2010 NFL Scouting Combine results from day three really propelled Jeff Owens and Donald Butler. The NFL Scouting Combine for day three was primarily focused on the results of linebackers and defensive linemen as they went through their respective tests for the NFL scouts. Most of the television coverage on the NFL Network focused on the battle between Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy. Both of these guys have a shot at being No. 1 or No. 2 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, and it was good to see some of the best prospective draft picks actually taking to the field in Indianapolis. The immediate reactions were that they both performed well, but McCoy could have a possible red flag now.
The 40-yard times for guys this big aren’t as important as other positions, so they can just be thrown out when it comes to Suh and McCoy. These two are going to be drafted based on the punishment that teams feel they can give to opposing quarterbacks. The NFL Scouting Combine is supposed to point out which one of these guys is going to turn into the better NFL defensive player, but let’s be honest here; it’s an imperfect science that has been wrong in the past. On the drills, it seems that Suh is clearly the “winner” here, and the bench press that McCoy put up was one of the lowest we have seen from defensive linemen. That is the possible red flag for scouts that value the bench press above everything else.
There were of course a host of other players showing off to the scouts on day three of the combine, and there are a few key players that may have really helped out their draft status. The first is defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who put together a very impressive showing at the scouting combine, showing well in the 40-yard and extremely well in the bench press. Mixing that with his bag drills, and this kid could be moving up many draft boards. Jamar Chaney was the standout at the linebacker position, posting the fastest 40-yard dash of just 4.54 seconds, and turned in 26 bench press reps. The leader in linebacker bench presses was Donald Butler, who put up an amazing 35 reps.
One guy that didn’t get a ton of attention at the camp but could become a name taken in the first few rounds is Jeff Owens from Georgia. He hasn’t made a lot of mock draft lists, but his scouting combine results could put him on the radar for a number of teams. He led the way with 44 bench press reps, which was the second highest total at the whole camp (just behind offensive lineman Mitch Petrus and his 45). Owens will be in the NFL soon, now it is just a question of which team will give him that chance first. Day three was definitely an interesting day at the scouting combine, and may have decided once and for all whether it will be Suh or McCoy taken first.
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