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Speed not necessary for Dick LeBeau pass rushers

Why the 40 isn't as important to the new Titans defense.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dick LeBeau is the new Titans DC (even if the title isn't exactly that), and while Jarvis Jones didn't exactly pan out, Dick LeBeau has shown that he doesn't need speed to create effective pass rushers.

While James Harrison's numbers weren't available, both LaMarr Woodley and Jason Worilds both ran their 40-yard dash in the low 4.7s. The comparisons go even deeper than that however.

1. Both Worilds and Woodley had a vertical jump of 38 and 38.5 inches respectively.

2. Both Worilds and Woodley had 3-cone times of 6.95 and 6.82 respectively.

3. Both Worilds and Woodley had broad jumps of 9'10" and 9'9" respectively.

4. Both were second round picks.

So the question is, are there any players in this combine that fit those requirements?

Names like Zach Wagenman, Frank Clark, Kyle Emanuel, and Ryan Russell are all pretty close, but none really have the film to warrant a second round pick. Ultimately it looks like the two names with the best tape and the closest measurable to what LeBeau has looked for in the past are Eli Harold of Virginia and Preston Smith of Mississippi State.

When you look at the film, Preston Smith is most likely better used as a 4-3 defensive end and nickel defensive tackle than on the outside in a 3-4, so the numbers say that Eli Harold could be a real strong fit (on paper) for what LeBeau wants.

(Now this is excluding Vic Beasley who is a little light for an every down player although he could be outstanding as a pure pass rusher if his numbers are any indication. Also, he was excluded because this is aimed at likely second round picks and he will be closer to a top-five pick.)