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  • Defensive Linemen Workout Analysis

    From Scout.Com:


    All but a few of the top defensive lineman took to the field this morning and performed for scouts. Here are comments on their performances as well as hand-times for both 40-yard runs. Also included are notes on the defensive linemen who took part in linebacker drills.


    Victor Abiamiri/Notre Dame: Looked athletic during the linemen drills displaying a quick change of direction and good lateral speed. He struggled moving in reverse during linebacker drills and dropped several easy "interceptions".

    Gaines Adams/Clemson: Hands down the star of the morning session. Looked like a supreme athlete on the field, effortlessly moving in all directions with speed. He showed good punch with his hands and was outstanding in linebacker drills. Fluid moving in reverse, he opened his hip to simulate transitioning in coverage and displayed good hands for the "interception".

    C.J. Ah You/Oklahoma: Ran well in the forty yet did not look athletic in drills. Showed an average change of direction and had no punch with his hands.

    Jay Alford/Penn State: Really struggled with the extra bulk he brought to Indy. After a pair of slow 40's Alford was slow changing direction, something he did with ease in college.

    Antwan Applewhite/San Diego St.: Applewhite ran slower than expected and had some problems in the drills. Not real fluid, he was all over the place and displayed limited balance. That said Applewhite did show good overall quickness, moved with speed in every direction and did a solid job in linebacker drills.

    Baraka Atkins/Miami-Fl: Atkins performed well in all areas, which is no surprise. He was fluid, showed quick feet and practiced with good balance. Now if he only played that way consistently.

    Dan Bazuin/Central Michigan: Bazuin struggled today and as a result his draft stock will drop. After some disappointing times in the forty his practice session was poor. Bazuin looked like a limited athlete, struggled changing direction and was terrible during linebacker drills. Slow in his hips, he could not backpedal and was constantly slipping to the turf.

    Larry Birdine/Oklahoma: Birdine was another who watched his draft stock tumble. He did not display the athleticism expected.

    Alan Branch/Michigan: Branch worked hard and ran reasonably well in the forty. And while he flashed athleticism he quickly faded during the practice session and seemed out of shape. His stock is slipping. Several teams we spoke with at today's workouts said were it any ordinary player from any ordinary program they'd probably stamp him with a third round grade. Expect Branch to make a Jimmy Kennedy like fall in the draft.

    Kareem Brown/Miami-Fl: It was mind-boggling to many that Brown did not run the forty. He did workout and it was nothing special.

    Adam Carriker/Nebraska: Carriker ran well and lifted reasonably well (33-reps) yet looked tight in drills. We were expecting a good workout that would get him top 12 consideration but it was not the case.

    Tim Crowder/Texas: Crowder was fantastic from start to finish. He's a fluid athlete with good movement skills. And while he needs to work on his backpedal, for the most part Crowder did a good job in the linebacker drills.

    Victor Degrate/Oklahoma St: Degrate's times in the forty were disappointing but he practiced at a much faster tempo displaying a good burst and solid quickness.

    Justin Harrell/Tennessee: Harrell moved reasonably well showing lateral speed and quick feet. He was in and out of the drills and did not participate in everything.

    Justin Hickman/UCLA: Hickman ran poorly in the forty but did a solid job in the drills. And while he displayed a lot of quickness his lack of speed was evident all afternoon.

    Keith Jackson/Arkansas: Jackson ran relatively well for a 305-pound lineman then displayed good movement skills and agility in the practice session.

    Charles Johnson/Georgia: Johnson ran relatively well then showed a lot of athleticism in the drills. Quick footed, Johnson moved well in every area of the field and practiced fast. He was smooth in reverse showing a backpedal and the ability to open his hips.

    Turk McBride/Tennessee: McBride was another who displayed solid overall quickness and the ability to move in all directions with ease.

    Brandon Mebane/California: It was a struggle for Mebane whose draft stock took a hit. After some poor forty times Mebane did not show much balance moving around the field. He strained to quickly change direction.

    Jay Moore/Nebraska: Moore is also watching his stock drop after a poor performance. Moore was unexpectedly slow running the forty and was just average during the drills.

    Quentin Moses/Georgia: The downward plunge of Quentin Moses continues. After some horrible forty times Moses was equally ineffective in drills. Moses was slow to react, showed no hand punch whatsoever and dropped a lot of passes during linebacker drills.

    Jarvis Moss/Florida: Moss improved his stock today. After running well he showed a lot of athleticism in the practice session. Moss also stood out during linebacker drills.

    Amobi Okoye/Louisville: Okoye went down with a hamstring injury, running only one 40. Yet he participated in the practice session and showed a good amount of quickness and explosion.

