March 8, 2018 - by
Noles In The NFL Combine: How They Fared

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Derwin James did what everyone thought he would. Josh Sweat, meanwhile, did what everyone thought he could.

Those two Florida State defenders were among the biggest headline-grabbers of the annual NFL scouting combine, which featured nine members of the 2017 Seminoles football team.

Here’s a look at how each player performed:

Derwin James, S
6-3, 215 pounds,
40-yard dash: 4.47
Bench press: 21 reps
Vertical jump: 40 inches
Broad jump: 132 inches
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “James is one of the most versatile players we’ve ever evaluated. A third-year sophomore, James tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in the second game of 2016 and received a medical redshirt. James is one of the most talented prospects in this draft.”Todd McShay, ESPN.com

 

Josh Sweat, DE (Edge)
Measurements: 6-4, 251 pounds, 34 5/8” arms, 10 1/4” hands
40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: 39.5 inches
Broad jump: 124 inches
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: 4.28 seconds

What they’re saying: “An explosive athlete with a good motor and quick, powerful hands, Sweat has plenty of upside to work with.” – Monday Morning Quarterback staff, SI.com

Auden Tate, WR
Measurements: 6-5, 228 pounds, 33 3/4” arms, 9 3/8” hands
40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: 31 inches
Broad jump: 112 inches
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “He can catch through contact and has very good ball skills — especially near the end zone. Tate’s toughness and willingness to play through a shoulder injury this year will stand out to teams. Tate will be targeted by teams looking for a matchup weapon with value as a zone beater and red zone target.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Derrick Nnadi, DT
Measurements: 6-1, 317 pounds, 33 ½” arms, 9 7/8” hands
40-yard dash: 5.38 seconds
Bench press: 25 reps
Vertical jump: 27 inches
Broad jump: 96 inches
3-cone drill: 8.15 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 5.02 seconds

What they’re saying: “A stout run defender with a solid frame, Nnadi uses his lack of ideal height as an advantage, routinely getting better leverage and pad level than his opposing blocker. His impact goes well beyond the box score, though he still tallied 15 tackles for loss over the past two seasons.” – Luke Easterling, MSN.com

Tarvarus McFadden, CB
Measurements: 6-2, 198 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
Broad jump: 121 inches
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “McFadden has prototype size and length for the cornerback position. He’s a fluid athlete and he has plenty of deep speed to carry wide receivers down the field. He plays with effort to chase plays from the backside and I’ve been impressed with his overall instincts for the position.” – Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

Matthew Thomas, LB
Measurements: 6-3, 232 pounds, 33” arms, 8 7/8” hands
40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: 41.5 inches
Broad jump: 131 inches
3-cone drill: 6.85 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.28 seconds

What they’re saying: “Thomas possesses a long frame with outstanding play speed and the potential to make plays. It’s his athletic traits and “potential” that will give him a shot as a WILL linebacker.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ryan Izzo, TE
Measurements: 6-5, 256 pounds, 31 3/8” arms, 9 1/4” hands
40-yard dash: 4.94 seconds
Bench press: 18 reps
Vertical jump: 33 inches
Broad jump: 110 inches
3-cone drill: 7.15 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.43 seconds

What they’re saying: “If you are looking for a flashy pass-catching tight end who can create matchup issues for the defense then keep on looking. If you want an in-line tight end who has good size and very good toughness and has experience as an active member of the run blocking unit, then Izzo should be on your board. He has the willingness and talent to become a plus blocker at the point of attack and he’s able to work the middle of the field. He should become a starter early in his career.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Jacob Pugh, OLB
Measurements: 6-4, 246 pounds, 34 3/8” arms, 10 1/8” hands
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
Broad jump: 122 inches
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “Pugh is a long, strong-side linebacker for 4-3 defenses with solid pursuit speed. Pugh needs a strong lead-up to the draft, but there are some traits to work with.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Rick Leonard, OT
Measurements: 6-7, 311 pounds, 32 ¼” arms, 9 ¼” hands
40-yard dash: DNP
Bench press: 19 reps
Vertical jump: DNP
Broad jump: DNP
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “Leonard is a top-heavy tackle with decent athleticism and potential to work with.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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