Defensive takeover at combine

Once Cam Newton mania subsided, defense became prevailing theme in Indy

Originally Published: March 2, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Once Cam Newton completed his workout, the 2011 NFL "Cam-bine" officially became the combine. Defense took over.

It's a defensive draft. Workouts of the defensive players were as good as I've ever witnessed at a combine. Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea set a combine record with 49 reps at 225 pounds. LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, at 219 pounds, wowed scouts with an electric 4.34 in the 40-yard dash. Big defensive linemen were running like linebackers.

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