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Is that a good 3 cone time? Your Guide to NFL Combine Drills

The 2015 NFL Combine gets under way this week and many in the fantasy football community are clamoring to see how their favorite players test. However, for as much hype as the NFL Combine drills receive, many seem to struggle to make sense of the data, outside the 40 yard dash. For instance, could you answer any of these questions off the top of your head?
  • What is a good 3 cone time for a tight end?
  • What is a good vertical jump for a receiver?
  • What does the average running back weigh?
Whether you had an answer to those questions or not, this guide will help make your NFL Combine experience even more fun because you’ll have a better understanding of what all the results mean. Also, to help understand how offensive and defensive players match up, I’ve ordered the article with opposing positions close to each other (i.e. pass catchers are listed next to defensive backs). As an overarching theme, if a player is heavier than their position average, it’s okay to relax their expectation a bit. If they’re lighter, hold them to a higher standard. Note that this data is based on Combine performances between 2006-2014. Same as with the age database, if you end up referencing these numbers in one of your own articles, please link back to this one. Without further adieu, here are the benchmarks for every position, minus kickers & punters, and commentary on some key drills. 

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By Jon Moore | @HelloJonMoore | Archive