Dashes, Drills and Drives: See how former Georgia high school football players performed at this year’s NFL Combine

The NFL Combine took place in Indianapolis over the weekend and featured over 20 former Georgia high school football players looking to have their dreams realized while making the leap into professional football. The players participated in multiple events such as the 40-yard dash, 10-yard split, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and the bench press.

Here are how the former Georgia high school football players performed at the Combine:

Javon Baker, WR UCF (McEachern):

40-yard Dash: 4.54 second

10-yard Split: 1.58 seconds

Vertical Jump: 37’’

Broad Jump: 10’ 1’’

Baker is a former Alabama transfer who found a home at UCF in the Knights offense under head coach Gus Malzan. As a Knight, Baker thrived in the offense going for over 1,200 yards in his final year in the program. In a very talented receiver-class in this year’s draft, Baker has a great combination of strength, size and speed with a great burst off of the line of scrimmage. With all of the talent in this year’s draft, Baker could be a steal for a team in desperate need of production at wide receiver.

Jaheim Bell, TE Florida State (Valdosta):

40-yard Dash: 4.61 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.58 seconds

Vertical Jump: 35’’

Broad Jump: 10’4’’

Bell transferred to Florida State from the University of South Carolina for his final season of college football. While he is listed as a tight end, Bell was more than versatile in his time with both the Seminoles and the Gamecocks. The tight end caught the ball, blocked and also rushed the ball on numerous occasions. In his last year at South Carolina, Bell had 30 more rushing yards than receiving yards. At 6’3, 240-pounds, he is a tough tackle for opposing NFL defenses and can play all over the field.

J.D. Bertrand, LB Notre Dame (Blessed Trinity):

Bench Press: 20 Reps

Cole Bishop, DB Utah (Starr’s Mill):

40-yard Dash: 4.45 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.52 seconds

Vertical Jump: 39’’

Broad Jump: 10’4’’

Javon Bullard, DB Georgia (Baldwin):

40-yard Dash: 4.47 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.51 seconds

Bullard is a proven reliable defensive back with tons of college football experience under his belt. Playing in Georgia for three seasons, Bullard was a part of the backend of the Georgia defense that accumulated 14 interceptions last season. Bullard was third on the team in total tackles as he racked up 56 tackles throughout the Bulldogs season.

Aaron Casey, LB Indiana (Alexander): 

40-yard Dash: 4.75 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.59 seconds

Vertical Jump: 30’’

Broad Jump: 9’9’’

Bench Press: 16 Reps

Steele Chambers, LB Ohio State (Blessed Trinity):

Vertical Jump: 33.5”

Broad Jump: 9’ 4’’

Three-Cone Drill: 7.13 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.23 seconds

Chambers started at linebacker for the Ohio State University football team for three of his five seasons with the program. He started as a running back in high school at Blessed Trinity and was converted into a linebacker after his second season playing on the team in Columbus. Chambers has plenty of big game experience including three separate appearances in the College Football Playoffs with the Buckeyes. He totaled 190 tackles in his five years in the Ohio State football program.

Kalen DeLoach, LB Florida State (Islands):

40-yard Dash: 4.47 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.59 seconds

Vertical Jump: 30.5’’

Broad Jump: 9’ 11’’

Khalid Duke, LB Kansas State (Riverside Military):

40-yard Dash: 4.79 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.62 seconds

Vertical Jump: 34”

Broad Jump: 9’ 9’’

Bench Press: 21 Reps

In college, Duke came off of the edge and played defensive end for Kansas State. He received All-Big 12 Second Team honors by the coaches in his final season in Manhattan. Duke started all 13 games last season for the Wildcats and finished with career highs in both sacks (6.0) tackles for loss (8). He started in 34 games of the 46 career games he was a member of the Kansas State football program.

Justin Eboigbe, DL Alabama (Forest Park): 

40-yard Dash: 5.18 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.80 seconds

Vertical Jump: 28’’

Last season, Eboigbe played a huge role for Alabama as a key piece of their front seven. The former member of the Crimson Tide played for Alabama for five seasons and exploded on NFL teams radars in his final season. Last season the 6’5, 292-pound defensive lineman totaled 63 tackles and seven sacks and was an important piece of Alabama’s ferocious defensive line.

Daijun Edwards, RB Georgia (Colquitt County):

Broad Jump: 9’ 6’’

Tylan Grable, OL UCF (Wilkinson County):

40-yard Dash: 4.95 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.69 seconds

Vertical Jump: 36.5’’

Broad Jump: 9’ 9’’

Running a sub-five second 40-yard dash as an offensive lineman is not something that happens every year at the NFL Combine. At 6 ’6 and over 300-pounds, Grable played quarterback in high school at Wilkinson County and evolved into a solid offensive lineman for the Knights. Grable clocked in the fourth-fastest offensive lineman time at this year’s NFL Combine.

