NFL Combine Live: Jadeveon Clowney Shines; Michael Sam Struggles


February 24, 2014

combine5 p.m.: We’re all wrapped up here on Monday’s Scouting Combine live blog. The day did not disappoint.

Check out the big winners and losers from Monday’s event.

Jadeveon Clowney and Aaron Donald promised to dominate and they did. Michael Sam was expected to struggle and he did.

The surprises came in linebackers Jordan Tripp and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Tripp was impressive in positional drills and speed and agility workouts. The linebacker out of Montana was expected to be a third- or fourth-round pick, and he did nothing to dissuade teams from picking him in the second day. Pierre-Louis will likely rise from his late-round projection.

It’s unfortunate that Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier chose not to run. He posted amazing times in every other drill. It’s hard to believe he wouldn’t have run a great 40-yard dash, as well.

The cornerbacks and safeties will work out tomorrow, then the combine is over.

4:44 p.m.: The linebacker three-cone and short shuttle times are out.

Top five linebacker three-cone drill times:

Tyler Starr, South Dakota: 6.64 seconds
Trent Murphy, Stanford: 6.78
Anthony Barr, UCLA: 6.82
Jordan Tripp, Montana: 6.89
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: 6.91

Top five linebacker short shuttle times:

Tripp: 3.96
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College: 4.02
Avery Williamson, Kentucky: 4.07
Starr: 4.15
Khalil Mack, Buffalo: 4.18

4:23 p.m.: Before the three-cone and short shuttle times come out, Khalil Mack did a nice job of setting himself apart from Anthony Barr from an athletic perspective.

Barr ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash with a 1.56-second 10-yard split while Barr ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash with a 1.56-second 10-yard split. Those are almost identical. But Barr broad jumped 9-foot-11 with a 34.5-inch vertical leap while Mack broad jumped 10-foot-8 with a 40-inch vertical. Barr was supposed to be the most athletic player. So far, that’s not the case.

3:44 p.m.: The linebackers’ vertical leap and broad jump numbers are out.

Top five linebacker broad jumps:

Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: 10-foot-10
Khalil Mack, Buffalo: 10-foot-8
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College: 10-foot-8
Lamin Barrow, LSU: 10-foot-3
Christian Kirksey, Iowa: 10-foot-2
Boseko Lokombo, Oregon: 10-foot-2
Carl Bradford, Arizona State: 10-foot-2
Prince Shembo, Notre Dame: 10-foot-2

Top five linebacker vertical leaps:

Shazier: 42 inches
Mack: 40
Pierre-Louis: 39
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama: 38.5
Shembo: 38.5

3:12 p.m.The on-field drills are done for now, but our work is not done here on the live blog. We still have three-cone, short shuttle, broad jump and vertical leap numbers coming for linebackers, and short shuttle times coming for defensive linemen.

3:06 p.m.The three-cone times have been released for the defensive linemen.

Let’s check out the top five.

Kony Ealy, Missouri: 6.83
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas: 6.97
Cassius Marsh, UCLA: 7.08
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh: 7.11
Howard Jones, Shepherd: 7.16

Clowney finished with an OK 7.27-secod three-cone. Michael Sam’s 7.80-second three-cone was the worst time among defensive ends.

2:52 p.m.All of the linebackers’ official 40-yard dash times are out. Let’s go through them now.

Anthony Barr: 4.66 seconds
Lamin Barrow: 4.64
Chris Borland: 4.83
Carl Bradford: 4.76
Preston Brown: 4.86
Jonathan Brown: 5.03
Max Bollough: 4.78
Khairi Fortt: 4.70
Jeremiah George: 4.91
Anthony Hitchens: 4.74
Adrian Hubbard: 4.69
Christian Jones: 4.74
Devon Kennard: 4.70
Boseko Lokombo: 4.66
Khalil Mack: 4.65
James Morris: 4.80
Trent Murphy: 4.86
Kevin Pierre-Louis: 4.51
Ronald Powell: 4.65
Prince Shembo: 4.71
Yawin Smallwood: 5.01 (pulled up with injury)
Telvin Smith: 4.52
Tyler Starr: 4.95
Jordan Tripp: 4.67
Kyle Van Noy: 4.71
Avery Williamson: 4.66
Jordan Zumwalt: 4.76

2:46 p.m.Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack might not be hurting himself, but he’s also not doing a tremendous job helping his draft stock at the combine.

