NFL combine records to watch


Atlanta Falcons coaches and scouts are in Indianapolis this weekend to get an up close look at the more than 300 prospects at the NFL scouting combine.

Invitees will interview with team officials, take part in testing and physical drills -- including the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and three-cone drills -- designed to evaluate a player’s agility and quickness.

12 key dates in Falcons’ offseason

Teams will use examine the players in order to make their draft selections. The Falcons hold the 31st overall pick in April’s NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Nearly 30 players at the combine have ties to Georgia.

In its 35-year history, the combine has had its share of record moments. Here are the feats of note:

Chris Johnson, a running back at East Carolina, ran the quickest 40-yard sprint at 4.24 seconds in 2008. He was selected 24th overall by the Tennessee Titans. 

Washington receiver John Ross breaks NFL 40 record

Stephen Paea, a defensive tackle at Oregon State, performed 49 reps at 225 pounds during the 2011 combine. He was a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears.

Georgia’s Chris Conley, a wide receiver, set the mark for the vertical jump in 2015, with a leap of 45 inches. He was a third-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Byron Jones, a free safety at Connecticut, set a combine and world record for the standing broad jump by leaping 12-feet, 3-inches in 2015. Jones, who broke the combine record by about 8 inches, was the 27th overall pick in the draft by the Dallas Cowboys. 

3-cone drill

Wide receiver Jeff Maehl, of Oregon, ran around three cones in an L-shape, in a record 6.42 seconds in 2011. Maehl went undrafted. He played two seasons with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles.

Jason Allen, a cornerback at Tennessee (above), and Brandin Cooks, a wide receiver at Oregon State, ran the cone challenge in 3.81 seconds eight years apart. Allen was the 16th overall pick in 2006 by the Miami Dolphins. .

Cooks also set the mark for the 5-15-10 shuttle in 2014 with a time of 10.72 seconds. Cooks was the 20th overall selection in the 2014 draft by the New Orleans Saints.

Five players Falcons must watch at combine


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Falcons

Without Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are historically bad
Without Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are historically bad

Thinking that the Dallas Cowboys just don’t look the same without running back Ezekiel Elliott? It’s true. In some ways, the last three-game stretch is as bad as they’ve ever been in the history of the franchise. “Since Zeke Elliott’s suspension, the Cowboys have scored fewer than 10 points in 3 straight games...
Patriots WR Brandin Cooks lays out plans for his future
Patriots WR Brandin Cooks lays out plans for his future

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks is under contract for two more seasons after joining the Patriots in a trade with the New Orleans Saints earlier this year, but he’s already got plans for his future. Cooks has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Patriots and has expressed a desire to spend the remainder of his career...
Belichick says even Patriots cast-offs are usually good enough for other teams
Belichick says even Patriots cast-offs are usually good enough for other teams

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick knows how to find talent and get production out of almost anyone. Sometimes it seems like the Patriots can take an undrafted rookie or an unproductive vet and turn him into an overnight star like no one else. Belichick knows it. He recently pointed out that even the players they cut or trade are...
Broncos had multiple fights at Thanksgiving practice
Broncos had multiple fights at Thanksgiving practice

On Thursday, there were reports that the Denver Broncos had a heated practice on Thanksgiving Day. Friday, a more detailed report confirmed that there were not just one, but two fights at practice that day. Offensive lineman Connor McGovern and defensive lineman Zach Kerr got into one skirmish and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie...
Campbell has helped improve coverage of opposing tight ends 
Campbell has helped improve coverage of opposing tight ends 

One of the Falcons’ major offseason projects is paying dividends on defense. The Falcons poorly covered tight ends last season and needed to improve. When not in zone coverage, the Falcons have turned to lanky and athletic linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to aid strong safety Keanu Neal in different coverage packages.  Campbell will have...
More Stories