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Notre Dame Football: Full results from NFL Combine for DeShone Kizer, Jarron Jones & Isaac Rochell

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We take a look at their performances - and how they compare to past Irish results

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If DeShone Kizer’s performance in a plethora of NFL Combine tests were compared solely to previous Notre Dame Fighting Irish players, the quarterback’s effort could be summarized as Bobbie Howard-esque.

Howard, a linebacker and undrafted free agent from the Class of 1999, was likely satisfied with his 30 inch vertical jump, 110 inch broad jump, 4.48 second 20-yard shuttle and 7.52 second performance in the three-cone drill.

But for Kizer, a projected first or second round draft pick, to put up similar numbers - 30.5 inch vertical, 107 inch broad, 4.53 second shuttle and 7.40 second three-cone - was considered largely disappointing.

Kizer was ninth fastest of 12 quarterbacks who elected to run the 40 this year. He was eighth of 13 QBs in terms of best vertical, 11 of 13 in the broad jump and dead last in both the 20-yard shuttle and the three-cone drill. (An explanation of each drill is here.)

The Toledo, Ohio native’s on-field performance at the so-called “Underwear Olympics” may cause him to fall in a few mock drafts. But there’s a multitude of Pro Days and private workouts between now and April 27, the first day of the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. General managers, coaches and scouts can dissect Kizer’s speed and agility with their own eyes, or dim the lights and break down the 1,700 snaps he took under center at Notre Dame.

Kizer may have underwhelmed at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, but he received rave reviews for his poise and accountability in meeting rooms with GMs and media members.

Club representatives are notorious for feeding misinformation to media members about their draft intentions, often hoping to maximize value for their pick. It’s impossible, then, to surmise the intentions of 49ers general manager John Lynch when he volunteered that Kizer “blew the doors off” his in-person chat.

Was this an attempt by the Niners, who hold the second pick, to make Kizer’s actual suitors overpay for him? Or was this a genuine signal that San Francisco intends to select the former Irish signalcaller with either a first or second round (34th overall) pick?

This much seems certain: Any scout that suggests Kizer would have benefited from an additional year of college is a true dunderhead. The 2017 quarterback class of Kizer, the Clemson TigersDeshaun Watson and North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky seems tame compared to the potential murderer’s row of the UCLA BruinsJosh Rosen, Lousiville’s Lamar Jackson and USC TrojansSam Darnold that awaits in 2018. The time for Kizer to maximize his value, whatever it may be, is this year - instead of looking over his shoulder at redshirt sophomore Brandon Wimbush waiting to make his mark in South Bend.

ROCHELL BESTS JONES

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While Kizer has certainly been the focus of Notre Dame-related Combine chatter, the Irish were also represented Sunday by a pair of defensive linemen: Jarron Jones and Isaac Rochell.

Rochell, a projected Day 3 pick, ran a 4.89 second 40-yard dash, good for 30th out of 50 participants. Jones, considered a second- or third-round selection, was the third slowest of the group, posting a 5.33 second result.

Rochell posted 25 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, tied for 13th out of 49 participants. Jones threw up three fewer reps and tied for 30th.

Jones’ vertical jump was so poor, it almost seems like a mistaken report. The lineman who blocked four kicks in college jumped just 20.5 inches high. That’s not only 4 inches less than any other participant, it’s 4 inches less than any other previous poor performance by a Notre Dame player in 17 years (Dan Stevenson, a sixth-round pick in 2006, jumped 24.5 inches).

Rochell jumped 114 inches in the broad jump, good for 29th out of 50 participants. Jones did not participate in this event, and he and Rochell also skipped the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles and the three-cone drill.

You can look at Kizer’s, Jones’ and Rochell’s results in context of fellow 2017 draft hopefuls here, or compare them to previous Irish players invited to the Combine in the last 18 years.

