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Chief Roundup
03-02-2005, 03:36 PM
There is an article on Derrick Johnson's workout on the last day of the combine. The lead in for the article is that it is the best workout by a LB in years.
If someone is subscribed to ESPN Insider I would as well as most others here would appreciate it if you could post that article.

Please with a cherry on top.

Thanks in advance. :grovel: :hail:

Thanks to jspchief:

INDIANAPOLIS The sixth and final day of official events at the 2005 NFL scouting combine lasted far longer than expected Tuesday. Several coaches and NFL officials were forced to leave early or miss their originally intended flight out of Indianapolis.

With all of the measurements, physicals, interviews and strength testing completed and just three groups of workouts remaining, the consensus was that the day's events would be finished by 2 p.m. However, because of the depth of this year's defensive backs class, and the participation in regard to the workouts and 40-yard dash runs, the final group did not wrap things up until almost 5 p.m.

The final day of activities provided fireworks. Texas OLB Derrick Johnson was the "real deal" with one of the most impressive linebacker workouts in years, including a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. Tennessee OLB Kevin Burnett and Southern Utah OLB Marques Harris put on a show of their own when they played a one-up-you game of gymnastics at the end of each of their position drill workouts.

Burnett started things off with a back flip at the conclusion of one of the rip drills. Harris elected to outdo Burnett with a cartwheel into a back flip. After the two exchanged blows once again, Harris sealed the deal with a cartwheel followed by consecutive back flips that left the entire audience -- including Burnett -- in awe of his athletic prowess. While the display had absolutely nothing to do with position-specific skills, NFL coaches and scouts were impressed.

The combine came to an end when the 12th and final group ran its 40-yard dashes. The 4.29 run by Oklahoma State CB Darrent Williams was impressive, but not nearly as impressive as Nebraska CB Fabian Washington's 4.25. One scout said of Washington's run, "Deion Sanders ran anywhere between a 4.23 and 4.30 -- depending on which stopwatch you believe." He continued by saying, "Fabian's time is definitely the fastest since that day, and it may actually have been faster."

Below is a positional breakdown of Tuesday's combine workout, which was dedicated primarily to 40 times, with some agility and position-specific drills. It is the conclusion of a four-part series that has covered the 333 prospects (17 positions in 12 groups) who worked out at the 2005 NFL combine.

Linebacker
Inside and outside linebackers worked out together in one group (Group 10) Tuesday. Most of the 35 linebackers in attendance worked out (12 of 13 ILBs and 17 of 22 OLBs). The seven who did not run were Kirk Morrison, Burnett, Ryan Claridge, Channing Crowder, Matt Grootegoed, Jared Newberry and Rian Wallace.

Wallace sat out the 40-yard dash because of a hamstring pull and also had a tough day on the bench press, as he had the fewest reps (10) of all the linebackers who participated. Johnson (4.54), Demarcus Ware (4.56) and Robert McCune (4.50) had the three best 40-yard dash times of the day. While Johnson and McCune's times were impressive, it was Ware's that drew the most attention because it proved that the 6-4, 251-pound DE/OLB tweener has the speed to make a potentially huge impact as a perimeter pass rusher in the NFL.

Ware's workout could have landed him a spot in the late first or early second round because of the increasing need for rush-linebacker types with his kind of speed. McCune did pull up lame with a hamstring injury during his positional workout segment, but not before he had one of the most impressive showings at the combine with that 4.50 40-yard dash and 34 reps on the standard 225-pound bench press. The two worst 40 times turned in by the linebackers belonged to Martin Patterson (5.00) and Clifford Dukes (4.97).

