DeMeco was the superior prospect coming out. SEC Defensive player of the year his final year in college and All American. He was also about 10 lbs bigger.
In the underwear olympics he ran slightly slower than To’o To’o (4.67 vs 4.62) but was more more explosive in vertical (39” vs 32”) and broad jump (10’9” vs 9’8”). DeMeco’s vertical would have been 1st at this year’s combine among LBs and broad jump would have tied for 1st.
DeMeco’s 20 yd shuttle of 4.17 would have ranked 1st among LBs at this year’s combine as well. To’o To’o ran 4.40.
None of this is meant to tear down To’o To’o, but just to remind people just how good a prospect DeMeco was and why he immediately became a factor in the NFL (DROY).
I did not realize DeMeco had tiny hands (8.63”) and arms were smaller (31.38”). To’o To’o has much larger hands (10.25”) and arms (32.25”) which will help with block deconstruction. I have written about here in the past about the success rates of LBs and arm length. The number of LBs with sub 32” arm length that have successful NFL careers is quite small. DeMeco is an anomaly in this regard.
NFL Scouting Combine and Pro Day scores, percentiles and metrics for DeMeco Ryans, OLB, Alabama.
Henry Too Too - ILB - Alabama - 2023 Draft Scout/NCAA College Football