Just came back from watching the last of the defensive linemen work out and I have a few minutes before heading back in to watch the linebackers.
Honestly, it was a bit tough to gauge how the d-line prospects were doing from where I was positioned. From the stands it was hard to see things like footwork and vision, but I still think I have a good grasp on who turned in the best performances. I’ll have more up on our site later today on them in more depth, but the guys who caught my eye were Margus Hunt, Dion Jordan, Corey Lemonier and the guy with the coolest name in the draft, Barkevious Mingo.
It may sound like a broken record, but the player everyone is talking about it Manti Te’o. All eyes are on him and how he will perform on the field. Some are sick of the Te’o talk, but it’s obviously a story line that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. From what I gather, teams are unsure what he will run in the 40 and that is the metric they have their eyes on. Someone told me on the broadcast Mike Mayock put the over/under on him at a 4.75, so that is the number I’m curious to see if he can beat.
A completely different vibe here inside Lucas Oil Stadium this morning. First off, most of the media is gone. With no more prospects scheduled to meet with the media and their access limited, I’d say about 30% of the guys who were here at the beginning of the Combine remain. Or at the very least they are sleeping in because it is very empty inside the interview room.
Inside the stadium, there is a different feeling in the air as defensive prospects hit the field for the very first time. Right now as I type, the defensive line prospects are working out. The first thing that caught my eye is how athletic these guys are. That’s been a common theme for the entire draft, and a trend that’s been going on for a number of years actually, but it doesn’t make it any less true. These prospects are big guys and are moving incredibly fast and quick.
For me, the guy who has really caught my eye is Southern Methodist’s Margus Hunt. This kid comes from a small school but is making his presence felt. Hunt is 6-foot-8, 245-pounds, had the most reps on the bench press (38) and clocked in the third fastest unofficial 40-time so far (4.60). I’ll be keeping a keen eye on him for the rest of the drills.
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