Another day at the NFL Combine is over and more results are in. Unlike Sunday's workouts, Monday's action should be of much more interest to Saints fans because yesterday was a chance for them to check out the defensive lineman and linebackers entering this years draft, as well as the offensive linemen.
Like yesterday, this recap is compiled simply by my analysis of the official results from NFL.com's Combine homepage. Therefore, it really only highlights the better performances and doesn't evaluate which players performed below average.
Two groups of defensive backs take the field today to close out the 2010 Combine. As always, you can watch the action live on NFL.com's Combine homepage. Before getting started, you can also check out the latest pictures from the Combine right here.
Probably most impressive among the offensive lineman yesterday was Jared Veldheer out of Hillsdale. Ever heard of it? Me either. But Veldheer finished as a top performer in six drills including ties for the best time in the 3-Cone Drill with 7.40 seconds and the 20-yard Shuttle with 4.51 seconds. And at 6'8", he's bigger than Zach Strief. That's huge.
Bruce Campbell from Maryland was the fastest lineman of the bunch in the 40-yard Dash but also brought home good results in four other (Bench Press, Vertical Jump, 3-Cone Drill, 20-yard Shuttle) workouts as well. Other standouts among the offensive linemen were Trent Williams from Oklahoma, who had the best Vertical Jump, Tony Washington (best Broad Jump) out of Abilene Christian, Shelley Smith from Colorado St. and Arizona State's Shawn Lauvao.
It's interesting because looking at the Combine results, it would seem that no one player from the DL group really stood out or graded well across the board. Davis Dexter from Arizona State led the group in the 40-yard dash, Jeff Owens of Georgia easily tops the Bench Press list with 44 and four players tied for best in the Vertical Jump with 38.0. But none of those players were top performers in any other drills with the exception of Jason Worilds out of Virginia Tech.
Possible number one overall draft pick Ndamukong Suh had an unimpressive day, making the top performers list in only the Bench Press and not very close to the top at that.
Jamar Chaney from Mississippi State had the fastest 40-yard dash time of the day with a 4.54 (Florida State's Dekoda Washington was not far behind with a 4.56). He was also a top performer in the Vertical Jump and Bench Press. Also turning in a solid all-around performance yesterday was Oklahoma linebacker Keenan Clayton, who not only had the best vertical performance among linebackers but also finished near the top in the Bench Press and 40-yard Dash. Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon was equally impressive during work outs, particularly his 34 bench press reps, second most at his position.