Dion Jordan - Joe Robbins
The front seven is out in force
Monday was the defensive line and linebackers' turn to workout on the field in Indy. There were some impressive prospects out there. The Titans will have a deep pool of front seven defenders to choose from come late April, that's for sure. Today also had defensive backs (who will go tomorrow) continue their off field process such as team interviews and media duties.
Day 6 news:
Mike Mayock has four observations from the weekend
Daniel Jeremiah has his Sunday notes
Tony Pauline of USA Today writes about the defensive line
Charlie Campbell has his opinions about the defensive line as well
Eric Galko's input about the DL and LBs
Day 6 funnies
Andy Reid giving the death stare to the GM's sandwich
Jerry Jones demanding credit for the next Cowboys Super Bowl winning team
LSUfreek strikes again with commentary from edsbs
My thoughts (DL version):
- Lavar Edwards (LSU) has made some money during the draft process. He carried over his good work from the Senior Bowl
- Sam Montgomery (LSU) may have torpedoed his stock by running a 4.81 official 40 and flat out admitting that he took plays off during the 2012 season. He looked good during the drills, however.
- Barkevious Mingo (LSU) certainly has boosted his already high stock by showing well during the drills today. He ran 4.58 official. It's fair to assume he's winning that $5000 bet with Montgomery at this point.
- Dion Jordan (Oregon) wowed with his 4.6 official and showed great explosion and quick feet during the drills. He added 20 pounds to his frame and still maintained his agility. Jordan has the frame to add more weight as well. I wouldn't mind it if Jordan was drafted by the Titans. He would be a dynamic pass rusher in the mold of Aldon Smith.
- Corey Lemonier (Auburn) had a great showing. He was almost as fast and agile as Jordan was.
- Ezekial Ansah (BYU) and Margus Hunt (SMU) were expected to be freaks and delivered on those expectations. Both might be workout wonders since they are so raw and without a defined position.
- Datone Jones (UCLA) had a good day, carrying over his great work from the Senior Bowl. The Titans have had recent success going into Los Angeles pipeline, just saying.
- Shariff Floyd (Florida) impressed a lot of people and showed why he's expected to go really high in the first round. He dominated his competition and I'm glad that he left Florida so I don't have to put up with him being in FSU's backfield all day once a year.
- Devin Taylor (South Carolina) did alright for himself, leaving Mr. Clowney's shadow. Taylor ran a better than expected 4.72 official and showed nice agility in the vertical (36") and broad jump (10'8)
- Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern) did well and also carried his Senior Bowl stock over. He ran an impressive 4.88 at 6'1 335. Williams could be a small school late round steal for somebody.
My thoughts (LBs)
- Jon Bostic (Florida) showed his added weight wasn't a detriment by running 4.61 with a 32.5 vertical. Bostic needed the weight gain to prove that he can hold up playing inside linebacker.
- Jamie Collins (Southern Miss) came in at 6'3 250 and ran 4.64. He's a physical specimen. 41,5" vertical and 11'7 broad jump. He'll likely play OLB.
- Zaviar Gooden (Missouri) showed impressive speed and explosion by running 4.47, 34" vert, and 10'11 broad jump. He's a smaller version of Sean Weatherspoon. Also had 27 bench reps. Gooden posted a ridiculous 6.71 3 cone drill and 4.24 short shuttle time.
- Like Gooden, Sio Moore (UCONN) impressed today after a great Senior Bowl week.
- One Moore brother who didn't have a good day was Damontre Moore. He ran a slow 4.95 at 6'4 250. Moore also pulled up lame during his second 40 run. The strength is in question as well as he only put up 12 reps on the bench (smallest total in the DE group)
- Manti Te'o, after all that media coverage, was less than impressive, continuing his poor form from the national title game. He really needed a good workout to stave off any further question he's just a great college player who can't be a good pro.
- Bruce Taylor (Va Tech) was disappointing as well. He ran 5.01 at 6'1 237.
- Alec Ogletree (Georgia) in addition to the off field troubles, now has some on field questions to answer as he wasn't able to deliver the hype. The added weight is good for him though as he was facing questions about playing inside at the weight he was.
- The star of the day was Ogletree's teammate, Cornelius Washington (Georgia). Washington ran a 4.55 official at 6'4 265. He showed great agility, quick feet and explosion in drills, posting a 39" vertical and 10'8 broad jump. The strength is there too with 36 bench reps. Would I take him in the 2nd round? absolutely without question. Washington made some money today.