Combine Stats: Defensive Linemen

Here’s an inside look at some of the Scouting Combine performances.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Categories: 2010 NFL Combine, Combine Results, Ryan Mink

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Sure, the health reports and measurements are what the Ravens front office is most interested in at the Scouting Combine. But let’s get to what us viewers pay attention to – what these guys look like in action.

Here’s a look at some of the results of note at the defensive line position Monday at the Scouting Combine.

Bench Press

1. Jeff Owens, Georgia – 44
2. Linval Joeseph, East Carolina – 39
3. Geno Atkins, Georgia – 34
4. Torell Troup, Central Florida – 34
5. Brian Price, UCLA – 34

40-Yard Dash

1. Dexter Davis, Arizona State – 4.64
2. Everson Griffen, Southern California – 4.66
3. Arthur Moats, James Madison – 4.66
4. Jerry Hughes, TCU – 4.69
5. Ricky Sapp, Clemson – 4.70

Vertical Jump

1. Greg Middleton, Indiana – 38.0
2. Koa Misi, Utah – 38.0
3. Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech – 38.0
4. Willie Young, North Carolina State – 38.0
5. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington – 37.0

Good Impression: Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, 6-4, 295
McCoy only pushed out 23 reps on the bench press, which is unexplainable. But he is known more for his speed and ran a very respectable 4.96. McCoy’s greatest impression may have been in interviews because he certainly showed some personality with the media. Among the highlights was saying he would kill fellow Sooner Sam Bradford if he got the chance in the NFL. He was joking of course … I think.

Worth a Second Look: LaMarr Houston, Texas, 6-2, 305
The defensive tackle had a great Senior Bowl and continued that momentum with a standout Combine. He wore bright yellow shoes, which you usually don’t see for a defensive tackle. But he backed it up with a solid 40-time at 4.85 unofficial. He started 32 career games, including 20 at defensive tackle.

Subpar Impression: Jason Pierre-Paul, Central Florida, 6-6, 260
Much of the intrigue surrounding Pierre-Paul, and the reason why many have him projected to be selected in the top half of the draft, is that he’s supposedly a physical freak. He can do back hand-springs with the best of them, but he didn’t show off his athleticism at the Combine. He notched just 19 bench press reps and didn’t register in other top categories.

Did Not Fully Participate: Brandon Graham, Michigan (hamstring)

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