Stats & Info: Elvis Dumervil

NFL combine: the long and short of things

February, 21, 2013

Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports Trindon Holliday was the shortest player in the NFL last season (5'5"), but he came up big in the playoffs, where he picked up a pair of return touchdowns against the Ravens.
On-field workouts at the 32nd annual National Invitational Camp, also known as the NFL Combine, will begin Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

There will be plenty of talk about heights, weights, wingspans and waistlines, but what does it all mean?

Is 6'5" really SHORT by offensive line standards? (yes)

Can a pass-rusher succeed if he's less than six feet tall? Elvis Dumervil (5'11") thinks so.

Here's everything you wanted to know about the NFL Combine:

There's no more iconic drill at the combine than the 40-yard dash. But what does it mean when a guy has "4.3 speed"?

If a player truly runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds flat, he's in a small club. Since 2006, only six players have run a true 4.3-second 40-yard dash (or better), led by RB Chris Johnson (4.24).

While Johnson is a 3-time Pro Bowl selection, and only Adrian Peterson (7,508) has more rushing yards than Johnson over the last five seasons the rest of the names on this list have combined for zero Pro Bowl selections, and only Jacoby Ford, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Darrius Heyward-Bey are still active in the league.

Among QBs, it's no surprise that Robert Griffin III owns one of the best marks. The former Baylor track star ran a 4.41 at last year's combine, but since 2006, that's only the second-best time at his position.

Another QB from the Lone Star State, Texas A&M's Reggie McNeal, ran a 4.35 in 2006. McNeal finished his NFL career with just one rushing attempt for eight yards.

The Wonderlic is a 50-question test administered to all combine participants that measures cognitive ability. The time limit is 12 minutes.

A score of 20 is indicative of “average” intelligence and roughly equivalent to an IQ of 100. Former Bengals punter Pat McInally, who attended Harvard, is the only NFL prospect known to have scored a perfect 50 on the test.
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Among QBs drafted over the last 2 years, Andrew Luck and Colin Kaepernick each scored 37, while Jake Locker (20) and Cam Newton (21) were less successful.

Although Wonderlic scores are not released to the public, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (another Harvard alum) is reported to have scored a 48, the highest among active players.

The combine is full of remarkable performances, positive and negative.

Last year, DT Dontari Poe boosted his draft stock when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds after weighing in at 346 pounds. He also showed off his strength with 44 repetitions on the bench press.
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In 2007, receiver Calvin Johnson wowed scouts with a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash...wearing borrowed shoes, as he'd originally intended not to run.

On the other hand, linebacker Vontaze Burfict shocked scouts in the wrong way last year with his time of 5.09 in the 40-yard dash.

In 2009, offensive lineman Andre Smith left the combine without informing officials. It was announced inside the stadium that his whereabouts were "unknown."

It all begins again on Saturday, when more than 300 invited prospects begin on-field workouts in Indianapolis.

Manning could be Broncos defensive MVP

August, 22, 2012
On the surface, the Denver Broncos defense in 2011 would appear to have been a below average group, allowing the ninth-most points per game (24.4) and forcing the fourth-fewest turnovers per game (1.13).

However, the problem with the defense may have stemmed from problems with the offense.

The Broncos offense, led by Tim Tebow for most of the season, punted after three plays on 31 percent of their drives. Only the 2-14 Colts had a worse three-and-out percentage (32 percent).

From 2001 to 2011, 19 teams went three-and-out at least 30 percent of their offensive drives, and none finished over .500 for the season. The 2011 Broncos were the third team to go .500 and the first to make the playoffs with such a rate.

This trend didn’t last the entire game for Denver though.

During the first three quarters, the Broncos went three-and-out nearly 37 percent of the time, forcing the defense to be on field over eight minutes per quarter on average.

In the fourth quarter, or “Tebow Time”, that rate dropped to 17 percent, with the defense on field for an average under seven minutes. Not surprisingly, the Broncos defense was at its best in the fourth with more rest.

The Broncos picked up four of their nine interceptions in the fourth quarter last season, and made the jump from the fourth-worst completion percentage allowed in the first three quarters to the eighth-best in the fourth.

The pass rush was the biggest benefactor from the extra rest last season. The fourth quarter sack rate for Denver matched the rate of the first quarter, when the defense would be at its freshest.

Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller combined for 9.0 sacks in the fourth last season, each picking up 4.5 sacks, tied for 10th-most in the league. The duo combined for 12.0 sacks in the first three quarters.

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With Peyton Manning now taking the reins at quarterback, Denver’s offense should be able to give the defense more consistent rest.

From 2001 to 2010, the Colts went three-and-out just 17 percent of the time, the best rate in the NFL over that span, and finished in the top 10 in the league every season. Without Manning last season the Colts went three-and-out 32 percent of the time, finishing last in the NFL.

If Manning can extend drives for Denver, the defense could produce at a high level.

Broncos more than Tebow down stretch

December, 13, 2011
Behind the play of their young quarterback, the final seven minutes of regulation have been “Tebow Time” for the Denver Broncos.

Tim Tebow has helped lead the Broncos back from 4th-quarter deficits in each of their last four games. This season, he has thrown for more yards in the 4th quarter than the first three quarters combined, and his 96.3 Total QBR in the final seven minutes of the 4th quarter is the highest among NFL quarterbacks with at least 40 action plays.

But the Broncos success late in games hasn’t all been about Tebow. Below are nine other reasons why Denver has gone 7-1 over the last eight weeks.

All numbers below are from the final seven minutes of regulation since Week 7, the first game that Tebow started this season.

Bronco Defense
•  6 sacks (T-most in NFL) including 5 by Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil (T-most among any teammates in NFL)

•  13.1 opponent Total QBR (2nd in NFL: Seahawks, 4.1)

•  0 rush TD and 0 20-yard rushes allowed

•  0 pass TD and 0 30-yard passes allowed

•  46.5 completion percentage allowed (6th in NFL) and 2 interceptions (T-6th in NFL)

Punter Britton Colquitt
•  2 punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (T-5th in NFL) since Week 7 with no touchbacks

•  No punts blocked and no punt return TD allowed

•  41.3 net yards per punt (T-7th in NFL, min. 3 punts)

Kicker Matt Prater
•  Made 4 of 5 FG attempts (T-most in NFL) including both attempts from at least 45 yards away (most in NFL)