Monday, February 24, 2014

UConn's Smallwood, Stephen get their day at NFL Combine

The running, jumping and lifting at the NFL Scouting Combine has come to an end for former UConn defensive stalwarts Yawin Smallwood and Shamar Stephen.

Stephen had a 30 1/2 inch vertical leap which was right around the middle of the pack for the defensive linemen (although most of the top performances predictably came from the defensive ends). Smallwood finished eighth among linebackers with a 36 1/2 inch vertical jump and had a broad jump of 9-0.

Smallwood appeared to pull up in the final strides of the first of the two scheduled 40-yard dashes en route to a 5.01. He did not take part in his second 40 of the day.

Stephen had a 5.25 time in the 40 and broad jump of 8-7.

A pair of Connecticut natives were among the linebackers taking part in the combine.

Stamford's Khairi Fortt, who played at Penn State and California, shared for the lead among linebackers when he bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times yesterday. He added some other strong results today. He had a time of 4.7 in the 40, a 36-inch vertical leap and 10-foot broad jump.

Norwalk's Kevin Pierre-Louis out of Boston College had a spectacular day with a 4.51 time in the 40 (the best among the linebackers), a 39-inch vertical (third among LBs), 10-8 in the broad jump (second best among linebackers) and time of 4.02 in the 20-yard shuttle (second among LBs).


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