    Brian Robison/Texas: Robison ran the forty fast and jumped well. His practice session was solid but not as exceptional as his marks. Robison was slow pedaling in reverse and showed average lateral speed. Will his great workout push Robison up draft boards? Probably not- he was known as a great athlete and the numbers turned in today were not unexpected. The fact is Robison does not consistently play to these numbers on the field.

    Paul Soliai/Utah: Showing up overweight he was slow in the forty. That said he moves very well for such a big man and showed a lot of power.

    Anthony Spencer/Purdue: Spencer's day was average. He ran some disappointing times in the forty and was rather ordinary during linebacker drills.

    Demarcus Tyler/North Carolina St: Tyler didn't do a bad job. Showing up some 17-pounds lighter then his Senior Bowl weight, Tyler showed some toughness finishing the workout after injuring his leg during the first forty.

    Lamarr Woodley/Michigan: We wrote last week that Woodley's workout performances had been so poor it was decided he would not participate at the combine. That is exactly what happened today as he did nothing. People close to the situation told us Woodley has been intimidated since the first day of Senior Bowl practice, when he was beat up on then came up lame with a hamstring injury. That injury is questionable to many. The same people told us there is a fear on Woodley's behalf of performing poorly. Regardless, his stock is taking a major tumble and right now he is a stretch to stay in the top 60 picks.

  • #2
    If Carriker or Okoye arent there when/where we pick, I wouldnt mind Moss, Atkins, Moore, or Woodley.

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    • #3
      Excellent post. CP coming your way.

      I have been intrigued by Turk McBride who can play DE and move inside to DT, so it was good to see he did well.

      Brian Robison really looked good today and could be a good pick for Denver, I don't really know but he seems to me that he might be a good every down power end, possibly? Anyone, if I am way off base please tell me.

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      • #4
        Only thing i care about in the 40 is if a guy is TOO slow. He does'nt have to be the fastest guy. Big, Strong and Consistant. Is that too much to ask for?? Easier said than done i guess.

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        • #5
          Dang looks like Okoye busted a tire.

          Branch might look like a bust.

          How did Quinn Pitcock do? He's the 3rd DT on my list. (Okoye and Branch are ahead, respectively)

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          • #6
            Baraka Atkins would be a solid pick in the 3rd Round, and he would be a prototypical power end, I have always liked him and I know he has had many question his explosiveness and speed, which he graded at well.

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            • #7
              Tim Crowder doin' me proud.

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              • #8
                Mkristo Bruce freakin' tanked. Too bad, he's a good guy and hard worker.

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                • #9
                  hmmm. . . i try to not put TOO much stock in drills (doesn't mean **** if they can't bring it with the pads on), but this just solidifies my liking for johnson and moss-- assuming that carriker's gone, i'd be damn pleased with either of them at #21. . . i know a lot of people don't like moss that high, and that's fine-- it's JMO-- but i think he's got a tremendously high ceiling. . . great overall speed, quickness and athleticism, with a rangy frame that can hold more weight. . . . johnson's probably the safer pick, but i love moss' long term potential. . . . crowder would be a good fit since we could use a real power end, and he's looking better and better-- anyone think this'll push him out of our reach in the 2nd? i know there've been some questions about his dedication and toughness. . . .

                  and quentin moses. . . ugh! this may indeed be a repeat of kiwi's situation last year, but there's no guarantee of that-- things are looking grim for him. . . .
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                  • #10
                    jay moore from nebraskas stock is dropping... maybe we can pick him up in the 5th round? due to him being projected as a 4th before the combine?

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                    • #11
                      So umm...Alan Branch is 3rd round quality because he didn't do that great in the drills? Did these idiots actually watch him play?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DancingHorsey
                        So umm...Alan Branch is 3rd round quality because he didn't do that great in the drills? Did these idiots actually watch him play?
                        You mean watch him play at Michigan where he was benched for ineffectiveness this season and where he had a terrible senior year coming off a very strong junior campaign?

                        His hype is from his play as a Junior, just like Quentin Moses. Both were bad this last season, except at least Moses didn't tire after the 1st quarter and become ineffective.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mat'hir Uth Gan
                          You mean watch him play at Michigan where he was benched for ineffectiveness this season and where he had a terrible senior year coming off a very strong junior campaign?

                          His hype is from his play as a Junior, just like Quentin Moses. Both were bad this last season, except at least Moses didn't tire after the 1st quarter and become ineffective.

                          Alan Branch was a junior this season, he came out early. And he looked good in every Michigan game I watched (6).

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                          • #14
                            I would prefer Carriker to anyone but I have to say that this year actually looks like it might have as good or better d-lineman than last year. I wouldn't mind getting a few of them.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jhns
                              I would prefer Carriker to anyone but I have to say that this year actually looks like it might have as good or better d-lineman than last year. I wouldn't mind getting a few of them.
                              This class is paramount, especially at end.

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