He’s a lesser Von Miller, which would usually be fine for the No. 1 pick in the draft, but this is such a good draft that it probably won’t happen. Mike Mayock has been pounding the table for him to go No. 1.

At this point, it’s probably going to come down to Clowney, one of the quarterbacks or one of the left tackles. Those are the elite players in this class.

2:37 p.m.Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith is impressing this afternoon. His game is reminiscent of Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker LaVonte David. He was an undersized linebacker who wasn’t as athletic as Smith.

Pierre-Louis should vault up draft boards, as well. Weakside linebackers who can run and cover are rare in the NFL.

2:34 p.m.The top 10 official 40-yard dash times for the linebackers have been released.

Kevin Pierre-Louis: 4.51 seconds
Telvin Smith: 4.52
Lamin Barrow: 4.64
Khalil Mack: 4.65
Ronald Powell: 4.65
Avery Williamson: 4.66
Boseko Lokombo: 4.66
Anthony Barr: 4.66
Jordan Tripp: 4.67
Adrian Hubbard: 4.69

2:16 p.m.The 40-yard dash runs are done for the day.

There’s still plenty more coming out of the combine, however. We’re waiting on official 40-yard dash times for the linebackers, plus agility drills, jump numbers and linebacker drills.

2:15 p.m.The first 40-yard dash attempts for the linebackers are over. We’ll track their second times here.

Anthony Barr, UCLA: 4.66, 4.63

Lamin Barrow, LSU: 4.68, 4.68

Chris Borland, Wisconsin: 4.83, 4.78

Carl Bradford, Arizona State: 4.74, 4.72

Jonathan Brown, Illinois: 4.91, 4.91

Preston Brown, Louisville: 4.75, 4.76

Max Bullough, Michigan State: 4.78, 4.75

Khairi Fortt, Cali: 4.75, 4.66

Jeremiah George, Iowa State: 4.84, 4.78

Anthony Hitchens, Iowa: 4.72, 4.62

Adrian Hubbard, Alabama: 4.63, 4.53

Christian Jones, Florida State: 4.63, 4.60

Devon Kennard, USC: 4.62, 4.59

Boseko Lokombo, Oregon: 4.65, 4.69

Khalil Mack, Buffalo: 4.66, 4.62

James Morris, Iowa: 4.81, 4.75

Trent Murphy, Stanford: 4.75, 4.78

Kevin Pierre-Louis: 4.44, 4.41

Ronald Powell, Florida: 4.53, 4.60

Prince Shembo, Notre Dame: 4.67, 4.62

Yawin Smallwood, UConn: 5.00, no second attempt

Telvin Smith, Florida State: 4.48, 4.41

Tyler Starr, South Dakota: 4.93, 4.98

Jordan Tripp, Montana: 4.58, 4.59

Kyle Van Noy, BYU: 4.66, 4.60

Avery Williamson, Kentucky: 4.56, 4.65

Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA: 4.70, 4.72

1:54 p.m.We’re getting ready for the linebackers to run now. The players to watch are UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, Buffalo outside linebacker and Mike Mayock man-crush Khalil Mack and Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier.

We’ll track all the 40-yard dash times here.

Anthony Barr, UCLA: 4.66

Lamin Barrow, LSU: 4.68

Chris Borland, Wisconsin: 4.83

Carl Bradford, Arizona State: 4.74

Jonathan Brown, Illinois: 4.91

Preston Brown, Louisville: 4.75

Max Bullough, Michigan State: 4.78

Khairi Fortt, Cali: 4.75

Jeremiah George, Iowa State: 4.84

Anthony Hitchens, Iowa: 4.72

Adrian Hubbard, Alabama: 4.63

Christian Jones, Florida State: 4.63

Devon Kennard, USC: 4.62

Boseko Lokombo, Oregon: 4.65

Khalil Mack, Buffalo: 4.66

James Morris, Iowa: 4.81

Trent Murphy, Stanford: 4.75

Kevin Pierre-Louis: 4.44

Ronald Powell, Florida: 4.53

Prince Shembo, Notre Dame: 4.67

Yawin Smallwood, UConn: 5.00

Telvin Smith, Florida State: 4.48

Tyler Starr, South Dakota: 4.93

Jordan Tripp, Montana: 4.58

Kyle Van Noy, BYU: 4.66

Avery Williamson, Kentucky: 4.56

Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA: 4.70

1:11 p.m.The defensive line broad jump and vertical leap numbers are out.

