Dueling Devins - All-American LBs Bush, White record blazing 40-yard dashes
The defensive linemen delivered as expected Sunday morning at the Combine but there were some terrific times turned in later in the day among the linebackers, as well.
In fact, NFL Network's Rich Eisen stated that three of the fastest times ever recorded by linebackers came today.
Butkus-Award winning LSU linebacker Devin White narrowly beat out his namesake Devin Bush from Michigan, recording a 4.42 second time in the 40-yard dash moments after the Wolverines' All-American dropped jaws with a 4.44 to top all linebackers in the Combine's marquee event.
Here is the 5-11, 234 pound Bush's first attempt.
And the 6-0, 237 pound White's.
White reacted emotionally after realizing shortly after his run just how well he'd performed.
The exceptional 40-yard dash times came an hour or so after the linebackers competed in the vertical and broad jumps, where Bush recorded a staggering 40.5" and White finished just behind at 39.5" - again, rare numbers for linebackers.
The explosive times and leaps jive with the tape on these two players, with each proving he possesses the straight-line speed considered critical for remaining on the field on all three downs in today's pass-happy NFL -- something begrudgingly acknowledged by Indianapolis Colts' Pro Bowl tight end Eric Ebron.
Texas' Gary Johnson lacks the name recognition of his peers but he was every bit their match in his workout Sunday, clocking in at 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash, himself, and enjoying a terrific positional workout, as well.
He wound up tied with Bush for second behind White after the NFL adjusted their initial times, shaving a hundredth of a second off of the Michigan linebacker's reported mark.
Other linebackers who looked especially good during drills today included Minnesota's Blake Cashman, Notre Dame's Drue Tranquill and a trio from the Pac-12 -- Oregon's Justin Hollins, Utah's Cody Barton and Washington's Ben Burr-Kirven, suggesting that perhaps this year's linebacker corps has been underrated.