2014 NFL Combine Stock Report: Defensive Linemen



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This is the 2014 NFL Combine Stock Report for the defensive linemen. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


2014 NFL Combine: Stock Report - Defensive Linemen

Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB, South Carolina
Jadeveon Clowney was talked up as this freak athlete before the Combine, but he didn't live up to that reputation. His official 4.53 40 was great, but it wasn't out of this world. There have been some (albeit not many) similarly sized defensive ends over the years who have matched or beaten that number. The same goes for Clowney's vertical (37.5) and broad jump (10-4). Clowney's 3-cone time of 7.27 was only above average. All of this alone wouldn't be enough to give him a stock down, but his unwillingness to do the drills just created more questions about his work ethic. Clowney just doesn't seem to be this once-in-a-generation prospect many bill him to be.

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Dubbed a "poor man's Chris Long" by Mike Mayock, Scott Crichton didn't exactly stand out with his mediocre 40 (4.84) and above-average 10-yard split (1.62). However, he improved from then on, performing extremely well in the drills. He also posted a 7.19 in the 3-cone, which was better than Jadeveon Clowney's number.



Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald was the most impressive defensive lineman at the Combine. His 40 time of 4.68 was way more impressive than Clowney's figure considering that he weighed in at 6-1, 285. Donald also posted a 3-cone time of 7.11, which is just ridiculous for a defensive tackle. Donald, who also thrived in the drills, has pretty much locked himself into the top half of the first round.

Ra'Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
I forget who said it, but a female sports reporter tweeted that Ra'Shede Hageman looked like he was speed walking in his 40. Hageman posted a 5.02, which isn't awful, but his 1.75 10-yard split was pretty pedestrian. Hageman was sub par in the field drills as well. I'm giving him a stock down, but it's not a major one. I'm not going to slide him much (if at all) in my mock; I simply expected more.



Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas
Jackson Jeffcoat had trouble staying healthy throughout his collegiate career. A strong Combine helped his cause. He timed very well, posting a 4.63 40, a 1.60 10-yard split and a 6.97 3-cone. Best of all, no reports surfaced of Jackson failing any sort of physical, so that has to be considered a major win.

Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
Kareem Martin definitely helped himself at the Combine. His 40 time of 4.72 was pretty solid considering his size (6-6, 272). He checked off everything else as well. His 35-inch arms will definitely help his cause. His 35.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump rivaled Jadeveon Clowney's numbers. Martin's 10-yard split (1.53) and 3-cone (7.20) were both better than what Clowney posted.



Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
Michael Sam was praised for his press conference, as many in the media agreed that he handled himself well. I didn't see it that way. To me, Sam came off as defensive and abbrasive. But that's not the reason for this stock down arrow. Sam was simply pedestrian on Monday. His official 40 of 4.91 wasn't any good, and neither was his 1.72 10-yard split. Sam was even worse in the broad jump (9-6), vertical (25.5) and 3-cone (7.80). The worst portion of Sam's workout was his performance in the linebacker drills. He's extremely stiff and simply cannot be used in that position. He'll have to be a situational pass-rusher.

Chris Smith, DE/OLB, Arkansas
As with Michael Sam, Chris Smith doesn't have the height (6-1, 266) to be a defensive end. Unlike Sam, however, Smith has shown that he has the ability to drop into coverage, so he can be used in a 3-4. Smith also beat Sam in the 40 (4.71), 10-yard split (1.59), broad jump (10-1), vertical (37) and 3-cone (7.55), though that latter figure isn't very good.



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