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March 10, 2008
Slimmed down Groves works out for scouts

A decidedly slimmer Quentin Groves worked out for pro scouts – including 49ers GM Scot McCloughan – today on a sunny 65-degree day at Auburn University. Groves, a defensive end who likely will play linebacker in the NFL, weighed in at 249 pounds after reportedly weighing 259 at last month’s combine. Groves said he had been battling the flu last week.

Groves decided to rest on his impressive combine stats in all categories save the vertical jump. He had a ho hum 29 ½-inch leap in February. He improved that to a more-than-acceptable 35-inch leap today. NFL evaluators take all these measurements with a grain of salt. But for someone like Groves, who is expected to be a pass rusher at the next level, they’ll look at three drills that measure his explosiveness: 1. vertical leap, 2. broad jump, 3. bench press. Groves had a very impressive 30 reps on the bench press last month and leaped 10 feet at the combine. He also ran the 40 in 4.57 seconds

Let’s compare those numbers to other first-round draft picks who are playing outside linebacker in the NFL.

Shawne Merriman
12th overall 2005
6-4, 272
bench: 25
vert.: 40
broad: 10-1
40-yard: 4.64

DeMarcus Ware
11th overall 2005
6-4, 251
bench: 27
vert. 38 ½
broad: 10-2
40-yard: 4.56

Manny Lawson
22nd overall 2006
6-5, 241
bench 23
vert. 39 ½
broad: 10-4
40-yard: 4.43

Anthony Spencer
26th overall 2007
6-3, 261
bench: 30
vert. 32 ½
broad 9-4
40: 4.7

Some of you also have been interested in Auburn DT Pat Sims. Here are his pro-day numbers:
Weight: 305
vert.: 29 1/2, 30 1/2
broad jump: 7-9, 7-11
bench: DNP
40-yard: DNP
short shuttle: 4.80
three-cone: 7.67

source: Auburn University

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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