Of course everyone is talking about the show Jadeveon Clowney put on at the scouting combine. A 4.53 40-yard dash at his size? Crazy. But we've known for a long time that Clowney wouldn't be within reach of the Cowboys.
One guy that was thought to be easily within reach was Aaron Donald, who was a second-round guy prior to the Senior Bowl. After his excellent performance in practices at the Senior Bowl, Donald moved up into possible first-round material. The Cowboys sitting at#16 seemed like a good landing spot if they chose to grab him that high. Now that he's turned in another great performance at the combine, the Cowboys will likely have to start worrying about someone like the Bears picking him up at #14.
Here are some of the comments on Donald today.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 22 overall prospect, was unofficially clocked at 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a jaw-dropping time for an interior defensive linemen, even one with less than ideal size at 6-feet-1 and 285 pounds. Donald proved on Sunday that his explosiveness isn't limited to his speed, posting 35 repetitions of 225 pounds -- one behind Boston College's Kaleb Ramsey to lead all defensive linemen tested this year. Donald's success on the bench press is all the more impressive given that he possesses disproportionately long arms (32 5/8 inches) for his height.
The man with the second-highest bench reps was Aaron Donald, who cemented his place as one of the top defensive tackles. He also ran a 4.65 in the 40, which is blazing for a guy that weighs 285 pounds.
Another guy the Cowboys could be eyeing is Tim Jernigan out of Florida State. He also got some good reviews.
Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan also ran a sub-5.00. Jernigan's burst off the line was strong, as his 1.72 second split through the first 10 yards showed plenty of quickness off the line.
Meanwhile, Will Sutton's stock continues to fall.
One of the more disappointing performances came from Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton, who was among the slowest prospects of the week. His 5.35 and 5.47 unofficial times trailed the rest of the field and came after he lost weight following the Senior Bowl.