The NFL Combine is now over. The last two days featured the defensive prospects.
Monday’s competition featured the defensive linemen and linebackers. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney showed his superior genetics but it would have been nice to see him do the on field drills.
Pitt’s Aaron Donald was everything the scouts made him out to be. Donald put on a strong show, just as he did in the Senior Bowl. If by some chance Donald was around for the 16th pick, I would take him, even if the choice came down between Donald and Zack Martin. I just do not believe he will be there at 16; maybe we could trade up to acquire him.
Minnesota’s RaShede Hageman had a solid performance. This player can be coached to be an every down contributor on defense. He is strong and has the size needed by our defensive line.
Boise State’s DeMarcus Lawrence showed well, but I believe he will be a linebacker.
In the linebacker group, Buffalo’s Khalil Mack was also everything he was advertised to be. UCLA’s Anthony Barr was also very solid.
Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and California’s Khairi Fortt led the linebackers that could be around for the Cowboy’s second round pick. Either of these two would make a good addition to the team.
On Tuesday it was the defensive backs turn to exhibit there tools. OK State’s Justin Gilbert did not disappoint and he should be the first corner selected in the draft.
TCU’s Jason Verrett came in and showcases his special talents. I was very impressed by this young man. He is only 5’9” but he competes like a much bigger player.
Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller also put together a solid workout.
Louisville’s Calvin Pryor and Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix led the Safeties. Clinton-Dix seemed more fluid but one cannot ignore Pryor’s strength and ability to make solid tackles.
South Carolina’s Victor Hampton had a strong showing along with Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste. Jean-Baptiste has very good size at 6’2” 218 lbs. He fits that Seattle mold for a defensive back.
The Pro Days are up next. There is a whole lot of scouting left to due before the NFL Draft on May 8th.