2011 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE OVERVIEW – Defensive Ends
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On the third day of the NFL Scouting Super Combine, there were four Super Stars that emerged and all of them were impressive in the Combine and also in the drills. All of them were huge, but extremely quick and agile and they all recorded some very impressive “eye-popping” MEARS RATINGS. The four that were impressive included Ryan Kerrigan (6-4, 267, 4.67) of Purdue; J.J. Watt (6-5, 290, 4.81) of Wisconsin; Robert Quinn (6-4, 265, 4.62) of North Carolina; and Cameron Jordan (6-4, 287, 4.74) of California.
Ryan Kerrigan and J.J. Watt might have been two of the most impressive in the Testing as they tested off of the charts. Kerrigan is so versatile and athletic, he could probably play tight end in the NFL and Watt looks like a bonified defensive tackle in any other NFL era. I am still shocked as to how these two performed in the testing.
Kerrigan ran a 4.67 in the forty while weighing 267-pounds and then he did a 33.5 in the vertical jump; did an amazing 4.3 in the pro-agility shuttle; did a 122 Standing Broad Jump; and finished with 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Watt ran an unbelievable 4.81 in the forty while weighing 290-pounds; did an unbelievable 37-inch vertical jump; and then he ran a mind-boggling 4.21 in the pro-agility shuttle; did a 120 in the Standing Broad Jump; and finished with 29 reps of 225 on the bench press. Again, can you visualize a 290-pound person running twenty-yards in four-seconds. There were cornerbacks and running backs in this Scouting Combine that did not break a 4.3 or a 4.2 in the pro-agility shuttle, but Watt did. Both Kerrigan and Watt recorded an incredible 1,950 MEARS RATING.
Robert Quinn (6-4, 265, 4.62, 34 VJ, 4.4 SH, 116 SBJ, 22 Reps) of North Carolina; Adrian Clayborn (6-3, 281, 4.78, 33 VJ, 4.13, SH, 113 SBJ, 29) of Iowa; and Cameron Jordan (6-4, 287, 4.74, 32 VJ, 4.37 SH, 117 SBJ, 25 BP) of California were not too far behind Kerrigan and Watt in the testing and I would not be surprised if all five are Drafted in the First Round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The only question about Quinn is his health. In high school, he had emergency surgery to take care of a brain tumor, but it was found to be benign. Quinn recorded a 1,940 MEARS RATING and Jordan recorded a 1,939 MEARS RATING. Clayborn was especially impressive with his 4.13 pro-agility shuttle. Clayborn actually did it a little faster than Watt, but both times would be proud times for any defensive back. Clayborn recorded a 1,937 MEARS RATING.
Three other defensive ends that had very impressive testing days and it has helped them move up the ladder on an unusually strong defensive ends Draft Board. Allen Bailey (6-3, 285, 4.71, 36.5 VJ, 4.56 SH, 117 SBJ, 27 Reps) of Miami finished with an outstanding 1,915 MEARS RATING. Bailey was also especially impressive in the drills; had a great work ethic; and he impressed most of the NFL Scouts with his savvy.
Ugo Chinasa (6-5, 264, 4.63, 28 VJ, 3.39 SH, 117 SBJ, 22 Reps) of Oklahoma State recorded a 1,885 MEARS RATING; while Christian Ballard (6-4, 283, 4,75, 31.5 VJ, 4.51 SH, 111 SBJ, 24 Reps) of Iowa recorded an 1,881 MEARS RATING. Lazarius Levington (6-4, 292, 4.93, 29.5 VJ, 4.62 SH, 116 SBJ) of LSU is a tremendous looking physical specimen and he could become a real Draft factor. He recorded an 1,854 MEARS.
Two sleepers include Pernell McPhee (6-3, 278, 4.91, 28.5 VJ, 4.59 SH, 119 SBJ, 20 Reps) of Mississippi State and Ricky Elmore (6-5, 255, 4.88, 31.5 VJ, 4.32 SH, 118 SBJ, 26 Reps) of Arizona. McPhee recorded a 1,831 MEARS and Elmore recorded a 1,830 MEARS. All of these players competed in the NFL Scouting Combine, but the odds-on-favorite to be drafted as the first defensive end in the Draft was injured and he did not participate. DaQuan Bowers (6-3, 280, 4.64) of Clemson. If Bowers is anywhere near healthy, he will be one of the Top Three Selections picked in the 2011 Draft. As a junior, Bowers recorded an unbelievable 26 tackles for a loss and had 15.5 quarterback sacks.
Bowers said that he was 100% ready for the NFL Scouting Combine, but then he did not participate. Then he said that he was going to participate in the Clemson Pro-Day, but again, he did not participate. His injury may be worse than he first thought or it just has not healed properly. At any rate, you have to count him in the Draft. Bowers is similar to Kyle Rudolph with the tight ends. Now, let’s sort out the rest of the defensive ends and in order that they might be taken.
SUPER SCOUT DANDY DOZEN DEFENSIVE ENDS
1. DaQuan Bowers – Clemson
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