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NFL Scouting Combine Results 2016: Winners and losers among pass-rushers

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The defensive linemen went at it at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine yesterday, and we have the results for you here. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the pass rushers are the most intriguing group.

Keep in mind that athletic tests are only one part of an overall evaluation, and should always be correlated back to tape. If a pass rusher tests exceptionally well, but he can't show that athleticism once he gets on the field, it's useless. Similarly, if a players looks explosive on tape but tests poorly, he may just have had a bad day. That happens, too. Test results that don't match the tape are always a good reason to go back and see if you missed something, but not necessarily enough to drop someone by a lot.

Winners

The biggest winner by far was Emmanuel Ogbah, who did very well in every test he entered. A 4.63-second 40-yard dash is very impressive, and his vertical jump and broad jump both rank near the top for defensive linemen. His short-area agility was more disappointing, but the athleticism is undeniable. This will give him a boost, though it's extremely unlikely he'll manage to sneak into the top half of the first round -- his tape just isn't good enough for that.

The other winners are almost all defensive tackles. Andrew Billings, Sheldon Rankins, Robert Nkemdiche, Jonathan Bullard -- if the Bucs want to find an explosive inside pass-rusher, they can. This draft is absolutely loaded with talented defensive tackles, and a bunch of those would look very good next to Gerald McCoy.

Losers

The biggest losers were really the biggest names in the draft. DeForest Buckner and Joey Bosa both posted numbers that were closer to top defensive tackles than good defensive ends, which was not really a surprise given their game tape and size. Both players will be drafted very high, but teams looking for pure edge rushers will have to look elsewhere. That doesn't eliminate them from the Bucs' board, but it does make them less-than-ideal

Noah Spence was arguably the most disappointing performer, though. The Eastern Kentucky defensive end may have the best pure pass-rushing tape in the draft. He was expected to test very well, given his explosive tape and relatively small size. Instead, his 40-yard dash was especially disappointing running just 4.8 seconds. Though some of that may be due to a tweaked hamstring, or so Matt Miller reports.

Spence did do well in the broad jump and vertical jump, which test immediate explosiveness a little better than a 40-yard sprint does. But overall, this was a disappointing result for a player who has ridden his explosive game tape to a potential top-ten spot.

