Pass rushers impress at combine

-Dante Fowler Jr. from Florida, who NFL Network's Mike Mayock lists as his top edge rusher in the draft, turned in a 4.61 40-yard dash and had 19 bench press reps.

-Fowler on what separates him from the other rushers.

"That I can do it all, some linebackers, some defensive end, I can do both," said Fowler. "I can rush really good and I can drop back in coverage. If I want to think I'm a big guy, I like to go out there and mess with the receivers, I can play in the flats and in the curls. I can play everywhere.

"I want teams to know that I'm a coachable guy, that I'm a team player and a fit for their team. I want to be that kind of guy that can play in this league. That I can turn a team and a defense around at the same time, just try to be that guy who can help out in the community and try to be the face of that team one day.''

  • Linebacker Mike Hull, who played at Penn State and Canon McMillan High School in the Pittsburgh area, showed his brute strength with 31 bench press reps.

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  • Also showing his strength was Mayock's fourth-ranked edge pass rusher, Vic Beasley from Clemson. Beasley amazingly had 35 bench press reps and he ran an incredible 4.53 in the 40-yard dash.

"Explosive off the edge, you are born with that," said Mayock.

-Beasley on making the move from DL to OLB:

"Yeah, outside linebacker, defensive end, I'm willing to play either one," said Beasley. "Whatever the team I get picked by and whatever position they want me to play, I'm willing to move wherever they want me to move."

  • NFL Network analyst and former linebacker Willie McGinest on the defensive line/rushers: "I am seeing some explosive, defensive players."
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