NFL Combine roundup: Which Bruins are rising, falling?

Linebacker Anthony Barr
6’5, 255 lbs, 33 1/2″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands

Barr ran his 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.63 seconds on his two tries — not bad times by any means, but hardly close to the 4.46 he claimed last summer.

Far better was his 6.82-second three-cone drill, the third-best time among linebackers. That number may be a better measure of his pro potential anyway; rarely will a defender be asked to chase someone 40 yards, but short-area quickness and agility is crucial on nearly every play. He only mustered 15 bench reps, though players with longer arms usually don’t perform as well.

Right now, Barr’s top competition to be the first linebacker taken is Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, who has put up similar numbers at the NFL Combine.

“Barr’s a little bit longer,” NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said. “I think (Mack is) more ready to play today.”

Offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo
6’4, 307 lbs, 33 3/8″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands

Su’a-Filo has been one of the NFL Combine’s risers, climbing up to what could be a first-round selection in May. One mock draft actually him going at No. 12 overall, while Barr falls to No. 20. While that still seems improbable at this point, he’s shown enough to be an immediate contributor in the pros.

The versatile lineman ran a 5.04-second 40-yard dash, top-ten at his position. He’s also did well in the 20-yard shuttle, with a 4.33-second showing that put him third among offensive linemen. A two-year Mormon mission set back his strength training — the biggest knock against him now — but SI.com’s Doug Farrar said Su’a-Filo could end up better than Stanford guard David Yankey.

Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt
6’4, 235 lbs, 31 1/4″ arms, 8 3/4″ hands

Zumwalt boosted his profile by knocking out Logan Thomas at the Sun Bowl, and hasn’t done much to hurt his stock since.

His drills were mostly a mixed bag. He ran a pedestrian 4.76-second 40-yard dash, one he was furious with before he even finished (video above). His 3-cone drill (6.99 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.25 seconds) were much better, but not eye-popping.

What will land him on an NFL roster is his motor, one that prompted Senior Bowl coaches to ask him to ease back during practices. His interviews also impressed at least one reporter, and he’s shaping up to be a mid-round pick who could be effective immediately on special teams.

Defensive end Cassius Marsh
6’4, 252 lbs, 32 3/4″ arms, 9 1/2″ hands

Marsh is a tweener who is too small to play defensive end, but might not be fluid enough to move to outside linebacker. Of UCLA’s four NFL Combine participants, he was the only one not invited to the Senior Bowl.

His 14 bench press reps ranked dead last among defensive linemen, and his 40-yard dash was uninspiring at 4.89 seconds. He showed decent explosiveness with a 32-inch vertical and 108-inch broad jump, the former eking into the top 20. Marsh’s best showing was his 7.08-second three-cone cone drill, which would be an elite time for a larger defensive lineman.

Receiver Shaq Evans
6’1, 213 lbs, 32″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands

Evans is a well-rounded player who didn’t put up huge numbers at UCLA, and probably won’t be more than a late-round selection in a deep receivers draft. He did, however, put up some solid if unspectacular performances at the NFL Combine.

He isn’t known for his top-end speed, but managed a 4.51-second 40-yard dash — 0.01 faster than USC’s Marqise Lee. His 11.51-second 60-yard shuttle ranked 11th among receivers, while his 4.21-second 20-yard shuttle and 122-inch broad jump were just inside the top 20.

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  • uclaves

    How many reps did X do on the bench?

  • ProbationU

    Welcome back, Jack. I hope you enjoyed your days off.

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    All falling. Bummer.

    • ProbationU

      These draft experts are always right. I mean, Matt Barkley did go at the end of the 1st round, didn’t he?

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        Moron, this is a ucla football site.

        • CaliGrown

          Well then Why are u here Blow?

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            I love laughing at clowns.

          • SUCC de trop

            Yawn.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            You must be with the old lady again

          • Demosthenes

            Then you must be in front of your mirror, Joe.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            It’s actually you and your family.

          • Demosthenes

            Aww, Joe! After all this time off and that’s your best response? You disappoint me. But then again, I know it’s the best you can do and I applaud you for trying.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Awww, Demo, I mean Marc. Couldn’t you come up with a better name?

          • Demosthenes

            I’m afraid you have me confused with someone else, Joe. And for my purposes this name is exemplary. Take some time and out and read up on my namesake and that may provide you with some insight. But make sure to look up the big words so you understand it all.

          • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

            Joseph Way B. Lowe Normal doesn’t like allusions.

            Illusions — like national selections — are another story.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Not really you’re just as big a jack_ _ _ as he is.

          • Demosthenes

            Well, Joe. That’s a state of being that you are intimately familiar with so I will defer to your expertise.

    • SUCC de trop

      Joey I believe Shag is faster than Lee.

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        Sucky, I believe Lee will be drafted BEFORE shag.

        • SUCC de trop

          But Kornwhole, count on Lee washing out of the NFL as a huge Alligator arms bust years before Shaq retires from an outstanding NFL career.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            With more money than you and shuck.

          • SUCC de trop

            Joey b Racist. The Kornwhole chronicles live on.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            What time are you picking Sam up?

          • SUCC de trop

            Right after you finish spit shining UCLA’s 11 BB NC trophies. SUCC 1 – 13 in Pac 12 competition.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Finished shining the NC FB trophy in less than a minute. See your soon, my NEW friend.

          • SUCC de trop

            No dogs allowed in my ride.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            I’ll get your wife out of your car when I pick you and Barry1817 up for coffee this morning. See ya buddy.

        • Demosthenes

          But significantly after Barr, I expect.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Wanna bet?

          • Demosthenes

            Please, Joe. There’s one thing being a homer and then there’s just being obtuse about it. Lowest Barr goes is 11 and that’s before Mike Evans who goes before Lee. Don’t throw your money away.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            It’s your money I’d be throwing……up in the air.

          • Demosthenes

            You would definitely be throwing up, maybe not “in the air” but certainly in some projectile fashion after all the tippling you’re doing.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            You keep confusing me with your wife.

          • Demosthenes

            Joe, I am now thinking that you have more than just an alcohol problem as your threads start to make less and less sense the further we go.

    • Demosthenes

      But none as precipitously as Monsieur Barkley fell last year. Didn’t he break an ankle from that fall?

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        Are you drinking again? Who’s Barkley? What position was he on our team?

        • Demosthenes

          Not “our” team, but rather your team. And I can completely understand why you would want to erase that painful memory.

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Get off the booze. If don’t your own team, you shouldn’t comment.

          • Demosthenes

            “If don’t your own team”??? LOL And who’s tipping back the bottle, Joe?

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Try AA. If you wear your powder blue 36 T, you get a swig from a flask.

          • Demosthenes

            That’s the typically low class response I would expect from you. I expect that’s why you wear the red and gold 32.

  • commentar

    How many F Bombs can you say in 4.76 secs. Draft him Buffalo!

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    My buddy here, Barry1817, agree that we are not doing well at the Combine.