Path To Primetime: Linebackers

Posted Feb 23, 2011

NFL Combine: A look at this year's crop of LB prospects, the best performances of 2010 and Kansas City's current LB situation

Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium won’t host Super Bowl XLVI for another 11 months, but the Super Bowl of Scouting begins Thursday in downtown Indy. A total of 330 draft-eligible prospects will run, lift, jump and interview for personnel representatives from all 32 NFL teams February 24th – March 1st.

Of those 330, around 250 are expected to be drafted.

The week’s results will directly affect April’s draft board, which in turn will affect who returns to Indianapolis on February 5, 2012.

 Once lands in Indy, we’ll keep you updated on all of the Combine happenings. Until then, let’s take a look at who might become a Chief this April.


Chiefs Linebacker Situation

Under Contract (9): Eric Bakhtiari, Jovan Belcher, Justin Cole, Derrick Johnson, Micah Johnson, Cameron Sheffield (pictured), Andy Studebaker, Pierre Walters, Demorrio Williams

Without Contracts (6): Charlie Anderson, Cory Greenwood, Tamba Hali (franchised), Corey Mays, Mark Simoneau (retired), Mike Vrabel

2010 Combine Participants: Justin Cole, Micah Johnson, Cameron Sheffield


*Cole’s Combine Results

40 Speed: 4.84

3-Cone: 7.13

Shuttle: 4.42

Vertical: 34.50

Broad: 117

Bench: 22

*2010 Combine Results compiled from ESPN (some categories may be incomplete)

40 SPEED: 40-yard dash time.

3-CONE: 3-cone drill time.

SHUTTLE: 20-yard shuttle time.

VERTICAL: Vertical jump - measured by the differential between a players reach and the marked flag.

BROAD: Broad jump distance.

BENCH: Bench press - measured by the number of times a player bench presses 225pds.


*Johnson’s Combine Results

40 Speed: 5.07

3-Cone: DNP

Shuttle: DNP

Vertical: 29.00

Broad: DNP

Bench: 31


*Sheffield’s Combine Results

40 Speed: 4.92

3-Cone: 7.23

Shuttle: 4.53

Vertical: 33.00

Broad: 116

Bench: 33


*2010 Combine Bests (Inside Linebackers)

40 Speed: 4.54 – Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State (7th round, PHI)

3-Cone: 6.85 – Mike McLaughlin, Boston College (Undrafted, DEN)

Shuttle: 4.07 – Josh Hull, Penn State (7th round, STL)

Vertical: 39.00 – Chaney

Broad: 124 – Chaney

Bench: 35 – Donald Butler, Washington (3rd round, SD)

*2010 Combine Bests compiled from ESPN (some categories may be incomplete)


*2010 Combine Bests (Outside Linebackers)

40 Speed: 4.56 – Dekoda Watson, Florida State (7th round, TB)

3-Cone: 6.67 – Kyle Bosworth, UCLA (Undrafted, JAX)

Shuttle: 4.11Two Tied: Watson and Bosworth

Vertical: 41.50 – Kennan Clayton, Oklahoma (4th round, PHI)

Broad: 134 – Watson

Bench: 34 – Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (1st round, ATL)


2011 Combine Invites (LBs):

LB1: Akeem Ayers, UCLA

LB2: Nicholas Bellore, Central Michigan

LB3: Bruce Carter, North Carolina

LB4: Akeem Dent, Georgia

LB5: Mason Foster, Washington

LB6: Mark Herzlich, Boston College

(Herzlich Senior Bowl Profile)

LB7: Douglas Hogue, Syracuse

LB8: Ross Homan, Ohio State

LB9: Justin Houston, Georgia

LB10: Jeremiha Hunter, Iowa

LB11: Nathaniel Irving, NC State

(Irving Senior Bowl Interview)

LB12: Greg Jones, Michigan State

LB13: Elijah Joseph, Temple

LB14: Orie Lemon, Oklahoma State

LB15: Gregory Lloyd, Connecticut

LB16: Scott Lutrus, Connecticut

LB17: Clay Matthews, Oregon

LB18: Colin McCarthy, Miami

LB19: Von Miller, Texas A&M

(Miller Senior Bowl Interview)

LB20: Michael Mohamed, California

LB21: Adrian Moten, Maryland

LB22: James Mouton, Michigan

LB23: Brian Rolle, Ohio State

LB24: Kelvin Sheppard, LSU

LB25: Darryl Smith, Appalacian State

LB26: Derrell Smith, Syracuse

LB27: Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

LB28: James Thomas, West Virginia

LB29: Chris White, Mississippi State

LB30: Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut

LB31: K.J. Wright, Mississippi State

Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft. –

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