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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.