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2016 NFL Combine Day 5 : DL and LB Notes

The NFL Combine continues with defensive lineman and linebackers on the field performing athletic testing and positional drills.

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The NFL Combine continues with defensive lineman and linebackers on the field performing athletic testing and positional drills. Who won and who lost today?


- Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah continued to impress at the combine.  He showed more agility than expected in the position drills, ran the second fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.63 second and posted the third best vertical leap at 35.3".  Matching good production with athleticism, Ogbah has likely earned a Top 15 draft selection.

- Baylor nose guard Andrew Billings put up an impressive total of 33 reps on the bench press, among the top five at his position.  Billings followed that up with a solid 5.06 second 40-yard dash time, decent for a 311 pound man.

- Mississippi defensive end Robert Nkemdiche had good numbers across the board.  He posted a 4.87 40 time with a 1.68 10-yard split, 35" vertical jump and 28 bench press reps.

- Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones is solidifying himself as a borderline first round prospect.  Jones measures in at 6'5" 312 pounds with 34 1/2" arms.  Despite him long arms, Jones repped 225 pounds 26 times on the bench press.

- Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper had a good workout at the combine.  He ran the fastest time of all lineman with a 4.59 second 40 yard dash. He also had a 34" vertical jump after putting up 23 reps on the bench press and looked smooth in the drills.  Tapper is a solid late round prospect.

- Maryland pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue is on the small side for an NFL defender at 6'2" 252 pounds.  However, he was the most impressive prospect of all defensive lineman during the position drills and combined a quick 4.75 second 40 time with 26 reps on the bench press.  He is an intriguing mid round developmental edge player.

- Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee is well suited for a weak side role in a 4-3 scheme at 232 pounds.  Lee ran a linebacker best 4.47 second 40 yard dash and showed quick feet in the drills.

- Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd continued to show elite potential.  He ran a 4.6 second 40 yard dash with a 1.6 second 10 yard split and 39 1/2" vertical jump but opted against testing his strength on the bench press.


- Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa admitted he was disappointed by his 4.86 second 40 time.  His 32" vertical leap and 24 bench press reps were middle of the pack.  The likelihood that he will be available when the Ravens are on the clock in increasing.

- Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman did not live up to expectations as a physical specimen.  His 4.96 second 40 time and 23 bench press reps were underwhelming for a prospect with his physique.

- Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson ran a 5.20 second 40 yard dash.  While a 40 time is not very important for a defensive tackle, his 22 reps on the bench press was not impressive for the projected 2-gap run stuffer.

- Western Kentucky outside linebacker Noah Spence not did show any special traits during the on-field drills.  Rumors surfaced that he was shaky in the team interview portion and is not a first round draft pick.