Notre Dame’s NFL Combine results, 1999-2017

Year Round Player Position Height (in) Weight Hands (in) Arm length (in) 40 Yrd Dash (sec) Bench press (225 lbs reps) Vertical jump (in) Broad jump (in) 20-yard shuttle (sec) 3-cone drill (sec)
Year Round Player Position Height (in) Weight Hands (in) Arm length (in) 40 Yrd Dash (sec) Bench press (225 lbs reps) Vertical jump (in) Broad jump (in) 20-yard shuttle (sec) 3-cone drill (sec)
2016 UDFA Chris Brown WR 74 194 9.000 32.250 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
2016 2 Jaylon Smith LB 74 223 9.500 33.000 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
2016 3 KeiVarae Russell CB 71 192 10.000 31.625 DNP 17 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2016 UDFA Elijah Shumate S 72 216 9.750 31.125 4.58 18 33 119 4.51 DNP
2016 3 C.J. Prosise RB 72 220 8.500 32.125 4.48 DNP 35.5 121 DNP DNP
2015 7 Ben Koyack TE 77 255 10.750 32.625 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
2015 UDFA Kyle Brindza K 73 236 10.000 33.250 DNP 14 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2015 UDFA DaVaris Daniels WR 73 201 9.000 31.250 4.62 13 37.0 122 DNP DNP
2014 2 Stephon Tuitt DE 77 304 10.000 34.750 DNP 31 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2014 3 Chris Watt OL 75 310 9.500 32.750 5.50 29 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2013 6 Theo Riddick RB 70 201 8.750 30.000 4.68 DNP 32.0 118 DNP DNP
2013 UDFA Cierre Wood RB 71 213 8.625 30.875 4.56 16 37.5 124 DNP DNP
2012 UDFA Jonas Gray RB 70 223 10.000 31.375 DNP 20 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2012 1 Michael Floyd WR 75 220 9.375 32.875 4.47 16 36.5 122 DNP DNP
2011 UDFA Armando Allen RB 68 199 8.750 30.250 DNP 23 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2011 UDFA Ian Williams DL 73 319 9.500 32.000 5.21 31 28.5 98 4.78 DNP
2010 2 Jimmy Clausen QB 74 222 9.000 30.750 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
2008 3 Tom Zbikowski S 71 211 4.52 24 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2007 1 Brady Quinn QB 75 232 DNP 24 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2007 2 Victor Abiamiri DE 76 267 4.80 25 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2007 7 Chinedum Ndukwe S 74 206 4.49 15 37.5 DNP DNP DNP
2005 5 Jerome Collins TE 76 267 4.71 21 DNP 118 DNP DNP
2004 4 Glenn Earl S 73 222 DNP 20 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2002 5 John Owens TE 75 265 DNP 21 38.5 117 DNP DNP
2002 UDFA Ron Israel S 73 213 DNP 20 DNP 121 DNP DNP
2002 UDFA Kurt Vollers OL 79 321 5.36 30 30.5 DNP DNP DNP
2000 UDFA Lamont Bryant DE 76 260 4.91 17 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2000 7 Jarious Jackson QB 73 226 4.68 DNP DNP 109 DNP DNP
2014 3 Louis Nix III DL 74 331 9.875 33.000 5.42 DNP 25.5 97 DNP 8.29
2004 UDFA Cedric Hilliard DL 73 307 5.17 26 29.0 110 4.79 8.25
2016 1 Ronnie Stanley OL 78 312 10.625 35.625 5.20 DNP DNP DNP 4.90 8.03
2001 3 Mike Gandy OL 77 305 DNP DNP 30.5 103 4.71 8.03
2003 6 Brennan Curtin OL 81 318 5.28 DNP 32.0 100 4.87 7.98
2004 2 Julius Jones RB 70 214 4.47 DNP 37.5 121 4.16 7.96
2013 UDFA Braxton Cave OL 75 303 9.375 32.000 5.33 DNP 25.5 98 4.71 7.81
2007 3 Ryan Harris OT 77 305 5.09 22 25.5 100 4.52 7.78
2004 6 Jim Molinaro OL 78 308 5.09 21 29.5 105 4.64 7.77
2003 5 Sean Mahan OL 75 301 5.14 30 30.0 105 4.77 7.75
2010 6 Sam Young OL 80 316 10.125 34.500 5.20 29 29.5 104 4.87 7.73
2014 1 Zack Martin OL 76 308 9.500 32.875 DNP 29 28.0 106 4.59 7.65
2003 5 Jordan Black OL 78 314 5.18 DNP 30.0 106 4.50 7.65
