February 25, 2009 // College Football

David Bruton Dominates the Combine

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David Bruton made me look pretty smart yesterday.  For the last year or so I’ve said that Bruton would test off the charts and really improve his draft stock at the NFL Combine, and yesterday he did just that.  Bruton, the lone Notre Dame representative at this year’s combine, checked in at the top of the pack in every drill he ran yesterday in Indy and likely helped himself out quite a bit.

david-brutonHere are his numbers from yesterday:

  • 40 Yard Dash : 4.46 – tops amongst safeties
  • 60 Yard Shuttle: 10.96 – tops amongst safeties
  • Broad Jump: 11″ – tops amongst safeties
  • Vertical: 41.5′ – 2nd amongst safeties
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.60 – 2nd amongst safeties

I’d say those results prove that Bruton pretty much owned the combine.  The 3 cone drill time surprised me some because he is a long strider and the 3 cone drill measures change of direction.

The Tampa Bay Bucs site Pewter Power said Bruton was the most impressive safety but still thinks he is a 5th or 6th round pick.

Bruton might have been the most impressive athlete out of the safety group on Tuesday. He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash time, which was third in the defensive back group, posted a 6.60 3-cone drill time (second best out of the safeties) and led the safeties in the vertical (41.5 inches) and broad jump (11’0″). Bruton posted seven interceptions at Notre Dame, including four picks in 2008. He helped his stock tremendously at the combine, but Bruton, who was inconsistent in college, still is projected to be a fifth or sixth round selection.

Sorry, but there is NO way a team with a need at safety lets Bruton out of the 4th round after the numbers he posted at the combine.  The only thing holding back Bruton from being a very high selection is his tackling.  He missed quite a few tackles over the last two seasons as a starter.

My beloved Eagles will likely be looking for a replacement for Brian Dawkins (assuming they resign him) in this draft and I would be thrilled if they could pick up Bruton in the 4th.

Comments to this Article

  • Paul commented on February 25th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Love Bruton!!!! Still scratching my head on how he missed those 2 tackles for TD’s in the Bowl game though. I’m Gonna miss seeing him fly down the field on special teams. Best of luck David.

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  • Bill commented on February 26th, 2009 at 5:19 am

    This kid was an absolute joy to watch at ND. I only wish him the best wherever he ends up. Even if it is in philly.

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  • Jim commented on February 26th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    He fits with the Packers well, Hope they get him.

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  • Bnieves commented on February 27th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Actually Bruton finished second in the 40 yard dash. Chris Clemons from Clemson ran a 4.41. That being said, I still wouldn’t mind seeing Bruton on the Jets or Giants.

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  • Her Loyal Sons » ND Needs to Get A Bit More Draftee commented on February 28th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    [...] As we know from our little study (or from just following the Irish at all), in 2007, the Irish only won 3 games while having 4 eventual 2008 NFL draftees on the roster (3 of them in the first 3 rounds). Pretty pathetic. And now in 2008, ND managed 6 regular season wins and 7 wins in total with only 1 likely 2009 NFL draftee on the roster (David Bruton, projected anywhere from the 2nd to 5th round). [...]

  • Canada loves Notre Dame commented on March 18th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    David Bruton could exactly be a Day 1 pick, thus being said, his tackling skills is what is keeping him out of it and into the 3rd and 4th rd possibilities.

    As a canadian, I would be thrilled if he landed with the bills, since they might move to Toronto in like 5 years.

    Although, he sometimes misses tackles, the ones he doesn’t, and bone crunching!!

    Good luck bruton, ND will miss ya

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  • Josh McDaniels commented on April 26th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    How about playing WITH Dawkins?

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  • Rob commented on April 27th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I play high school ball with David. He will deff. make an impact in the NFL. He is the type of guy that will prove the doubters wrong.

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