Top Performers at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine

Hundreds of NFL hopefuls flocked to Indianapolis last week with one goal in mind – to elevate their draft stock in front of all 32 clubs. Now that the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine has come to a close, here’s a look back at some of the standouts in each drill as well as other headlines coming out of Indy.

40-yard dash

All-time Record: John Ross, WR, Washington - 4.22 (2017)

Best of 2019 : Zedrick Woods, S, Mississippi - 4.29

Woods, a three-year starter for the Rebels, recorded 79 tackles two interceptions, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 2018.

Other Top Performers:

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Player School 40-yard Dash
CB Jamel Dean Auburn 4.30
WR Parris Campbell Ohio State 4.31
WR Andy Isabella Massachusetts 4.31

Bench Press

All-time Record: Stephen Paea, DL, Oregon State - 49 reps (2011)

Best of 2019: Iosua Opeta, OL, Weber State - 39 reps

Opeta played both guard and tackle at Weber State and served as team captain in 2018. He was a consensus All-American in 2017 and 2018 and appeared in every game over the last three seasons for the Wildcats. His 39 reps on the bench are the second-most by an offensive linemen in combine history behind David Molk in 2012 (41).

Other Top Performers:

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Player School Bench Press
DL Dexter Lawrence Clemson 36 reps
DL Albert Huggins Clemson 35 reps

Vertical Jump

All-time Record: Chris Conley, WR, Georgia - 45.0" (2015)

Best of 2019: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia - 44”

Thornhill’s draft stock could be on the rise following an impressive outing in Indianapolis last week. He performed will in the broad jump (leading all defensive backs) and ran a 4.42 40-yard dash time that ranked fifth among safeties in this year’s class. Thornhill earned first-team all-conference honors in 2018 and led Virginia with 98 total tackles and six interceptions (tied for third in the FBS) and seven passed defensed.

Other Top Performers:

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Player School Vertical Jump
WR Miles Boykin Notre Dame 43.5"
WR Emanuel Hall Missouri 43.5"
CB Ken Webster Mississippi 43.0"

Broad Jump

All-time Record: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut - 12’3 (2015)

Best of 2019: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri - 11’9

Hall only played in nine games with seven starts in 2018 due to a groin injury. He caught 37 passes for 828 yards and six touchdowns last season and was named Second-Team All-SEC. According to his NFL draft profile, Hall’s 22.4 yards per reception in 2018 would have ranked second in the FBS if he played enough games to qualify. Hall added to his already-standout combine performance with a 4.39-second 40-yard dash time and a 43.5-inch vertical jump, tied for the top mark at the wide receiver position.

Other Top Performers:

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Player School Board Jump
S Juan Thornhill Virginia 11'9
WR Miles Boykin Notre Dame 11'8
S Marvell Tell USC 11'4

3 Cone Drill

All-time Record: Jordan Thomas, TE, Mississippi State - 6.28 (2018)

Best of 2019: David Long, CB, Michigan 6.46

Long earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors in 2018 where he appeared in 13 games (all starts) and made 17 tackles, eight passes defended and an interception. Long was also a top performer in the 40-yard dash (4.45 seconds) and the vertical jump (39.5").

Other Top Performers:

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Player School 3 Cone Drill
S Marvell Tell USC 6.63
QB Easton Stick North Dakota State 6.65

20-yard Shuffle

All-time Record: Jason Allen, CB, Tennessee - 3.81 (2006)

Best of 2019: David Long, CB, Michigan – 3.97

Other Top Performers:

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Player School 20-yard Shuffle
S Taylor Rapp Washington 3.99
S Marvell Tell USC 4.01

60-yd shuffle

All-time Record: Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia - 10.71 (2017)

Best of 2019: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington – 11.33

Rapp was a three-year starter that totaled 168 tackles, seven interceptions, six passed defended and three fumble recoveries during his time at Washington. Rapp earned the Pac-12 Championship Defensive MVP, Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and was named All-American in his freshman year.

Other Top Performers:

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Player School 60-yard Shuttle
DL Maxx Crosby Eastern Michigan 11.35
WR Hunter Renfrow Clemson 11.39
WR Cody Thompson Toledo 11.39

Other Notable Performances

  • Six-foot-three, 228-pound receiver DK Metcalf out of Ole Miss ran a blazing 4.33-second 40-yard dash and posted 27 bench reps.
  • Projected top-five pick Quinnen Williams clocked a 4.83-second 40-yard dash, the fourth-fastest time by a 300-plus pound defensive lineman at the combine since 2003.
  • Standing 6-foot-6, 260-pounds, Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat ran a striking 4.41-second 40-yard dash. His time marks the fastest 40 ever run by a defensive lineman at the combine and would have ranked him in the top three of running backs and the top 10 of wide receivers.
  • Quarterback Kyler Murray did not work out for the NFL Combine, but he managed to improve his draft stock by officially measuring in at 5-foot-10 1/8 and 207 pounds. His measurables led to many national pundits considering the Sooners’ quarterback as the potential No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.
  • Some draft analysts have pegged Michigan star Rashan Gary to the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 2 overall pick. He helped his cause by posting a 4.58-second 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical jump. His 10-foot broad jump also ranked second among d-linemen.

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