2004 UDFA Darrell Campbell DL 76 302 5.18 25 33.0 111 4.66 7.63
2008 6 John Sullivan OL 76 301 5.35 21 30.0 103 4.55 7.62
2006 6 Dan Stevenson OL 77 300 5.36 24 24.5 100 4.60 7.60
1999 5 Jerry Wisne OL 79 306 5.24 30 28.0 100 4.61 7.60
2016 2 Nick Martin OL 76 296 9.625 32.250 5.22 28 DNP 97 4.72 7.57
2014 2 Troy Niklas TE 78 270 10.000 34.125 DNP 27 32.0 114 4.55 7.57
2003 UDFA Tom Lopienski FB 73 246 DNP 24 34.0 111 4.24 7.53
1999 1 Luke Petitgout OL 78 315 5.21 33 29.0 102 4.48 7.53
1999 UDFA Bobbie Howard LB 70 232 4.74 16 30.0 110 4.48 7.52
2010 6 Eric Olsen OL 76 306 9.250 32.500 5.25 35 29.5 93 4.82 7.50
2012 UDFA Taylor Dever OL 77 298 9.750 32.500 5.40 18 28.0 100 4.90 7.49
2007 7 Dan Santucci OL 76 301 5.13 23 29.0 102 4.74 7.47
2016 4 Sheldon Day DL 72 286 9.375 32.875 5.07 21 30.0 102 4.50 7.44
2004 2 Courtney Watson LB 74 238 4.56 22 36.5 114 4.37 7.40
2001 6 Dan O'Leary TE 76 252 5.02 16 32.0 113 4.31 7.40
2016 UDFA Romeo Okwara DE 77 265 10.125 34.125 4.90 23 33.0 120 4.53 7.38
2008 UDFA Trevor Laws DL 73 304 5.09 35 30.5 103 4.49 7.37
2002 2 Anthony Weaver DL 76 296 4.95 24 32.5 109 4.31 7.37
2005 UDFA Mike Goolsby LB 75 249 4.93 DNP 29.5 112 4.44 7.33
2014 4 Prince Shembo LB 73 254 10.500 33.125 4.71 26 38.5 122 4.31 7.29
2002 UDFA Grant Irons DE 78 267 4.96 19 40.5 119 4.38 7.27
2002 6 Tyreo Harrison LB 74 238 4.87 DNP 40.0 118 DNP 7.24
1999 7 Kory Minor LB 73 244 4.72 DNP 31.0 112 4.27 7.20
2007 UDFA Darius Walker RB 70 206 4.55 19 40.5 123 4.39 7.18
2001 4 Jabari Holloway TE 75 253 4.91 20 38.5 113 4.40 7.14
2013 2 Manti Te'o LB 73 241 9.500 32.500 4.82 DNP 33.0 113 4.27 7.13
2003 6 Gerome Sapp S 73 216 4.64 DNP 36.5 112 4.30 7.13
2010 2 Golden Tate WR 70 199 9.250 30.500 4.42 17 35.0 120 4.34 7.12
2008 UDFA John Carlson TE 77 251 4.88 20 30.5 113 4.28 7.12
2005 UDFA Ryan Grant RB 73 215 4.43 17 33.5 115 4.14 7.10
2014 UDFA George Atkinson III RB 73 218 9.375 33.250 4.48 19 38.0 121 4.46 7.07
2003 5 Shane Walton CB 71 184 4.67 11 31.0 109 4.29 7.05
2012 5 Darius Fleming LB 74 245 9.375 33.000 4.71 27 33.5 114 4.28 7.03
2002 UDFA Tony Fisher RB 74 226 4.66 21 41.5 126 4.13 7.00
1999 7 Autry Denson RB 70 197 4.67 20 31.0 116 4.15 6.97
2006 2 Anthony Fasano TE 76 259 DNP 19 33.5 DNP 4.34 6.94
2004 6 Vontez Duff CB 71 203 4.53 13 35.0 120 4.03 6.94
2016 1 Will Fuller WR 72 186 8.250 30.750 4.32 10 33.5 126 4.27 6.93
2013 1 Tyler Eifert TE 77 250 4.68 22 35.5 119 4.32 6.92
2002 4 Rocky Boiman LB 76 242 4.60 17 35.0 122 4.05 6.86
2002 6 Javin Hunter WR 71 186 4.47 DNP 41.0 129 4.04 6.84
2014 6 T.J. Jones WR 72 188 10.000 30.625 4.48 DNP 33.0 119 4.27 6.82
2002 7 David Givens WR 73 217 4.56 DNP 40.5 126 4.13 6.82
2006 3 Maurice Stovall WR 77 217 4.57 DNP 35.0 122 4.16 6.81
2014 6 Bennett Jackson CB 72 187 9.250 31.375 4.51 13 38.0 128 4.00 6.75
2013 7 Zeke Motta S 74 213 9.250 31.375 4.83 11 35.5 126 4.13 6.75
2010 UDFA Kyle McCarthy S 73 205 8.875 29.500 4.58 24 34.0 117 4.13 6.74
2003 6 Arnaz Battle WR 73 217 4.58 DNP 35.0 117 4.06 6.74
2012 5 Robert Blanton CB 73 208 9.125 31.250 4.66 12 34.0 116 3.97 6.71
2001 3 Brock Williams CB 70 183 4.46 11 42.5 130 4.21 6.70
2012 1 Harrison Smith S 74 213 10.250 32.625 4.54 19 34.0 122 4.12 6.63
2009 4 David Bruton S 74 219 4.46 19 41.5 132 4.28 6.60
2017 DeShone Kizer QB 76 233 9.875 33.125 4.83 DNP 30.5 107 4.53 7.40
2017 Jarron Jones DT 78 316 10.500 35.500 5.33 22 20.5 DNP DNP DNP
2017 Isaac Rochell DE 76 280 9.750 32.750 4.89 25 31.5 114 DNP DNP
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