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Steeler Draft Watch: LB and DL 2013 NFL Combine Day

Monday was Day 3 of the NFL Combine, and that means a big day for potential Steeler draft picks.  The Steelers will more than likely be hunting down a LB or DL as their top pick in the draft.  The picks at these two positions could go even into the mid to latter rounds as well.  So who were top performers and who stunk up the joint?

Top Performers:


40 Yd Dash School Time Bench Press School Reps
Zaviar Gooden Missouri 4.47 Cornelius Washington Georgia 36
Cornelius Washington Georgia 4.55 Sio Moore Connecticut 29
Jon Bostic Florida 4.61 Michael Mauti Penn State 28
Jamie Collins Southern Miss 4.64 Zaviar Gooden Missouri 27
Sio Moore Connecticut 4.65 Jelani Jenkins Florida 27
Vertical Jump School Height (in.) Broad Jump School Distance (in.)
Jamie Collins Southern Miss 41.5 Jamie Collins Southern Miss 139
Cornelius Washington Georgia 39 Zaviar Gooden Missouri 131
Sio Moore Connecticut 38 Cornelius Washington Georgia 128
John Lotulelei UNLV 35.5 Sio Moore Connecticut 127
Sean Porter Texas A&M 35 Brandon Hepburn Florida A&M 124

Defensive Linemen 

40 Yd Dash School Time Bench Press School Reps
Trevardo Williams Connecticut 4.57 Margus Hunt SMU 38
Barkevious Mingo LSU 4.58 Brandon Williams Missouri S. St. 38
Margus Hunt SMU 4.60 Akeem Spence Illinois 37
Dion Jordan Oregon 4.60 Josh Boyd Mississippi St. 32
Corey Lemonier Auburn 4.60 8 players 30
Vertical Jump School Height (in.) Broad Jump School Distance (in.)
Trevardo Williams Connecticut 38.0 Barkevious Mingo LSU 128.0
Ty Powell Harding 37.0 Devin Taylor South Carolina 128.0
Markevious Mingo LSU 37.0 Trevardo Williams Connecticut 124.0
Damontre Moore Texas A&M 35.5 Ty Powell Harding 122.0
Nate Williams Ohio State 35.0 Dion Jordan Oregon 122.0
Devin Taylor South Carolina 35.0 Damontre Moore Texas A&M 122.0

There are your top performers for Monday.  So how did some draftees due that are potentially on the Steelers board?

Ezekiel ‘Ziggy’ Ansah (yeah another Ziggy…) ran a 4.63 40, benched 21 times, a 34.5 vertical, and a 118.0 broad jump.  What’s strange is that Ansah’s 40 time posted on NFL.com is not in the same group as the Top Performers that the website also provides.  At any rate, Ansah’s 4.63 is pretty fast for a LB and lines up with his explosive speed in game film.  The rest of Ansah’s stats fall near the top of all the LB’s who participated in the combine.  Reports say he did incredibly well in the coverage drills.  His stock, if possible, went up on Monday.  If the Steelers are still drooling over this guy, they will in all certainty need to trade for the pick.

On the other end of the spectrum, Manti Te’o ran around the field all day long like he had an invisible girlfriend strapped to his back.  His disappointing performance during the National Championship game continued as he completed each drill.  He ran one of the slowest linebacker 40’s at 4.82 seconds.  His jumps were very poor as well.  The only thing that went well for him is that he caught the ball better than any LB in the drills.  His stock probably took a big hit Monday.  This might actually fair well for the Steelers.  If they still like Te’o after a poor combine performance, they could actually wait to get him in the first round and go for a top safety or even a wide receiver with their first pick.  The receiver position is not very deep as in years past, so it could be an opportunity for the Steelers to grab a receiver of very good value and wait to select Te’o in the second round.  Wishful thinking?  Not if Te’o doesn’t blow out the competition in his Pro Day workout.


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