Combine Dish: Suh outshines McCoy in duel of top prospects

INDIANAPOLIS — Monday was another high-profile day at the NFL Scouting Combine, as defensive linemen — including top prospects Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy — and linebackers took center stage. Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts analyze the biggest moments of the day:

To hear scouts say it, Ndamukong Suh leaped ahead in the race for top prospect.
To hear scouts say it, Ndamukong Suh leaped ahead in the race for top prospect.

• Suh had a very good day, looking very agile, quick and athletic throughout his workout. Though McCoy had a solid day, most came away saying Suh outperformed McCoy. There was also some lingering surprise at McCoy being able to record only 23 reps in the 225-pound bench press. Suh, meanwhile, put up 32 reps. Suh (6-3 7/8, 307) posted times of 5.02 and 5.09 in the 40 and recorded a vertical jump of 35 1/2. McCoy (6-4 1/8, 295) posted times of 5.00 and a 5.10 in the 40 and a vertical jump of 30 1/2.

• Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan turned in a strong performance. Not only did he run well (high 4.6s) at 266 pounds, but he impressed teams with his agility, quickness, burst and athleticism.

• After running very well in the 40-yard dash, recording a time in the 4.6s, Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon shined throughout his workout. He showed the smooth and fluid movement skills, quickness, agility and burst that NFL teams love. The athleticism he displayed Monday should help his draft value because teams will now consider him a versatile prospect who can play any linebacker position in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.

• It was a mixed bag for Alabama DT Terrence Cody. He helped himself Sunday by posting a weight of 354 pounds after weighing 370 at the Senior Bowl. Then on the field Monday, he showed rare natural strength in the double-team drills. It was clear two blockers could not move him. However, he did not show burst or quickness in the first 10 yards of his 40 and posted a time in the high 5.6s/low 5.7s. Overally, he did not display the athleticism, quickness or burst in drills to convince teams he can be more than a two-down run-stopper.

For information and analysis on these and many other players, see the latest Combine Dish in SN’s Pro Football War Room.

For more than 640 player scouting reports from Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus updated Mock Draft, Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

INDIANAPOLIS — Monday was another high-profile day at the NFL Scouting Combine, as defensive linemen — including top prospects Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy — and linebackers took center stage. Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts analyze the biggest moments of the day:

To hear scouts say it, Ndamukong Suh leaped ahead in the race for top prospect.
To hear scouts say it, Ndamukong Suh leaped ahead in the race for top prospect.

• Suh had a very good day, looking very agile, quick and athletic throughout his workout. Though McCoy had a solid day, most came away saying Suh outperformed McCoy. There was also some lingering surprise at McCoy being able to record only 23 reps in the 225-pound bench press. Suh, meanwhile, put up 32 reps. Suh (6-3 7/8, 307) posted times of 5.02 and 5.09 in the 40 and recorded a vertical jump of 35 1/2. McCoy (6-4 1/8, 295) posted times of 5.00 and a 5.10 in the 40 and a vertical jump of 30 1/2.

• Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan turned in a strong performance. Not only did he run well (high 4.6s) at 266 pounds, but he impressed teams with his agility, quickness, burst and athleticism.

• After running very well in the 40-yard dash, recording a time in the 4.6s, Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon shined throughout his workout. He showed the smooth and fluid movement skills, quickness, agility and burst that NFL teams love. The athleticism he displayed Monday should help his draft value because teams will now consider him a versatile prospect who can play any linebacker position in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.

• It was a mixed bag for Alabama DT Terrence Cody. He helped himself Sunday by posting a weight of 354 pounds after weighing 370 at the Senior Bowl. Then on the field Monday, he showed rare natural strength in the double-team drills. It was clear two blockers could not move him. However, he did not show burst or quickness in the first 10 yards of his 40 and posted a time in the high 5.6s/low 5.7s. Overally, he did not display the athleticism, quickness or burst in drills to convince teams he can be more than a two-down run-stopper.

For information and analysis on these and many other players, see the latest Combine Dish in SN’s Pro Football War Room.

For more than 640 player scouting reports from Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus updated Mock Draft, Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

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