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Workout Warriors: Quarterbacks

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Quarterbacks had their chance to impress all 32 NFL teams at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. 

They participated in on-field drills Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium and are part of more than 300 draft-eligible prospects being evaluated.

Draft prospects partake in a variety of drills that include the following: 40-yard dash, 225-pound bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill. Some also do the 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.

Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time for the quarterbacks class with 4.56 seconds. Driskel also placed first in the broad jump with 10 feet, 2 inches.

North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz finished in the top three for the 40-yard dash (4.78 seconds), the broad jump (9 feet, 10 inches) and the 3-cone drill (6.86 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 quarterbacks in each drill):

Here were the top quarterback performances at the combine:

40-yard dash

  1. Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech, 4.56 seconds
  1. Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU, 4.77
  1. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State, 4.78

(tied) Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State, 4.78

(tied) Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford, 4.78

  1. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State, 4.79
  1. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State, 4.80

(tied) Joel Stave, QB, Wisconsin, 4.80

Vertical jump

  1. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State, 36 inches

(tied) Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis, 36

  1. Joel Stave, QB, Wisconsin, 33.5
  1. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State, 33
  1. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford, 32.5

(tied) Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State, 32.5

  1. Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU, 32

(tied) Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech, 32

Broad jump

  1. Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech, 10 feet, 2 inches
  1. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis, 9-10

(tied) Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State, 9-10

  1. Josh Woodrum, QB, Liberty, 9-9
  1. Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State, 9-8
  1. Joel Stave, QB, Wisconsin, 9-7

3-cone drill

  1. Josh Woodrum, QB, Liberty, 6.74 seconds
  1. Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon, 6.82
  1. Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State, 6.86
  1. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford, 6.90
  1. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State, 7.04

Results were not yet available for the following drills: Bench press, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.

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