Defenders stand out at West Virginia pro day

Bears coach Lovie Smith, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert were among the representatives of 29 teams on hand to observe West Virginia’s pro day on March 16. Several linebacker coaches, defensive back coaches and defensive-line coaches were also there.

Najee Goode, LB, (6-foot-1/2, 243 pounds) — Goode stood on his times from the NFL Scouting Combine, though he did run the short shuttle, clocking in at 4.35 seconds. He worked out as both a linebacker and defensive back, and should go in one of the later rounds of the draft.

Bruce Irvin, DE, (6-3 3/8, 248) — Irvin had a very good workout. He had great explosion off the ball. He was worked out as both a pass-rusher — which is probably where he’ll be most likely to succeed in the NFL — and as a linebacker.

Cody Nutter, LS, (6-3 3/8, 243) — One long snapper seems to be drafted every year; Nutter looks very good. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.00 and 4.92 seconds. He notched a 31-1/2-inch vertical, a 9-foot-2 broad jump, a 4.46-second short shuttle, a 7.19-second three-cone, and did 20 strength lifts. He gets the ball back quickly, and is very accurate on both short snaps (to the placekicker) and long snaps (to the punter).

Keith Tandy, DB, (5-10 1/4, 197) — Tandy ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.51 seconds. He had a 35-inch vertical, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.29-second short shuttle and a 6.91-second three-cone. He also did 16 strength lifts. Tandy did very well in his position workout, and will probably be drafted in the fifth round.

Julian Miller, DE, (6-3 3/8) — Miller ran the 40 in 4.92 and 4.86 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical, a 9-9 broad jump, a 4.41-second short shuttle and a 7.23-second three-cone. He also did 19 strength lifts, and has long arms (34 inches). The pass-rusher will probably be a priority free agent.

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