We all shouldn’t be surprised at what @Shaquemgriffin keeps doing. He’s an unordinary person who makes the unimaginable look normal and I bet he will continue to do it at the next level. Thanks for inspiring so many of us by your attitude and desire. #Salute https://t.co/Bs8zwd868T
INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL Scouting Combine got nastier on Sunday as the defensive linemen and linebackers took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was an impressive looking group of front seven defenders and there were a number of jaw-dropping performances.
LB Shaquem Griffin: Griffin was brilliant on Sunday, timing 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash. To put that in perspective only two players have run faster during three days of workouts and both of them were receivers. Griffin translated that speed into position drills and was fast laterally as well as up the field. For a guy who received a last-minute invitation to the combine, Griffin really made a statement.
DE Bradley Chubb: If Saquon Barkley proved he was the best player in the draft after Friday’s workout, Chubb made the case he’s right there with the running back. Chubb turned in an immense workout timing 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash after weighing 269 pounds as well as completing 24 reps on the bench with arms that measured 34 inches. Chubb looked explosive and powerful during defensive line drills and incredibly athletic during linebacker exercises. He put everyone on notice he’s worth selecting at the top of the draft.
DT B.J. Hill: If there was a “wow” workout from the defensive tackle group, it belonged to Chubb’s teammate B.J. Hill. He completed 35 reps on the bench press then timed under 5.0 seconds in the 40, with some watches reading 4.95 seconds. Hill easily moved his 311-pound frame about the field during position drills and looked very athletic. His upside is enormous and Hill has starting potential if he plays to his ability on an every-down basis.
DT Da’Ron Payne: Many fans are surprised that I rank Payne as the third-best player in this year’s draft but after Sunday they may understand why. Payne completed 29 reps on the bench press then timed 4.95 seconds in the 40, which included a super-quick 10-yard split of 1.69. Payne looked incredibly athletic during drills showing a quick change of direction and a burst of…