Kerrigan shows why he could be first-round steal

If you didn’t know already, this is a deep draft class along the defensive line. So finding a good one shouldn’t be too difficult.

That being said, since Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan is rated below many of the same players at his position, whoever ends up with him in the middle to late first round could wind up with a steal of a pick.

Kerrigan (6-foot-4, 274 pounds) proved that on March 11 at the Boilermakers’ pro day with a solid workout in front of 23 teams indoors on FieldTurf.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen was on hand to work out Kerrigan. Surprise, surprise, Pat Kirwan, in his latest mock draft, has Kerrigan going to Jacksonville with the 16th pick. He might be on to something.

That would be a great value for the Jaguars, who could use a good edge rusher. Kerrigan led the Big Ten last season in combined hurries and knockdowns with 24.5, two ahead of Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt, one of the players generally rated ahead of him. Kerrigan is a guy who makes things happen.

Other notables to work out:

OLB Jason Werner (6-3 5/8) — He ran 4.50 seconds twice in the 40-yard dash, 4.39 in the short shuttle and 6.80 in the 3-cone drill. He had a 31-inch vertical and a 9-9 broad jump, and completed 28 bench-press repetitions at 225 pounds. He did position workouts.

TE Kyle Adams (6-4 ¾, 257) — He ran 4.85 and 4.83 40s, 4.35 short shuttle and 7.10 3-cone drill. … He had a 33-inch vertical and a 10-2 broad jump, and he did 24 strength lifts.

RB Dan Dierking (5-9 ¼, 194) — He ran 40s of 4.53 and 4.55, a 4.19 short shuttle and a 6.84 3-cone drill. He had a 33-inch vertical and a 9-6 broad jump, and he completed an impressive 31 bench presses. He is an outstanding special teams player.

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