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Monday Combine Notes

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the third day of on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine.

  • Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller did his part to solidify his status as a likely top-10 draft pick. Miller ran the second-best 40-yard dash among linebackers (4.53) and also ranked among the best at his position for the broad jump and vertical jump. The questions about Miller weren't necessarily related to his athleticism though, so his solid performance in the rest of the drills was just as important. While Miller didn't look overly natural in his backpedal, he'll likely be a dream addition for a 3-4 defense looking for a rush linebacker.
  • Nevada pass rusher Dontay Moch became a household name with his off-the-charts testing. While he worked with the linemen, Moch also likely projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker at 6-1, 248. But he paced all members of the front seven in the 40-yard dash (4.44), vertical jump (44.0) and the broad jump (10'8").
  • There's a question as to whether Illinois' Martez Wilson, 6-4, 250, profiles best as an inside linebacker or an outside linebacker. There is, however, little doubt as to whether he has the speed to play at the next level. Wilson's 4.49 40-yard dash was the best among linebackers. He currently is listed as Mike Mayock's No. 1 inside linebacker prospect, but some analysts expect him to move to the strong side at the next level.
  • North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin has been one of the "risers" of late. Austin was suspended for the 2010 season, so he will have to impress in the meeting rooms, but he definitely made an impression at Lucas Oil Field after also standing out at the East-West Shrine Game. Austin put up 38 bench press reps Sunday, second best among defensive linemen to Stephen Paea of Oregon State, who set the recent record with 49 reps. Austin also looked very athletic for his 6-foot-2, 309-pound frame.
  • Other standouts along the defensive line included California's Cameron Jordan, who solidified his status as a top-15 pick with a 4.78 40-yard dash, more notably a 1.69-second 10-yard split, impressive for his 6-foot-4, 287-pound frame. Defensive end Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue answered some questions about his athletic ability at the next level with a good showing, as did Arizona's Brooks Reed.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 5:29 p.m., February 28

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