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Recapping the Best Combine Performances of All Time

View photos of current 49ers players taking on football drills during their time at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Each year there's an abundance of incoming talent primed to set standards and break records placed by their NFL predecessors.

Ahead of the 2018 NFL Combine, it's time to dig into the history books and take a look at past combine record-breaking performances dating back to 2006, and which prospects to keep your eye on this week.

40-yard Dash


Prospect to Watch:**

CB Donte Jackson, LSU

"Jackson, a sprinter on the LSU track team, ran a 10.22 100 meters at the 2017 SEC Relays and said he's run as fast as a 4.24 in the 40s," Bruce Feldman of stated. "That makes him the best chance for this class to give John Ross's 4.22 combine record a run."

Bench Press

Prospect to Watch:

G Braden Smith, Auburn

"Here's hoping the 6'6", 303-pounder will break the combine record in the bench press. The reason? He's making a donation to Autism Speaks for every bench press rep that he does at the combine," Feldman noted. "Smith can put up 500 pounds on the bench, but he's also got pretty nifty wheels."

Vertical Jump


Prospect to Watch:**

DB Derwin James, Florida State

"When I spoke to James last summer, he was at 222 pounds with a 41-inch vertical, could bench press 450 and power clean 360. It'll be very interesting to see the kinds of numbers James puts up across the board in Indy," Feldman noted.

Broad Jump

Prospect to Watch:

TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State

"A former high school basketball and volleyball star, the 6'6", 252-pound Gesicki was a matchup nightmare for defenses and will be one of the most explosive athletes in Indy. At Penn State, he vertical jumped 37.5 inches and has broad jumped a ridiculous 10'11", one inch more than Barkley's best last year," Feldman stated.

3-cone Drill


Prospect to Watch:**

DL Kentavius Street, NC State

"Bradley Chubb is the Wolfpack D-lineman that will get most of the attention in Indy—and he is a special talent bound for the first round—but Street is the biggest Freak," Feldman said. "He's also the most flexible guy in the NC State program according to strength coach Dantonio Burnette."

20-yard Shuffle

Prospect to Watch:

RB Saquon Barley, Penn State

"The nation's best all-around running back will top just about every category for his position group in Indy this week if he can replicate his best testing results from college, which are competitive with the 2017 combine's top finishers," Feldman noted. "His best 20-yard shuttle time—4.00—is much quicker than the 4.18 produced by the the quickest running back at the 2017 combine, Kentucky's Boom Williams, and his 30 reps on the bench matched Samaje Perine's bar-setting result last year." 60-yard Shuffle

Prospect to Watch:

OT Connor Williams, Texas

"He should turn heads in the position drills because of his flexibile hips, but he also could approach the 4.55 shuttle time that Broncos first-rounder Garett Bolles produced last year and shine in the 40, broad and vertical jumps," Feldman said.


Live coverage of the 2018 NFL Combine begins at 6 a.m. PT on March 2 on and will continue through March 5.

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