Steeler Draft Watch: LB and DL 2013 NFL Combine Day


Manti Te’o struggled all day, and his stock slid down down down. Credit: USPresswire

Monday was Day 3 of the NFL Combine, and that means a big day for potential Steeler draft picks.  The Steelers will more than likely be hunting down a LB or DL as their top pick in the draft.  The picks at these two positions could go even into the mid to latter rounds as well.  So who were top performers and who stunk up the joint?

Top Performers:


40 Yd DashSchoolTimeBench PressSchoolReps
Zaviar GoodenMissouri4.47Cornelius WashingtonGeorgia36
Cornelius WashingtonGeorgia4.55Sio MooreConnecticut29
Jon BosticFlorida4.61Michael MautiPenn State28
Jamie CollinsSouthern Miss4.64Zaviar GoodenMissouri27
Sio MooreConnecticut4.65Jelani JenkinsFlorida27
Vertical JumpSchoolHeight (in.)Broad JumpSchoolDistance (in.)
Jamie CollinsSouthern Miss41.5Jamie CollinsSouthern Miss139
Cornelius WashingtonGeorgia39Zaviar GoodenMissouri131
Sio MooreConnecticut38Cornelius WashingtonGeorgia128
John LotuleleiUNLV35.5Sio MooreConnecticut127
Sean PorterTexas A&M35Brandon HepburnFlorida A&M124

Defensive Linemen 

40 Yd DashSchoolTimeBench PressSchoolReps
Trevardo WilliamsConnecticut4.57Margus HuntSMU38
Barkevious MingoLSU4.58Brandon WilliamsMissouri S. St.38
Margus HuntSMU4.60Akeem SpenceIllinois37
Dion JordanOregon4.60Josh BoydMississippi St.32
Corey LemonierAuburn4.608 players30
Vertical JumpSchoolHeight (in.)Broad JumpSchoolDistance (in.)
Trevardo WilliamsConnecticut38.0Barkevious MingoLSU128.0
Ty PowellHarding37.0Devin TaylorSouth Carolina128.0
Markevious MingoLSU37.0Trevardo WilliamsConnecticut124.0
Damontre MooreTexas A&M35.5Ty PowellHarding122.0
Nate WilliamsOhio State35.0Dion JordanOregon122.0
Devin TaylorSouth Carolina35.0Damontre MooreTexas A&M122.0

There are your top performers for Monday.  So how did some draftees due that are potentially on the Steelers board?

Ezekiel ‘Ziggy’ Ansah (yeah another Ziggy…) ran a 4.63 40, benched 21 times, a 34.5 vertical, and a 118.0 broad jump.  What’s strange is that Ansah’s 40 time posted on is not in the same group as the Top Performers that the website also provides.  At any rate, Ansah’s 4.63 is pretty fast for a LB and lines up with his explosive speed in game film.  The rest of Ansah’s stats fall near the top of all the LB’s who participated in the combine.  Reports say he did incredibly well in the coverage drills.  His stock, if possible, went up on Monday.  If the Steelers are still drooling over this guy, they will in all certainty need to trade for the pick.

On the other end of the spectrum, Manti Te’o ran around the field all day long like he had an invisible girlfriend strapped to his back.  His disappointing performance during the National Championship game continued as he completed each drill.  He ran one of the slowest linebacker 40’s at 4.82 seconds.  His jumps were very poor as well.  The only thing that went well for him is that he caught the ball better than any LB in the drills.  His stock probably took a big hit Monday.  This might actually fair well for the Steelers.  If they still like Te’o after a poor combine performance, they could actually wait to get him in the first round and go for a top safety or even a wide receiver with their first pick.  The receiver position is not very deep as in years past, so it could be an opportunity for the Steelers to grab a receiver of very good value and wait to select Te’o in the second round.  Wishful thinking?  Not if Te’o doesn’t blow out the competition in his Pro Day workout.