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NFL Combine 2015 Quick Takes: DL and LB

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We take a look at the top prospects and combine surprises.

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Without a doubt, Sunday is the day most Falcons fans are interested in where the 2015 Combine is concerned. Given the Falcons desperate need for a pass rusher - if not multiple ones - fans are keeping a keen eye on how the big name prospects show out. It also doesn't hurt to see who may stand out as a potential day 2 or day 3 sleeper, and this is the time to try to find those guys. Here's a quick look at the performance of the top names and some surprises at each position.

The Top Edge Defenders

Player Height Weight Bench Press 40-yard dash Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone
Dante Fowler Jr. 6'3" 261 19 reps 4.60 32.5 112.0 7.4
Randy Gregory 6'5" 235 24 reps 4.64 36.5 125.0 N/A
Shane Ray 6'3" 245 21 reps N/A N/A N/A N/A
Vic Beasley 6'3" 246 35 reps 4.53 41.0 130.0 6.91
Bud Dupree 6'4" 269 N/A 4.56 42.0 138.0 N/A

The Top Interior DL

Player Height Weight Bench Press 40-yard dash Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone
Leonard Williams 6'5" 302 N/A 4.97 29.5 106.0 7.59
Danny Shelton 6'2" 339 34 reps 5.64 30.5 95.0 7.99
Malcom Brown 6'2" 319 26 reps 5.05 29.5 98.0 7.84
Arik Armstead 6'7" 292 24 reps 5.10 34.0 117.0 7.57
Jordan Phillips 6'5" 329 28 reps 5.17 30.0 105.0 7.88

The Top Linebackers

Player Height Weight Bench Press 40-yard dash Vertical Broad Jump 3-Cone
Paul Dawson 6'0" 235 21 reps 4.93 28.0 109.0 N/A
Benardrick McKinney 6'4" 246 16 reps 4.66 40.5 121.0 7.21
Denzel Perryman 5'11" 236 27 reps 4.78 32.0 113.0 N/A
Erick Kendricks 6'0" 232 19 reps 4.61 38.0 124.0 N/A
Stephone Anthony 6'3" 243 23 reps 4.56 27.0 122.0 7.07

DL and LB Surprises

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA

The defensive end out of UCLA may not be projected as a pass rusher, but his numbers jump off the page no less. At 6'3" and 267lbs, Odighizuwa posted an impressive 40-time of 4.62 seconds, vertical of 39 inches and a broad jump of 127.0 inches. While his lack of pass rushing skills will keep him from being a highly sought after prospect, his raw physical talents makes him someone to keep an eye on.

Danielle Hunter, LSU

At 6'5" and 252 lbs, Hunter has the height and weight you look for in a pass rusher. When you factor in his freakish 4.57 40-time, you've got a prospect who looks the part. While his pass rushing skills are limited, there's no doubt he can use his athleticism to get to the QB. With some development, he could be a steal on day 2.