Trente Jones, OL Michigan (Grayson):

40-yard Dash: 5.17 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.79 seconds

Vertical Jump: 27’’

Broad Jump: 9’ 1’’

Three-Cone Drill: 7.78 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.87 seconds

Dylan McMahon, OL NC State (Savannah Christian):

40-yard Dash: 5.10 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.75 seconds

Vertical Jump: 33’’

Broad Jump: 9’ 7’’

Three-Cone Drill: 7.26 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.33 seconds

Ladd McConkey, WR Georgia (North Murray):

40-yard Dash: 4.39 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.52 seconds

Vertical Jump: 36’’

Broad Jump: 10’ 4’’

Bench Press: 13 Reps

Teams around the NFL knew McConkey was a better-than-average route runner and had the hands to play at the next level. That was before the 6’0, 186-pound receiver ran a 4.39 second 40-yard dash at Indianapolis last weekend and blew away NFL scouts. The former Georgia receiver rose up teams draft boards after they witnessed his combine results though an injury kept him out for some of his final season in Athens.

Bub Means, WR Pittsburgh (Lovejoy):

40-yard Dash: 4.43 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.55 seconds

Vertical Jump: 39.5’’

Broad Jump: 10’ 2’’

Bench Press: 19 Reps

Amarius Mims, OL Georgia (Bleckley County):

40-yard Dash: 5.07 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.78 seconds

Vertical Jump: 25.5’’

Broad Jump: 9’ 3’’

Mims participated in the 40-yard dash event and hurt his right hamstring during the event, limiting him for the rest of the combine. Mims has first round talent and tremendous size as he is listed at 6’7 and 340-pounds. With huge size, Mims ran his 40-yard dash in just a little over five seconds. Though he has the talent to be a first round selection, Mims raises some injury concerns for teams as he missed six games last season as a Georgia Bulldog.

Hunter Nourzad, OL Penn State (Walker):

Bench Press: 27 Reps

Jaylin Simpson, DB Auburn (Frederica Academy): 

40-yard Dash: 4.45 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.51 seconds

Vertical Jump: 39.5’’

Broad Jump: 11’ 1’’

Jamari Thrash, WR Louisville (Troup):

40-yard Dash: 4.46 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.54 seconds

Vertical Jump: 34’’

Broad Jump: 10’0’’

Three-Cone Drill: 7.16 seconds

Thrash has blazing speed as he displayed for teams at the NFL combine, running a 4.46 40-yard dash. The wide receiver transferred from Georgia State to Louisville for his final season of college. In 2022, his last season at Georgia State, Thrash pulled in 61 receptions for over 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns. While it was shown at the NFL Combine, this is nothing new to Louisville Cardinals fans as they witnessed his play-making ability last season, scoring six touchdowns and pulling in 63 receptions.

Malik Washington, WR Virginia (Parkview):

40-yard Dash: 4.47 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.53 seconds

Vertical Jump: 42.5’’

Broad Jump: 10’ 6’’

Bench Press: 19 Reps

Kimani Vidal, RB Troy (Marietta):

40-yard Dash: 4.46 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.53 seconds

Vertical Jump: 37.5’’

Broad Jump: 10’0’’

Three-Cone Drill: 7.01 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.15 seconds

Bench Press: 18 Reps

Vidal participated in all of this year’s events at the combine in Indianapolis. The 5 ’8, 213-pound running back out of Troy is a tough tackle for opposing defenses due to his great strength for his size. Vidal helped lead Marietta to a 7A State Championship,their first since 1967 and was named the MVP in the championship game. In his sophomore season at Troy, Vidal became the 11th 1,000 rusher in program history.

Trevin Wallace, LB Kentucky (Wayne County):

40-yard Dash: 4.51 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.62 seconds

Vertical Jump: 37.5’’

Broad Jump: 10’7’’

Nate Wiggins, DB Clemson (Westlake):

40-yard Dash: 4.28 seconds

10-yard Split: 1.59 seconds

Vertical Jump: 36’’

Broad Jump: 10’ 7’’

Wiggins’ name has been thrown around as one of the top defensive backs in this year’s NFL Draft. Though he may not be the first one off the board, his 4.28 40-yard dash was the second-fastest time recorded at this year’s combine, only to the record-breaking 4.21 time from former Texas wide receiver, Xavier Worthy. In his final season at Clemson, he accumulated 22 tackles and two interceptions. He has first round talent at the cornerback position and should not fall past the first day of the draft.

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