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NFL Combine 2010 Results: Sean Weatherspoon Stands Above All Other Linebackers

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 7:  Sean Weatherspoon #12 of the Missouri Tigers walks on the field during the game against the Baylor Bears at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 1, 2010

With the linebackers finishing up their field drills and events at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, there is one particular athlete who has stood out and above all the other linebackers.

That athlete is Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon.

Not a huge, imposing figure in comparison to NFL linebacker standards—Weatherspoon stand at 6'0.375" and 239 pounds—he nevertheless plays a much bigger game when on the football field on game days.

Showing his physical talent in the drills, Weatherspoon managed to run a fast 4.57 seconds (unofficially) in the 40-yard dash and managed the second-best showing for linebackers with 34 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. His vertical leap was 40 inches, and his broad jump was 10'3".

He looked both fast and strong in both field drills and events, and both scouts and coaches took notice.

Weatherspoon yielded 388 total tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, and four interceptions, with two of them returned for a touchdown, in his college career.

Whether Weatherspoon will be a good fit as an outside linebacker, which he may be a bit too small for, or an inside linebacker, which seems a better fit, he will provide impact on the defense of whichever NFL team selects him.

Currently projected as a late first or early second round pick, Weatherspoon's clinic that was on display in Indy should move him as high as a top 20 pick in the first round.


(Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the NFL Scouting Combine for Bleacher Report.)

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