March 8, 2017 - by
Noles In The NFL Combine: How They Fared

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With the 2017 NFL Draft approaching, running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end DeMarcus Walker highlighted eight Seminoles invited to participate in measurements and drills at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Cook finished with the most reps on the bench press (22) of any running back and slew of other Noles impressed as well. Let’s take a look at how each player fared:

Dalvin Cook, RB

Measurements: 5-10, 210 pounds; 32 3/8” arms, 9 1/4” hands
40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 116.0 inches
3-cone drill: 7.27 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds

What they’re saying: “Explosive lower body and coordinated feet to start, stop and redirect quickly. Elusive athlete and can make defenders miss in a phone booth, showing exceptional body control and instincts in his jump cuts. Senses his surroundings well and anticipates spacing in his runs. As long as the medical staff and front office are comfortable with his long-term durability, Cook should be the first running back drafted in the 2017 class.” – Dane Brugler,

DeMarcus Walker, DE

Measurements: 6-4, 280 pounds; 33” arms, 10 1/2” hands
40-yard dash: DNP
Bench press: 18 reps
Vertical jump: DNP
Broad jump: DNP
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “Walker is strong and durable as an early-down DE, with the counter-moves and quickness to drop down inside against the pass.” – Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

Kermit Whitfield, WR

Measurements: 5-8, 185 pounds; 30” arms, 8 1/2” hands
40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds
Bench press: 8 reps
Vertical jump: 32.5 inches
Broad jump: 120.0 inches
3-cone drill: 7.17 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds

What they’re saying: “Has talent after the catch which could appeal to teams looking for a gadget player. Kick return experience helps his cause, but may have to earn his shot as an undrafted free agent.” -Lance Zierlein,

Jesus Wilson, WR

Measurements: 5-9, 189 pounds; 31 3/8” arms, 9 3/8” hands
40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds
Bench press: 10 reps
Vertical jump: DNP
Broad jump: 119.0 inches
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: 4.57 seconds

What they’re saying: “Wilson is a slot receiver with the speed to attack the seam or work over the middle on the first and second levels. His experience as both a punt and kick returner could give him the upper hand in a battle for a roster spot.” -Lance Zierlein,

Noles In The NFL Combine: How They Fared

Travis Rudolph, WR

Measurements: 6-0, 189 pounds; 31 7/8” arms, 9 1/4” hands
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
Bench press: 12 reps
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Broad jump: 114.0 inches
3-cone drill: 6.93 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.46 seconds

What they’re saying: “Rudolph may not be a burner, but he consistently plays at his top speed and displays some polish in his route work. Rudolph will need to get stronger, but he’s already a willing blocker in the run game which helps his cause. Could be an early backup who works himself into snaps fairly quickly.” -Lance Zierlein,

Freddie Stevenson, FB

Measurements: 6-0, 234 pounds; 32 3/4” arms, 9 5/8” hands
40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds
Bench press: 24 reps
Vertical jump: 28.0 inches
Broad jump: 111.0 inches
3-cone drill: 7.65 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.45 seconds

What they’re saying: “Athletic lead blocker who has an ability to lead the charge either downhill or on outside zone plays. Stevenson possesses an aggressive field demeanor and a good radar to land strikes in space. There will be a very limited amount of teams interested in a fullback this season, but Stevenson has enough ability to make a roster if he gets a shot.” –Lance Zierlein,

Roderick Johnson, OL

Measurements: 6-7, 298 pounds; 36” arms, 10 3/4” hands
40-yard dash: DNP
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: DNP
Broad jump: DNP
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “He flashes the potential to develop into a franchise left tackle but he’s yet to reach his considerable potential. He projects as a second round pick as it stands now.” – ESPN Scouts Inc.

Marquez White, CB

Measurements: 6-0, 194 pounds; 32 1/8” arms, 10” hands
40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: 36.0 inches
Broad jump: 123.0 inches
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP

What they’re saying: “White is a tall corner with length, but he could use more strength to take on NFL receivers. White had a decent week at the Senior Bowl.” – Charlie Campbell,

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