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DEs have speed to burn

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2013 – 2:25 pm

There are a number of scheme versatile DE-OLBs in this draft class several of which were assigned the DE category at the NFL Combine. Several of them have torn up the 40 as well in Indy.

Five of the 21 defensive ends that ran at the combine clocked a 4.6 or better. Here’s the rundown of the best times for the DEs.

Trevardo Williams – UCONN – 4.57
Barkevious Mingo – LSU – 4.58
Margus Hunt – SMU – 4.6
Corey Lemonier – Auburn – 4.6
Dion Jordan – Oregon – 4.6
Ziggy Ansah – BYU – 4.63
Ty Powell – Harding – 4.64
Devin Taylor – South Carolina – 4.72
Mike Buchanan – Illinois – 4.78
Lavar Edwards – LSU – 4.8
Datone Jones – UCLA – 4.8

It’s hard not to be impressed with SMU’s Margus Hunt. Measuring in at 6’8 1/8″ and 277 he’s got the seventh best broad jump at 10’1″, the best bench (38 reps) and ran a 4.6. Trevardo Williams is also killing it with the fastest 40 time, best vertical (38″) and second-best broad jump (10′ 4″).

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Kiper’s OLB sleeper

Posted by Chris Brown on February 13, 2013 – 9:04 am

Trevardo Williams, Gary Nova

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper always has a few players at each position that he deems to be a steal because they can be had in the later rounds and yet have the potential to be early contributors. Kiper believes he has an OLB that would be a great fit in a 3-4 system and should still be on the board on day three.

“The one OLB for the 3-4 that you can find later is Trevardo Williams out of Connecticut,” Kiper said. “He has all the components and capabilities you want in a 3-4 OLB. He was a heck of a player for Connecticut. If you get him in the fifth round, that’s one heck of a player at that point for that scheme.”

Buffalo will be looking for linebacker help in the draft this spring as they try to find versatile players to fit their multiple defensive scheme, but Williams is unlikely to be a fifth-round pick come late April. Other draft analysts see him as a late third or fourth round pick after logging 11.5 sacks in 12 games as a senior.

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