LinebackersProspect, Position, School Ht. Wt. Bench 40

Liam Ezekiel, ILB, Northeastern 6001 249 4.79
Alfred Fincher, ILB, Connecticut 6013 238 4.67
Mike Goolsby, ILB, Notre Dame 6030 249 4.87
Boomer Grigsby, ILB, Illinois State 5116 249 4.67
Marcus Lawrence, ILB, South Carolina 6021 243 4.64
Robert McCune, ILB, Louisville 6000 245 34 4.50
Lance Mitchell, ILB, Oklahoma 6021 247 4.81
Kirk Morrison, ILB, San Diego State 6010 232 5
Martin Patterson, ILB, Texas Christian 6014 243 5.00
Jonathan Pollard, ILB, Oregon State 6010 247 4.67
Adam Seward, ILB, UNLV 6022 248 33 4.62
Lofa Tatupu, ILB, USC 5117 238 23 4.79
Odell Thurman, ILB, Georgia 6001 233 25 4.62
Jordan Beck, OLB, Cal Poly State 4.61
Darryl Blackstock, OLB, Virginia 6025 247 4.66
Michael Boley, OLB, S. Mississippi 6026 236 4.63
Kevin Burnett, OLB, Tennessee 6027 239
Ryan Claridge, OLB, UNLV 6020 254
Roger Cooper, OLB, Montana State 6023 239 4.69
Channing Crowder, OLB, Florida 6022 252
Clifford Dukes, OLB, Michigan State 6034 268 28 4.97
Jamar Enzor, OLB, Cincinnati 6004 243 4.72
Matt Grootegoed, OLB, USC 5106 218
Tyjuan Hagler, OLB, Cincinnati 5115 236 35 4.62
Marques Harris, OLB, Southern Utah 6011 231 22 4.78
Leroy Hill, OLB, Clemson 6010 229 4.63
Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas 6032 242 4.54
Jared Newberry, OLB, Stanford 6011 254
Kenneth Pettway, OLB, Grambling St. 6030 236 4.75
Brady Poppinga, OLB, Brigham Young 6031 259 26 4.60
Barrett Rudd, OLB, Nebraska 6024 247 25 4.69
Derek Wake, OLB, Penn State 6026 236 20 4.60
Rian Wallace, OLB, Temple 6022 241 10
Demarcus Ware, OLB, Troy 6040 251 4.56
Cornelius Wortham, OLB, Alabama 6013 236 22 4.76

Note: In NFL scouting circles, heights are listed in four-digit form. The first digit represents feet, the middle two represent inches and the fourth represents eighths of an inch. So, the listing 6037 translates to 6-foot-3 7/8.

jspchief
03-02-2005, 03:43 PM
Doesn't cut & paste well...but here it is.

INDIANAPOLIS The sixth and final day of official events at the 2005 NFL scouting combine lasted far longer than expected Tuesday. Several coaches and NFL officials were forced to leave early or miss their originally intended flight out of Indianapolis.

With all of the measurements, physicals, interviews and strength testing completed and just three groups of workouts remaining, the consensus was that the day's events would be finished by 2 p.m. However, because of the depth of this year's defensive backs class, and the participation in regard to the workouts and 40-yard dash runs, the final group did not wrap things up until almost 5 p.m.

The final day of activities provided fireworks. Texas OLB Derrick Johnson (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8600) was the "real deal" with one of the most impressive linebacker workouts in years, including a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. Tennessee OLB Kevin Burnett (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8601) and Southern Utah OLB Marques Harris (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8221) put on a show of their own when they played a one-up-you game of gymnastics at the end of each of their position drill workouts.

Burnett started things off with a back flip at the conclusion of one of the rip drills. Harris elected to outdo Burnett with a cartwheel into a back flip. After the two exchanged blows once again, Harris sealed the deal with a cartwheel followed by consecutive back flips that left the entire audience -- including Burnett -- in awe of his athletic prowess. While the display had absolutely nothing to do with position-specific skills, NFL coaches and scouts were impressed.

The combine came to an end when the 12th and final group ran its 40-yard dashes. The 4.29 run by Oklahoma State CB Darrent Williams (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8136) was impressive, but not nearly as impressive as Nebraska CB Fabian Washington (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=9052)'s 4.25. One scout said of Washington's run, "Deion Sanders ran anywhere between a 4.23 and 4.30 -- depending on which stopwatch you believe." He continued by saying, "Fabian's time is definitely the fastest since that day, and it may actually have been faster."

Below is a positional breakdown of Tuesday's combine workout, which was dedicated primarily to 40 times, with some agility and position-specific drills. It is the conclusion of a four-part series that has covered the 333 prospects (17 positions in 12 groups) who worked out at the 2005 NFL combine.

Linebacker
Inside and outside linebackers worked out together in one group (Group 10) Tuesday. Most of the 35 linebackers in attendance worked out (12 of 13 ILBs and 17 of 22 OLBs). The seven who did not run were Kirk Morrison (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8448), Burnett, Ryan Claridge (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8603), Channing Crowder (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=9045), Matt Grootegoed (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8274), Jared Newberry (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8606) and Rian Wallace (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=9046).

Wallace sat out the 40-yard dash because of a hamstring pull and also had a tough day on the bench press, as he had the fewest reps (10) of all the linebackers who participated. Johnson (4.54), Demarcus Ware (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8210) (4.56) and Robert McCune (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8447) (4.50) had the three best 40-yard dash times of the day. While Johnson and McCune's times were impressive, it was Ware's that drew the most attention because it proved that the 6-4, 251-pound DE/OLB tweener has the speed to make a potentially huge impact as a perimeter pass rusher in the NFL.

Ware's workout could have landed him a spot in the late first or early second round because of the increasing need for rush-linebacker types with his kind of speed. McCune did pull up lame with a hamstring injury during his positional workout segment, but not before he had one of the most impressive showings at the combine with that 4.50 40-yard dash and 34 reps on the standard 225-pound bench press. The two worst 40 times turned in by the linebackers belonged to Martin Patterson (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8455) (5.00) and Clifford Dukes (http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft05/tracker/player?id=8215) (4.97).

