Risers & Sliders: Hybrid DE-LBs shine on Day 5 of NFL Combine
INDIANAPOLIS -- On Monday, it was the defensive linemen and linebackers' turn to take the field at the NFL Scouting Combine. The performances on the field ranged from outstanding to awful.
• Of the 39 defensive ends invited to the combine, all but five were asked to participate in linebacker drills on Monday. This is indicative of not only the changing defenses around the league which has been employing more zone blitzes besides 3-4 alignments, but also of the talent in this year's group of ends. Most of the prospects are undersized college pass rushers likely to stand up over tackle in the NFL.
• There were some other notable performances from today's defensive line group that must be mentioned.
• Scouts question the speed of the top two inside linebackers in April's draft, but neither