Lackluster combine for Lynch, Mims
Fortunately for Aaron Lynch and Tevin Mims, defensive linemen typically aren't required to sprint 40 yards upfield or bench press a quarterback on a given play.
Otherwise, their respective NFL Draft outlooks might really be bleak.
From a workout perspective, neither of the former USF defensive ends regaled scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine that wrapped up Tuesday in Indianapolis. Most results can be found at NFL.com.
According to the site, Mims (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds, finishing 21st among the 42 defensive linemen who participated. Lynch, the only Bulls underclassman on the 2013 team to declare early for the draft, did not run.
A representative from Morgan Advisory Group, which is representing Lynch (6-5, 249), couldn't be reached Tuesday evening. Lynch also didn't participate in the vertical jump; Mims jumped 27.5 inches (tied for 35th out of 43).
Elsewhere, Mims managed 17 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, one fewer than Lynch. The two were among only nine defensive linemen to bench fewer than 20 reps.
If those results weren't sobering enough, the individual analyses on Mims and Lynch from Pro Football Weekly senior editor Nolan Nawrocki are pretty scathing.
Both have a chance to enhance their draft stock at USF's annual Pro Day on March 10.