Nebraska football fans watched the NFL combine with interest, waiting for their native sons to appear and make their mark in the speed and strength drills used to evaluate future professional football talent.
Nebraska had three combine invites: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Quincy Enunwa, and Spencer Long. Unfortunately, Long was unable to participate in the combine due to injury, and Enunwa’s combine was cut short due to hamstring problems.
But we were still able to learn quite a bit about how the NFL views this year’s crop of Nebraska alumni.
Measureables: 6’3”, 218 pounds, 32 3/8” arm length, 8 5/8” hand width
Drill Results: 4.61 sec. 40-yard dash, 13 reps bench press, 41.5” vertical leap, 128.0” broad jump, 4.33 sec. shuttle run (top Combine performer reflected in italics)
Overall Grade: 5.29 (NFL backup or special teams potential)
Jean-Baptiste certainly did enough at the combine to get himself noticed, particularly with standout performances in the vertical leap and broad jump. Given the success of the Seattle Seahawks, particularly the Legion of Boom's secondary, defenders with size like Jean-Baptiste are going to garner even more attention from NFL scouts.
Questions still remain about Jean-Baptiste’s ball skills and ability to stay with elite receivers on the next level. He also runs the risk of being a tweener—too big and stiff to play corner, not quick or physical enough to play safety. Jean-Baptiste’s pro day—where he can answer some of those questions left unanswered at the combine—could well prove critical.
Measureables: 6’2”, 225 pounds, 32 5/8” arm length, 9 1/2” hand width
Drill Results: 4.45 sec. 40-yard dash, 19 reps bench press
Overall Grade: 4.8 (should be in an NFL training camp)
A hamstring injury cut Enunwa’s testing at the Combine short, which was truly unfortunate given the testing numbers he put up before he got hurt.
A 4.45 40-yard dash for a player of his size will get the attention of a number of NFL scouts, and should give Enunwa a fighting chance to at least make an NFL training camp. He could possibly land a spot on a final roster with a solid showing in training camp. Enunwa’s pro day will be immensely important to help fill in the gaps left from his abbreviated combine.
So, which Nebraska alum will have the best NFL career?
Measureables: 6’5”, 320 pounds, 33 1/8” arm length, 10 3/4” hand width
Drill Results: None (did not participate due to injury)
Overall Grade: 5.26 (NFL backup or special teams potential)
Long’s rehabilitation kept him from participating in any drills at the combine, so his status with NFL teams remains as it was. His tape at Nebraska, demonstrating consistency and durability before the injury that cost him the 2013 season will have to weigh heavily for Long as teams go through their evaluation.
As with the other Nebraska participants at the combine, Long’s pro day (assuming he is able to participate) will carry an outsized importance.
All measurables, drill results, and draft grades are from the official NFL Combine results.
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