2018 NFL combine: What we learned from DL and LB weigh-ins and measurements

INDIANAPOLIS -- The defensive linemen and linebackers took to the scales on Thursday morning at the 2018 NFL combine ... before Saquon Barkley blew the roof off of Lucas Oil Stadium. 

We finally got the measurements for created-in-a-lab linebackers Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech and Leighton Vander Esch from Boise State. Neither disappointed. Arden Key did though. 

Here are my biggest takeaways from the defensive linemen and linebacker measurements.

Notable defensive lineman measurements

PlayerHeightWeight (lbs)Arm LengthWingspan
Dorance Armstrong6'3-5/8"25734 6/8"83"
Andrew Brown6'3-3/8"29634 4/8"81 4/8"
Taven Bryan6'5"
29132 6/8"78 7/8"
Bradley Chubb6'4-3/8"26934"79"
Marcus Davenport6'5-6/8"26433 5/8"80 5/8"
Foley Fatukasi6'3-3/8"31834 1/8"82"
Rasheem Green6'4-2/8"27533 6/8"81 2/8"
Da'Shawn Hand6'3-5/8"29734 3/8"80 5/8"
Sam Hubbard6'5-3/8"27033 1/8"78 2/8"
Maurice Hurst6'1-2/8"
76 7/8"
Arden Key6'4-7/8"23833 4/8"82 1/8"
Harold Landry6'2-3/8"25132 7/8"78 7/8"
Hercules Mata'afa6'2-2/8"25431 4/8"76 1/8"
Derrick Nnadi6'1"31733 4/8"79 6/8"
Da'Ron Payne6'2-4/8"
31133"78 3/8"
Harrison Phillips6'3-2/8"
30733 7/8"
80 4/8"
Breeland Speaks6'2-7/8"28333 6/8"79 5/8"
Kentavius Street6'2'-2/8"28032 7/8"78 6/8"
Josh Sweat6'4-4/8"25134 5/8"84 1/8"
Vita Vea6'4"
34732 5/8"76 2/8"

DL winners

Josh Sweat, Florida State. Sweat is a former No. 1 recruit who had an up-and-down career at Florida State. That 84 1/8-inch wingspan means he basically has tentacles. He probably moves up boards based on his measureables alone.

Harrison Phillips, Stanford. Length is paramount for defensive linemen. Phillips is disruptive with his hands, and he obviously has the reach to keep offensive linemen off his frame.

Marcus Davenport, UTSA. Davenport lived up to the billing as a tall, super-long defensive end during weigh-ins. 

Maurice Hurst, Michigan. If Hurst weighed somewhere in the 280s, red flags would've been raised. Reaching the 290 mark is big for him. On film, he's a top-10 talent in this class. 

Dorance Armstrong, Kansas. Armstrong is an intriguing prospect because in 2016, in more of a one-gap role, he had 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. In 2017, he two-gapped often and had just two quarterback takedowns. A 83-inch wingspan opened some eyes today.

DL losers

Arden Key, LSU. Cue the Barkevious Mingo and Randy Gregory comparisons for Key. Not hitting 240 pounds at nearly 6-foot-6 was really disappointing. 

Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State. Mata'afa's film looks like a highlight reel. But where's he playing in the NFL? He can't stay inside at around 6-foot-2 and 254 pounds with short arms. He rarely played on the edge in college.

Taven Bryan, Florida. The 6-foot-5, 291-pound measurements are J.J. Watt-like. The 32 6/8-inch arms are not. Strangely short, actually. 

Notable linebacker measurements

PlayerHeightWeight (lbs)Arm LengthWingspan
Jerome Baker6'1-1/8"22931 4/8"76 1/8"
Davin Bellamy6'3-3/8"25533 2/8"80 4/8"
Jason Cabinda6'1"23932"78 1/8"
Lorenzo Carter6'4-7/8"25034"82"
Tremaine Edmunds6'4-4/8"25334 4/8"83"
Rashaan Evans6'1-7/8"23232 2/8"77 2/8"
Shaq Griffin6'0-3/8"22732 1/8"66 4/8"
Shawn Dion Hamilton5'11-6/8"2283176 4/8"
Jeff Holland6'1 3/8"24933 4/8"80"
Malik Jefferson6'2-2/8"23632"74 2/8"
Darius Leonard6'2"
23434 3/8"82 1/8"
Uchenna Nwosu6'2-1/8"25133 5/8"78 2/8"
Dorian O'Daniel6'0-5/8"22331 1/8"75"
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo6'1-5/8"253
33 6/8"80 2/8"
Roquan Smith6'0-7/8"23632"77"
Kemoko Turay6'4-5/8"
25333 3/8"80 1/8"
Leighton Vander Esch6'4-2/8"25633 7/8"81 1/8"

LB winners

Roquan Smith, Georgia. Some expected the former Georgia stud to measure in right at 6-foot and weigh somewhere in the 220s, which would've ramped up the "undersized" talk. Nearly 6-foot-1 and north of 235 pounds are fantastic figures for Smith.

Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech. There was an incredible amount of anticipation for Edmunds's combine weigh-in, and he's just something we haven't really seen before. He has the arms and wingspan of an offensive tackle.

Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State. He may ultimately be overshadowed by Edmunds, but this Boise State product is another ridiculously long, athletic linebacker.

Darius Leonard, South Carolina State. The small-school 'backer continues to stack up to the bigger names in this linebacker class -- he was outstanding at the Senior Bowl -- with some crazy measurement numbers. He's almost identically as long as Edmunds, which is outrageous for a 6-foot-2 defender.

LB losers

Jerome Baker, Ohio State. While weighing in at 229 pounds could help his on-field workouts, not hitting 230 and having short arms were not the best developments for the former Buckeyes star.

Malik Jefferson, Texas - Normally, a 74-inch wingspan is fine for an off-ball linebacker. But relatively to some of the length freaks in his class, Jefferson's lack of length stands out.

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