NFL Combine Stock Report: Defense

Here are a handful of defensive draft prospects whose stock is on the rise or decline based on the Combine. Byron Jones (photo) set a new combine record in broad jump and nearly jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Vic Beasley (DE) Clemson
The Tigers outside linebacker prospect was arguably the defensive star of the entire combine. First, he came in much bigger than expected at 246 pounds. Then Beasley tested so well, running a blazing 4.53 forty, putting up 35 reps on the 225-pound bench press and looking super in the defensive linemen drills. Did I mention he had a vertical jump of 41 inches, a broad jump of 130 inches and a short shuttle of 4.15? Those are all outstanding numbers to go along with his outstanding tape. Beasley was a productive star at Clemson the last two seasons. He should certainly be a top-10 pick on April 30.


Owa Odighizuwa(DE) UCLA
I think it’s pretty simple for Odighizuwa – it will all come down to the medical. This is a Bruin defensive end that battled hip injuries during his college career. He tested very well at the Combine and looked smooth and fast in the drills. How high he goes all depends on how the NFL doctors view his health. When he’s on the field, Odighizuwa shows he can be an effective presence off the edge, especially in getting after the quarterback.


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Bud Dupree (DE) Kentucky
Like Beasley, Dupree put up some freaky numbers. At 269 pounds, he ran 4.56 forty, had a 42-inch vertical and a 138-inch broad jump. Let’s put this in perspective: one of the most explosive running backs in this draft class is Miami’s Duke Johnson. Dupree ran virtually the same forty (Johnson was 4.54) and jumped almost a foot higher than Johnson’s 33 inches. Dupree is 62 pounds heavier than Johnson.

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Dupree is bigger and a tad more explosive than Beasley but wasn’t nearly as consistent on the field in Lexington. Certainly the NFL scouts will be going back to his tape this week.


Stephone Anthony (LB) Clemson
Anthony had a productive trip to Indy. I thought he would be a step slow, but he ran well, looked pretty athletic in the drills and I think his stock is certainly on the rise at the inside linebacker position. He ran 4.56, had a 37-inch vertical and a very good short shuttle of 4.03. Anthony is off to a great start in the draft process. Remember, he looked very good in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.


Paul Dawson (LB) TCU
Dawson ran poorly (4.93 forty, 4.49 short shuttle) and didn’t test well particularly well. Those are red flags that could cause his stock to drop.


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Denzel Perryman (LB) Miami
There’s nothing Perryman can do about his size. Just under 5-foot-11, Perryman needed to come to the Combine and post good numbers. He ran only 4.78 in the forty and didn’t exactly show explosive numbers in the vertical (32 inches) and broad jump (113 inches). While his film is good, these numbers are not and he’s already fighting the height issue.


Shaq Thompson (LB) Washington
This is pretty simple, Thompson is one of the draft’s best athletes, as scouts in the NFL see him at potentially three different positions: running back, safety and linebacker. But he did nothing at the Combine to make himself stand out. Maybe expectations were just sky high on this former Husky, but his performance was just vanilla.


Trae Waynes (CB) Michigan State
Like Kevin White, all Waynes had to do was post a good forty time. He ran 4.31. Then he backed it up by looking very good in the drills. Enough said. He’s a virtual lock now as this draft’s first cornerback taken on April 30th.


P.J. Williams (CB) Florida State
Speed isn’t P.J.’s strong suit but he needed to run well at Combine. He posted a 4.57 number and that’s going to concern some scouts. On the flip side, Williams did post a some good numbers in vertical (40 inches) and broad jump (132 inches), showing explosiveness. But it makes you wonder how that forty time will hurt his stock. He needs to bounce back with a good pro day in Tallahassee.


Ronald Darby (CB) Florida State
I thought Darby would post one of the better forty times in Indy and that’s exactly what he did with a number of 4.38. He also had a short shuttle of 4.14 and a vertical of nearly 42 inches. These numbers are going to lift his stock.


Byron Jones (CB) UConn
Jones was one of the big stories in Indy. He knocked the top off the Combine record in the broad jump (147 inches) and had a vertical jump of 44.5 inches. Those are two unreal numbers. Freaky. He’s 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, and has an arm length of 32 inches. He didn’t run the forty but showed good short-area quickness with a 3.94 short shuttle. Certainly every NFL team will be at his pro day with stop watches in hand to time his forty. Jones is a prospect on the rise.


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