2019 NFL Combine: how do the defensive linemen measure up?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Day 4 of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine brings the defense to the forefront. Defensive Lineman, Edge Rushers and Linebackers took their turn at the 40-yard dash, bench press and other drills.

Many fans have been anticipating Nick Bosa‘s return to the field after suffering an injury last fall that ended his season at the Ohio State University. Kentucky’s Josh Allen has been the talk of draft pick trade rumors all week as teams discuss making moves up the board to get him. Were Montez Sweat‘s (Missouri) amazing numbers enough to propel him into the top ten?

Let’s take a look at these three positions and how the top prospects / performers graded out. It’s up to you to decide how these times / scores should be used in conjunction with film to decide which one works best for your team! Complete stats can be found HERE on the NFL website.

Top Performers: Edge Rushers

Player School 40-yard dash Bench Press Vertical jump Broad Jump 3-cone drill 20-yard shuttle
Montez Sweat Mississippi St 4.41 21 36″ 125″ 7 4.9
Josh Allen Kentucky  – – 28  – – 118″ 7.15 4.23
Justin Hollins Oregon 4.5 25 36.5″ 119″ 7.06 4.4
Brian Burns Florida St 4.53  – – 36″ 129″ 7.01  – –
Chase Winovich Michigan 4.59 18 30.5″ 116″ 6.94 4.11
Jamaal Davis Akron 4.6 19 39″ 122″ 7 4.44

Top Performers: Defensive Linemen

Player School 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad Jump 3-cone drill 20-yard shuttle
Rashan Gary Michigan 4.58 38″ 120″ 7.26 4.29
Maxx Crosby Eastern Michigan 4.66 36″ 122″ 6.89 4.13
Nick Bosa Ohio State 4.79 33.5″ 116″ 7.1 4.14
Quinnen Williams Alabama 4.83 30.5″ 112″  – –  – –
Kingsley Keke Texas A&M 4.95 31.5″ 111″ 7.55 4.46
Christian Wilkins Clemson 5.04 39.5″ 107″  – – 4.55
Dexter Lawrence Clemson 5.05  – –  – –  – –  – –


Top Performers: Linebackers 

Player School 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump 3-cone drill 20 yrd shuttle
Devin White LSU 4.42 39.5″ 118″ 7.07 4.17
Devin Bush Michigan 4.43 40.5″ 124″ 6.93 4.23
Germaine Pratt N.C. State 4.57 32.5″ 116″  – –  – –
Gary Johnson Texas 4.43 33.5″ 121″ 7.15 4.57
Blake Cashman Minnesota 4.5 37.5″ 124″ 6.95 4.12
Ben Burr-Kirven Washington 4.56 34.5″ 121″ 6.85 4.09
Dakota Allen Texas Tech 4.77 31.5″ 116″ 6.88 4.04
Drue Tranquill Notre Dame 4.57 37.5″ 122″ 6.94 4.14


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