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5 Standouts from the 2017 NFL Combine

Posted Mar 7, 2017

A few players who impressed during the NFL Scouting Combine - presented by Florida Hospital.

1. WR John Ross
Chris Johnson’s long-standing 40-yard dash record at the Combine was finally broken after standing for nearly a decade. Johnson was timed at 4.24 seconds in 2008, but Ross surpassed him by running a 4.22 at this year’s Combine. Needless to say, Ross was the fastest player at the Combine in 2017. Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick was the only other player to run faster than 4.3, clocking in at 4.28 seconds.

2. DL Carl Lawson
Lawson recorded 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, tied for the most of any player at this year’s Combine. Stephen Paea currently holds the record with 49 reps. Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata also recorded 35 reps on the bench but Lawson bested him in the 40, vertical jump and broad jump.

3. S Obi Melifonwu
Melifonwu was the top-performer in both the vertical jump (44 inches) and broad jump (141). His broad jump was five inches further than any other player at the Combine. Comparatively, 18 players were within five inches of second place. Melifonwu also ran the 40 in 4.4 seconds, which placed him among the ten fastest players in Indianapolis. He did all of this at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.

4. DE Myles Garrett
The potential No. 1 pick wowed scouts at the Combine, running the 40 in 4.64 seconds and leading all defensive linemen with a vertical jump of 41 inches. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound pass-rusher also recorded 33 reps on the bench press, the second-most of all defensive linemen.

5. S Jabrill Peppers
Peppers ran with the linebackers, the position he played in college, and was by far the fastest. He ran the 40 in in 4.46 seconds and was the only linebacker to finish the drill in less than 4.5 seconds. His 128-inch broad jump was tied for the longest of any player at his position and his 35.5-inch vertical jump was the fourth-highest of any linebacker.