Linebacker Bruce Taylor is the last of five Hokies who will work out in Indianapolis today. Defensive backs go Tuesday, and Tech, for the first time in forever, doesn’t have one participating.
Like I did over the yesterday and the day before, I’ll be chiming in with updates throughout the day, so check back frequently.
Taylor did the bench press Sunday, repping 225 pounds 19 times. That’s tied for 18th among linebackers.
Wide receivers Marcus Davis and Corey Fuller finished up their combines on Sunday. Here were their final numbers, with their position rank in parentheses:
– Davis: 4.56-second 40 (t-26th), 19 reps bench press (6th), 39.5-inch vertical (t-1st), 120-inch broad jump (t-16th), did not do 3-cone drill or 20-yard shuttle.
– Fuller: 4.43-second 40 (t-7th), 12 reps bench press (16th), 31.5-inch vertical (33rd), 120-inch broad jump (t-16th), did not do 3-cone drill or 20-yard shuttle.
Overall, it was a pretty good combines for both. Fuller ran a solid 40 time, which was expected, given his track background.
Davis had a better unofficial time (4.40) in the 40 that was adjusted. Still, he ran a 4.56 at 233 pounds, the biggest of any receiver in Indy. At his size, he’s not going to be a burner like some of the 5-10, 180-pound receivers, but he showed he is strong, can jump and had decent speed.
9:57 a.m.: I should note that the defensive linemen are up first today, followed by the linebackers. So the updates will be coming later than the previous two days.
12:47 p.m.: Taylor was about to be up on the broad jump when the NFL Network cut to a Manti Te’o feature. C’mon, guys. Help me out a little. So we’ll have to wait for the NFL to post any workout numbers for an update.
1:39 p.m.: Taylor ran his first 40-yard dash. He finished in 4.94 seconds, which is near the bottom of the linebackers so far. Te’o ran a 4.81 right after him and the NFL Network guys were remarking that it wasn’t the greatest time. Taylor will get another shot at it in a little bit.
1:43 p.m.: Taylor’s time, in fact, was slowest of the linebackers in the first group. Nobody else ran slower than 4.90.
2:09 p.m.: Taylor ran a 5.06-second 40 on his second attempt. The 40 doesn’t look like it’s his category. Mike Mayock of the NFL Network said he doesn’t look like a natural runner, that it wasn’t the strong part of his game.
He’ll have to have a good showing in the positional drills.
2:26 p.m.: The linebackers are doing position drills. One requires them to start on their back, get up and shuffle side to side. Mayock said Taylor was a little “tight in his hips” during the drill and had trouble coming out of his backpedal.
2:44 p.m.: Official 40 times are out. Taylor ran a 5.01. That’s the slowest time of the linebackers by a tenth of a second. The fastest of the day for a linebacker was 4.47 seconds. Te’o, another inside linebacker linke Taylor, ran a 4.82.
4:20 p.m.: The vertical jump numbers are out. Taylor jumped 30.5 inches. Again, this was on the lower end of the linebackers who participated. That was 19th out of 20, ahead of only Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene.
4:37 p.m.: More updates for Taylor. He had a 7.21-second time in the three-cone drill, ninth among linebackers. He had a 4.39-second time in the 20-yard shuttle, tied for 11th of the linebackers. And he had a 115-inch broad jump, 19th of linebackers.
That should be everything. I’m going to try to follow up with some of the Hokies’ combine participants later this week, so look for that on the blog.