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ASU alum Derek Newton shines at NFL Combine Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS (SportingNews.com) — After tight ends and offensive linemen went through drills and tests Saturday — the first big workout day at the Scouting Combine — here are the players who made good and bad impressions:

Good impressions

Arkansas State OT Derek Newton. We expected Newton to look good, and he delivered. He has excellent bulk and ran one of the fastest 40 times at 5.01. He did a nice job of maintaining balance and leverage during drills.

Arkansas TE D.J. Williams. Williams looked very athletic and showed the suddenness in his breaks that NFL personnel love to see in tight ends. He was also very consistent plucking the ball away from his body.

Florida Atlantic TE Rob Housler. A big, muscular specimen, Housler looks the part of an NFL tight end. On the field he ran good routes but seemed to fight the ball a bit with his hands.

Bad impressions

Arkansas OT/G DeMarcus Love. Even though he played primarily left tackle at Arkansas, he continues to look more like a guard. Love showed terrible footwork in the kick-slide drill and struggled to maintain his balance during his workout.

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