Zavier Gooden, Missouri: Gooden scorched the field in the 40 at 4.47 seconds, fastest of all linebackers. His bench press mark of 27 reps was also a top-five result at the position. During drills, Gooden was smooth changing direction and the ability to quickly transition from his reverse backpedal to a straight-line burst was impressive. He's not a classic pass-rushing linebacker rather a potential three-down weak-side prospect effective pursuing the run or covering the pass.
Gerald Hodges, Penn State: Hodges started slowly with a 4.78 in the 40. He looked significantly quicker in the exercises. Hodges was outstanding during coverage drills, possibly the best of the group. He got terrific depth on drops and never dropped a pass. His change of direction was smooth, and Hodges was fast moving to all areas of the field. He's another three-down, weak-side linebacker with starting potential.
Jon Bostic, Florida: He leaves the combine as the top performing middle-linebacker prospect. He was fast in the 40, timing 4.61 seconds at 245 pounds, and then looked terrific in drills. Bostic translated his 40 speed onto the field during drills, looking swift in both pass-rushing and coverage exercises. Most impressive was the way Bostic moved laterally at the same pace he moved in a straight line. He's ascended into the middle rounds and is now getting consideration from 3-4 and 4-3 defenses.
Sio Moore, Connecticut: Add Moore to the list of fast, athletic linebackers who performed well at the combine Monday. He ran 4.65 in the 40 and was had 29 reps on the bench. Both rate as top-five results at the position. He was exceptionally quick in drills, displaying outstanding footwork and the ability to instantaneously move sideline-to-sideline. Moore showed terrific balance throughout the workout and displayed a tremendous burst of speed.
Cornelius Washington, Georgia: Washington stood head and shoulders above all other pass-rushing, 3-4 linebacker prospects. His 40 time of 4.55 is even more impressive when factoring in his 265-pound frame. His 36 reps on the bench was evidence of his strength. Washington later showed a terrific straight-line burst of speed and the ability to bend, then change direction, in pass-rushing drills. He struggled moving in reverse and needs work on his coverage skills, but Washington's athleticism was impressive.