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Workout Warriors: Tight Ends

Draft experts have been praising the depth and overall talent of this year's tight ends.

Members of the position group who were invited to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine enhanced their résumés on Saturday during on-field workouts.

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who was recovering from a hamstring injury and didn't participate in events at the 2011 combine, took notice of how fast players ran the 40-yard dash:

Rudolph wasn't the only one who noticed the speed. ESPN's Todd McShay noted that 11 of the 14 tight ends who ran Saturday had times of 4.70 or quicker, which is considerably below the five-year average:

Alabama's O.J. Howard dazzled by multiple accounts at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January and followed by running the 40 in 4.51 seconds, a mark that was only beaten by the 4.42 clocked by Mississippi's Evan Engram.

Iowa's George Kittle was just after Howard with a time of 4.52. 

Here are the top performers:

40-yard dash

Combine position record: Vernon Davis, Maryland, 4.38 seconds in 2006

  1. Evan Engram, Mississippi, 4.42
  1. O.J. Howard, Alabama, 4.51
  1. George Kittle, Iowa, 4.52
  1. Darrell Daniels, Washington, 4.55
  1. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech, 4.57

Bench press (225 pounds)

Combine position record: Orson Charles, Georgia, 35 reps in 2012

  1. Pharaoh Brown, Oregon, 24

1t. Adam Shaheen, Ashland, 24

3t. Gerald Everett, South Alabama, 22

3t. O.J. Howard, Alabama, 22

3t. Eric Saubert, Drake, 22

3t. Jonnu Smith, Florida International, 22

Broad jump

Combine position record: Michael Egnew, Missouri, 10 feet, 11 inches in 2012

  1. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech, 11-2
  1. David Njoku, Miami, 11-1
  1. George Kittle, Iowa, 11-0
  1. Jonnu Smith, 10-7
  1. Gerald Everett 10-6

Vertical jump

Combine position record: Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh, 43.5 inches

  1. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech, 39
  1. Jonnu Smith, Florida International, 38

3t. Gerald Everett, South Alabama, 37.5

3t. David Njoku, Miami, 37.5

  1. Evan Engram, Mississippi, 36

Workouts continue Sunday with defensive linemen and linebackers. Defensive backs will conclude the workouts Monday.

3-cone drill

Combine position record: Dennis Pitta, BYU, 6.72 seconds in 2010

  1. O.J. Howard, Alabama, 6.85
  1. Evan Engram, Mississippi, 6.92
  1. David Njoku, Miami, 6.97
  1. Gerald Everett, South Alabama, 6.99
  1. Michael Roberts, Toledo, 7.05

20-yard shuttle

Combine position record: Tony Scheffler, Western Michigan, 4.01 seconds in 2006

  1. O.J. Howard, Alabama, 4.16
  1. Jonnu Smith, Florida International, 4.18
  1. Evan Engram, Mississippi, 4.23
  1. Gerald Everett, South Alabama, 4.33

(tied) Jordan Leggett, Clemson, 4.33

  1. David Njoku, Miami, 4.34

60-yard shuttle

Combine position record: Garrett Mills, Tulsa, 11.05 seconds in 2006

  1. O.J. Howard, Alabama, 11.46
  1. Jonnu Smith, Florida International, 11.57
  1. Jordan Leggett, Clemson, 12.06
  1. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech, 12.08
  1. Scott Orndoff, Pittsburgh, 12.34
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