How far has Senior Bowler Ziggy Ansah climbed up the draft board? ExecDir Phil Savage evaluates the DL/DE at combine http://bit.ly/YxWbgR
COMBINE REVIEW: Monday -- DL
Senior Bowl 2013 Combine Workout Evaluations
*Senior Bowl participant
Groups 7-8/DL and Group 9/Linebackers encompass the entire Front Seven. Executive Director Phil Savage separates the prospects further by breaking them down accordingly:
DL = DT or DE or OLB
LB = ILB or OLB or DE
Because there is so much variation between 3-4 and 4-3 systems, the DL can generally be classified as "inside" DT's or "outside" DE's, while the LB's are categorized as "box/off-the-line" or "edge/on-the-line" linebackers. These distinctions are very important and difficult to master, especially for the organizations that are changing schemes in the off-season after scouting for a different defense during the Fall.
Missed Workout with Medical Exclusion (unless noted):
-Tank Carradine/Florida State
*Malliciah Goodman/Clemson (pulled 2nd 40, no drills)
-Brandon Jenkins/Florida State (no 40, drills only)
-Kapron Lewis-Moore/Notre Dame
-Bennie Logan/LSU (no 40, drills only)
-Damontre Moore/Texas A&M (pulled 2nd 40, no drills)
*John Simon/Ohio State
-Quanterus Smith/Western Kentucky
-Tourek Williams/FIU (pulled 1st 40, no drills)
*Trevardo Williams/UConn (pulled 1st 40, no drills)
Olympic Events/Podium Awards:
Gold- Sharrif Floyd/Florida 4.92
Silver- Nick Williams/Samford 4.94
Bronze-Sheldon Richardson/Missouri 5.02
Gold- *Cornelius Washington/Georgia 4.55 (worked out with LB's)
Silver- *Margus Hunt/SMU 4.60
Bronze-*Ziggy Ansah/BYU 4.63
Gold- Nick Williams/Samford 33.0"
Silver- Jared Smith/New Hampshire 32.5"
Bronze-Sheldon Richardson/Missouri 32.0"
Gold- *Cornelius Washington/Georgia 39.0"
Silver- Damontre Moore/Texas A&M 35.5"
Bronze-Devin Taylor/South Carolina 35.0"
Gold- *Brandon Williams/Missouri Sou 38 reps
Silver- Akeem Spence/Illinois 37 reps
Bronze-*Josh Boyd/Mississippi State 32 reps
Gold- *Margus Hunt/SMU 38 reps
Silver- *Cornelius Washington/Georgia 37 reps
Bronze-Tank Carradine/Florida State 28 reps
Body Beautiful Award:
DT- Nick Williams/Samford 6044/309/34 1-8" arm/10 1-4" hand
DE- *Ziggy Ansah/BYU 6052/271/35 1-8" arm/10 1-4" hand
Forget the 40/Trust the Tape:
DT- *Brandon Williams/Missouri Sou 5.37
Johnathan Hankins/Ohio State 5.31
DE- Bjoern Werner/Florida State 4.83
Acknowledge the 40/Better Check the Tape:
DT- T.J. Barnes/Georgia Tech 5.30 (at 369lbs)
DE- Corey Lemonier/Auburn 4.60
Devin Taylor/South Carolina 4.72
"Best in Show":
1. Sharrif Floyd/Florida – Sharrif proved his worth as a potential top 10 pick with his athleticism, body control and quickness. After running 4.92, he changed directions well in the drills and showed that he belongs as the #1 DT at this point.
2. Sheldon Richardson/Missouri – Sheldon ran 5.02, repped 30 times on the bench and jumped 32". He came in at 294lbs, but will certainly be over 300lbs by the time he plays as a first-year pro starter in 2013. Dominated at times in the SEC, he will be a household name by the time April rolls around.
3. Nick Williams/Samford – Wrote this player at seniorbowl.com in September because he has an intriguing package of size and ability. A former high school basketball player, he has filled out (309lbs) and is a quality candidate as a 3-4 DE (5-technique). Needs to play more physical with a tougher demeanor. The NFL decision-makers have to go back and watch him on video now.
4. *Montori Hughes/UT-Martin – This Tennessee transfer is an athletic big man with balance and feet. He ran 5.23 at 329lbs and handles his body well when going through the drills. Every team in the league has done a character check on him, so that will go a long way in determining his draft value, but this prospect can really move for his size.
5. *Sylvester Williams/UNC – Huge props to Sylvester for finishing his senior season with a sprained ankle, committing to the Senior Bowl and completing every practice and the game and now coming to the Combine and doing everything. He has approached the pre-draft process as if he is still working at the carburetor factory like he did for one year after high school graduation. He simply punches the clock every day and is one of the most reliable prospects in this entire draft.
1. *Ziggy Ansah/BYU – Maybe the most gifted athlete in the entire draft, he has rare traits for a potential DE in the NFL. He is explosive, has a punch in his hands and an incredible upside. Cannot imagine him not going in the top 10, someone is going to take a shot on this world class size/speed candidate.
2. *Cornelius Washington/Georgia – Cornelius worked out with the LB's, but he is a 4-3 DE, pure and simple. Give him one thing to do and turn him loose. Since the Senior Bowl, he has been on an upward ascent because of his physical ability. Ran 4.55, vertical jumped 39.0" and benched 37 times. He and Ansah overwhelmed the North offensive line in the Senior Bowl game, they almost did the same thing at the Combine today. NFL clubs are going to really have to dig and then decide if Cornelius is for them.
3. *Margus Hunt/SMU – The ultimate size/speed prospect, the SMU coaches have said for nine months that Margus "would blow up the Combine" and he absolutely did that today. Ran 4.60 at 6081/277, benched 38 times with 33 3-4" arms and jumped 34.5". Best fit is probably as a 3-4 DE (5-technique), but his best plays at the Senior Bowl came when he was on the edge. Might take a year plus, but should be a worthwhile project.
4. *Datone Jones/UCLA – Datone continued his consistent ways at the Combine with another solid performance. He ran 4.80, benched 29 times and jumped 31.5". He has coordinated feet and hands with the size and instincts to play DE in either the 3-4 or 4-3 (as a LE). Most likely a 2nd round pick in April.
5. Sam Montgomery/LSU – This junior ran 4.81, jumped 34.5" and will bench at his pro day on March 27. He is a straight-line athlete with a motor and should end up with a 4-3 team as a left DE.
Projected 1st Round Selections:
-Bjoern Werner/Florida State
Possible 1st Round Selections:
-Tank Carradine/Florida State
-Johnathan Hankins/Ohio State
-Damontre Moore/Texas A&M