LinebackersProspect, Position, School Ht. Wt. Bench 40

Liam Ezekiel, ILB, Northeastern 6001 249 4.79
Alfred Fincher, ILB, Connecticut 6013 238 4.67
Mike Goolsby, ILB, Notre Dame 6030 249 4.87
Boomer Grigsby, ILB, Illinois State 5116 249 4.67
Marcus Lawrence, ILB, South Carolina 6021 243 4.64
Robert McCune, ILB, Louisville 6000 245 34 4.50
Lance Mitchell, ILB, Oklahoma 6021 247 4.81
Kirk Morrison, ILB, San Diego State 6010 232 5
Martin Patterson, ILB, Texas Christian 6014 243 5.00
Jonathan Pollard, ILB, Oregon State 6010 247 4.67
Adam Seward, ILB, UNLV 6022 248 33 4.62
Lofa Tatupu, ILB, USC 5117 238 23 4.79
Odell Thurman, ILB, Georgia 6001 233 25 4.62
Jordan Beck, OLB, Cal Poly State 4.61
Darryl Blackstock, OLB, Virginia 6025 247 4.66
Michael Boley, OLB, S. Mississippi 6026 236 4.63
Kevin Burnett, OLB, Tennessee 6027 239
Ryan Claridge, OLB, UNLV 6020 254
Roger Cooper, OLB, Montana State 6023 239 4.69
Channing Crowder, OLB, Florida 6022 252
Clifford Dukes, OLB, Michigan State 6034 268 28 4.97
Jamar Enzor, OLB, Cincinnati 6004 243 4.72
Matt Grootegoed, OLB, USC 5106 218
Tyjuan Hagler, OLB, Cincinnati 5115 236 35 4.62
Marques Harris, OLB, Southern Utah 6011 231 22 4.78
Leroy Hill, OLB, Clemson 6010 229 4.63
Derrick Johnson, OLB, Texas 6032 242 4.54
Jared Newberry, OLB, Stanford 6011 254
Kenneth Pettway, OLB, Grambling St. 6030 236 4.75
Brady Poppinga, OLB, Brigham Young 6031 259 26 4.60
Barrett Rudd, OLB, Nebraska 6024 247 25 4.69
Derek Wake, OLB, Penn State 6026 236 20 4.60
Rian Wallace, OLB, Temple 6022 241 10
Demarcus Ware, OLB, Troy 6040 251 4.56
Cornelius Wortham, OLB, Alabama 6013 236 22 4.76

Note: In NFL scouting circles, heights are listed in four-digit form. The first digit represents feet, the middle two represent inches and the fourth represents eighths of an inch. So, the listing 6037 translates to 6-foot-3 7/8.

CosmicPal
03-02-2005, 03:48 PM
[Demarcus] Ware's workout could have landed him a spot in the late first or early second round because of the increasing need for rush-linebacker types with his kind of speed.

Well, that's not good...He's climbing up the charts rapidly, and I'm afraid the Chiefs won't get him by the time they draft in the 2nd round. I think this kid will be a great pro player...

Rain Man
03-02-2005, 03:50 PM
Tennessee OLB Kevin Burnett and Southern Utah OLB Marques Harris put on a show of their own when they played a one-up-you game of gymnastics at the end of each of their position drill workouts. Burnett started things off with a back flip at the conclusion of one of the rip drills. Harris elected to outdo Burnett with a cartwheel into a back flip. After the two exchanged blows once again, Harris sealed the deal with a cartwheel followed by consecutive back flips that left the entire audience -- including Burnett -- in awe of his athletic prowess. While the display had absolutely nothing to do with position-specific skills, NFL coaches and scouts were impressed.

Marques, I think it's time for the best...cheer...EVER!

http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Wing/5806/snl_spartan.jpg

Cool article, by the way. Thanks, jspchief. See your mailbox for some rep.

warpaint99
03-02-2005, 04:07 PM
Nebraska CB Fabian Washington 's 4.25

But it wont make him a 1st rounder.

Playing corner is way more than 40 times.

That's what concerns me with GUNTHER's need for height. And Gun didn't blow my socks off with going with cover 2 last season knowing this team didn't have that type of talent. G-ROB knew that.

Chief Roundup
03-02-2005, 05:58 PM
Thanks jspchief.

shaneo69
03-02-2005, 06:22 PM
My boy Boomer's gonna drop for not being 6'0. He probably just went from 3rd round to 6th or 7th. Love to see the Chiefs draft him to show Kawika the right way to play MLB, but it looks like we're getting a FA to do that.