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Will Compton, ILB

School: Nebraska  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bonne Terre, MO
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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310137-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Considered the quarterback of the defense, Compton has become like an extra coach on the field, making all the pre-snap calls, and is the guy the rest of the defense looks up to. According to the Huskers coaching staff, he has improved his preparation habits, watching more film and becoming more ?comfortable and confident? on and off the field.

He isn't the most fluid athlete, but he flashes natural football instincts with physical hand use and accurate angles to the ballcarrier. Although he will need to pick up where he left off last season to earn a draftable grade, Compton has slowly, but surely improved as a football player and leader.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

With Lavonte David now playing on Sundays, the Huskers defense in 2012 will be missing a huge part to its success from the past two seasons. But Compton, who will be a senior this year, appears ready to step up and fill that void as the unquestioned leader of Nebraska's Blackshirt defense.

He was a four-star recruit out of Missouri and chose the Huskers over offers from Notre Dame, Illinois and the nearby Missouri Tigers.

After redshirting in 2008, Compton was a part-time starter over his first two seasons (12 starts) and struggled to live up to expectations. However he had a breakout season as a junior last year, finishing second on the team in tackles (82), and really came into his own down the stretch. Compton added 6.0 tackles for loss and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors with three double-digit tackle games.

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03/08/2013 - 2013 Nebraska Pro Day: Former Nebraska linebacker Will Compton wore the biggest smile of all the Huskers working out at Thursday's Pro Day. He ran a 4.54 40-yard dash, jumped 32 inches in the vertical, more than nine feet in the broad jump, and finished with 24 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press. Of the 15 scouts on hand, Compton said, several had strong feedback. "I helped myself out a lot," Compton said. "I got a bunch of great feedback. I'm humbled and flattered. I can't wait to go call my parents."

After the workout, a Cincinnati Bengals scout took Compton upstairs in the Hawks Championship facility and had him design and break down defenses. Compton said he'd already received feedback from NFL linebacker Lavonte David that Nebraska's defenders were ahead of the game in understanding pro schemes. "The way Bo (Pelini) does things here, you're just so set up to succeed in the NFL," Compton said. "Lavonte said he was teaching guys right when he walked in (to the NFL)." Compton said he's heard he's likely a late-rounder or a preferred free agent target. - Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust, World-Herald News

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