Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David and defensive lineman Jared Crick took their turns Monday at the NFL Combine. Crick did not finish in the top 10 in any of the drills for defensive lineman. David had the 7th fastest 40 yard dash at 4.65 and 8th in the vertical leap. He bench pressed 225 pounds, 19 times, several linebackers were up in the 30’s. Crick, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle and missed most of the 2011 season did not go through the bench press.
One of the knocks on David is that he’s undersized, but he showed up eight pounds heavier than his playing listed weight at 225. Here is what NFL.com is saying about David. “David is undersized, and he can struggle at times when lineman get their hands on him on run plays. If he is free he hits the gap hard, but once engaged he attempts to use his strong hands to fight away. He can cover in the long-term against tight ends but can also struggle in man against them at the line of scrimmage if they overpower him initially. Speed and savvy can often overshadow these size and strength hitches in Lavonte’s game, but they could be exposed more at the next level.”
While Crick is regarded as a versatile lineman who can play multiple spots on the line, the one knock on him is his inability to fight through double teams, according to NFL.com. “There were worries that Crick would struggle against double teams after Suh left Nebraska, and those concerns proved to be true. He is tough to hold off one-on-one, but he often shuts it down or gets eliminated from the play when blocked by more than one lineman. The knee injury he suffered last spring and his overall mobility, which wasn’t necessarily a strong suit prior to this season, will now be an even greater question mark.”