Originally posted by captain_planet:
I'd be happy if we took a late-round flier on DL Nick Williams out of Samford (AKA The Forgotten Williams).
.6'4" 309 lbs.
.10-yard split (the best predictor of DL success of any combine statistic) was 1.63. That's the fastest time of anyone over 290 lbs. He's 309.
.Vertical jump: 33 inches. That's the highest of anyone over 290 lbs. Again, he's 309.
.Bench press: A rock solid 28 reps with long 34+ inch arms.
Has a basketball background, has only played football for 3 or 4 years. Can't teach his size and athleticism. A project. I think he's absolutely worth a late pick. Could become a steal with the right coaching.
At that point he's definitely worth the risk, certainly has the physical potential. Have you seen Chris Jones of Bowling Green? I love him as a small-school player, he absolutely dominated and he ended up doing pretty well at the Combine as well.