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Long, Gholston show why they're the top defensive linemen

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay has the buzz from Day 5 of the NFL combine, including Chris Long and Vernon Gholston solidified their spots as the top defensive linemen.

Originally Published: February 25, 2008
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The top two defensive ends, Virginia's Chris Long and Ohio State's Vernon Gholston, cashed in at this year's NFL scouting combine.

The position-specific drills were where Long did his best work, showing outstanding body control, fluid hips and sound technique. While Long's 40-yard dash time of 4.78 seconds is hardly jaw-dropping, it is competitive for a 6-foot-3, 272-pound end, especially considering his 10-yard split was among the best at his position. Long's 34-inch vertical and 10-feet-4-inch broad jumps also ranked among the top-three defensive linemen.

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AP Photo/Michael ConroyVernon Gholston turned in the top overall performance in Monday's drills at the NFL combine.
While Long is the better all-around prospect, Gholston unquestionably turned in the most spectacular overall combine workout on Monday, including all defensive linemen and linebackers.