NFL Combine: Thoughts on Defensive Line and Linebacker Workouts

By Alan Schechter

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Hi all, here are some quick observations from today’s NFL Combine Workouts:

  • Vic Beasley is a beast.  He topped the combine in all of the major drills, showing a vast range of speed, strength, and agility.  Beasley went through the day with ease, and looks to be only improving his draft stock.  He would be a great choice for the Jets, based on his work at the Combine today.
  • Dante Fowler made his Combine performance noticed as well.  He was fast, running a 4.6 seconds in the 40 yard dash.  I also like his arm length, measuring in at 33 3/4″.  19 Bench Press reps, but Fowler made a statement about his ability to play linebacker at the next level, excelling at speed drills as well as the agility ones.
  • I was also quite impressed by Randy Gregory.  He is a bit small, but weight is something that can be worked on.  235 pounds is a bit small for the NFL, but our buddy Sean Durham is right, he can add weight before NFL training camp.  The guy can flat-out fly, and he can get to the quarterback.  Line this guy up to Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson and it could be scary.  Another top performer at the NFL Combine.
  •  Shaq Thompson was a guy that I admittedly didn’t know a lot about prior to the Combine, but he got my attention.  Particularly when they ran the drill having the linebackers drop in coverage, I was fascinated by his ease of movement.  He may not be a guy for the Jets based on position, but he looks like one heck of a player.