Full results

Name School Height Weight 40-yard dash Bench Vertical Broad 3-cone Short shuttle
Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College 6'6 284 5.10 25 29.5" 9'0" 7.55 4.62
Sterling Bailey Georgia 6'4 285 5.23 20 30" 9'3" 7.46 4.73
Jimmy Bean Oklahoma State 6'5 264 -- 20 -- -- -- --
Andrew Billings Baylor 6'1 311 5.05 31 27.5" 9'5" 8.05 4.82
Ronald Blair Appalachian State 6'2 284 5.15 32 30" 9'5" 7.95 4.53
Joey Bosa Ohio State 6'5 269 4.86 24 32" 10'0" 6.89 4.21
DeForest Buckner Oregon 6'7 291 5.05 -- 32" 9'8" 7.51 4.47
Jonathan Bullard Florida 6'3 285 4.93 23 32"
9'8" 7.31 4.56
Vernon Butler Louisiana Tech 6'4 323 5.33 26 29.5" 8'8" 7.82 4.76
Shilique Calhoun Michigan State 6'4 251 4.82 23 35" 9'7" 6.97 4.25
Kenny Clark UCLA 6'3 314 5.06 29 28.5" 8'6" -- 4.62
Maliek Collins Nebraska 6'2 311 5.03 25 29.5" 9'1" 7.53 4.52
Kamalei Correa Boise State 6'3 243 4.69 21 33" 9'0" -- --
James Cowser Southern Utah 6'3 248 4.82 21 31.5" 9'3" 6.80 4.31
Sheldon Day Notre Dame 6'1 293 5.07 21 30" 8'6" 7.44 4.50
Kevin Dodd Clemson 6'5 277 4.86 -- -- -- -- --
Jason Fanaika Utah 6'2 271 4.92 23 35.5" 9'5" 7.06 4.39
Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech 6'4 287 -- -- -- -- -- --
Javon Hargrave South Carolina State 6'1 309 4.93 29 34.5" 9'1" 7.90 4.70
Joel Heath Michigan State 6'5 293 5.02 26 33" 9'5" 7.44 4.52
Willie Henry Michigan 6'3 303 5.00 28 30.5" 9'2" 7.57 4.53
Matt Ioannidis Temple 6'3 299 5.03 32 28" 9'0" 7.78 4.71
Branden Jackson Texas Tech 6'4 273 5.06 20 31.5" 9'5" 7.40 4.77
Quinton Jefferson Maryland 6'4 291 4.93 24 29" -- 7.95 4.37
Austin Johnson Penn State 6'4 314 5.32 25 26" 8'3" 7.84 4.75
Chris Jones Mississippi State 6'6 310 5.03 26 24.5" 8'10" 7.44 4.62
Matt Judon Grand Valley State 6'3 275 4.73 30 35" 9'1" 7.67 4.52
Ufomba Kamalu Miami (Fla.) 6'5 295 5.01 26 25" 8'10" 7.32 4.58
Bronson Kaufusi BYU 6'7 285 4.87 25 30" 9'3" 7.03 4.25
Darius Latham Indiana 6'4 311 5.32 -- 29" 8'4" 7.76 4.63
Nile Lawrence-Stample Florida State 6'1 320 -- -- -- -- -- --
Shaq Lawson Clemson 6'3 269 4.70 -- 33" 10'0" 7.16 4.21
Dean Lowry Northwestern 6'5 296 4.87 30 32.5" 9'6" 7.26 4.38
Luther Maddy Virginia Tech 6'0 287 -- 29 -- -- -- --
Chris Mayes Georgia 6'3 338 5.34 33 23.5" 8'8" -- 5.13
Alex McCalister Florida 6'6 239 4.80 -- 34.5" 10'8" 7.01 4.00
Carl Nassib Penn State 6'7 277 4.84 21 28.5" 9'6" 7.27 4.37
Giorgio Newberry Florida State 6'6 285 4.94 20 30" 9'6" 7.53 4.78
Yannick Ngakoue Maryland 6'2 252 4.75 26 34.5" 9'10" 7.35 4.50
Dadi Nicolas Virginia Tech 6'3 235 4.74 14 41" 9'8" 7.04 4.38
Robert Nkemdiche Ole Miss 6'4 294 4.87 28 35" 9'8" -- --
Shawn Oakman Baylor 6'8 287 4.96 23 32" 10'3" 7.53 4.56
Victor Ochi Stony Brook 6'1 246 4.86 -- 32" 9'11" 7.24 4.40
Emmanuel Ogbah Oklahoma State 6'4 273 4.63 20 35.5" 10'1" 7.26 4.50
Romeo Okwara Notre Dame 6'5 265 4.90 23 33" 10'0" 7.38 4.53
Drew Ott Iowa 6'4 273 -- -- -- -- -- --
D.J. Pettway Alabama 6'2 265 4.99 17 28" 9'0" 7.74 4.69
Sheldon Rankins Louisville 6'1 299 5.03 28 34.5" 9'10" 7.44 4.59
D.J. Reader Clemson 6'3 327 5.33 30 29.5" 8'3" 7.90 4.71
Jarran Reed Alabama 6'3 307 5.21 -- 31" 8'8" 7.77 4.75
Hassan Ridgeway Texas 6'3 303 5.02 24 32" 9'5" 8.28 4.82
A'Shawn Robinson Alabama 6'4 307 5.20 22 26" 8'10" 7.80 4.74
DeVaunte Sigler Jacksonville State 6'4 298 5.15 23 25" -- 7.90 4.97
Noah Spence Eastern Kentucky 6'3 251 4.80 25 35" 10'1" 7.21 4.35
Charles Tapper Oklahoma 6'3 271 4.59 23 34" 9'11" -- --
Lawrence Thomas Michigan State 6'4 286 4.98 -- 35" 9'5" -- --
Ron Thompson Syracuse 6'3 253 4.92 18 -- -- 7.46 4.50
Vincent Valentine Nebraska 6'4 329 5.19 17 29" 9'2" 8.03 4.59
Jihad Ward Illinois 6'5 297 5.11 20 25" 9'3" 7.38 4.63
Adolphus Washington Ohio State 6'3 301 5.17 21 27" 8'3" 8.06 4.79
Antwaun Woods Southern Cal 6'0 318 -- -- -- -- -- --
Connor Wujciak Boston College 6'3 291 4.91 22 34.5" 9'9" 7.32 4.27
Anthony Zettel Penn State 6'4 277 4.81 28 30.5" 9'1" 7.63 4.39