- ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Ty Powell, Harding, 6-2, 249, 4.60 ...Having played defensive end, linebacker and safety for Harding, scouts knew Powell was versatile and he certainly appeared to be quite athletic. He demonstrated just how athletic at the combine, when he ranked among the most explosive in his position group in the vertical jump (37") and three-cone drill (6.98-seconds). The athleticism shows up on tape, as Harding has an explosive burst off the snap, as well as impressive change of direction. These traits helped him rack up 12 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks and block a school-record four kicks in 2012. Powell could hear his name called as early as the late third round. No Harding player has been selected in the draft since the Denver Broncos selected defensive back Bruce Baldwin in the fifth round 30 years ago.
Five Other Linebackers to Consider: 1. Michael Clay, Oregon, 6-0, 230, 4.74* ... 2. Jayson Dimanche, Southern Illinois, 6-1, 231, 4.58 ... 3. Brandon Hepburn, Florida A&M, 6-3, 240, 4.68 ... 4. Travis Long, Washington State, 6-4, 243, 4.76* ... 5. Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 237, 5.0 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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