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Path To Primetime: Defensive Line

Posted Feb 22, 2011

NFL Combine: A look at this year's crop of DL prospects, the best performances of 2010 and Kansas City's current DL situation

Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium won’t host Super Bowl XLVI for another 11 months, but the Super Bowl of Scouting begins Thursday in downtown Indy. A total of 330 draft-eligible prospects will run, lift, jump and interview for personnel representatives from all 32 NFL teams February 24th – March 1st.

Of those 330, around 250 are expected to be drafted.

The week’s results will directly affect April’s draft board, which in turn will affect who returns to Indianapolis on February 5, 2012.

Once KCChiefs.com lands in Indy, we’ll keep you updated on all of the Combine happenings. Until then, let’s take a look at who might become a Chief this April.

 

Chiefs Defensive Line Situation

Under Contract (4): Glenn Dorsey, Dion Gales, Tyson Jackson, Anthony Toribio

Without Contracts (3): Ron Edwards, Wallace Gilberry, Shaun Smith

2010 Combine Participants: Cameron Sheffield

 

*Sheffield's Combine Results

40 Speed: 4.92

3-Cone: 7.23

Shuttle: 4.53

Vertical: 35.50

Broad: 116

Bench: 33

*2010 Combine Bests compiled from ESPN (some categories may be incomplete)

40 SPEED: 40-yard dash time.

3-CONE: 3-cone drill time.

SHUTTLE: 20-yard shuttle time.

VERTICAL: Vertical jump - measured by the differential between a players reach and the marked flag.

BROAD: Broad jump distance.

BENCH: Bench press - measured by the number of times a player bench presses 225pds.

 

*2010 Combine Bests (Defensive Tackles)

40 Speed: 4.81 – Earl Mitchell, Arizona (3rd round, HOU)

3-Cone: 7.15 – Tyson Alualu, California (1st round, JAX)

Shuttle: 4.43 – Two Tied

Geno Atkins, Georgia (4th round, CIN)

Alualu

Vertical: 37.00 – Al Woods, LSU (4th round, NO)

Broad: 117 – Atkins

Bench: 44 – Jeffrey Owens, Georgia (7th round, PHI)

*2010 Combine Bests compiled from ESPN (some categories may be incomplete)

40 SPEED: 40-yard dash time.

3-CONE: 3-cone drill time.

SHUTTLE: 20-yard shuttle time.

VERTICAL: Vertical jump - measured by the differential between a players reach and the marked flag.

BROAD: Broad jump distance.

BENCH: Bench press - measured by the number of times a player bench presses 225pds.

 

*2010 Combine Bests (Defensive Ends)

40 Speed: 4.66 – Everson Griffen, USC (4th round, MIN)

3-Cone: 6.91 – Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington (3rd round, PHI)

Shuttle: 4.18 – Te’o-Nesheim

Vertical: 38.00 – Two Tied

Greg Middleton, Indiana (Undrafted, FA)

Willie Young, NC State (7th round, DET)

Broad: 125 – Austen Lane, Murray State (5th round, JAX)

Bench: 32 – C.J. Wilson, East Carolina (7th round, GB)

 

2011 Combine Invites (DL):

DL1: Sam Acho, Texas (DE)

DL2: Olufemi Ajiboye, South Carolina (DT)

DL3: Pierre Allen, Nebraska (DE)

DL4: Marvin Austin, North Carolina (DT)

DL5: Allen Bailey, Miami (DE)

DL6: Brandon Bair, Oregon (DT)

DL7: Christian Ballard, Iowa (ST)

(Ballard Senior Bowl Spotlight)

DL8: Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma (DE)

DL9: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson (DE)

DL10: Chris Carter, Fresno State (DE)

DL11: Jurrell Casey, USC (DT)

DL12: Ugo Chinasa, Oklahoma State (DE)

DL13: Adrian Calyborn, Iowa (DE)

DL14: Wayne Daniels, TCU (DE)

DL15: Marcell Dareus, Alabama (DE)

DL16: Demarcus Dobbs, Georgia (DE)

DL17: Kenrick Ellis, Hampton (DT)

DL18: Rick Elmore, Arizona (DE)

DL19: Nick Fairley, Auburn (DT)

DL20: Sione Fua, Stanford (NT)

DL21: John Graves, Virginia Tech (DT)

DL22: Lawrence Guy, Arizona State (DT)

DL23: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (DE)

DL24: Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (DT)

DL25: Cameron Jordan, California (DE)

DL26: Ryan Kerrigan (DE)

DL27: Karl Klug, Iowa (DT)

DL28: Lazarius Levingston, LSU (DT)

DL29: Corey Liuget, Illinois (DT)

DL30: Kentrell Lockett, Mississippi (DE)

DL31: Cliff Matthews, South Carolina (DE)

DL32: Terrell McClain, South Florida (DT)

DL33: Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State (DE)

DL34: Bruce Miller, Central Florida (DE)

DL35: Dontay Moch, Nevada (DE)

DL36: Chrisopher Neild, West Virginia (DT)

DL37: Drake Nevis, LSU (DT)

DL38: Cheta Ozougwu, Rice (DE)

DL39: Stephen Paea, Oregon State (DE)

DL40: Martin Parker, Richmond (DT)

DL41: Jerrell Powe, Mississippi (NT)

DL42: Robert Quinn, North Carolina (DE)

DL43: Brooks Reed, Arizona (DE)

DL44: D'Aundre Reed, Arizona (DE)

DL45: Gregory Romeus, Pittsburgh (DE)

DL46: Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh (DE)

DL47: Sealver Siliga, Utah (DT)

DL48: Aldon Smith, Missouri (DE)

DL49: Adrian Taylor, Oklahoma (DT)

DL50: Phillip Taylor, Baylor (DT)

DL51: Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas (DT)

DL52: Justin Watt, Wisconsin (DE)

DL53: Markus White, Florida State (DE)

DL54: Colby Whitlock, Texas Tech

DL55: Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple (DT)

DL56: Ian Williams, Notre Dame (NT)

DL57: Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State (DE)

Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft. – www.nflcombine.net

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