All-Combine Defensive Team
Da'Norris Searcy '11 Senior Bowl

Posted Mar 2, 2011
Charlie Bernstein


All of the defensive talent has completed their drills during this year’s NFL Combine and there were a few players who seemingly helped themselves greatly. Take a look at our All-Combine Defense from 2011.

Defensive ends

Dontay Moch, Nevada - We heard great tales of Moch's speed, and those tales were not fabricated. Moch ran a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash and his 42" vertical leap will go a long way in overcoming his 6-foot-1 ?" height. Moch also had the longest broad jump as he leaped 10'8". Moch should convert nicely as a 3-4 OLB and it would be a surprise if he was available past the second round.

Robert Quinn, North Carolina - In Quinn's first exposure in over 18 months, the troubled Tar Heel didn't disappoint as he measured in at 6-foot-5", 265 pounds. Quinn ran a 4.70 40, and was better in drills than measureables. Quinn cemented himself as a top half of the first round pick.

Defensive tackles

Stephen Paea, Oregon State - Paea destroyed the Combine bench press record as he put up 49 reps of 225. Especially impressive considering Paea weighed in at just 303 pounds.

Marvin Austin, North Carolina - After dominating in front of scouts during the East-West Shrine week, Austin solidified his performance with a solid Combine as he ran a 4.90 40-yard dash and put up 38 reps on the bench press. Austin's 30.5" vertical leap tied him for second at his position and had a respectable 9'4" broad jump.

Linebackers

Von Miller, Texas A & M - After a solid Senior Bowl, Miller cemented himself as a Top-Ten pick by running a 4.53 40-yard dash. Miller was spectacular in drills, and posted a 37" vertical and 10'6" broad jump.

Martez Wilson, Illinois - Wilson may have given scouts enough reason to select him in the first round as he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and leaped 36". Wilson's 10'4" broad jump was third best amongst his position group.

Ross Homan, Ohio State - Ohio State guys are known for putting up strong Combine performances and Homan certainly kept up his end of the bargain as his 4.68 40-yard dash was tied for the best of any inside linebacker. Homan, weighing in at just 240 pounds, put up 34 reps on the bench press and registered a 35.5" vertical leap.

Defensive Backs

Patrick Peterson, LSU - Peterson came into the Combine as the top rated cornerback and may have left as the top overall pick. Peterson measured in at 6-feet, 219 pounds. and ran a blistering 4.34 in the 40-yard dash. The former SEC star was great in drills and was fourth overall in the 60-yard shuttle (11.01 seconds).

Prince Amukamara, Nebraska - For whatever reason, the buzz around Amukamara over the past few weeks was that his speed was somewhat of a question mark and the 6-foot, 206 pound corner may have to move to safety. Those questions were put to rest as Amukamara posted a time of 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. It's hard to imagine Prince lasting past Houston's 11th overall pick.

Buster Skrine, Tennessee-Chattanooga - This small school corner made it to everyone's radar as he posted a combine best 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Skrine is a bit undersized at 5-feet-10, 186 pounds, but his speed should be enough to get him drafted and he should be able to help a team as a return man.

Da'Norris Searcy, North Carolina - There was no real standout amongst what is expected to be the worst safety class in years, but Da'Norris Searcy performed well. Searcy measured in at just shy of 5-foot-11 and 223 pounds. He ran a 4.58 40-yard dash which was amongst the best at his position and put up 27 reps on the bench press, the best in his position group.

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