2022 NFL Scouting Combine results: Aidan Hutchinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux headline Day 3 as LBs, DL compete

The defense took the field Saturday on the third day of the NFL Scouting Combine. The scouting event comes to an end Sunday with the defensive backs and special teams. Those prospects have a difficult act to follow after the defensive line and linebackers lived up to every bit of the hype. 

Georgia steals the show

Defensive tackle Jordan Davis stole the show early running a 4.78 seconds 40-yard dash. He followed that up with a 10-foot-3-inch broad jump and a 32-inch vertical jump; both of which were the best among combine performers at 340-plus pounds all-time. His teammate, Devonte Wyatt, was also stellar. The second group of defensive linemen took the field and the buzz continued to build. Edge rusher Travon Walker clocked a 4.51 seconds 40-yard dash. He showed off a chiseled frame and great movement skills working through the bags. If that wasn’t enough, Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson II, a Georgia transfer, also tested very well and likely cemented his claim as a first-round pick. 

Walker’s combination of performance and size likely ensures that he does not make it out of the top 10 in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Giants and Jets stand out as two teams that could be in the mix. 

The Georgia linebackers continued uplifting the Bulldogs program with strong performances from Channing Tindall and Quay Walker. Nakobe Dean did not compete. 

Edge rusher depth on full display

For the teams that miss out of Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux and now Walker, there will be no shortage of options for teams in need of an edge rusher. Eight prospects in total ran under a 4.6 seconds 40-yard dash, including Walker and Thibodeaux. Ole Miss’ Sam Williams, Minnesota’s Boye Mafe, Michigan’s David Ojabo and many others fit the profile of impact players in the NFL. 

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Thank you all for tuning into our coverage of Saturday’s Combine events. We will have more coverage tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET when the defensive backs and special teams take the field on the final day!

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Update: Still didn’t hit my prediction on Brian Asamoah running in the 4.40s… but his official was much faster than his two unofficial attempts — he ran 4.56, still a little slow based on what I saw on film and for him weighing 228 pounds

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Surely these linebackers aren’t going to go until 10 p.m. ET. It feels as though they’ve been on the field a long time. 

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Much better coverage drill there from Chad Muma than the first run-through. He was a top 3 LB for me before combine. Stud against the run an excels in coverage. 

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Awesome coverage drill there from Nephi Sewell. Think the genetics are pretty good in that family. 

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There’s the explosiveness that’s clear to see on film from Tindall… 42-inch vertical and 10-9 broad jump

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Watching Tindall’s career at Georgia was bizarre. Always flashed. But barely played because of all the talent around him. Georgia will probably have three LBs picked inside the top 100 in this draft class. Could even be Top 75. Bananas. 

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Interesting graphic with Devin Lloyd next to Fred Warner and Darius Leonard. Shows that the slower time may not be of a major worry for him. Although I don’t believe he covers as well as Warner or Leonard did in college. 

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Drake Jackson is arguably the most fascinating under-the-radar rusher in this class. Was listed at like 240 at USC, looked super-spindly on tape but incredibly bend with insane burst off the snap. There was a report he was up to 270. Was 254 today. Very smooth athlete with big-time upside. Long arms too. 

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Troy Andersen making himself some money tonight. Burned up the 40-yard dash and looking smooth early in these on-field drills.

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Brian Asamoah putting on a clinic in the lateral movement drill. Checks out on tape.

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OK, Devin Lloyd plays faster than 4.71 and Channing Tindall plays faster than mid 4.50s. 

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Why did Myjai Sanders run if he wasn’t feeling well? 

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Jermaine Johnson’s barber/hairstylist gets a first-round grade for me

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Brian Asamoah… big disappointment for me. He looked like a 4.40-something guy to me but looks like will be somewhere in the 4.60s officially. Flies on the field. 

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My guy Quay Walker running a 4.59 at 241.

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Lloyd looks like a rocket on the film, but even if he’s officially in the high 4.60s, that’ll send a lot of people back to the film on him, and could ultimately sink him to the back portions of Round 1

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Totally missed this… Devin Lloyd at 4.71 is no bueno

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Another one of those EDGEs working with the LBs.

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4.57 for Mafe. Top 60 prospect for me based on 2020 film and he’s only gotten better.

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Mafe is a dude — ascending rusher and now we know he’s a sub 4.60 guy at his weight

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Do we know why Jermaine Johnson didn’t just workout with the DLs? I mean, this happens with a few prospects every year, but it’s still weird.

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Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson II has done as much for himself since the season has ended as any prospect in the draft. 4.58u 40 just now. 

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I did not see a 4.57 from Chenal coming… looks like a thick, throwback linebacker on film

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Leo Chenal runs a 4.57 40-yard dash. I’m expecting Channing Tindall and Quay Walker to run fast.

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4.41

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Oh, no. Troy Andersen. We are going to start with a bang.

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