Derek Barnett out of today’s Combine drills with illness

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Former Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett is viewed as a likely first-round pick, but he’s not having a great Combine.

Barnett weighed in at just 259 pounds, smaller than NFL teams look for from a defensive end. And now he’s sick and will not participate in today’s Combine drills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Barnett may still do on-field work on Sunday if he feels better.

In all three of his seasons at Tennessee, Barnett had at least 10 sacks. He had one year of eligibility remaining but decided to leave school early and enter this year’s NFL draft.

7 responses to “Derek Barnett out of today’s Combine drills with illness

  1. It would be fantastic if all the players said: “No, not attending that meat market. Feel free to come see my pro day. I’ll be happy to send you any medical information you desire .”

    The NFL could do nothing if all the potential players refused to subject themselves to this humiliation. The league would have to take these guys anyway. Fodder is needed for the modern gladiator spectacle.

  2. Of course he could be a few pounds lighter because he’s sick.

    I watched this guy play a bunch. He’s damn good and will be a productive pro and very disruptive pass rusher.

  3. I wonder how sick he really is? I wouldn’t do combine at anything less than 100% either

  4. 259 isn’t really that small for a rush DE. The 6’5 275 lb guy who runs a 4.5 (i.e., Myles Garrett) is still the prototype but any number of guys under 260 have been more than effective pass rushers in recent years.

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