Arguably the deepest group on the Combine, the EDGE rushers confirmed out on Thursday.
The 2023 NFL Combine opened its on-field drills on Thursday, beginning with the defensive linemen and linebacker teams. As is custom, one group started by working the 40-yard sprint, then shifted into place drills, whereas one other group accomplished agility drills and measured jumps.
While the measurable numbers from the talent drills are slowly being launched, let’s take an in depth have a look at the sting rushers who stood out.
Previously: 7 defensive sort out standouts
Note: Some edge rushers that challenge to the SAM function (i.e James Houston), had been grouped with the linebackers on the Combine and will probably be included in that article.
Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern, 6-foot-2, 282
40-yard sprint time/10-yard break up: 4.49/1.64
Vertical soar: 37.5, Broad soar: 10-foot-5
A sub-4.5 40-yard sprint at 282 kilos is next-level spectacular.
His jumps had been equally uncommon.
Adebawore completed his season sturdy, balling out in opposition to Ohio State, then confirmed up huge on the Senior Bowl, and now after placing on a present on the Combine, his inventory could be very a lot on the rise.
He’s not a standard move speeding bender, however he has quick ft when transferring laterally, confirmed nice steadiness when transitioning, and chewed up house when attacking vertically, getting upfield in a rush. He delivers his move speeding transfer with out dropping pace, and when his strikes join, they arrive with energy. He additionally confirmed the power to drop and preserve management throughout linebacker drills, additional exhibiting scouts his vary on the sector.
For Detroit, Adebawore can be considered as a closed finish that has the vary to push inside to the 3-technique and apparently a sneaky means to drop into zone protection.
Yaya Diaby, Louisville, 6-foot-3 1/2, 263
Vertical soar: 37, Broad soar: 10-foot-0
Diaby entered the day with comparatively low expectations, however he completed the day because the participant who could have most improved his inventory. Not solely did he run quick within the 40, however he confirmed fast ft when transferring laterally and the power to execute drills at prime pace whereas staying below management. As a move rusher, he had energy in his punch, spun with steadiness, and used correct placement along with his palms. Very good day.
Nolan Smith, Georgia, 6-foot-2 1/4, 238
Vertical soar: 41.5, Broad soar: 10-foot-8
A sub-4.4 for an edge rusher is spectacular, no matter his measurement, however if you mix the jumps into the equation, his day turns into much more spectacular. Unfortunately, he’s rehabbing from a pectoral harm and didn’t take part in on-field drills.
Lukas Van Ness, Iowa, 6-foot-5, 272
Vertical soar: 31, Broad soar: 9-foot-10
Van Ness appeared the a part of a first-round edge rusher on the Combine. He confirmed nearly zero wasted motion in each single drill, was capable of hug the sting in move speeding drills, strung collectively strikes, has glorious energy always, and didn’t look misplaced when dropping into protection. Solid day.
Byron Young, Tennessee, 6-foot-2 1/2, 250
Vertical soar: 38.0, Broad soar: 11-foot-0
The acceleration he confirmed within the 40 translated onto the sector in drills. His means to maintain his hips degree and acquire motion along with his legs confirmed how a lot steadiness he has transferring laterally and vertically. His solely flaw got here when requested to sting collectively a number of move rush strikes, however total, it was a formidable exercise.
Thomas Incoom, Central Michigan (6-foot-2, 262) has very quick ft laterally however did lose some steadiness when attempting to up pace in move rush drills. Rebounded his steadiness when requested to string move rush strikes collectively.
Will McDonald, Iowa State (6-foot-3 1/2, 239) has such lengthy limbs that you’d see his arm bending the nook whereas he was nonetheless on the opposite aspect of the bag. He didn’t run, which may account for his gradual begin, although he did get higher because the drills wore on.
Caleb Murphy, Ferris State (6-foot-3, 254) confirmed nice means to execute drills along with his heads up and balanced footwork. He has quite a lot of traits that groups could also be keen to take a flyer on early on Day 3.
Tuli Tuipulotu, USC (6-foot-3, 266) checked in considerably smaller than his faculty measurement (25+ kilos below), however he confirmed good steadiness, footwork, and energy in his palms.
Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame (6-foot-5, 264) appeared stiff for many of the day however when it got here time to string strikes collectively he was calm, clean, below management, and had little wasted motion. That speaks to how he’ll probably be used on the subsequent degree.