As much attention was drawn to the QBs, WRS and RBs, during their on-field workouts on Sunday, Monday morning was equally full of buzz, highlighted by South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney's performance.
Clowney was one of the players I was curious to watch and hear from at the combine. Let's be honest, the guy's life hasn't been the same, after his crushing hit against Michigan's Vincent Smith, which went viral within seconds.
"Coming into the next season, after "the hit", people were talking about me sitting out, all of this, all of that," Clowney said. "A lot of people expected stuff that was impossible, like 10 sacks a game, 30 tackles-for-loss. I knew that wasn’t going to happen of course, but a lot of people expected it. I just went out there and played my game, hard and physical football, like I played my last two years
there. We won, like I said, we won and got a high ranking."
Don't kid yourself, there are several other talents in addition to Clowney that showed their stuff on Monday, including Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald, who was asked what he hopes to prove at the combine.
"I continue to try to open their eyes that I'm an athlete," Donald said. "I'm athletic and I want just to show that I can move. I feel like there are a lot of things I showed that I can do already."
Following his Most Outstanding Player Award-winning performance at the Senior Bowl, Donald moved very well on Monday, running a 4.68-second 40-yard dash and crushed out 35 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press. Of the questions that face Donald, his height (6'06, 280 pounds).
"The questions about my size never got to me; it is what it is," Donald said. "Thinking about it isn't going to get me any taller. All I can (do) is go play the game of football, the way I play it: hard-nosed out there, trying to make plays."
"To be honest with you, and it might sound a little cocky, but I believed that I could be a first-round pick, when I first got to Mizzou," Ealy said. "My strength coach will tell you, I was in his ear every day and he told me things I needed to hear and things I didn't want to hear and it helped mold me into the young man that I am today."
Ealy measured in at 6'4, 273 pounds and among his on-field drills, his 6.83-second time in the 3-cone drill was notable, among his productive day.
The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine officially concludes on Tuesday, when the DBs take center stage, hoping to close out the job-fair-like event in spectacular fashion.
ICYMI: The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine
Day 1 - Special Teams, OL and TEs
Day 2 - QBs, RBs and WRs
Day 3 - D-Line and LBs