NFL combine records to watch


Atlanta Falcons coaches and scouts are in Indianapolis this weekend with their sights on at least five 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 26th overall pick in April’s NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas.

In is three decades, the combine has had its share of record moments. Here are the feats of note:

40-yard dash

John Ross, a wide receiver from Washington, ran the quickest 40-yard sprint since 2008 last year. His 4.22, 40 narrowly beat Chris Johnson’s 4.24 time. Ross was selected 9th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. 

(Electronic timing wasn’t introduced at the combine until 1999. Before than various sub-4.22 times were recorded.)

More to combine than 40-yard dash times

Bench press

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.

Vertical jump

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.

Broad jump

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.

20-yard shuttle

Jason Allen, a cornerback at Tennessee, 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 was the 20th overall selection in the 2014 draft by the New Orleans Saints.

60-yard shuttle

Shelton Gibson, a wide receiver from West Virginia, set the mark for the 5-15-10 shuttle in 2017 with a time of 10.71 seconds. He was a fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.


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