Top five defensive line vertical leaps:

Howard Jones: 40.5 inches
Jadeveon Clowney: 37.5
James Gayle: 37
Chris Smith: 37
Larry Webster: 36.5

Top five defensive line broad jumps:

Kareem Martin: 12-foot-9
Jones: 12-foot-4
Clowney: 12-foot-4
Jackson Jeffcoat: 12-foot-3
Zach Moore: 12-foot-3
Webster: 12-foot-3

Jones had a great workout, including a 4.60-second 40-yard dash, but he’s also only 235 pounds. So his numbers should be included with linebackers, rather than defensive linemen.

1:06 p.m.All of the official 40 times for the defensive linemen have been released.

Jason Bromley: 5.06
Ryan Carrethers: 5.47
Will Clarke: 4.77
Jadeveon Clowney: 4.53
Scott Crichton: 4.84
Aaron Donald: 4.68
Kony Ealy: 4.92
Kasim Edebali: 4.79
Justin Ellis: 5.27
IK Enemkpali: 5.01
James Gayle: 4.70
Ra’Shede Hageman: 5.02
Kerry Hyder: 5.10
Jackson Jeffcoat: 4.63
Timmy Jernigan: 5.06
Anthony Johnson: 5.24
Howard Jones: 4.60
DaQuan Jones: 5.35
Zachariah Kerr: 5.08
Demarcus Lawrence: 4.80
Eathyn Manumaleuna: 5.16
Cassius Marsh: 4.89
Kareem Martin: 4.72
Josh Mauro: 5.21
Tevin Mims: 4.95
Zach Moore: 4.84
Jonathan Newsome: 4.73
Louis Nix: 5.42
Tenny Palepoi: 5.10
Mike Pennel: 5.23
Kelcy Quarles: 5.03
Caraun Reid: 4.91
Michael Sam: 4.91
Chris Smith: 4.71
Marcus Smith: 4.68
Shamar Stephen: 5.25
Will Sutton: 5.36
Khyri Thornton: 5.03
George Uko: 4.99
Larry Webster: 4.58
Ethan Westbrooks: 4.90
Kerry Wynn: 4.97

12:42 p.m.Warren Sapp just made the craziest statement of the combine about Jadeveon Clowney’s 2013 season.

“There’s nothing on that tape that is draftable except those three sacks.”


12:26 p.m.NFL Network released the top 10 official 40-yard dash results for defensive linemen.

Clowney: 4.53
Larry Webster: 4.58
Howard Jones: 4.60
Jackson Jeffcoat: 4.63
Aaron Donald: 4.68
Marcus Smith: 4.68
James Gayle: 4.70
Chris Smith: 4.71
Kareem Martin: 4.72
Jonathan Newsome: 4.73

12:16 p.m.Jadeveon Clowney ran a 4.53-second official 40-yard dash, according to NFL Network.

We’ll have all the official 40 times as soon as they’re out.

12:03 p.m.The defensive linemen are done running for the day. Now we’ll see the second group go through positional drills.

The linebackers are up next in the 40-yard dash. They should be running sometime around 1 p.m.

It appears Jadeveon Clowney decided to run the three-cone drill. We’ll see how he timed in the agility drill later in the afternoon.

Clowney and Aaron Donald really impressed. Michael Sam ran about as expected.

12:00 p.m.The second group is set to go again. We’ll track their second attempts.

