NFL Combine: Which linebacker ran fastest on Sunday?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

NFL Combine: Which linebacker ran fastest on Sunday?

Central Florida's Shaquem Griffin turned in the fastest 40-yard dash time among the linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday. Griffin, who weighed 227 pounds at the combine, ran a 4.38-second 40.

Complete combine records are available since the 2000 event via, and in that time, no linebacker has run a faster 40 at the combine than Griffin, who is trying to reach the NFL despite not having a left hand.

Griffin's time was 0.1 seconds faster than the No. 2 linebacker -- Leon Jacobs of Washington.

Running with the linebackers on Sunday, Auburn's Jeff Holland had a 4.79-second 40 and Jacksonville State's Darius Jackson (McAdory) clocked a 4.87.

Alabama's combine linebackers, Rashaan Evans and Shaun Dion Hamilton, did not run in the 40 on Sunday.

Other SEC linebackers' 40 times on Sunday included Georgia's Lorenzo Carter at 4.50 and Roquan Smith at 4.51, South Carolina's Skai Moore at 4.73 and Vanderbilt's Oren Burks in 4.59.

In the other measurable drills on Sunday, the leaders among the linebackers included:

Vertical leap: Florida State's Matthew Thomas had the best showing among the linebackers by 2 inches. Thomas got 41.5 inches off the ground, with Burks and Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch tied for second.

Broad jump: Burks and Thomas finished tied for the best mark by covering 131 inches (10 feet, 11 inches). Only eight linebackers had reached that distance in the previous 18 combines. Carter was next on the linebacker list at 130 inches.

Three-cone drill: Clemson's Dorian O'Daniel turned in the best time on the cones with a 6.64-second showing. Iowa's Josey Jewell was second-fastest in 6.80 seconds.

The drill is designed to measure a player's ability to change directions at high speed. With the cones in an L-shape, the player runs 5 yards to the middle cone and back, then runs around the middle cone, another 5 yards to the far cone and back around the L to the starting cone.

Shuttle run: O'Daniel also was the fastest at this station, finishing in 4.07 seconds. Burks and Vander Esch tied for second-fastest at 4.15.

The drill is designed to test lateral quickness. It's sometimes called the 5-10-5. From a middle starting position, the player runs 5 yards to his right, touches a line, turns and runs 10 yards to the left and touches a line, then runs back to the starting spot.

60-yard shuttle: Only five linebackers took the longer shuttle test. Jewell finished the fastest in 11.52 seconds. Vander Esch was next on the list in 11.57.

In this longer version of the 20-yard shuttle, the player runs 5 yards out and back, 10 yards out and back and 15 yards out and back and must touch the line on the ground at each of the five changes of direction.


On Saturday, Arizona State's Christian Sam topped the linebackers in the bench press with 28 repetitions with the 225-pound weight bar.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

from Auburn Sports Impact

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