Director of Player Personnel Les Snead said Sidbury had the fastest “10″ time at the Combine (the time it takes to run 10 yards in the 40-yard dash). That’s a sign of explosiveness and an ability to attack quarterbacks and running backs near the line of scrimmage.
He was also the leader among defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.64 seconds.
Sidbury, 6-foot-2, 266 lbs., also led Richmond to a national championship in 2008. He finished with 11.5 sacks.
It was while watching highlights of that game on a road trip that some Falcons coaches took a closer look.
“What we’re banking on is trying to get a young player who is from a smaller level competition to pass rush off the edge,” Snead said.
“If you think about it not many people, especially defensive linemen will run a 40-yard dash. They have to be really fast within that 10 yards. They’re 10 yards from the QB; they’re 10 yards from the hashes when they’re running running backs down.”
MORE ON LAWRENCE SIDBURY:
- DRAFTGUYS: Analysis of Sidbury at the Senior Bowl
- AJC: Falcons take Richmond standout in fourth round
- HIGHLIGHTS: Sidbury’s national championship game
- YOUTUBE: Sidbury working in the weight room
- NEWS: Falcons select UR’s Sidbury (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- PHOTOS: Images of the Falcons newest defensive end
- FORUMS: Talk about the selection with other fans
- SNEAD: Director of Player Personnel discusses Sidbury selection
- NEWS: It’s all adding up for Sidbury (The Washington Post)