DE Kareem Martin, UNC: 4.72, 4.68

DE Josh Mauro, Stanford: 5.11, 5.16

DE Tevin Mims, South Florida: 4.95, 4.95

DE Zach Moore, Concordia: 4.82, 4.87

DE Jonathan Newsome, Ball State: 4.69, 4.75

DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame: 5.35, 5.37

DT Tenny Palepoi, Utah: 4.94, 5.12

DT Mike Pennel, Colorado State-Pueblo: 5.20, 5.19

DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina: 5.00, 5.10

DT Caraun Reid, Princeton: 4.90, 5.00

DE Michael Sam, Missouri: 4.79, 4.84

DE Chris Smith, Arkansas: 4.54, 4.69

DE Marcus Smith, Louisville: 4.63, 4.65

DT Shamar Stephen UCONN: 5.17

DT Will Sutton, Arizona State: 5.35, 5.47

DT Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss: 5.05, 4.94

DT George Uko, USC: 4.90, 4.88

DE Larry Webster, Bloomsburg: 4.62, 4.60

DE Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M: 4.97, 4.85

DE Kerry Wynn, Richmond: 5.00

11:42 a.m.The second group of defensive linemen are getting ready to run. Notre Dame’s Louis Nix and Missouri’s Michael Sam are the big names in this group.

I’ll track every 40-yard dash here.

DE Kareem Martin, UNC: 4.72

DE Josh Mauro, Stanford: 5.11

DE Tevin Mims, South Florida: 4.95

DE Zach Moore, Concordia: 4.82

DE Jonathan Newsome, Ball State: 4.69

DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame: 5.35

DT Tenny Palepoi, Utah: 4.94

DT Mike Pennel, Colorado State-Pueblo: 5.20

DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina: 5.00

DT Caraun Reid, Princeton: 4.90

DE Michael Sam, Missouri: 4.79

DE Chris Smith, Arkansas: 4.54

DE Marcus Smith, Louisville: 4.63

DT Shamar Stephen UCONN: 5.17

DT Will Sutton, Arizona State: 5.35

DT Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss: 5.05

DT George Uko, USC: 4.90

DE Larry Webster, Bloomsburg: 4.62

DE Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M: 4.97

DE Kerry Wynn, Richmond: 5.00

11:17 a.m.The Clowney bashing is reaching a critical point.

He’s being blasted for not participating in positional or agility drills. He said he has a tight hip flexor. It would make sense to skip those drills if that’s true.

11:13 a.m.Clowney broad jumped 10-foot-4. Donald broad jumped 9-foot-8.

11:07 a.m.Jadeveon Clowney had a vertical leap of 37.5 inches. That’s really, really good.

11:00 a.m.Look who’s in the Patriots’ box again on Monday.

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10:51 a.m.Auburn defensive end Dee Ford called Jadeveon Clowney a “blind dog in a meat market.” He was asked about his comments and said Clowney has all the athleticism, but he “can’t find the meat.”

Clowney only had three sacks in 2013, but he had no problem finding the meat in 2012. Clowney had 13 sacks that season. Ford had 10.5 sacks in 2013.

10:40 a.m.Aaron Donald might wind up being the real breakout star of the combine. He’s a freak athletically. The only thing keeping him from being a top five pick is his lack of ideal size. At 6-foot-1, 285 pounds, he’s undersized for a three-technique, pass-rushing defensive tackle, but he had elite production in college. His 4.65-second 40-yard dash can only help his draft stock.

10:30 a.m.NFL Network is reporting that Clowney has a tight hip flexor. That’s what’s keeping him out of agility and positional drills.

10:29 a.m.Warren Sapp just jokingly slipped by saying “Willie, there’s something in the steroids … uh … um … something in the milk … Because these kids are way bigger.”

He might get in trouble for that comment.

10:20 a.m.: Mike Mayock has ripped Clowney all week at the combine. Because Clowney’s not participating in position drills, it’s giving him another chance to question his dedication.

Quite frankly, there’s no reason to see Clowney in the positional drills. Everything there is on tape. Of course, there’s probably no reason for Clowney not to do these drills, too.

10:17 a.m.: We know why Auburn’s Dee Ford was not allowed to run or participate.

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It’s a little odd that Ford was able to practice and play in the Senior Bowl, and train for the combine — probably running hundreds of 40-yard dashes over the past three months — but now he’s not allowed to run because of a procedure in 2011. It seems a bit unfair.

10:11 a.m.It appears Clowney will not compete in positional drills either.

So far Penn State’s DaQuan Jones and Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan are impressing with their agility in the drills.

10:04 a.m.Clowney will not compete in the three-cone or short shuttle. He will do the broad jump and vertical leap, however.

9:58 a.m.The first group of offensive linemen are done running. Clowney’s 4.47 was obviously insane, but 285-pound Aaron Donald’s 4.65 was just as crazy. Both of those players will likely be gone by the time the Patriots are picking at No. 29.

