Former Spartans try to increase draft stock at NFL Combine
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine came to a close yesterday with the last group of players concluding their tests, and the four former MSU players invited to Indianapolis seem to have performed rather well.
None of the former Spartans — running back Le’Veon Bell, cornerback Johnny Adams, defensive end William Gholston and tight end Dion Sims — exposed glaring deficiencies, but at the same time, there weren’t many jaw-dropping or surprising results.
Bell probably had the best workout as he came in slimmed down from his playing weight and showed off adequate speed — one of his biggest knocks from NFL scouts — in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.6 seconds. Sims and Adams also likely improved their draft stock with strong 40 times for their respective positions, while Gholston was in the middle of the pack of the defensive linemen in most drills.
All four players have been projected to be drafted between rounds two and five.
Here’s how the four performed and their ranks among their position.
MSU measurements: 5 foot 11 inches, 177 pounds
Combine: 5 feet 10 inches, 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.48 (15th)
Bench press 225 pounds: 16 (6th)
MSU measurements: 6 feet 2 inches, 237 pounds
Combine: 6 feet 1 inch, 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.6 (16th)
Bench press 225 pounds: 24 (9th)
Vertical: 31.5 (25th)
MSU measurements: 6 feet 7 inches, 278 pounds
Combine: 6 feet 6 inches, 281 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.96 (23th)
Bench press 225 pounds: 23 (27th)
Vertical: 28.5 (28th)
MSU measurements: 6 feet 5 inches, 285 pounds
Combine: 6 feet 5 inches, 262 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.75 (9th)
Bench press 225 pounds: 22 (3rd)
Vertical: 35 (3rd)