2017 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 3: Defensive Linemen and Linebackers

Another day with another tremendously deep position group in the draft. This class has an unbelievable crop of defensive lineman in it and I know there are teams that are just salivating after seeing some of the defensive lineman that tested. If the Browns do anything but take Myles Garrett at #1 after the day that he had, they should just move the franchise.

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama: Allen is an absolute stud, but some red flags cropped up for him medically at the Combine. Specifically he has arthritis in his shoulder that is not going to get better over time. Testing-wise he had a 1.74 10-yard split, 21 reps on the bench, a 30″ vertical and a 9′ broad jump. That split is great for a guy his size (6’2.5″ 286 lbs) and if he can convince teams he will be fine medically, he should go Top 10 no problem.

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: Barnett worked out despite being injured and he put up some pretty impressive numbers. At 6’3″ 259 lbs he posted a 1.70 10-yard split, a 31″ vertical and a 9’9″ broad jump. He’s an explosive pass rusher and he is a guy that I would like the Lions to target at pick #21 if Taco Charlton or Haason Reddick are gone.

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: One of my favorite players in the Draft and a guy I’ve been a fan of ever since he stepped on campus at Michigan. Taco weighed in at 6’5″ 277 lbs and posted a 1.73 10-yard split, 25 reps on the bench, 33″ vertical and a 9’8″ broad jump. He is a big time athlete that is still developing as a pass rusher. He has not even come close to his ceiling yet.

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Myles Garrett was created in a lab. There’s really not much else to say about this guy. If the Browns do not take him at #1 it would be one of the biggest mistakes in Draft history. 6’4″ 272 lbs, 1.63 10-yard split, 4.64 40, 33 reps on the bench, 41″ vertical, 10’8″ broad jump. I mean, come on.

Freak. Show.

Takk McKinley, DE, UCLA: Takk weighed in at 6’2″ 250 lbs and then posted a blazing 1.61 10-yard split, with 24 reps on the bench, a 33 inch vertical and a 10’2″ broad jump. The guy can flat-out move and that was made quite clear to everyone at the Combine.

Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: Thomas is basically this year’s Sheldon Rankins for me. Someone I absolutely love as a player that has absolutely no chance of lasting until the Lions pick. He weighed in at 6’2″ 273 lbs, posted a 1.66 10-yard split and then added 30 reps on the bench, a 35″ vertical and a 10’6″ broad jump. The guy is a flat-out ballplayer and has the numbers to match up to the tape.

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA: Vanderdoes is not the most athletic defensive tackle in the draft but the way he moved during drills certainly opened my eyes. He weighed in at 6’3″ 305 lbs, posted a 1.70 10-yard split, 28 reps on the bench, a 28.5″ vertical, and a 9’3″ broad jump. He’s not exactly an explosive athlete but he clearly has the quickness to get off the ball very quickly.

Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State: Perhaps the biggest winner of the entire NFL Combine. He weighed in at 6’3″ 255 lbs and then posted a 1.54 10-yard split (4.53 40), 24 reps on the bench, a 39″ vertical and a 10’5″ broad jump. He sent a lot of teams back to the tape and it would not shock me if he snuck into the end of the first round.

Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan: Wormley will not go in the first round, but he has a chance to have a long career with first round production. A team is going to get an absolute steal in the 2nd or 3rd round. Wormley is versatile and athletic enough to play multiple positions on the line and this is a huge asset. Now he did not work out at the Combine because he was injured right before hand, and that’s why he’s mentioned here…if he could have posted some eye-popping numbers it would have really helped his stock.

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State: McMillan is going to end up going in the second round, but he had a very solid day of work at the Combine. He weighed in at 6’1″ 240 lbs, posted a 4.61 40, 23 reps on the bench, a 33″ vertical and a 10’1″ broad jump. He’s not some ridiculous athlete, but he’s got a good profile to be a productive middle linebacker at the NFL level.

Jabrill Peppers, LB/S, Michigan: I’m going to try to keep this short because I could have written an entire post on Jabrill’s two days at the Combine and I probably should have. The kid has some incredible charisma and confidence and that swagger is going to result in some teams falling in love with him. While many say he’s not a pure safety or do not think he has a position, the one thing that is undeniable is his athleticism. He weighed in at 5’10” 213 lbs, posted a 4.46 40, 19 reps on the bench, a 35.5″ vertical and a 10’8″ broad jump. He had only been practicing DB drills leading up to the Combine but was told he had to work out as a LB if he wanted to do DB drills. He practiced each drill off to the side before he went through them and even though he looked undersized, he performed extremely well during the drills. He looked very smooth going through each of them and his footwork was tremendous. Then during the DB drills he did a great job showing he could open up his hips, and caught the ball very well. I think he’s going to end up going in the late first round and a team is going to end up with a steal.

Haason Reddick, LB, Temple: Reddick was listed with the DEs and worked out with them because that is where he played in college (similar to Peppers situation), but I put him with the LBs because his numbers against most of the DEs are not a fair comparison. He’s only 6’1″ 237 lbs but he posted 1.59 10-yard split (4.52 40), 24 reps on the bench, a 36.5″ vertical and an 11’1″ broad jump. I’m hoping he falls to the Lions because he looks like he’s going to be an impact player.

T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin: Probably the second best linebacker in the Draft after Reddick. Watt weighed in at 6’4″ 252 lbs, posted a 4.69 40, 21 reps on the bench, a 37″ vertical and a 10’8″ broad jump. He looked good during drills and was efficient with his movements. He’s going to be a good player in the NFL.

2017 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 1: Offensive Linemen, Running Backs
2017 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 2: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
2017 NFL Scouting Combine Recap Day 4: Defensive Backs

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