East Carolina filled with defensive line prospects

A pair of Pirates defensive linemen are quickly moving up draft boards. The best indication of defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Jay Ross‘ rising stature may be that 10 defensive line coaches were among the 31 team representatives in attendance at East Carolina’s pro day on March 25.

Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes ran the drills, and Joseph and Ross also worked out for the Eagles individually on Wednesday.

The pro day, which took place outdoors on grass in slightly windy conditions, featured five notable prospects.

Joseph (6-foot-4 1/4, 319 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds with the wind, 5.16 seconds against the wind, had a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.52-second short shuttle, a 7.62-second three-cone drill and stood on his bench press number from the NFL Scouting Combine. He was very good in drills.

Ross (6-2 7/8, 302) ran the 40 in 4.99 seconds with the wind, 5.16 seconds against the wind, had an 8-1 broad jump, a 4.56 short shuttle, a 7.67 three-cone drill and was outstanding in drills.

DE C.J. Wilson (6-2 7/8, 288) had a 4.50 short shuttle, a 7.65 three-cone drill and stood on his 40-yard dash, broad jump and bench press from the combine.

DE Scotty Robinson (6-4 1/8, 275) ran the 40 in 5.12 with the wind, and 5.10 against the wind, had a 30-inch vertical, a 9-3 broad, a 4.70 short shuttle, a 7.59 three-cone drill and did 27 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds.

P Matthew Dodge (6-1 3/8, 229) has a chance to get selected late in the draft, and had a 34-inch vertical, a 9-6 broad jump and 23 bench press reps.

Gil Brandt

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