Pierre-Louis, Smith are the only linebackers faster than Clowney
It goes without saying that former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the fastest defensive lineman at the Scouting Combine. He was also only two-hundredths of a second away from tying the fastest linebacker.
Only two linebackers ran faster than Clowney’s official time of 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash: Kevin Pierre-Louis of Boston College (4.51) and Telvin Smith of Florida State (4.52).
Freak athletes like Clowney who can run a 4.53-second 40 at 266 pounds just don’t come around very often, so it’s unsurprising that the two linebackers who are faster than Clowney are a whole lot smaller than him. Pierre-Louis weighed in at 232 pounds, while Smith is a safety-sized 218 pounds.
Smith’s speed makes him a likely special teams contributor, but he probably can’t hold up as an NFL linebacker unless he adds some size. Smith was also only a starter for one season at Florida State. Pierre-Louis, on the other hand, was a four-year starter at Boston College and looks like the type of player who should be able to contribute to an NFL defense as a rookie.
Both Pierre-Louis and Smith looked very good in the 40 today. But no one looked as good as Clowney.