NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney puts the intriguing crop of linebackers in the 2015 NFL Draft under the microscope, with as many as six -- five OLBs and ILB Eric Kendricks of UCLA -- worthy of consideration in the first two rounds.
If the reports are true and the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles will indeed be adding defenders Ndamukong Suh and Byron Maxwell, respectively, the clubs could be free to spent just as lavishly on skill-position stars on draft day.
Scouts are wary of hailed improvements and once-in-a-lifetime performances at on-campus pro days, and you should be too. NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney breaks down how teams dissect pro day numbers.
Defensive back Byron Jones set a world record with a 12-3 standing broad jump at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jones also had a 44 1/2-inch vertical, the seventh-best at the combine since 2000 according to NFLDraftScout.com records. Who is Byron Jones?
Edge players Vic Beasley (4.53), Randy Gregory (4.57) and Dante Fowler (4.61) put the speed in speed rusher Sunday morning. Their competitors among off-line of scrimmage linebackers, however, struggled in the 40-yard dash.
Despite only three wins in 2014, there are reasons for optimism in Oakland, notably Derek Carr at the quarterback position. But he needs help and James Jones and Andre Holmes aren't quite enough at wide receiver. Alabama's Amari Cooper could be the answer.