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.

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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. 

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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.

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