2013 NFL Combine: Defense Hits the Field

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The last two days have seen offensive prospects take on the combine and the headlines that follow. Today, it's time for defensive players to show their skills in Indy.

For the last two days, the focus in Indianapolis has been on the offensive side of the ball. Day four (day one for on-field activities and the NFL Network) saw offensive linemen and tight ends take on the timers. Yesterday, it was a chance for the QBs, receivers and running backs to ploy their wares in front of the cameras.

Today, we move to the other side of the ball. Defensive linemen and linebackers are due up today in what has been a headlining and headline-filled group.

One one hand, you have the impact that this group will have on the first, and therefore those subsequent, round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Consider Josh Norris' mock from two weeks ago when defensive linemen made up for more than 1/3 of the first, and you should sense how important this group is to charting a course on the Thursday in April. And that's without even mentioning the linebackers...

On the other, you've got plenty of news that's surfaced during the combine that puts a negative spin on a couple players. Most notably, there was the news that Utah DT Star Lotulelei won't be participating today after his medical check revealed a heart condition. It puts a similar concern flag on his report to that of Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones whose spinal stenosis condition will have teams double and triple-checking their medical evaluations. There were also reports circulating that LSU DE Sam Montgomery has been having a rough go of the interview process.

One of the things I've noted a couple times so far this draft season is that the Rams need players they have no interest in drafting to come off the board in those first 20 of the top 22 picks they don't own. Quarterbacks, cornerbacks, defensive ends, middle linebackers (read: Manti Te'o) -- the more that teams draft, the more feasible options the Rams have to consider. That's a good thing.

It certainly looks, though, like the quarterback class didn't do enough to elicit a reach pick in the top 10 outside of Geno Smith (who, to me, is a reach pick there). There's still plenty of time, but a couple strong performances today and in the weeks ahead might help the Rams to make sure they have an optimal list to choose from come draft day.

Player School Height Weight Arm
Ezekiel Ansah Brigham Young 6-5 271 35.18
T.J. Barnes Georgia Tech 6-6 369 34.78
David Bass Missouri Western State 6-4 262 33.48
Josh Boyd Mississippi State 6-3 310 32.08
Armonty Bryant East Central 6-4 263 35.68
Mike Buchanan Illinois 6-5 255 34.08
Tank Carradine Florida State 6-4 276 34.68
Everett Dawkins Florida State 6-2 292 32.68
Quinton Dial Alabama 6-5 318 34.48
Lavar Edwards LSU 6-4 277 35.48
Sharrif Floyd Florida 6-3 297 31.68
Kwame Geathers Georgia 6-5 342 35.28
William Gholston Michigan State 6-6 281 34.08
Malliciah Goodman Clemson 6-4 276 36.38
Cory Grissom South Florida 6-1 306 33.28
Johnathan Hankins Ohio State 6-3 320 33.08
Jordan Hill Penn State 6-1 303 33.48
Montori Hughes Tenn-Martin 6-4 329 32.58
Margus Hunt SMU 6-8 277 33.68
Brandon Jenkins Florida State 6-2 251 33.28
John Jenkins Georgia 6-4 359 34.08
Abry Jones Georgia 6-3 313 35.08
Chris Jones Bowling Green 6-2 302 32.68
Datone Jones UCLA 6-4 283 32.68
Dion Jordan Oregon 6-6 248 33.78
Joe Kruger Utah 6-6 269 34.38
Corey Lemonier Auburn 6-3 255 34.48
Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame 6-4 298 33.58
Bennie Logan LSU 6-2 309 34.08
Star Lotulelei Utah 6-3 311 33.58
Stansly Maponga Texas Christian 6-2 256 34.18
Stacy Mcgee Oklahoma 6-3 308 34.48
Barkevious Mingo LSU 6-4 241 33.68
Sam Montgomery LSU 6-3 262 33.78
Damontre Moore Texas A&M 6-5 250 34.68
Alex Okafor Texas 6-5 264 33.78
Ty Powell Harding 6-2 249 32.48
Sheldon Richardson Missouri 6-3 294 34.48
Kawann Short Purdue 6-3 299 34.68
John Simon Ohio State 6-1 257 33.28
Jared Smith New Hampshire 6-3 302 33.48
Quanterus Smith Western Kentucky 6-5 250 33.28
Akeem Spence Illinois 6-1 307 33.48
Damion Square Alabama 6-2 293 32.18
Walter Stewart Cincinnati 6-4 246 33.08
Devin Taylor South Carolina 6-7 266 36.08
Bjoern Werner Florida State 6-3 266 33.28
Brandon Williams Missouri Southern State 6-1 335 32.58
Jesse Williams Alabama 6-3 323 32.08
Nate Williams Ohio State 6-3 241 30.58
Nick Williams Samford 6-4 309 34.18
Sylvester Williams North Carolina 6-3 313 33.48
Tourek Williams Florida Int. 6-3 260 32.48
Trevardo Williams Connecticut 6-3 241 32.28
Player School Height Weight Arm
Kiko Alonso Oregon 6-3 238 32.18
Sam Barrington South Florida 6-1 246 32.28
Steve Beauharnais Rutgers 6-1 240 32.68
Jonathan Bostic Florida 6-1 245 33.08
Arthur Brown Kansas State 6-0 241 32.48
Jamie Collins Southern Mississippi 6-3 250 33.68
Zaviar Gooden Missouri 6-1 234 32.28
Khaseem Greene Rutgers 6-1 241 32.58
Brandon Hepburn Florida A&M 6-2 240 32.48
Gerald Hodges Penn State 6-1 243 32.08
Devonte Holloman South Carolina 6-1 243 32.48
Jelani Jenkins Florida 6-0 243 32.28
Nico Johnson Alabama 6-2 248 33.28
Jarvis Jones Georgia 6-2 245 33.08
A.J. Klein Iowa State 6-1 250 32.78
Jake Knott Iowa State 6-2 243 31.08
John Lotulelei UNLV 5-11 233 32.38
Brandon Magee Arizona State 5-11 223 28.68
Michael Mauti Penn State 6-2 243 32.48
Lerentee Mccray Florida 6-2 250 33.38
Kevin Minter LSU 6-0 246 32.08
Nick Moody Florida State 6-1 236 31.48
Sio Moore Connecticut 6-1 245 33.58
Alec Ogletree Georgia 6-2 242 33.48
Sean Porter Texas A&M 6-1 229 32.28
Keith Pough Howard 6-2 239 33.48
Kevin Reddick North Carolina 6-1 243 32.28
Etienne Sabino Ohio State 6-2 247 33.08
Jonathan Stewart Texas A&M 6-4 242 32.58
Bruce Taylor Virginia Tech 6-1 237 33.18
Mike Taylor Wisconsin 6-1 234 32.08
Manti Te'o Notre Dame 6-1 241 32.48
Chase Thomas Stanford 6-3 244 32.28
Cornelius Washington Georgia 6-4 265 34.08
Tom Wort Oklahoma 6-0 235 31.08
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