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Penn State Football: Who Are the All-time Lion Kings of the NFL Combine?

by on March 05, 2018 8:15 PM

Who was the Lion King of the 2018 NFL Combine — of and all-time?

Troy Apke might be both.

Apke had a broad jump of 10 feet, 11 inches on Monday — best by a Penn Stater in Combine history, dating back to 1999.

And he moved into Penn State's Top 5 in four other events by the time the day was done.

His 4.34 40, second-fastest ever by a Nittany Lion at the Combine, had Deion Sanders checking on the correct pronunciation of the Penn State safety's last name.

Apke added a 6.56 in the 3-cone drill (No. 2 all-time), a 41-inch vertical jump (No. 3 all-time) and 4.03 in the 20-yard shuttle (No. 5 all-time).

Apke's 4.34 trails only Justin King's 4.31 in 2008. (King, the stepson of Penn State cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, is a current Penn State recruiting assistant.)

Grant Haley also wowed them in Indy on Monday. The former cornerback posted the top 3-cone drill score (6.51 seconds) in PSU Combine history, and added a 3.94 20-yard shuttle (No. 2 all-time) and a 4.44 40 (No. 7 all-time).

Makes you almost forget Saquon Barkley and his 4.4 40, 29 bench reps and 41-inch vertical leap.

Barkley's 40 ranks him No. 4 all-time among Penn Staters, while his 29 reps is No. 7. Five linemen — A.Q. Shipley (33), Levi Brown (31), Johnnie Troutman (31), Stefen Wisniewski (30) and John Urschel (30) — and linebacking stud Mike Hull (31) rank ahead of Barkley on the bench press.

Not far behind Apke's stellar all-around performance was the show put on by tight end Mike Gesicki. Gesicki posted the No. 2 all-time score among Penn Staters in the vertical jump (41.5 inches) and the 60-yard shuttle (6.33 seconds); the No. 3 score in the broad jump (129 inches) and 3-cone (6.76 seconds), as well as a 10th in the 20-yard shuttle (4.10 seconds) and a 4.54 in the 40.

The best showing in a single NFL Combine test by a Nittany Lion?

Easy (and we don’t mean Omar). The answer: Cameron Wake in 2005.

Wake’s jump of 45.5 inches in 2005 is No. 2 in NFL Combine history and is a mere half-inch behind the 46-inch mark set by North Carolina’s Gerald Sensabaugh. (Wake, now a sack machine with the Miami Dolphins after a stint in the CFL, was known as Derek at PSU.)

Apke's 131-inch broad jump leap-frogged him past Wake in that event among all Penn Staters. Wake's 130-inch (10 fees, 10 inches) broad jump is now No. 2.

PENN STATE’S NFL COMBINE RANKINGS

Below are the Top 12 Combine results in each category recorded by Penn Staters since 1999, which I compiled using information on the NFL.com website. 2018 Penn State participants are listed in red.


40-YARD DASH

­1. Justin King (2008), 4.31 seconds

2. Troy Apke (2018), 4.34

3. Deon Butler (2009), 4.38

4. Saquon Barkley (2018), 4.40

5. (tie) Chaz Powell (2012) and Chris Godwin (2017), 4.42

7. Grant Haley (2018), 4.44

8. (tie) Rich Gardner (2004) and Derek Moye (2012), 4.46

10. Lydell Sargeant (2009), 4.49

11. Tim Shaw (2007), 4.51

12. (tie) Omar Easy (2002) and Bruce Branch (2002), 4.53

 

BENCH PRESS – REPETITIONS WITH 225-POUND WEIGHT

1. A.Q. Shipley (2009), 33 reps

2. (tie) Levi Brown (2007), Johnnie Troutman (2012) and Mike Hull (2015), 31

5. (tie) Stefen Wisniewski (2011) and John Urschel (2014), 30

7. Saquon Barkley (2018), 29

8. (tie) Jordan Hill (2013), Michael Mauti (2013) and Anthony Zettel (2016), 28

11. Matt Stankiewitch (2013), 27

12. (tie) Tim Shaw (2007), Gerald Cadogan (2009), Navorro Bowman (2010), Jared Odrick (2010), Jesse James (26) and Donovan Smith (2015), 26 

 

VERTICAL LEAP

1. Cameron Wake (2005), 45.5 inches

2. Mike Gesicki (2018), 41.5

3. Troy Apke (2018) and Saquon Barkley (2018), 41.0

5. Chris Harrell (2006), 40.5

6. Omar Easy (2002), 40.0

7. Allen Robinson (2014), 39.0

8. Aaron Maybin (2009), 38.0

9. (tie) David Macklin (2000), Sean Lee (2010) and Jesse James (2015), 37.5

12. (tie) Joe Nastasi (1999), Marcus Allen (2018) and Paul Posluszny (2007), 37.0

 

BROAD JUMP

1. Troy Apke (2018), 131 inches / 10 feet, 11 inches

2. Cameron Wake (2005), 130 inches / 10-10

3. Mike Gesicki (2018), 129 inches / 10-9

4. (tie) Justin King (2008) and Allen Robinson (2014), 127 inches / 10-7

6. Chris Godwin (2017), 126 inches / 10-6

7. Aaron Maybin (2009), 124 inches / 10-4

8. (tie) Omar Easy (2002) and Rich Gardner (2004), 123 inches / 10-3

10. Adrian Amos (2015), 122 inches /10-2

11. Chaz Powell (2012) and Jesse James (2015), 121 inches / 10-1

 

20-YARD SHUTTLE

1. Rich Gardner (2004), 3.92 seconds

2. Grant Haley (2018), 3.94

3. Allen Robinson (2014) and Chris Godwin (2017), 4.00

5. Adrian Amos (2015) and Troy Apke (2018), 4.03

7. Joe Nastasi (1999), 4.06

8. Josh Hull (2010), 4.07

9. David Macklin (2000), 4.09

10. Justin Kurpeikis (2001) and Mike Gesicki (2018), 4.10

12. (tie) Omar Easy (2002) and Tim Shaw (2007), 4.12

 

THREE-CONE DRILL

1. Grant Haley, 6.51 seconds

2. Troy Apke (20-18), 6.56

3. Mike Gesicki (2018), 6.76

4. Justin Kurpeikis (2001), 6.82

5. (tie) Chaz Powell (2012), Nathan Stupar (2012) and DaeSean Hamilton (2018), 6.84

8. Josh Hull (2010), 6.86

9. David Macklin (2000), 6.90

8. (tie) Rich Gardner (2004) and NaVorro Bowman (2010), 6.91

12. Paul Posluszny (2007), 6.94

 

60-YARD SHUTTLE

1. Chris Godwin (2017), 11.21 seconds

2. Adrian Amos (2015) and Mike Gesicki (2018), 11.33

4. Mike Hull (2015), 11.52

5. Jesse James (2015), 12.15



Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979, and for StateCollege.com since the 2009 season. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PSUPoorman. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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