633 5/8
Jeremiah GeorgeIowa State5'11"2344.911.66283331 7/8
Anthony HitchensIowa6'0"2404.741.572331.532 1/2
Adrian HubbardAlabama6'6"2574.691.62DNP38.534 1/2
Andrew JacksonWestern Kentucky6'1"254DNPDNPDNPDNP32 1/2
Christian JonesFlorida State6'3"2404.741.6DNP33.533 1/2
Devon KennardSouthern California6'3"2494.71.6233033 3/8
Chris KirkseyIowa6'2"233DNPDNP163232 3/8
Boseko LokomboOregon6'2"2254.661.62DNPDNP33 3/8
Khalil MackBuffalo6'3"2514.651.56234033 1/4
James MorrisIowa6'1"2414.81.621834.530 3/4
C.J. MosleyAlabama6'2"234DNPDNPDNP3533 3/8
Trent MurphyStanford6'5"2504.861.631935.533 7/8
Kevin Pierre-LouisBoston College6'0"2324.511.53283932 1/4
Ronald PowellFlorida6'3"2374.651.562135.532 1/2
Trevor ReillyUtah6'5"245DNPDNP26DNP32 1/4
Ryan ShazierOhio State6'1"237DNPDNP254232 3/8
Prince ShemboNotre Dame6'1"2534.711.592638.533 1/8
Shayne SkovStanford6'2"245DNPDNPDNPDNP30 5/8
Yawin SmallwoodConnecticut6'2"2465.01*1.61836.531 3/4
Telvin SmithFlorida State6'3"2184.521.53DNP31.532 1/2
Tyler StarrSouth Dakota6'4"2504.951.65243232 1/2
Jordan TrippMontana6'3"2344.671.582237.530 3/4
Uani' UngaBYU6'1"231DNPDNPDNPDNP31 3/8
Kyle Van NoyBYU6'3"2434.711.62132.531 5/8
Avery WilliamsonKentucky6'1"2464.661.592530.532 3/4
Jordan ZumwaltUCLA6'4"2354.761.59DNP3331 1/4
NFL.com

  

Recap

 

Did you hear about how that Jadeveon Clowney guy ran pretty fast? Because he ran really, really fast for a defensive end.

Pro Football Talk shared some details from Clowney's performance:

Here's some additional perspective, from NFL on ESPN:

For much of Monday, the talk surrounded Clowney. His 21 bench-press reps came into question from some, while others viewed that tally through a different lens. Here's Clowney repping out, via the NFL's official Twitter account:

Some found Clowney's bench to be a little underwhelming, but Bruce Feldman of CBS...

...and Lost Letterman, among others, put his reps into the proper perspective.

Of course, Clowney wasn't just in the news for his performances in the drills. Dee Ford of Auburn decided to put Clowney on blast, which as you might imagine was the topic of conversation for much of the day.

On Sunday, Ford made the following comments on Sirius XM NFL Radio Sunday (h/t Chase Goodbread of NFL.com):

I'm better (than Clowney). Let's put it like this. People like to talk about size all the time. Size is pretty much overrated in my eyes. You can look at guys like Robert Mathis, Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller. These are 6-2 guys and under. People are just looking at the fact that he's a physical specimen. Honestly if you watch the film, he plays like a blind dog in a meat market, basically.

Ford stood by his comments on Monday, to his credit. You may have thought "blind dog in a meat market" came from a Pearl Jam song or something—seriously, doesn't that phrase sound like it was made to be snarled by Eddie Vedder?—but Ford said it came from Notre Dame assistant coach Brian VanGorder, via Goodbread:

He told me that I had all the first-round ability in the world, but he said I rely on my athleticism, you know, rather than really (bringing) the technical aspects, the fundamental part of the game, watching film, to really become a great pass rusher. So therefore I'm a blind dog in a meat market. So that's one thing he used. When I see Jadeveon, that's what I see. He's 6-foot-6, 270 [pounds], 4.4 guy. He just plays. He can make plays like that, but at the end of the day, does that make you a great pass rusher or a better pass rusher than me? No.

And then, in an awkward moment, the two met on the field, via the NFL on Twitter:

Clowney took a small dig in his rebuttal to Ford, but generally seemed pretty uninterested in the ordeal.

And you are probably uninterested in all of this by now as well, so let's move on.

All eyes were also on Michael Sam at the combine, though he didn't particularly impress in the drills, running a 4.91 40-yard dash and putting up 17 reps on the bench press. He once again didn't look particularly fluid in the on-field drills standing up, and for the moment looks like a situational pass-rusher and special teams contributor.

But the day's big winner was Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who impressed at every turn and may end up being the combine MVP. His 40-yard dash impressed, as Ross Tucker of NBC Sports Network tweeted:

His three-cone performance was extremely impressive, as Josh Norris of Rotoworld noted:

And none of it should come as a surprise, because he's impressed at every turn, per Matt Miller of Bleacher Report:

Oh, and he also benched 225 pounds 35 times. Yep, he won the combine.

The other big stars looking to improve their stock on Monday were edge-rushers Khalil Mack from Buffalo and Anthony Barr out of UCLA, both gunning to be top-10 picks. Mack generally tested better than Barr, however, and Sigmund Bloom of Football Guys thinks he solidified his stock as a top-10 outside linebacker and will be the first off the board at the position:

Of course, many NFL folks still think Barr has more upside—he's a converted running back, remember—but Mack probably made himself a bit of money at the combine.

 

What's Next?

The combine concludes with the defensive backs, as players like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor, Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard, among others, look to prove their worth as first-round talents. While the combine isn't always a true indicator of a prospect's future success in the NFL, all eyes will be on these defensive backs to see who is big enough, physical enough and strong enough to match up with the league's best wideouts.

Along with the running backs and wide receivers, the 40-yard dash is always a lot of fun to watch when the defensive backs hit the track, so Tuesday should be a fun conclusion to this annual event. Gilbert and Dennard could solidify their spots as the potential top corner of the class with a strong showing. The player with that distinction could sneak into the top 10.

 

All combine results courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker. 

 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices