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The third day of on field performances at the NFL Combine came from the defensive line and linebackers on Sunday. Both positional groups did not disappoint as these gigantic athletes blazed with speed.

Right away Montez Sweat made himself the clear story of the day by setting an NFL combine record with the fastest 40-yard dash in history by a defensive lineman. Sweat flied down the field clocking in at 4.41 seconds, which was faster than the likes of NFL superstars Antonio Brown and Ezekiel Elliott.

Sweat’s 40 time was 4.42, but was then officially recorded as 4.41, giving him the record. He also did 21 reps on the bench press and got to 36 inches on the vertical jump.

Not to be outdone, Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams impressed on his own. Weighing in at 303 lbs, you knew Williams would have power, but he also showed that he can move a little too with a 40 time of 4.83. He’s in the running for the top overall pick, and his time there only helped him.

One player that might be on the Bucs radar with the fifth pick is Michigan linemen Rashan Gary. He had a strong day getting into the top three fastest 40-yard dash times at 4.58, and also had the highest vertical jump at 38 inches.

Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence was well on his way to a big day, being at the of the field in the bench press, putting up 36 reps on the bar. After running a 5.5 in the 40 though, he suffered a quad injury and did not compete in any other drills. Lawrences’ injury is described as minor, so it looks that he will be alright.

Outside of Kyler Murray, defensive end Nick Bosa is considered by many to be the first overall pick. At the Combine, Bosa had a solid day, running a 4.79 and completing the three cone drill in 7.1 seconds.

Here were the top 40-yard dash times from defensive linemen:

Up next on the field in Indianapolis were the linebackers, and it was all about the Devin’s, Devin Bush and Devin White, that is.

The latter of the Devin’s have been on Bucs fan’s radar for quite some time, including SR’s mock draft. The LSU linebacker lit it up on Sunday, recording a 4.42 40-yard dash, which was the fastest time among all linebackers. There was high expectations surrounding White, and he lived up to them.

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After his astounding run, White got very emotional.

The Bucs will be in need of a linebacker should they not re-sign Kwon Alexander, and White fits that mold in every way possible. He runs fluently and is highly attentive to the game. His 40 time shows his athleticism, as he was the third fastest linebacker in the past 16 years.

As you can see from that list, Michigan’s Devin Bush was just as impressive during his run. He was literally only a tenth of a second behind White, while also leading all linebacker’s in the vertical jump at 40.5 inches, and being in the top three in the broad jump at 124 inches.

Bush has been listed as going somewhere between round one and two in the draft, and his performance in Indianapolis can only help him go further.

Terrill Hanks out of New Mexico State had a surprising showing with a 4.98 run in the 40-yard dash. On the other end of spectrum, Gary Johnson of Texas and Justin Hollins from Oregon really helped upgrade their draft stock, running a 4.43 and 4.50 respectively.

Hollins in particular has had a good go of it as of late, he was the defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game, which then propelled him to get in an invite to the Senior Bowl. He held his own during that week as well and has carried here to the Combine.

Another one of the big prospects of note is of course Josh Allen. The Kentucky linebacker is expected to be a top five pick, and he clocked in a 4.63 in the 40, getting 118 inches on the broad jump, and 28 reps on the bench press, good for fourth among linebackers.

These were the top five fastest times from linebackers in the 40-yard dash.

Next up on Monday, it’s the defensive backs.

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cgmaster27
2 years ago

These kids dazzled today. We literally cant go wrong with our fist pick…. I hope. But man those numbers were eye popping. This draft has ridiculous speed at every position. I am still hoping for a trade back and get another pick or two unless ome of those studs falls to us, which is entirely possible.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

Agreed. Even if the Bucs don’t trade down they can’t screw up the #5 overall pick. A good defensive player is going to be on the board for sure.

geno711
2 years ago

Sweat’s 4.42 40 time was impressive. He followed that with a 4.46 so it was not a fluke. I understand PFF loved him after the 2017 college season but was more just ok on him after the 2018 season. Apparently he lined up on both the RE and LE these last two years. He turns 23 on September 4th so may be a year older than other prospects. He has a crazy 6’6″ height and 85 inch wingspan. I think a stat that is not talked about but is important for DL is the 10 yard split (of that 40… Read more »

Dman
2 years ago

6’6″ 260, 4.41 – are you kidding me!!!!!!!

Let’s hope someone from the Bucs interviewed this guy!!!!!

geno711
Reply to  Dman
2 years ago

For context, Khalil Mack (at 251 pounds) posted a 1.53, which was one of the best times among defensive linemen in recent history. Von Miller (at 246 pounds) ran a 1.59. Sweat posted a 1.50 10-yard split on Sunday, which is more comparable to skill athletes such as Antonio Brown (1.50), Jalen Ramsey (1.51) and LeSean McCoy (1.52). Sweat recorded a 7.00 three-cone time, which isn’t nearly as remarkable as his 40- and 10-yard times. But is for a player who “can’t bend.” Also, Sweat posted 22.0 sacks in the SEC the last two seasons, the second most in college… Read more »

Dman
Reply to  geno711
2 years ago

Great context! Speed, quickness, size, strength, performance – in the SEC!!!!

Still blown away by shear athleticism of these guys. I remember when a 4.40 was the exclusive province of WR burners. John Ross clocked in at 4.22, which I guess now defines the new “Burner” benchmark!

seat26
2 years ago

The Speed of Defensive lineman this year is crazy.

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