2019 NFL combine results: Live updates of Nick Bosa, Josh Allen and all the 40s and drills for EDGE, DL, LB prospects
After two days of sprints, jumps and drills, the offensive prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft are all done trying to impress scouts at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. That means we turn our attention to the other side of the ball, where edge rushers, defensive linemen and linebackers will be front and center on Sunday.
Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa saw his college career end early due to a core muscle injury, and now his decision to focus on getting ready for the draft will have a chance to pay off. But there’s a new name vying to be the first edge rusher off the board: Kentucky’s Josh Allen, who had 17 sacks in his final season in the SEC.
How to watch the combine
Coverage of the combine events will begin at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday and Monday.
- TV: NFL Network
- Streaming: NFL.com, NFL Mobile app, fuboTV (try for free)
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Edge rusher takeaways
Montez Sweat ran the best relative 40-yard dash of this year’s combine, officially clocking a ridiculous 4.41 seconds at 260 pounds. It was the single best 40 time for a defensive lineman since 2003. And he didn’t take the rest of the day off either, showing great footwork in the stack-and-shed drill and good power turning the corner with his swim move. He could be a top-10 pick after this weekend, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he lands in the top five depending on how the QBs shake out.
If it wasn’t for Sweat, we would be freaking out more about Michigan’s Rashan Gary running a 4.58-second 40 at 277 pounds. He looked smooth through the wave drill and exhibited great footwork in the four-bag. He did have some weirdness on the change-of-direction drill, spinning the wrong way and then slipping around the corner, but for the most part he impressed. For evaluators, it’ll be squaring his lack of production at Michigan with his undeniable athleticism.
Ohio State’s Nick Bosa didn’t do anything to hurt his status as the top player in the draft. After running a 4.79-second 40-yard dash at 266 pounds, he looked like a prototype running through drills, and he might be even better in space than we thought, as he looked great in the wave drill and changing direction, though he did miss a bag while running the stack and shed.
Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell didn’t run the 40, so his only chance to impress on the field was running drills. He showed well initially changing direction in the wave drill, but seemed to stumble a bit around the corner on his swim move. He’s going to make his money rushing the passer, but he looks like he can play in space on occasion if asked as well.
Florida State’s Brian Burns had the second-best 40 at his position with a 4.53, a great time after he measured in at a heavier-than-expected 249 pounds. He was solid running through early drills but really came on toward the end, showing great change of direction and the ability to turn the corner to chase down ball-carriers. He looked like a natural out in space and tracking the ball. The team that drafts him will want to utilize all his skills and potentially have him in a Bruce Irvin-type role where he can rush the passer but also cover the field.
Florida’s Jachai Polite ran a 4.84 40 on his first try but sustained a hamstring injury and had to call it a day. Disappointing to not be able to compare him to other potential first-rounders in the drills.
Once you get past the bigger names, the guy who jumped off the screen the most was Michigan’s Chase Winovich. He wasn’t expected to be one of the fastest guys on the day but he was just that, ranking fourth behind Sweat, Burns and Gary with a 4.59 40 at 256 pounds. He then did a strong job in virtually every drill, looking fluid doing work in the trenches, efficient turning the corner and better than anticipated doing linebacker-type work out in space. I think he’s a sleeper for the end of the first round.
Defensive lineman takeaways
Alabama’s Quinnen Williams is an absolute beast. He blew the doors off the 40 with an unofficial 4.87 in his first 40, then topped it on his second run. His official time: 4.83 seconds. At 303 pounds, that’s more impressive than what we saw from D.K. Metcalf on Saturday. Williams slipped a few times during a few of his drills, but he showed great technique throughout and proved why he’s a top-three overall pick.
Clemson’s Christian Wilkins might not have leapt off the screen like some other players, but his 5.04 40 at 315 pounds is still excellent, and he looked great running through drills, a natural at his size. If the class didn’t include Williams, he’d likely be getting more buzz.
Wilkins’ Clemson teammate Dexter Lawrence impressed running a 5.05 40 at 342 pounds, but he suffered a quad injury on his first attempt and had to pull out of the rest of the day. Unfortunate for a guy that many people were excited to see at the combine, hopefully he’ll be all good for his pro day.
Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery is a physical specimen. After delivering one of the best 40 times of the day at 4.93, he looked great running through drills, showing his smoothness on the four-bag and the ability to change direction and exhibit excellent burst throughout the day. Could be a great find at the end of Round 1.
Ohio State’s Dre’Mont Jones “only” had a 5.12 40 time at 281 pounds, but he showed his stuff in the drills, exhibiting some great burst and really doing a good job in the stack-and-shed drill. He’ll be in the mix for Day 1 but should be a top-50 pick either way.
UCF’s Trysten Hill was fun to watch. After putting up a 5.04 on the 40 at 308 pounds, he gave max effort on every drill while displaying twitchiness, burst and bendiness, which while typically isn’t a big deal for a defensive tackle shows you his athleticism. Hill is someone who made a great impression with his work today.