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2024 NFL Scouting Combine: Linebacker Notes

2024 NFL Scouting Combine

2024 NFL Scouting Combine
The linebacker group rounded out the first day at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine. Check out all of the notes right here! (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

2024 NFL Scouting Combine: Linebacker Notes

The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine is finally back! Unlike the uneducated dummies who decided to skip the event, Trey is on his couch for the next four days grinding. I’m here to tell you the truth. Not the nonsense you hear on TV. Hopefully, by now you know I only shoot you straight and my track record should speak for itself.

Let’s get right down to business. Here are your linebacker notes for the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.

*Link to official combine results.

Chris Braswell (Alabama)

Pretty good going through the bags. Not super fast play speed but in control and got the job done.

Tatum Bethune (Florida State)

No 40 time. Versitile player that not sure what he is. Stuck in the mud. Really skittish. Not covering a ton of ground. Doesn’t trust his feet.

Aaron Casey (Indiana)

Good player but just slow. Heel clicking but just slow in all areas. Eyes down the whole time going through the bags.

Steele Chambers (Ohio State)

No 40 time. Really bad change of direction. Foot got stuck in the ground and couldn’t really recover. Really bad feet. Concerning level. Takes forever to turn around and get going.

Edgerrin Cooper (Texas A&M)

Had some stumbles but moves well and covers ground. Eye level really good. Just a bit jumpy. Smooth through the bags and made it look easy. Quick feet and kept them boys churning. Did his job and succeeded today. Really nice oily hips. Can sink and change direction. Has good speed (4.51). His level change is there.

Kalen DeLoach (Florida State)

Short choppy steps. Not bad movement. Mediocre.

Tommy Eichenberg (Ohio State)

No 40 time. Not surprising cause he’s dirt slow. I hate that he didn’t run. Better downhill. That’s about all he can do. Dragging his feet on the ground. Absolutely no balance. Better in the bag drills. Quicker than fast. May as well be a statue at the point of direction. Don’t ask him to drop in coverage or move east-west and you might have a guy. Good size on him though.

Khalil Duke (Kansas State)

Don’t have much. Don’t think he looked out of place. Eyes are down but he’s moving okay. Better in the box. Worse in coverage.

Jaylan Ford (Texas)

No on-field workout.

Cedric Gray (North Carolina)

Guessing a bit but overall in control and moving well. I’m not overly impressed. Don’t think he sucks but not jumping off the screen either. Bit slow footed and eyes down in the bags. Gets off on clicking his heels. Won’t stop doing it.

Curtis Jacobs (Penn State)

Not covering a ton of ground. Feet moving a million miles an hour but not really going anywhere. Some heel clicking. Good in the bag drill. The feet are moving well. Quick footed but not a blazer. I like him. Just not elite. Coverage drills were really good.

Tyrice Knight (UTEP)

Hands really moving. Eyes are up. Just really bending at the back. Bit out of control. Trying to go fast but doesn’t look great doing it. Total spaz.

Marist Liufau (Notre Dame)

Super long arms. Back foot kept getting stuck. In control otherwise and eyes up. Going through the bags well and then just kept staring at the ground the whole time. More so tried to hide it cheating the drill. Better athlete than Manti Teo but not grease lightning. One of the better rip moves going downhill. Good player. Have to live with him not being an elite mover.

Jordan Magee (Temple)

Can’t get his feet out from under him. Not a great base. Movement skills would have been great otherwise. Needs to be more in cruise control. He’s falling all over the place. Could have been a good workout but wasn’t.

Darius Muasau (UCLA)

One of the standouts at the East-West. Pretty good in the wave. Pretty solid overall. Play speed much better than 40 time. You can tell this dude is intense. Solid base and controlled.

Gabriel Murphy (UCLA)

Not sure where twin brother Grayson is. He’s not working out. Just pointing it out. Regardless, they did some really nice things at the East-West game. Maybe this is the scouts way of saying this twin is better and we don’t need to see the other one. He’s also a pass rusher and should have been in the last group. They screwed this entire workout up.

Maema Njongmeta (Wisconsin)

He’s there. Nothing super positive or negative.

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (Clemson)

Did not run. I’m disgusted because I think I talked about it 800 times during the year. The crazy thing is he moved well in the wave. I think some of that is he’s been trained well. Does the drills fine. All I know is he would have been embarrassing in the slow department. Not an accident he didn’t run. He’s Brandon Spikes. I don’t know what more you want me to say.

Dallas Turner (Alabama)

40-inch vert. That’s crazy. Laiatu Latu had a 32-inch vert for comparison. Did not do the on-field workout minus the pass rush drill. Then he also dropped in coverage. I’m not sure what was going on. Maybe I’m tripping but it felt like he wasn’t in several drills. WTF are they doing not putting him in the edge rusher group?

Edefuan Ulofoshio (Washington)

Not bad. Coaches used him as the prototype so it’s not like he was bad.

Trevin Wallace (Kentucky)

Bit stiff. Bigger body better going downhill. Change of direction below average.

Nathaniel Watson (Mississippi State)

Ran but didn’t do the on-field workout.

Payton Wilson (NC State)

Total clinic. Just looks so much different from the rest of the group. No limitations in movement skills. Fast (4.43). Easy mover. Change of direction is obvious. Wrestling background. I absolutely love him. On another level. Looks like a DB moving in space.

Vendetta Sports Media Post Combine Linebacker Rankings:

1: Payton Wilson (NC State)

2: Edgerrin Cooper (Texas A&M)

3: Junior Colson (Michigan)

4: Nathaniel Watson (Mississippi State)

5: Marist Liufau (Notre Dame)

6: Curtis Jacobs (Penn State)

7: Jaylan Ford (Texas)

8: Tommy Eichenberg (Ohio State)

9: Darius Muasau (UCLA)

10: Cedric Gray (UNC)

*Full finalized rankings will come closer to the draft.

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