Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
Geno Atkins is having a very strong NFL Draft preseason. After an impressive Senior Bowl, Atkins ran a 4.75 at 293 pounds at the Combine. He also benched 34 reps.
Jamar Chaney, ILB, Mississippi State
Jamar Chaney quietly pieced together a great Combine, notching a 4.51 40 (fastest for any linebacker), a 39-inch vertical and 26 reps of 225.
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Despite bulking up to 268 pounds, Brandon Graham ran an impressive 4.69 at the Combine. He also posted 31 reps of 225. It'll be very difficult for the Falcons to pass on him at No. 19.
Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
Greg Hardy ran a hideous 4.87 at the Combine. He can't keep his weight down in the wake of all of his injuries. I don't see how any team drafts him in the first two days.
Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
Jerry Hughes ran a solid 4.59 at the Combine and looked like a natural 3-4 rush linebacker in all of the drills. He'll probably be drafted in Round 2, but he looks like a winner.
Linval Joseph, NT, East Carolina
I know 40 times don't mean much for nose tackles, but a 5.09 at 328 pounds is damn impressive. Also, 39 reps shows that Joseph is in good shape.
Jammie Kirlew, DE, Indiana
Jammie Kirlew reported two inches shorter than expected (6-3 to 6-1) and ran a 4.94 at 260 pounds.
Brandon Lang, DE, Troy
Ran a very poor 4.96 40 at 6-4, 266. Not exactly what you want to see out of a pass-rusher.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
There's not that much tape on Jason Pierre-Paul, so the Combine was his time to shine. Pierre-Paul ran a breath-taking 4.64 at 6-5 270. If Al Davis needed a defensive end, Pierre-Paul would be the No. 8 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Instead, he's likely to land in Jacksonville.
George Selvie, DE/OLB, South Florida
Following two years of poor production, George Selvie needed to have a good Combine. Running a 4.89 is not what he had in mind. Selvie is a mid- or a late-round pick.
Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Brandon Spikes did all of the drills at the Combine, but decided to skip the 40. There's probably a good reason why. His range remains a concern.
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE, Washington
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim put on a good performance at the Combine. Despite bulking about from 250 to 263, Te'o-Nesheim ran a 4.72, benched 29 reps and had a vertical of 37 inches. And he's not just some workout warrior; Te'o-Nesheim had 9.5 sacks in 2009, eight sacks in 2008 and 8.5 sacks in 2007.
Daryl Washington, TCU
Daryl Washington looked good at the Combine, running a 4.57 in the 40. He told Charles Davis that he would prefer to play weakside linebacker in the NFL.
Dekoda Watson, OLB, Florida State
Dekoda Watson made some money at the Combine. Despite weighing 240 pounds, Watson had the second-fastest fastest 40 of all the linebackers, running it in 4.53 seconds. He also had 24 reps and 40 inches on the vertical jump.
Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Wearing white spandex pants, Sean Weatherspoon ran a 4.57 at the Combine. He also notched a 40-inch vertical and 34 reps of 225. He's a virtual lock to go in Round 1.
Jason Worilds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
Jason Worilds didn't have a good 2009 campaign, but managed to strengthen his NFL Draft stock at the Combine. Worilds ran a 4.70, benched 24 reps and notched a 38-inch vertical.
I'll admit I was as shocked as everyone on draft night. It took me a dew days to regain my senses and delve into what Pace actually did this off-season. This rant basically mirrors my sentiments exactly. Time will tell if this was a genius move by Pace or not, but you have to give him credit for being ballsy and aggressive.