Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Five more for Raiders to chew on
By Paul Gutierrez
A brief look at five more intriguing players who worked out at the NFL combine Monday in Indianapolis, and who could draw interest from the Oakland Raiders, who hold the No. 5 overall pick in the draft ...
DE Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina)
The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder put on a show with an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.47 seconds that was later changed to an official 4.53 seconds. He also had a vertical jump or 37.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 4 inches. Clowney “only” 21 reps in the 225-pound bench press on Sunday. Athletically, he seems to be the top pick in the draft.
OLB Khalil Mack (Buffalo)
While the Raiders seem set at linebacker, Mack would only improve the unit as a pass rusher. At 6-2, 251 pounds, he is sleek and fast. He ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds, had a 40-inch vertical jump, a 10-8 broad jump and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.18 seconds.
OLB Anthony Barr (UCLA)
Did not blow anyone's doors off at the combine with a 4.66-seconds 40-time or his 34.5-inch vertical jump, but his 6.82 seconds in the three-cone drill was third best among linebackers. Like Mack, the 6-5, 255-pound Barr, who began his college career as a running back, would add a sorely-needed pass-rushing element from the outside.
DT Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh)
Not really considered an early first-round prospect, the 6-1, 285-pounder may have changed a few minds with his combine measurables. Donald had the best numbers for a defensive tackle in the 40-yard dash (4.68 seconds), bench press (35 reps) and three-cone drill (7.11 seconds).
DE Michael Sam (Missouri)
Sam did not flop, necesarrily, but his relatively slow 40 time (4.91 seconds), combined with a 25.5-inch vertical jump and a 9-6 broad jump just might cause the co-SEC defensive player of the year's stock to drop. The Raiders do like getting undervalued players, though, and he showed he can rush the passer in college football's most NFL-like conference.