Monday, 23 February 2009

Defensive prospects take centre stage

Today the defensive prospects had their turn to impress at the scouting combine. Aaron Curry (LB, Wake Forest) is getting a lot of attention as perhaps the highest ranked defensive player. He did no harm to his chances of going in the top three picks with a lightning quick 40 yard dash despite adding weight ahead of workouts. The Seahawks are stacked at line backer (financially too, not just with talent) but they'll be keeping a close eye on some other positions. Defensive line and secondary are areas that could get an upgrade through the draft.

To recap what's happened today - Brian Orakpo (DE, Texas) and Rey Maualuga (LB, USC) both suffered injuries. Orakpo pulled out of position drills after picking up a 'tweaked' hamstring. Maualuga suffered a similar problem whilst running the 40 yard dash.

Here's some key 40 yard dash times:

Everette Brown (DE, Florida) - 4.63 s
Aaron Curry (LB, Wake Forest) - 4.56 s
Brian Cushing (LB, USC) - 4.64 s
James Laurinaitis (LB, Ohio State) - 4.80 s
B.J. Raji (DT, Boston College) - 5.13 s
Aaron Maybin (DE, Penn State) - 4.78 s
Tyson Jackson (DE, LSU) - 4.91 s
Brian Orakpo (DE, Texas) - 4.70 s
Paul Kruger (DE, Utah) - 4.84 s

The defensive backs have just begun the bench press drill, Vontae Davis (CB, Illinois) just did 25 reps at 225 lbs. Davis is an interesting prospect - the brother of Vontae (TE, 49ers) he has the skills to be a lockdown corner. Some reports say he isn't the greatest worker but he could be the best corner back in this draft class. We wait to see what Malcolm Jenkins (Ohio State) runs tomorrow - if he runs a 4.4/4.5 you have to believe he'll be the first defensive back taken.

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