Day 5 of the NFL Combine was a big day as the we got to see the first group of defenders take part in on field workouts both timed and position related. While they were working out on the field the defensive backs were taking the Wonderlic Testing and Bench Press. With plenty of going on, here is a look at the Day 5 NFL Combine News and Notes.
Day 5 NFL Combine News and Notes
Da’Ron Payne Makes his Case
Watch any game of Da’Ron Payne and you see him dominate with power, but come the Combine not only did Payne showcase that power he moved very well showing off some sneaky athleticism. At 6’2 311lbs he ran a 4.95 40 yard dash and then went out in drills and put on a show moving well with good quickness. For a guy his size he fired off the ball well and was able to change directions with ease. In the bag drill he showed heavy powerful hands that he used in games to shed blocks and make tackles.
Nathan Shepherd looks good
In the little that he was at the Senior Bowl he generated enough buzz to really get his name out there. He continued his momentum at the Combine showing that he belongs and looked as if he was one of the best tackles there. In the on field drills he showed good power to rock back the bags while most defenders were not hitting them as tough. Small school guys need to show they belong and Shepherd definitely belong today.
Rasheem Green looks athletic
Green was one player that didn’t really stand out to me on tape, but after his performance at the Combine and knowing he played out of position as a 3-4 defensive end will force myself and others to go back and watch more tape. Green looked nature in his movement skills having a 1.66 10 yard split and showing the quickness and some fluidity in drills. After this performance the teams who run four man fronts will really like him.
Marcus Davenport Fast
A slow start to the Senior Bowl had some of the shine had started to come off of Davenport, but after the day he had at the Combine and it’s going to come back. Davenport was impressive in his 40 yard dash with an impressive 4.58 and a 1.63 10 yard split showing his burst off the line. In drills Davenport continued to show his quickness and fluid movement skills. While he is still raw the praise he is getting from the National media who could be hearing from their scouting sources could mean that Davenport being mocked close to the top 10 could actually happen.
Dorance Armstong and Harold Landry shine in LB drills
Both prospects were part of a handful of defensive line prospects that took part in linebackers drills in addition to the line drills and both took the opportunity to shine. Out of the entire group Armstrong and Landry looked the most comfortable dropping into coverage and changing directions. This is good for both prospects as they’ll likely have to make the transition to 3-4 OLB at the next level. Landry also shined in the 3 Cone Drill posting a 6.88 time which for pass rushers anything under 7.0 has in the past translated to great success in the NFL.
Bradley Chubb and Treamine Edmunds Check all the Boxes
Heading into the Combine Chubb and Edmunds were considered to be the two best defenders in the entire draft. So they didn’t need to blow up the Combine but just put up solid numbers. Chubb put up good a good 1.63 10 yard split showing off his burst off the line while in drills he moved well looking like one of the better athletes. Even when competing in linebacker drills Chubb held his own and looked comfortable dropping back. For Edmunds there were some concerns that he wasn’t as good of an athlete as we all wanted him to be. His 4.54 40 yard dash showed the speed to make plays sideline to sideline whil ea 9’9″ broad jump wasn’t great it was right on line with the positional averages. But Edmunds shined in positional drills showing burst and change of direction skills that make him so elite. Both of these prospects are sure fire top 10 picks.
Shaquem Griffin Keeps Impressing
He shined on the field at Central Florida, performed well at the Senior Bowl and then keeps turning heads at the Combine. First it was 20 reps at the bench press using a prosthetic arm, while a 4.38 40 set a record for linebackers. Griffin did cramp up after the 40 but he didn’t let that affect him as he powered through the entire field drills showing his toughness and competitiveness. Griffin had always been a lock to be drafted, but his stock is at an all time high and having him go in the middle rounds seem all but certain.