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GSU DB shaky at NFL combine

GSU DB shaky at NFL combine

GSU DB shaky at NFL combine

Georgia Southern defensive back Lavel...


    INDIANAPOLIS — On the final day of the 2014 NFL combine, the final 40-yard dash belonged to Georgia Southern cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks.
    The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Westbrooks capped the 40-yard dashes with a disappointing 4.65-second time in the 40. Westbrooks, who intercepted seven passes during his career, did 15 bench press reps of 225 pounds on Monday. Westbrooks, a 2013 second-team All-Southern Conference selection, was not made available to the media over the weekend. He said before the combine that scouts got to know him during the season and he was pleased with his performance at the Senior Bowl last month.
    Draft analysts like the size and strength of Westbrooks and his ability to play against the run and tackle in the open field. The Riverdale native posted solid numbers with a 36-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 10 feet, 1 inch.
    Westbrooks is a press corner with nice length, but is also overly aggressive at times, which makes him susceptible to doubles moves. He didn’t turn his hips particularly well Tuesday during onfield drills at the combine and his hands were not great. Westbrooks has some upside, but is considered a late-round prospect who will need to develop his NFL potential.
    Another former GSU player, running back Jerick McKinnon, said he was going to put up some big numbers at the NFL combine, and then he went out and did it.
    In every drill at the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, McKinnon had results that ranked among the best of all running backs.
    “I’m going to do all the drills, compete and hopefully put up some good numbers,” McKinnon said Friday. “I’m really banking on (putting) up some big numbers in the bench press.
“I know some people have me running slow, and I’m not going to throw a number out there, but just watch. It’ll be a good time. I think I may shock some people.”
That he did.
    The Marietta native did 32 bench press reps of 225 pounds, which was tops for the running backs. His 4.41-second time in the 40-yard dash on Sunday was second, behind only Kent State’s Dri Archer, who ran a 4.26.
    The 5-foot-9, 209-pound former quarterback was also second in the vertical leap with a standing jump of 40 1/2 inches. He was just an inch under the jump of Baylor back Lache Seastrunk, who was also first in the broad jump. Seastrunk had a leap of 11 feet, 2 inches while McKinnon had a jump of 11 feet even — good for second among running backs.
    McKinnon  ranked third in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.83 seconds and was fourth in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.12 seconds.
    “McKinnon from Georgia Southern is a real wild card in this draft,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Sunday. “He had a big day for him.”
    McKinnon may have gone from a probable sixth-round pick so maybe even as high as the fourth round. His biggest weakness is pass protection, but only because he hasn’t done much of it.
    “I need to get coached up on all the techniques, but it’s something I’m willing to do,” McKinnon said Friday. “I think I showed I can put a hat in there and compete, but as far as technique, that’s where I can improve the most.”

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