2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive End Results

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 17: Defensive end Carlos Dunlap #8 of the Florida Gators sets on defense against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks October 17, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Continuing on with our 2010 NFL Combine results breakdown, we take a look at the defensive ends, where Jason Paul-Pierre "wowed" everyone with 13 consecutive back flips , and then ran a blazing 40 time.

Check to see where the other top defensive ends ranked in the major drills this year at the NFL Combine :

40-Yard Dash

1. Jason Paul-Pierre, South Florida (4.64)

2. Dexter Davis, Arizona State (4.64)

3. Arthur Moats, James Madison (4.66)

4. Everson Griffin, USC (4.66)

5. Jerry Hughes, TCU (4.69)

Koa Misi tied with Hughes for fifth place with a 4.69 40-time.

No one was shocked to see Jason Paul-Pierre lead the defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, but they may have been at least slightly surprised at just how athletic he looked in most of his drills.

Everson Griffin turned in an excellent 40-time, showing some speed that some scouts may not have thought he had.

Jerry Hughes also put in an elite time, showing he has the speed to handle the outside if he switches to linebacker.

Brandon Lang and Austen Lane are two notable names who ran mediocre 40-times, both clocking in at over 4.8 in their runs.

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Bench Press

1. Everson Griffin, USC (32 reps)

2. C.J. Wilson, East Carolina (32)

3. Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State (32)

4. Brandon Graham, Michigan (31)

5. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington (29)

Everson Griffin added to his excellent speed by tying for the most reps on the bench press, putting his excellent combination of speed and strength on display for all to see.

Brandon Graham, who had a decent 40-time (but didn't blow anyone away), landed in the top-five with just one rep away from the top spot, showing scouts some good strength.

Carlos Dunlap is a notable name that bombed on the bench press, mustering just 21 reps, while the guy everyone has been hyping, Paul-Pierre, did even worse, with just 19 reps.

Vertical Jump

1. Willie Young, NC State (38.0")

2. Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (38.0")

3. Koa Misi, Utah (38.0")

4. Greg Middleton, Indiana (38")

5. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington (37.0")

All of the top five linemen in this drill had impressive showings, displaying solid explosion, as the top four players tied for fourth place. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim registered his third placement out of the four major drills, boosting his draft stock.

Carlos Dunlap was once again a notable poor performer, managing just a 31.5 inch leap.

Broad Jump

1. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington (10'8")

2. Koa Misi, Utah (10'7")

3. Austen Lane, Murray State (10'5")

4. Arthur Moats, James Madison (10'2")

5. Willie Young, NC State (9'10")

Te'o-Nesheim finished a very strong combine atop the leader board with a stellar broad jump, beating out Utah's Koa Misis by one inch.

Willie Young found himself in his second top-five listing, showing some more athleticism and explosiveness.

Carlos Dunlap handed in a decent 9'3'' broad jump, but still had one of the lower ranked jumps.


Daniel Te'o Nesheim improved his stock with three top-five finishes, as he showed good athleticism and solid strength in all the drills.

Defensive ends that could be making the switch, such as Jerry Hughes and Brandon Graham both showed good speed, although Graham did out-bench Hughes by five reps.

Carlos Dunlap might as well have never shown up, as he placed in the top-five in zero of the major drills, and had a very weak showing on the bench press. He did show some solid speed, however, finishing just .02 seconds out of the top-five in the 40-yard dash.

Jason Paul-Pierre was a mixed bag, leading all defensive ends in the 40, while showing great explosiveness and athleticism throughout the combine, but also showed his obvious lack of strength in the bench press.

Everson Griffin had arguably the most impressive and successful overall Combine, as he tied for third in the 40-yard dash, and found himself atop the leader board on the bench press.

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