The players the Patriots have a better shot at are Kony Ealy (4.84), Ra’Shede Hageman (4.97) and Timmy Jernigan (4.93). Ealy is a defensive end, Hageman is an interior rusher and Jernigan is a nose tackle/interior rusher. He could probably play both roles.

While we wait for the second group of defensive linemen to run, I’ll give analysis on the positional drills.

9:56 a.m.The first attempt at the 40-yard dash for defensive linemen is over. We’ll track the second runs as they come.

DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse: 4.93, 5.13

DT Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State: 5.44, 5.50

DE Will Clarke, West Virginia: 4.72, 4.75

DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: 4.47, 4.48

DT DeAndre Coleman, Cal: 4.78, didn’t show second attempt

Coleman’s a freak to run a 40-yard dash at 4.78 second at 314 pounds.

DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State: 4.78, 4.82

DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh: 4.65, 4.66

DE Kony Ealy, Missouri: 4.84, 4.84

DE Kasim Edebali, Boston College: 4.69

DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech: 5.15, 5.12

DE IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech: 4.90

DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech: 4.65, 4.60

DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota: 4.97, 5.02

DT Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech: 4.97

DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas: 4.60

DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State: 5.09, 4.93

DT Anthony Johnson, LSU: 5.25, 5.25

DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State: 5.28, 5.34

DE Howard Jones, Shepherd: 4.60, 4.57

DT Zach Kerr, Delaware: 5.07, 5.03

DE Demarcus Lawrence: 4.72, 4.81

DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU: 5.20, 5.15

DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA: 4.89, 4.89

9:32 a.m.The defensive linemen are getting set to run. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney and Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald are players to watch early. Donald weighed in at 285 pounds and he could run in the 4.7s.

DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse: 4.93

DT Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State: 5.44

DE Will Clarke, West Virginia: 4.72

DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: 4.47

That’s just bonkers.

DT DeAndre Coleman, Cal: 4.78

DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State: 4.78

DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh: 4.65

Donald is 285 pounds. That’s craziness. He’s definitely a first-round pick. He’s an athletic freak.

DE Kony Ealy, Missouri: 4.84

DE Kasim Edebali, Boston College: 4.69

DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech: 5.15

DE IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech: 4.90

DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech: 4.65

DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota: 4.97

DT Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech: 4.97

DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas: 4.60

DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State: 5.09

DT Anthony Johnson, LSU: 5.25

DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State: 5.28

DE Howard Jones, Shepherd: 4.60

DT Zach Kerr, Delaware: 5.07

DE Demarcus Lawrence: 4.72

DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU: 5.20

DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA: 4.89

8:45 a.m.The three-cone and short shuttle drill times are finally out for the running backs from Sunday.

Check out the top five three-cone times for running backs.

Bishop Sankey, Washington: 6.75 seconds
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford: 6.78
Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern: 6.83
Dri Archer, Kent State: 6.86
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina: 6.88

Sankey was also the top finisher in the 20-yard short shuttle.

Sankey: 4.00
Andre Williams, Boston College: 4.06
Archer: 4.06
McKinnon: 4.12
Henry Josey, Missouri: 4.13

Both of those drills are important for running backs because it measures agility, bend and footwork. Sankey’s not the biggest back at 5-foot-9, 209 pounds, so he’ll need that change-of-direction.

8 a.m. ET: The pass rushers will be at center stage on Day 5 of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.

The defensive linemen and linebackers are set to workout and compete in positional drills. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr and Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack are the premier players working out on Monday. Clowney said on Saturday that he wants to run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. At 6-foot-5, 266 pounds, that would be uncanny.

Barr could also run in the 4.4 or 4.5 range at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has said he would take Mack No. 1 overall if he was the Houston Texans.

New England Patriots fans should pay attention to some of the top defensive tackles, like Notre Dame’s Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan and Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. It’s still unclear how those five players will fall off the draft board in May.

The Patriots could also look to take a pass rusher like Missouri’s Kony Easy, or even Michael Sam, who drew the biggest crowds at the combine as he spoke publicly for the first time since coming out as gay.

The action kicks off at 9 a.m. Stay here for every 40-yard dash from every prospect.

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