Notre Dame had 9 players at the NFL Combine that recently concluded in Indianapolis. Here's how they each fared:
DL, Stephon Tuitt
Tuitt measured in at 6-5 1/2 and a svelte 304 pounds with 34 3/4 inch arms and 10 inch hands. Unfortunately, his Combine was cut short after the discovery of a broken bone in his foot, although Tuitt did help his cause by putting up 31 reps on the bench press.
DL, Louis Nix
Big Lou did his best to cement a 1st round selection. Measuring in at 6-2 3/8 and 331 pounds with 33 inch arms and 9 7/8 hands, Nix showed off his agility and quick first step through the Combine. He recorded a 5.42 in the 40-yard dash, 1.85 in the 10-yard split, and 8.29 in the 3-cone drill. Additionally, Nix put up a 25.5 inch vertical jump and a 8 foot 1 inch broad jump that shook the Lucas Oil Ground.
RB, George Atkinson III
Atkinson did pretty well and overall helped his stock. He was measured at 6-1 and 218 pounds with 33 1/4 inch arms and 9 3/8 inch hands. His 4.48 time in the 40-yard dash was great for his size and finished 6th best among the running backs. Atkinson was able to put up 19 reps on bench press and did pretty well (t-11th among running backs) with a 7.07 3-cone drill. Even better GA3 finished 4th among the backs in the vertical jump.
WR, T.J. Jones
Jones turned some heads over the weekend and definitely improved his stock. Coming in at 5-11 5/8 and 188 pounds he really had to show off his quickness and speed. He did more than that with a 4.48 time in the 40-yard dash, 6.82 in the 3-cone drill (13th best among receivers), and 4.27 in the 20-yard shuttle. He also measured in with 10 inch hands and performed very well in positional drills.
OL, Zack Martin
Martin need to hold serve at the Combine and he was able to do that. He was measured at 6-4 and 308 pounds with 32 7/8 inch arms and 9 /12 inch hands. We knew he wasn't the biggest tackle in the Draft, though. Martin had the 14th best vertical among the offensive linemen in addition to the 11th best broad jump. His 29 reps in the bench press were pretty solid as well finishing tied for 11th among his position.
OL, Chris Watt
Watt didn't work out at the Combine while he's still nursing his knee injury but he did put up 29 reps on the bench press, same as Martin. He was measured at a very guard-like 6-3 and a slimmed down 310 pounds with 32 3/4 inch arms and 9 1/2 inch hands.
LB, Prince Shembo
You could make the case that Shembo had the best overall combine for all Notre Dame participants. He was measured at 6-1 3/8 and 253 pounds with fairly long 33 1/8 inch arms and big 10 1/2 inch hands. Out of the linebackers Prince finished 13th in the 40-yard dash (4.71), tied for 6th in bench press (26 reps), 4th in the vertical jump (38.5 inches), and 5th in the broad jump (10'2"). This performance might have moved Shembo up at least a round in the Draft.
TE Troy Niklas
We were expecting Hercules to dominate the Combine but that wasn't exactly the case. He was measured at 6-6 1/2 and 270 pounds with 34 1/8 inch arms and 10 inch hands. Great size, obviously. Niklas' 27 reps on bench press was 4th best among tight ends too. However, he didn't run the 40-yard dash, and his 3-cone (7.57) finished 12th, shuttle (4.55) finished 11th, broad jump (9'6") finished tied for 11th, and his vertical (32 inches) finished tied for 9th among his position group.
CB, Bennett Jackson
Jackson had a very solid Combine adding some weight to get up to 195 pounds while being measured at 5-11 7/8 with 31 1/8 inch arms and 9 1/2 inch hands. His 40-yard dash time of 4.51 was tied for 13th best among defensive backs although his 13 reps in the bench press fell outside the top 15. Jackson helped his cause with a 10'8" broad jump (tied for 3rd among DB's) and 38 inch vertical that placed 9th among defensive backs.
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