Josh Kendall

February 23, 2013

NFL Combine notebook: Devin Taylor may perform LB drills

Former South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor might perform linebacker drills for NFL teams here this week.

Josh Kendall

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Former South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor might perform linebacker drills for NFL teams here this week.

The 6-foot-7, 262-pound Taylor has talked to teams that play both a 4-3 and a 3-4 defense. The 3-4 teams could put him at outside linebacker, he said. He began doing linebacker drills while preparing for the Combine at CES in Atlanta.

“It feels a little bit awkward because I am so tall, but otherwise it feels normal,” he said.

Taylor had 45 tackles and three sacks this year. His wingspan measured 87 inches and his arms measured 36 inches Saturday. He will perform his on-field workouts here Monday. He believes he will be drafted between the second and fifth rounds, he said.

“I guess it depends on what I am doing here,” he said.

Starting over

At SEC Media Days in July, Arkansas running back Knile Davis made the case that he, not South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, was the best back in the conference. The pair, who are friendly and communicate via text, good-naturedly agreed to settle the issue on the field. The season didn’t go the way either planned.

While Lattimore tore three ligaments, including the ACL, in his right knee against Tennessee, Davis had 112 carries for 377 yards because of a foot injury. Both players are here this week trying to make a fresh start.

“I would say we have something to prove,” Davis said. “I really need to show that the speed is there, the strength is there and that the medicals check out. I am anxious to work out.”

Davis texted Lattimore after his injury to offer support, he said.

“He was in good spirits,” Davis said. “That’s the kind of guy he is, a motivated guy. He’s just a great guy, man, and I am pulling for him.”

Famous company

Lattimore is keeping famous company during his rehabilitation at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. One of his frequent workout partners is Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who also is a patient of Dr. James Andrews.

“I see him every day,” Lattimore said. “He’s a great guy, great person. You see why he’s so good. He’ll be ready.”

Morale boost

One of Lattimore’s biggest cheerleaders since his knee injury has been former teammate Alshon Jeffery, Lattimore said. Jeffery calls or texts Lattimore every day, and he texted him Friday morning to wish Lattimore luck at the Combine.

“He’s been great,” Lattimore said.

Jeffery just finished his rookie season with the Chicago Bears.

Big day

Ace Sanders and the rest of the wide receivers here will have their on-field workouts Sunday. For Sanders, showing he has the speed and quickness to compensate for his 5-foot-7 height will be key, and he believes his shuttle drill times will be more important than his 40-yard dash.

“Quick twitch is what they usually call it,” Sanders said. “I just call it instinct.”

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