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How The Wolverines And Spartans Performed At The NFL Combine [VIDEOS]

By: Will Burchfield
@burchie_kid

14 players from Michigan and 3 from Michigan State underwent testing this weekend at the NFL scouting combine. Here’s a quick look at how the Wolverines and Spartans performed.

MICHIGAN

Ben Braden (G)
40-Yd. Dash: 5.04 seconds
Bench Press: 25 reps
Vertical Jump: 28.0 inches
Broad Jump: 102.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.85 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.90 seconds

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Gritty guard with plenty of tough guy in him, but lacking necessary flexibility and athleticism to operate at a consistent level against more talented competition. Could get a late-round nibble, but will always have his hands full if matched up against an athletic defender across from him.”

Taco Charlton (DE)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.92 seconds
Bench Press: 25 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.0 inches
Broad Jump: 116.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.17 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.39 seconds

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Charlton is an ascending prospect with the size, length, athleticism and pass-rushing potential that NFL general managers dream of… High-impact defensive end with all-pro potential is his ceiling. His floor is solid starter.”

Jehu Chesson (WR)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.47 seconds
Bench Press: 10 reps
Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches
Broad Jump: 132.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 6.70 seconds (Top Performer)
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.09 seconds

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Has NFL size and ball skills but long speed and play strength are deficiencies that could limit him as a pro…At this point, he appears to be a Day 3 pick who could struggle to find snaps early in his career.”

Amara Darboh (WR)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.45 seconds
Bench Press: 17 reps
Vertical Jump: 36.0 inches
Broad Jump: 124.0 inches

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “He lacks the quickness and hands to make a living underneath, but has the physical traits and willingness to help as a blocker that could get teams to bite on the second day of the draft (Rounds 2-3).

Ben Gedeon (LB)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.75 seconds
Bench Press: 27 reps (Top Performer)
Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 119.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 6.98 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.13 seconds (Top Performer)
60-Yd. Shuttle: 11.58 seconds (Top Performer) 

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Gedeon has ample size and talent to become an NFL backup at middle linebacker, but his bread will be buttered as a special teams performer as he has the instincts and fearlessness needed to succeed in that area.

Ryan Glasgow (DT)
40-Yd. Dash: 5.13 seconds
Bench Press: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 27.5 inches
Broad Jump: 105.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.55 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.50 seconds

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Glasgow’s rock ’em, sock ’em approach should appeal to defensive line coaches looking for high effort depth along their defensive front, but his inability to rush at an NFL level means he’s unlikely to be more than a two-down player which could slide him to Day 3.

Jabrill Peppers (LB/S)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.46 seconds (Top Performer)
Bench Press: 19 reps
Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches (Top Performer)
Broad Jump: 128.0 inches

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “The ultimate Swiss Army Knife on the collegiate level…While Peppers doesn’t have the production teams expect from first-round defenders, he should benefit from a role that is more clearly defined on the next level.”

Note: Peppers’ Top Performer statistics are in comparison to other linebackers. 

De’Veon Smith (RB)
Bench Press: 22 reps (Top Performer)
Vertical Jump: 29.0 inches
Broad Jump: 108.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.30 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.56 seconds
60-Yd. Shuttle: 11.75 seconds (Top Performer)

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Teams looking for a runner with decent vision who finishes runs may have an interest in Smith, but his lack of juice or third down talent could keep his name from being called during the draft.”

Note: Did not run 40-yd. dash due to ankle injury. 

Chris Wormley (DE)
Bench Press: 23 reps

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Wormley’s size and athleticism could appeal to teams that favor big, strong base ends who can set a physical edge and then bump inside as pass rushers…His size, athleticism and versatility gives him a chance to earn early playing time and to become an eventual starter.”

Note: Was limited in physical testing due to hamstring injury. 

Jourdan Lewis (CB)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.54 seconds
Bench Press: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 121.0 inches

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Excels from press and plays with confidence and edge. Lack of size will scare some teams and could cause him to fall out of the first round, but he has the ability to become a very good slot corner for a man-cover team.”

Channing Stribling (CB)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.60 seconds
Bench Press: 5 reps
Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
Broad Jump: 114.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 6.94 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.56 seconds

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “While he has NFL length, his long speed is problematic and he struggles to maintain coverage against quick receivers who work inside the numbers. There are defenses who will prefer Stribling’s physical traits and ball skills, but he will be limited by scheme fit.”

Jeremy Clark (CB)
Bench Press: 20 reps (Top Performer)

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “The tape shows decent makeup speed to go along with his extreme length. Clark could challenge for a roster spot with teams looking for bump-and-run corners with an ability to operate on special teams.”

Note: Was limited in physical testing due to ACL injury. 

Delano Hill (S)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.47 seconds (Top Performer)
Bench Press: 17 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches
Broad Jump: 115 inches
3-Cone Drill: 6.96 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.27 seconds

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Hill has the size and physical demeanor to get a quality look from a team as a box safety, but his lack of coverage quickness and ball production won’t help his chances.”

MICHIGAN STATE

Riley Bullough (LB)
Bench Press: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
Broad Jump: 116.0 inches

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Tenacity and willingness to play as physically as his body will allow will make him a favorite of special teams coaches, but his lack of size and plus athleticism could make it hard to find playing time, especially as an inside linebacker.

Malik McDowell (DE)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.85 seconds
Bench Press: 23 reps
Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches
Broad Jump: 112.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.69 seconds
20-Yd. Shuttle: 4.53 seconds

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “McDowell is raw, but when he flashes, it can be blinding. McDowell is an explosive, ascending prospect with All-Pro potential if he grows into his body and takes the necessary coaching.”

Montae Nicholson (S)
40-Yd. Dash: 4.42 seconds (Top Performer)
Vertical Jump: 35.0 inches
Broad Jump: 125.0 inches

NFL.com’s Bottom Line: “Nicholson has outstanding size…(but) his lack of playmaking production combined with his unsure tackling make him a traits-only prospect who could have a hard time sticking in the league unless he finds more confidence and aggression.”

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