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.
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.
Quarterbacks beware: Quinnen Williams is 6-foot-3, 300 pounds … And he might be faster than you 😳
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.
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.
Fastest Official 40-Yard Dash by LB#NFLCombine, Since 2003
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.
#UK EDGE Josh Allen with a 4.64u on his 2nd 40 attempt.