Penn State Football: Complete NFL Combine Results for Former Nittany Lions
The NFL combine isn't a tell-all into how well a particular player will do at the next level, but a handful of former Penn State football players took part to prove themselves to scouts and coaches.
While some didn't partake fully due to injury (Michael Mauti), others (Matt Stankiewitch, Gerald Hodges and Jordan Hill) tried to make solid impressions on those in attendance.
With that being said, let's review how these former Nittany Lions performed at the combine.
All stats from NFL.com/combine
Matt Stankiewitch, OL
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40-Yard Dash: 5.43 seconds
Bench Press: 27 reps
Vertical Jump: 24.0 inches
Broad Jump: 92.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.90 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.96 seconds
Weighing in at 302 pounds and standing at 6'3'', Stankiewitch didn't do himself any harm through the combine process with his performance.
While his draft grade (52.15) was last among eight centers, Stankiewitch wasn't a big name coming into the event, so his invite alone gives him a solid shot to be drafted in April.
Even though he lacks great athleticism, Stankiewitch showed his hardworking attitude at the combine and his aggressiveness should be be taken into consideration by teams.
Jordan Hill, DT
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40 Yard Dash: 5.23 seconds
Bench Press: 28 reps
Vertical Jump: 22.5 inch
Broad Jump: 103.0 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.49 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.51 seconds
Officially standing at 6'1'', Hill isn't the tallest defensive lineman out there and that's the primary concern heading to the next level.
There's no question Hill has a high motor and can use his shorter frame to get leverage on taller offensive lineman, among other positives.
Dating back to his freshman year at Penn State when he was competing for playing time with Jared Odrick and Devon Still, Hill has shown he has NFL potential.
His height won't hold him back from being drafted, but it could help determine where and when he gets picked.
Gerald Hodges, OLB
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40 Yard Dash: 4.78 seconds
Bench Press: 22 reps
Broad Jump: 119.0 inches
Shown in broad jump and throughout his Penn State career, Hodges is well-known for being a superior outside linebacker athletically.
Starting off his career as a Nittany Lion as a safety, Hodges' coverage ability is something that will have NFL coaches drooling.
Even though it's not blazing speed by any means, Hodges' 40-yard dash is still respectable.
While he didn't participate in all the events, Hodges earned himself a 72.4 grade, adding to the belief that he'll be drafted on the second day.
Michael Mauti, LB
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Bench Press: 28 reps
Like he is on the podium in the inset picture, Mauti will likely be answering a lot of questions leading up to the draft.
Because of his most recent ACL injury, the Nittany Lions' defensive and emotional leader of 2012 was only able to participate in the bench press.
However, he proved his strength at the combine with the bench press. His performance was the best among inside linebackers and ranked third-best amongst all linebackers.
Anyone who watched Mauti throughout his time at Penn State knows his instinctual skills at the linebacker position, allowing him to make correct decisions almost every play.
Not only that, but he also is a dependable, tough hitter—an aspect that's been tough to find in a big hit-driven NFL of late.
It's also well-known how he stepped up and persevered for Penn State throughout the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal as he became a voice and a leader for a team in distress.
Regardless of all the things he did for Penn State (on the field and off), a laundry list of injuries and medical exams will be the deciding factor for his future career in the NFL.