Five Nittany Lions made their way to Indianapolis for this year's NFL Scouting Combine. While the names aren't exactly as big as we've seen in combines past, each of Penn State's attendees helped their draft stock in one way or another. Let's take a look at how the Nittany Lion quintet performed.
Hamler checking in at under 5'9 and less than 180 pounds pretty much confirms going pro was the right decision. It only takes one hit for a guy that size to have his career cut short, so go get paid while you can.
- Bench Press - 15 reps
The speedy receiver only participated in the bench press during the event, putting up 225 an impressive 15 times. He was the lightest of any receiver to reach that 15-rep plateau, setting the mark by nearly 20 pounds. According to reports, he may have a balky hamstring and didn't participate in any other events, but he should be full-go at Penn State's Pro Day later this month.
Confirmed: Cam Brown is tall and skinny.
- 40-yard Dash - 4.72 seconds
- Bench Press - 16 reps
- Vertical Leap - 35.5 inches
- Broad Jump - 123 inches
Brown's 40 time puts him in the latter half of the linebacker group, but he is much taller than most other participants so that's not exactly unexpected. His 16 reps on the bench press confirm that he still has some bulking up to do, but that should be easier as he transitions to the professional lifestyle. Both his vertical leap and broad jump numbers were solid, giving scouts a good idea of how explosive he is.
Windsor has put on a bit of weight since the end of the season but he's a good size to be a productive interior defensive lineman at the next level.
- 40-yard Dash - 4.90 seconds
- Bench Press - 21 reps
- Vertical Leap - 28.5 inches
- Broad Jump - 111 inches
- 3-Cone Drill - 7.47 seconds
- 20-yard Shuffle - 4.44 seconds
Any interior defensive lineman who runs a 40 in under five seconds is in good shape. Windsor's time was among the best for true defensive tackles. His bench numbers weren't great, but both his vertical leap and broad jump show some next-level explosiveness. The Wisconsin native really helped his cause with strong showings in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuffle.
YGM is the perfect size for an NFL edge rusher. Although he didn't do a lot of testing drills, he showed enough for some teams to maybe make the move to outside rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
- Bench Press - 20 reps
- Vertical Leap - 34 inches
- Broad Jump - 120 inches
Gross-Matos didn't have the best showing on the bench press but he's never been the kind of guy to beat offensive linemen with his strength. His vertical was fourth best in this group and he was the heaviest among those who finished in the top five. His broad jump puts him in a similar camp, as he was the heaviest of anyone to hit the 120 mark.
John Reid has some size for a cover corner. That's a rock-solid height/weight combo for a guy fighting to hear his name called next month.
- 40-yard Dash - 4.49 seconds
- Bench Press - 20 reps
- Vertical Leap - 36.5 inches
- Broad Jump - 129 inches
- 3-Cone Drill - 6.95 seconds
- 20-Yard Shuttle - 3.97 seconds
I was pretty surprised to see John Reid get an invite to the combine, but man, did he make the most of it.
His 40 and bench press results are a bit better than what many were expecting, with his bench numbers being especially impressive. His vertical leap should ease some concerns about his height and his broad jump was fifth-best among cornerbacks. He shined in the 20-yard shuttle, being the only defensive back to break the four-second mark. For a guy with a history of knee injuries, it was crucial he had a good showing there.