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Workout Warriors: Tight Ends

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Tight ends 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.

South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams easily came in with the fastest 40-yard dash at 4.64 seconds, and Texas-San Antonio tight end David Morgan had the most bench press reps with 29, six reps ahead of Montana State tight end Beau Sandland, who came in second.

Harvard tight end Ben Braunecker placed in the top three for his class in all of the drills, including registering the fastest 60-yard shuttle time with 11.32 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 running backs in each drill):

Here were the top tight end performances at the combine:

40-yard dash

  1. Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina, 4.64 seconds
  1. Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State, 4.71
  1. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard, 4.72

(tied) Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA, 4.72

(tied) Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford, 4.72

  1. Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State 4.74
  1. David Grinnage, TE, North Carolina State, 4.90

Bench press (225 pounds)

  1. David Morgan, TE, Texas-San Antonio, 29 reps
  1. Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State, 23
  1. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard, 20
  1. Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford, 19

Bryce Williams, TE, East Carolina, 19

  1. Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State, 18

(tied) Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech, 18

Vertical jump

  1. Stephen Anderson, TE, California, 38 inches
  1. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard, 35.5
  1. Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State, 35
  1. Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech 34.5
  1. Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA, 33.5

Broad jump

  1. Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State, 10 feet, 4 inches
  1. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard, 10-1

Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech, 10-1

  1. Stephen Anderson, TE, California, 9-11
  1. Thomas Duarte, TE, 9-10
  1. Jerell Adams, TE, 9-9

(tied) Austin Hooper, TE, 9-9

3-cone drill

  1. Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State, 6.88 seconds
  1. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard, 6.90
  1. David Morgan, TE, Texas-San Antonio, 6.93
  1. Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA, 6.97
  1. Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford, 7.00

(tied) Ryan Malleck, TE, Virginia Tech, 7.05

20-yard shuttle

  1. David Morgan, TE, Texas-San Antonio, 4.19 seconds
  1. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard, 4.20

(tied) Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State, 4.20

  1. Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA, 4.24
  1. Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina, 4.31

(tied) Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State, 4.31

  1. Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford, 4.32

60-yard shuttle

  1. Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard, 11.32 seconds
  1. Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State, 11.50

(tied) Nick Vannet, TE, Ohio State, 11.50

  1. Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina, 11.52
  1. David Morgan, TE, Texas-San Antonio, 11.60
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