2014 NFL Combine Weigh-In Analysis: Defensive Linemen



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This is the 2014 NFL Combine Weigh-In Recap for the defensive linemen. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


2014 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Recap - Defensive Linemen
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  • Jadeveon Clowney has been viewed as the top prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft. Clowney checked in at 6-foot-5, 266 pounds with arms of 34.5 inches. Clowney is an inch shorter than listed and about five pounds lighter. He also had an 83-inch wing span and 10-inch hands. All of those measurements are good numbers, and none of them should hurt Clowney and he looks like he's dropped a few pounds to perform better at the Combine.

  • One of the surprising weigh-ins came from Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt. At 6-foot-5, 304 pounds, Tuitt was back to his 2012 body type when he had a double-digit sack season. After offseason hernia surgery, Tuitt got heavy and played his final season around 320 pounds. Tuitt was looking like he would have to move inside to defensive tackle, but if he can maintain his weight around 300, he could stay at defensive end.

  • Auburn defensive end/outside linebacker Dee Ford (6-2, 252) has added nine pounds since the weigh-in at the Senior Bowl. It will be interesting to see if the added weight slows down Ford in the 40 and the field work, where he's expected to excel. Ford can't survive at NFL at the defensive end in the 240s, so adding the weight could help Ford to appeal to 4-3 teams as a hybrid linebacker and end.

  • Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton (6-0) was overweight and heavy at 315 pounds at the Senior Bowl. Since then, he's been working to drop the weight, and he showed huge progress to lose 12 pounds in a month. That should help Sutton to perform better in the field drills and illustrate the explosive play-making ability that allowed him to dominate the Pac-12 in 2012.



  • Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy (6-4, 273) hit his weight, but was an inch shorter. For the NFL, Ealy looks like he would fit best as a 4-3 base end. In a 3-4 defense, he should add some weight to stay at defensive end or drop weight to play outside linebacker.

  • South Florida defensive end Aaron Lynch (6-5, 249) continues to show that he made a mistake by entering the draft. His body is clearly underdeveloped for the NFL. Lynch is very lean, and while that might help him run a fast 40, he isn't big enough to play defensive end in a 4-3. He'll need at least a year of developing his body, and that makes Lynch look like a day-three pick.

  • Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix is in the running to be the first defensive tackle selected. Nix (6-2, 331) checked in about an inch shorter and 10 pounds heavier than expected. Those are good numbers for Nix to show that he can drop weight in training and improve his conditioning. It also should help Nix to perform in the field work.

  • A tackle who could go ahead of Nix depending on the team scheme is Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Jernigan (6-2, 299) was solid at the weigh-in, and it was good that he was on the verge of 300 pounds. He met expectations.



  • Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton (6-3, 273) didn't prove to be undersized as some feared. Crichton hit his listed height and was about five pounds heavier. Those are solid numbers to help Crichton appeal to both 4-3 and 3-4 teams.

  • Boise State outside linebacker/defensive end Demarcus Lawrence met his height at 6-foot-3 and was about five pounds heavier at 251 pounds. Still, Lawrence is too light to play defensive end in the NFL and will have to move to linebacker. Lawrence should have stayed in college.

  • LSU defensive tackles Ego Ferguson (6-3, 315) and Anthony Johnson (6-2, 308) were both slightly heavier than expected. Both have speed and explosion so they should do well at the Combine.

  • Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (6-3, 247) checked in an inch or two shorter than expected. He met the weight, but Jeffcoat will have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. Sources have told WalterFootball.com that Jeffcoat is a third-day pick because he doesn't have strength for the line and lacks the athleticism for linebacker.



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