Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Combine: DE's Looking Better than Expected

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We’re that much closer to the draft and things are starting to shape up even more, though free agency will really bring things into focus. Today was the day for the defensive linemen to do their thing at the NFL combine. So far the DE’s have been a lot more impressive than I expected, which is obviously a great thing to see.

Whitney Mercilus has posted solid numbers so far, running an unofficial 4.63-second 40-yard dash.

The DE from USC, Nick Perry, has also posted  some pretty good numbers, completing the 40-yard dash in the low 4.6-second range and coming in at a more suitable weight of 271 lbs.

One of my favorite DE’s of this class, Tyrone Crawford from Boise State also had a good day. He posted a 4.85-second 40-yard dash and came in weighing a solid 275 lbs. He also had a great 10-yard split at 1.65-seconds.

One of the bigger disappointments of the day was Vinny Curry’s performance, as he struggled to record a 40-yard dash below 5 seconds.

For a more full report card of how defensive ends have done at the combine you can check out THIS article by Tony Pauline over at SI.

I’m glad to see better things from these guys than I was expecting, but I still don’t feel comfortable with the Titans taking one in the first round. I like the guys in the later rounds. Hopefully the Titans do too. What do you think?

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