The 2011 NFL Draft Combine is underway in Indianapolis Indiana, at Lucas Oil Stadium and I haven’t turned off the NFL Network yet! Since most Lions fans don’t follow the NFL combine like we at Detroit Sports 360 do, I will be updating everyone with some results of the players you care to hear about. We will do all the dirty work, and weed out all the players the Detroit Lions don’t have a chance at getting or care about getting. Follow our Mock Draft’s by our experts, as it will be changing regularly. Any new events or news will be posted here as well, so keep checking back for any possible updates.
Today we have WR’s and QB’s working out doing drills, and since the Lions won’t looking at either in 1st round I will only post top performers.
- Julio Jones has ran faster, jumped higher, and jumped longer then A.J. Green so far, and it’s not even close! Will Jones be jumping Green in the draft due to this performance?
Detroit Lions Team Needs: CB, OLB, OT
Probable: As it stands now the Lions are probably leaning towards drafting an offensive tackle or linebacker in the 1st round. With Patrick Peterson, and Prince Amukamara most likley gone before the Lions 13th pick, they will be forced to draft a lesser position of need, in order to get the best player available.
My analysis: I would trade up and get Prince, or trade down to get a good LB and extra pick. No OT in this draft is the “future” of our team.
Possible Detroit Lions picks combine results
Nate Solder: Position: OT School: Colorado
Class: Senior HT: 6’8 WT: 319
40 Time: 5.05 Bench: 21 reps Vertical: 32
Broad Jump:9’2 3 Cone Drill: 7.44
Analysis: Nate had a good combine, but not great. Measuring in at 6’8 and 319 pounds Solder defiantly has the size to play left tackle in the NFL, but may lack the strength. Nate exceled in almost every workout he did at the combine, except for the bench press. Nate only managed 21 reps in the bench press event, which immediately throws up a red flag to me. Why in the world would a guy that is as massive as he is, only be able to manage 21 reps?
Tyron Smith: Position: OT School: USC
Class: Junior HT: 6’5 WT: 307
40 Time: DNP Bench:29 reps Vertical: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP 3 Cone Drill: DNP
Analysis: Tyron Smith may be the best tackle in the 2011 NFL Draft, but he didn’t participate in any events, except the bench press. Since Smith isn’t a sure fire top 5 pick, I don’t understand this move at all, and the only thing people will be forced to think is.. “what’s wrong”? But he did up 8 more reps then Solder in the bench press.
Anthony Castonzo: Position: OT School: Boston College
Class: Senior HT: 6’7 WT: 311
40 Time: 5.23 Bench: 28 reps Vertical: 29.5
Broad Jump: 8’9 3 Cone Drill: 7.25
Analysis: If I were the Lions and I absolutely HAD to take a tackle this year, Anthony Castonza would be my pick. He is big, strong, solid and consistent. He isn’t going to be the next Joe Thomas or Michael Oher, but let’s face it Lions fans, we only need him to be better then Gosder Cherilus to be a starter here…but that’s not saying much!
I will post more results of Corners and Linebackers as they happen.
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