At the last day of the NFL Scouting Combine, two local athletes delivered strong performances in Indianapolis. Between cornerbacks Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murrary, the University of Minnesota was represented in the top performers of each event.
Murray placed in the top five among cornerbacks in the vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle. He earned All-Big Ten honors in 2014 (second-team) and in 2015 (third-team). As a senior, Murray recorded 66 tackles, 4.0 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, three forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Boddy-Calhoun, a junior, tied for 12th among cornerbacks in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.47 seconds. Boddy-Calhoun received All-Big Ten accolades in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, league media voted him first-team All-Conference just one season after tearing his left ACL. In 2015, Boddy-Calhoun recorded four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown, garnering a third-team All-Conference nod from the media.
The draft prospects participated in a variety of drills that include the following: 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle.
The 40-yard dash measures pure straight-line speed and is tailored toward skill positions such as running backs, wide receivers and cornerbacks.
Agility drills such as the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drills help gauge linebackers and safeties. The 225-pound bench press and broad jump can help with assessments of offensive and defensive linemen to measure strength and explosiveness.
Auburn cornerback Jonathan Jones finished with the fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.33 seconds, followed by Purdue cornerback Anthony Brown, who recorded a 4.35. Jones and Brown tied for second place in the bench press, each completing 19 reps.
Florida State's highly touted Jalen Ramsey led his position group in both the vertical jump (41.5 inches) and the broad jump (11 feet, 3 inches) and placed second in the 60-yard shuttle (11.10 seconds). NFL.com put together the chart below that demonstrates the target numbers for each combine drill based on player position (scroll below for top five performances by wide receivers in each drill):
Here were the top wide receiver performances at the combine:
- Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn, 4.33 seconds
- Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue, 4.35
- William Jackson III, CB, Houston, 4.37
(tied) Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M, 4.37
- Kevon Seymour, CB, USC, 4.39
- Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State, 4.40
Bench press (225 pounds)
- Sean Davis, CB, Maryland, 21 reps
- Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue, 19
(tied) Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State, 19
(tied) Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn, 19
(tied) Jimmy Pruitt, CB, San Jose State, 19
(tied) Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma, 19
- Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central, 18
(tied) Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M, 18
- Keivarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame, 17
(tied) D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech, 17
- James Bradberry, CB, Samford, 16
(tied) Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia, 16
- Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State, 41.5 inches
- DeAndre Elliott, CB, Colorado State, 41
- Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota, 39.5
- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida, 39
- De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M, 38.5
- Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State, 11 feet, 3 inches
- D.J. White, CB, Georgia Tech, 11-0
- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida, 10-10
- Deiondre' Hall, CB, Northern Iowa, 10-7
- Sean Davis, CB, Maryland, 10-6
- Sean Davis, CB, Maryland, 6.64 seconds
- Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama, 6.71
- Tavon Young, CB, Temple, 6.80
- De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M, 6.82
- Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M, 6.85
- Tavon Young, CB, Temple, 3.93 seconds
- DeAndre Elliott, CB, Colorado State, 3.94
- Sean Davis, CB, Maryland, 3.97
- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida, 3.98
- Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota, 4.05
- Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia, 10.87 seconds
- Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State, 11.10
- LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah, 11.18
(tied) Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central, 11.18
- Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue, 11.19
(tied) Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota, 11.19
- Tavon Young, CB, Temple, 11.26