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Combine defensive line report


Indianapolis - Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston improved his draft stock during combine workouts.

Gholston (6-3, 266) has been pegged the second best end after Virginia's Chris Long, who could be the first player chosen in the draft. But Gholston looked like the faster and stronger of the two on Monday in the RCA Dome.

The junior ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds and lifted 225 pounds 37 times, tying the record for a defensive end.

Gholston racked up 14 sacks last season and is versatile enough to drop back to play outside linebacker.

"I'm not really uncomfortable with either one of them," Gholston said.

"I love getting after the quarterback and affecting the game that way. But at the end of the day, whatever the team that picks me wants."

{QUOTE}Long (6-3, 272) clocked in at 4.75 seconds in the 40.

"I can see myself fitting in wherever a team wants and needs me to fit in," Long said. "Being versatile is a plus, and I believe I have the capabilities of being versatile at the next level.

"I am going to have to work hard and I'm going to have to make some adjustments. One thing you have to do is check any expectations at the door. I don't expect to play any position or anything like that. I just want to be a football player."

There have been about a fractured tibia that LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey suffered in 2006.

"I know I had a hairline fracture my junior year on my right tibia," Dorsey said. "I'm not sure how the test came out. I have not spoken with anyone about it."

Negative test results could severely damage Dorsey's draft stock.

Defensive line test results

Top five bench press results (reps at 225 lbs)
1. Vernon Gholston, Ohio State (37)
2. Trevor Laws, Notre Dame (35)
3. Ahtyba Rubin, Iowa State (35)
4. Sederick Ellis, USC (34)
5. Nicholas Hayden, Wisconsin (34)

Top five 40-yard dash times (seconds)
1. Marucs Howard, Georgia (4.45)
2. Quentin Groves, Auburn (4.57)
3. Shawn Crable, Michigan (4.64)
4. Vernon Gholston, Ohio State (4.67)
5. Curtis Johnson, Clark Atlanta (4.69)

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