2018 NFL Combine: Leighton Vander Esch, Shaquem Griffin crush their workouts

INDIANAPOLIS — The 2018 NFL Combine rolled into Sunday with the defensive linemen, edge-rushers, and linebackers running through the gauntlet of drills inside Lucas Oil Stadium. 

While the edge-rusher class is lacking after Bradley Chubb, Marcus Davenport and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, this defensive tackle class is overflowing with premier talents ready to be productive players right away in the NFL. 

Da’Ron Payne of Alabama, Taven Bryan of Florida, Shaquem Griffin of Central Florida, and Josh Sweat of Florida State put their crazy athletic talents on full display.

Here are my biggest takeaways from the workouts featuring the defensive front seven prospects.

Defensive Line Winners

Da’Ron Payne, Alabama — The young, ultra-talented former Crimson Tide star ran an official 4.95 in the 40 at north of 6-foot-2 and 311 pounds. That’s freakish. Since 2000, only 10 defensive linemen participating in the combine to hit the 6-2 and 310-pound marks ran a faster 40 time. In the on-field work, Payne moved fluidly without awkward change of direction. Payne had a 1.67 10-yard split time in his 40 — think initial explosion — which is ridiculous for his size. For perspective there, Panthers wideout Devin Funchess — who was 6-4 and 232 pounds at the 2015 combine — had a 10-yard split of 1.67.

Vita Vea, Washington

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2018-nfl-combine-marcus-davenport-shaquem-griffin-daron-payne-crush-their-combine-workouts/

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