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

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

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Defensive Linemen
Player School Height Weight 40-Yd Dash 10-Yd Split Bench Vert Arm
Jay Bromley Syracuse 6'3" 306 5.06 1.72 26 33.5 33 1/2
Ryan Carrethers Arkansas State 6'1" 337 5.47 1.78 32 26 31 3/4
William Clarke West Virginia 6'6" 271 4.77 1.63 22 32 34 5/8
Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina 6'5" 266 4.53 1.56 21 37.5 34 1/2
Deandre Coleman California 6'5" 314 DNP DNP 24 DNP 34 3/8
Scott Crichton Oregon State 6'3" 273 4.84 1.62 24 31.5 32 3/4
Aaron Donald Pittsburgh 6'1" 285 4.68 1.59 35 32 32 5/8
Kony Ealy Missouri 6'4" 273 4.92 1.66 22 31 34 1/4
Dominique Easley Florida 6'2" 288 DNP DNP 26 DNP 32 7/8
Kasim Edebali Boston College 6'2" 253 4.79 1.64 19 34.5 32 3/4
Justin Ellis Louisiana Tech 6'1" 334 5.27 1.88 25 28 33
I.K. Enemkpall Louisiana Tech 6'1" 261 5.01 1.75 28 34 33 1/8
Ego Ferguson Louisiana State 6'3" 315 DNP DNP 24 DNP 32 1/2
Dee Ford Auburn 6'2" 252 DNP DNP DNP DNP 32 7/8
James Gayle Virginia Tech 6'4" 259 4.7 1.6 26 37 32 3/8
Ra'shede Hageman Minnesota 6'6" 310 5.02 1.75 32 35.5 34 1/4
Taylor Hart Oregon 6'6" 281 DNP DNp 21 DNP 32 3/4
Kerry Hyder Texas Tech 6'2" 290 5.1 1.75 20 29.5 33 1/2
Jackson Jeffcoat Texas 6'3" 247 4.63 1.6 18 36 33 7/8
Timmy Jernigan Florida State 6'2" 299 5.06 1.72 27 29.5 31 5/8
Anthony Johnson Louisiana State 6'2" 308 5.24 1.78 20 24.5 33
Daquan Jones Penn State 6'4" 322 5.35 1.81 21 27.5 33 1/2
Howard Jones Shepherd 6'2" 235 4.6 1.58 25 40.5 34 1/8
Zach Kerr Delaware 6'1" 326 5.08 1.72 28 28.5 32 7/8
Demarcus Lawrence Boise State 6'3" 251 4.8 1.62 20 34.5 33 3/4
Aaron Lynch South Florida 6'5" 249 DNP DNP 18 DNP 34
Eathyn Manumaleuna BYU 6'2" 296 5.16 1.68 29 28 32 1/4
Cassius Marsh UCLA 6'4" 252 4.89 1.66 14 32 32 3/4
Kareem Martin North Carolina 6'6" 272 4.72 1.53 22 35.5 35
Josh Mauro Stanford 6'6" 271 5.21 1.75 21 32 33
Dan McCullers Tennessee 7-Jun 352 DNP DNP 27 20.5 36 5/8
Tevin Mims South Florida 6'4" 260 4.95 1.69 17 27.5 33 1/2
Zach Moore Concordia 6'5" 269 4.84 1.56 23 33.5 33 3/4
Jonathan Newsome Ball State 6'3" 247 4.73 1.62 21 34 33 1/4
Louis Nix Notre Dame 6'2" 331 5.42 1.85 DNP 25.5 33
Jeoffrey Pagan Alabama 6'3" 310 DNP DNP DNP DNP 33
Tenny Palepoi Utah 6'1" 298 5.1 1.72 31 30.5 30 1/2
Mike Pennel Colorado State - Pueblo 6'4" 332 5.23 1.75 23 28.5 33 3/8
Kelcy Quarles South Carolina 6'4" 297 5.03 1.81 27 23.5 33 1/4
Kaleb Ramsey Boston College 6'3" 293 DNP DNP 36 DNP 32 7/8
Caraun Reid Princeton 6'2" 302 4.91 1.69 20 26.5 33
Michael Sam Missouri 6'2" 261 4.91 1.72 17 25.5 33 3/8
Chris Smith Arkansas 6'1" 266 4.71 1.59 28 37 34 1/8
Marcus Smith Louisville 6'3" 251 4.68 1.57 23 35 34
Shamar Stephen Connecticut 6'5" 309 5.25 1.81 25 30.5 33 1/8
Ed Stinson Alabama 6'3" 287 DNP DNP DNP DNP 33 3/4
Will Sutton Arizona State 6'0" 303 5.36 1.75 24 28.5 31 1/4
Robert Thomas Arkansas 6'1" 327 DNP DNP 32 DNP 33 7/8
Khyri Thornton Southern Mississippi 6'3" 304 5.03 1.72 28 29 32 1/2
Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame 6'5" 304 DNP DNP 31 DNP 34 3/4
George Uko Southern California 6'3" 284 4.99 1.75 18 29.5 33 1/4
Brent Urban Virginia 7-Jun 295 DNP DNP DNP DNP 34 1/4
Larry Webster Bloomsburg 6'6" 252 4.58 1.57 17 36.5 33 1/2
Ethan Westbrooks West Texas A&M 6'3" 267 4.9 1.75 19 29 33 1/4
Chris Whaley Texas 6'3" 269 DNP DNP DNP DNP 32 1/8
Kerry Wynn Richmond 6'5" 266 4.97 1.6 31 34 31 3/4

