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Re: Let's talk linebackers
Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, gives his breakdowns and analysis of LB's combine results-
COMBINE REVIEW: Monday -- LB
Senior Bowl 2013 Combine Workout Evaluations
*Senior Bowl participant
Groups 7-8/DL and Group 9/Linebackers encompass the entire Front Seven. Executive Director Phil Savage separates the prospects further by breaking them down accordingly:
DL = DT or DE or OLB
LB = ILB or OLB or DE
Because there is so much variation between 3-4 and 4-3 systems, the DL can generally be classified as "inside" DT's or "outside" DE's, while the LB's are categorized as "box/off-the-line" or "edge/on-the-line" linebackers. These distinctions are very important and difficult to master, especially for the organizations that are changing schemes in the off-season after scouting for a different defense during the Fall.
Missed Workout with Medical Exclusion (unless noted):
-Kiko Alonso/Oregon (no 40, drills only)
*Arthur Brown/Kansas State
-Jelani Jenkins/Florida (no 40, drills only)
-Jake Knott/Iowa State
-Mike Mauti/Penn State
-Etienne Sabino/Ohio State (pulled 1st 40, no drills)
Olympic Events/Podium Awards:
40-Yard Dash/Inside Linebackers
Gold- *Zaviar Gooden/Missouri 4.47
Silver- Jonathan Bostic/Florida 4.61
Bronze-*Sio Moore/UConn 4.65
40-Yard Dash/Outside Linebackers
Gold- *Trevardo Williams/UConn 4.57
Silver- Barkevious Mingo/LSU 4.58
t-Bronze-Dion Jordan/Oregon 4.60
Corey Lemonier/Auburn 4.60
Vertical Jump/Inside Linebackers
Gold- *Sio Moore/UConn 38.0"
Silver- John Lotulelei/UNLV 35.5"
Bronze-Zaviar Gooden/Missouri 34.0"
Vertical Jump/Outside Linebackers
Gold- *Jamie Collins/Southern Miss 41.5"
Silver- *Trevardo Williams/UConn 38.0"
t-Bronze-Barkevious Mingo/LSU 37.0"
Ty Powell/Harding U. 37.0"
Bench Press/Inside Linebackers
Gold- *Sio Moore/UConn 29 reps
Silver- Mike Mauti/Penn State 28 reps
t-Bronze-*Zaviar Gooden/Missouri 27 reps
Jelani Jenkins/Florida 27 reps
Bench Press/Outside Linebackers
Gold- *Trevardo Williams/UConn 30 reps
Silver- *Ty Powell/Harding U. 28 reps
Bronze-Nate Williams/Ohio State 24 reps
Body Beautiful Award:
ILB- *Zaviar Gooden/Missouri 6014/234/32 1-4" arm/10" hand
OLB- Dion Jordan/Oregon 6062/248/33 7-8" arm/10" hand
Forget the 40/Trust the Tape:
ILB- Manti Te'o/Notre Dame 4.82
Kevin Minter/LSU 4.81
Acknowledge the 40/Better Check the Tape:
ILB- *Zaviar Gooden/Missouri 4.47
OLB- *Jamie Collins/So.Miss 4.64
"Best in Show":
1. *Zaviar Gooden/Missouri – Expected to test well, Zaviar exceeded
even the most optimistic numbers. He ran 4.47 and recorded times of 6.71 in the 3-Cone, 4.18 in the short shuttle and 11.28 in the 60-yard shuttle, plus, he benched 27 times and vertical jumped 34.0". He is sudden, has straight-line acceleration and good ball skills. He is an ideal linebacker candidate for defending the modern era "space" and spread offenses. Zaviar is a true Will in the 4-3 where he can get protection and chase the football without being required to have perfect instincts.
2. *Sio Moore/UConn – Sio has taken off since arriving at the
East-West Shrine, playing in the Senior Bowl and now performing well at the Combine. He ran 4.65, benched 29 times and jumped 38" inches before working out with efficiency on the field. Can fit either scheme, he also has some pass rush/blitz ability.
3. Jonathan Bostic/Florida – Jonathan had a real positive day after
missing the Senior Bowl with a hamstring strain. He ran 4.61, then a 6.99 in the 3-Cone and a 4.24 in the short shuttle. He has the athletic skills to play Will with the size to hold up as a Mike. Jack-of-all-trades type that can help on special teams, too.
4. Alec Ogletree/Georgia – This former high school safety is a fluid
athlete and also fits best as a Will in the 4-3. He tested well, but not spectacularly like many said he would. He is rangy, covers ground and has ball skills. Every team has to make a decision on his character, just in case he is on the board as the draft unfolds.
5. *Kevin Reddick/North Carolina – At times, Kevin looks one-speed on tape
without much space ability. Today, he ran 4.72, moved through the drills well and did not look out of place athletically. He actually ran better than the two top ILB's, Minter and Te'o.
Others of Note:
-Kiko Alonso/Oregon – Did not run, but went through position
work showing his effort and ball skills.
-Kevin Minter/LSU – Measured 5116/246 and ran 4.81, he
was better in the on-field drills, but never showed supreme burst and quickness.
-Manti Te'o/Notre Dame – All eyes were on Manti as he ran 4.82. He
was fluid in the drill work and caught the ball well, but does not have much explosion for a potential 1st rounder.
1. Barkevious Mingo/LSU – Barkevious had a stellar workout as
expected. No one questions his athletic ability and speed, but his skill set has not resulted in big-time production. A move to the 3-4 will help him because he can get matched up against tight ends and backs on occasion. Needs to be more physical at the point-of-attack, however, he is an ideal candidate for a team looking to add a right-side 3-4 OLB. He ran 4.58, jumped 37" and moves like a safety.
2. Dion Jordan/Oregon – Dion also had a supremely impressive
workout as a member of the DL group. He ran 4.60 at 6062/248, jumped 32.5" in the vertical and 10' even in the broad. Some are saying that he will gain 15-20lbs and become a 4-3 DE. The belief here is that he converts to 3-4 OLB and then becomes a Sub rusher more than a pass defender (like he was used at Oregon). An extremely gifted athlete, going to Philadelphia's new 3-4 as a long, athletic pass rusher at #4 may not be out of the question. In some ways, he brings Kalimba Edwards/South Carolina to mind, a very long-limbed prospect who could play as a LB or DE and did so at the NFL level.
3. *Jamie Collins/Southern Miss – Jamie ran 4.64 and recorded incredible
vertical and broad jumps of 41.5" and 11'7", respectively. More OLB than DE, he measured 6034/250. His production is better on the stat sheet than on the tapes, but with this kind of raw talent, someone is going to try and teach him how to play pro football. Sat out most of the week at the Senior Bowl with an injury.
4. *Ty Powell/Harding U. – Ty was a late add to the Senior Bowl, but
he has been on the way up ever since. He has explosiveness in his body as evidenced by his 37" vertical and 10'2" broad, plus his 4.64 in the 40. He worked with the DL, but there is no doubt here that he is a future
3-4 OLB. NFL scouts will be map-questing Searcy, AR on March 5.
Projected 1st Round Selections:
Possible 1st Round Picks:
-Manti Te'o/Notre Dame