2017 NFL Combine Stock Report: Defensive Linemen

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This is the 2017 NFL Combine Stock Report for the defensive linemen. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Derek Barnett is a highly productive player, but wasn’t expected to test overly well at the combine. There was some question if he’d even test at all because he was battling the flu. As it so happens, Barnett was able to gut it out, earning the praise of some around the league. Barnett was actually able to excel in some areas, posting one of the top 3-cone times of all the defensive linemen (6.96). His 40 time (4.88), vertical (31 inches) and broad (9-9) weren’t bad considering he’s 260 pounds.

Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
Tarell Basham was one of the top performers of the first group of defensive linemen. Not only did he perform well in the on-field drills, but he posted some impressive agility numbers. He ran a 4.70 with a 1.61 split despite weighing in at 6-4, 269. His vertical (31.5 inches) and broad (9-11) were both solid for a man his size. Basham may have worked himself into second-day territory.

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The San Francisco 49ers are now on the clock. Based on Sunday’s performance, Myles Garrett appears to be locked into the Browns’ pick. Garrett put on a show, running a 4.64 at 6-4, 272, which is just absurd. He didn’t stop there, leaping 41 inches vertically and 10-8 horizontally. Garrett was dominant in the drills as well, prompting Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer to report that the Browns were “blown away” by Garrett’s performance. This is going to be a Jadeveon Clowney-type situation where the Browns pass on a quarterback because there’s an utterly dominant edge rusher who should be taken instead.

Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
Davon Godchaux posted a horrible 40 of 5.27, with a 1.84 10-yard split. He didn’t get a chance to make it up in the drills because he pulled his hamstring and had to be removed. Godchaux will have to excel at the LSU pro day, or he’ll be banished to the middle of Day 3.

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Much was expected out of the defensive linemen during Sunday’s combine performance, but several in the first group disappointed. Charles Harris was one such player. His 40 (4.82) needed to be much faster, considering he’s just 6-3, 253. He also posted an epically slow 3-cone time of 7.47, while his broad jump of 9-1 was about what some defensive tackles achieved. Harris may have fallen out of the first round.

Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic
Trey Hendrickson had a superb combine performance. He already had good tape going into Indianapolis, but no one expected a great athletic performance like this. Hendrickson had the fastest 10-yard split among the first group of defensive ends, getting a 1.59 on his 4.65, an amazing number considering he measured in at 6-4, 266. Hendrickson, who excelled in the drills, also thrived in the other tests, turning in a 7.03 3-cone time and a 10-2 broad jump.

Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame
Jarron Jones had an all-around bad day at the combine. He began by running a 5.33, which wasn’t even the worst part. At 316 pounds, Jones wasn’t expected to run quickly. His vertical of 20.5 inches was worse, as he probably would’ve been beaten out by half the field had he been tested on the moon. Jones also struggled big time in the drills. He looked like a late-round prospect.

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DT, Villanova
Tanoh Kpassagnon must have a body-fat percentage of zero because he looked like an all-muscle freak athlete at 6-7, 289. His testing numbers were excellent, as he had a 1.69 10-yard split on his 40 (4.83). He also leapt 10-8 in the broad jump. His 3-cone time was slow (7.46), but not horrible. He made up for it in the drills, however. Kpassagnon looked like a sure-fire second-round pick.

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Carl Lawson has drawn third-day grades from some teams, but they may re-think their stance after witnessing his athleticism. Lawson ran a 4.68 40 with a 1.60 10-yard split. Not bad for a 261-pound lineman! Lawson’s other testing numbers were excellent (35 bench press reps, 33-inch vertical), though his 3-cone time was slow (7.46). Lawson’s worst moment came at the weigh-in, where he was confirmed to be 6-2, so he could be considered a tweener. Still, his great athleticism may have teams wondering how they can fit him into their scheme.

Haason Reddick, DE/OLB/ILB, Temple
No one, save for possibly Zay Jones, has helped himself more during the entire pre-draft process than Haason Reddick. The Temple product dominated the Senior Bowl, then somehow was even better at the combine. Reddick blazed a 4.52 40 with a 1.59 10-yard split. He leapt an 11-1 broad jump and a 36.5-inch vertical to go along with posting an excellent 3-cone time of 7.01. Reddick did not disappoint in the drills, displaying great athleticism throughout the afternoon. It’ll actually be surprising to me if Reddick isn’t chosen in the first round.

Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown
Derek Rivers was seen as a smart technician with some explosion heading into the combine, but I don’t think anyone had any idea of how athletic he could be. Rivers was amazing, running a 4.61 40 with a 1.61 10-yard split. He also posted a blazing 6.94 in the 3-cone, as well as a 35-inch vertical to go along with a 10-3 broad jump. Not bad at all for a 250-pound defensive end! Rivers looks to be a second-round prospect who could possibly hear his name called Thursday night.

Garrett Sickels, DE, Penn State
Garrett Sickels shockingly declared for the 2017 NFL Draft, and it’s appearing as though he has made a terrible decision. Sickels recorded some of the worst combine results for a defensive end his size in nearly two decades, particularly the vertical (28 inches) and broad jump (8-9). Sickels wasn’t much better in the 40 (4.90), though his 3-cone (7.21) wasn’t horrible. Still, Sickels’ glaring lack of athleticism will cost him, and he could fall into the final rounds.

Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Solomon Thomas was expected to thrive in Indianapolis, and he did just that. He ran a 4.69 with a 1.66 10-yard split, which is terrific for a man his size (6-3, 273). He also happened to post great numbers elsewhere, including 6.95 in the 3-cone, 35 inches in the vertical and 10-6 in the broad jump. Thomas naturally excelled in the drills as well. He’s looking like a top-10 prospect.

Tim Williams, DE/OLB, Alabama
Charlie Campbell was the first to report that Tim Williams had some glaring off-the-field issues. Williams admitted to the media during the combine that he had been arrested for drugs, but didn’t reveal how many times. Williams’ poor showing continued on the field, where he ran a lackluster 4.68 40 and posted a horrible 7.36 3-cone time.

Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
Jordan Willis was one of the big winners among the defensive linemen at the combine. His athleticism testing was off the charts, as he ran a 4.53 with a positional-best 1.54 10-yard split. He also topped the list in the 3-cone (6.85), all while excelling in the jumps (10-5 broad, 39-inch vertical). Willis was awesome the drills, looking extremely fluid. He’s definitely shooting up some draft boards in the wake of this performance.

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