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Linebacker Results

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Linebackers
Player School Height Weight 40-Yd Dash 10-Yd Split Bench Vert Arm
Jerry Attaochu Georgia Tech 6'3" 252 DNP DNP DNP DNP 33
Anthony Barr UCLA 6'5" 255 4.66 1.56 15 34.5 33 1/2
Lamin Barrow Louisiana State 6'1" 237 4.64 1.59 22 35 33 3/8
Chris Borland Wisconsin 5'11" 248 4.83 1.62 27 31 29 1/4
Carl Bradford Arizona State 6'1" 250 4.76 1.66 23 37.5 30 1/4
Jonathan Brown Illinois 6'0" 238 5.03 1.79 16 31 33
Preston Brown Louisville 6'1" 251 4.86 1.64 23 33 33 1/2
Max Bullough Michigan State 6'3" 249 4.78 1.62 30 31 31
Khairi Fortt California 6'2" 248 4.7 1.59 30 36 33 5/8
Jeremiah George Iowa State 5'11" 234 4.91 1.66 28 33 31 7/8
Anthony Hitchens Iowa 6'0" 240 4.74 1.57 23 31.5 32 1/2
Adrian Hubbard Alabama 6'6" 257 4.69 1.62 DNP 38.5 34 1/2
Andrew Jackson Western Kentucky 6'1" 254 DNP DNP DNP DNP 32 1/2
Christian Jones Florida State 6'3" 240 4.74 1.6 DNP 33.5 33 1/2
Devon Kennard Southern California 6'3" 249 4.7 1.6 23 30 33 3/8
Chris Kirksey Iowa 6'2" 233 DNP DNP 16 32 32 3/8
Boseko Lokombo Oregon 6'2" 225 4.66 1.62 DNP DNP 33 3/8
Khalil Mack Buffalo 6'3" 251 4.65 1.56 23 40 33 1/4
James Morris Iowa 6'1" 241 4.8 1.62 18 34.5 30 3/4
C.J. Mosley Alabama 6'2" 234 DNP DNP DNP 35 33 3/8
Trent Murphy Stanford 6'5" 250 4.86 1.63 19 35.5 33 7/8
Kevin Pierre-Louis Boston College 6'0" 232 4.51 1.53 28 39 32 1/4
Ronald Powell Florida 6'3" 237 4.65 1.56 21 35.5 32 1/2
Trevor Reilly Utah 6'5" 245 DNP DNP 26 DNP 32 1/4
Ryan Shazier Ohio State 6'1" 237 DNP DNP 25 42 32 3/8
Prince Shembo Notre Dame 6'1" 253 4.71 1.59 26 38.5 33 1/8
Shayne Skov Stanford 6'2" 245 DNP DNP DNP DNP 30 5/8
Yawin Smallwood Connecticut 6'2" 246 5.01* 1.6 18 36.5 31 3/4
Telvin Smith Florida State 6'3" 218 4.52 1.53 DNP 31.5 32 1/2
Tyler Starr South Dakota 6'4" 250 4.95 1.65 24 32 32 1/2
Jordan Tripp Montana 6'3" 234 4.67 1.58 22 37.5 30 3/4
Uani' Unga BYU 6'1" 231 DNP DNP DNP DNP 31 3/8
Kyle Van Noy BYU 6'3" 243 4.71 1.6 21 32.5 31 5/8
Avery Williamson Kentucky 6'1" 246 4.66 1.59 25 30.5 32 3/4
Jordan Zumwalt UCLA 6'4" 235 4.76 1.59 DNP 33 31 1/4

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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. 

 

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