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Penn State Football: Schedules, Evaluations And Testing Results From NFL Combine

by on February 23, 2015 8:00 AM

The NFL Combine is here, and with it the opportunity for five Nittany Lions to try and raise their stock as the days tick down toward the NFL Draft.

From 40-yard dashes to 225 pound bench presses, each player at the combine will be pushed to the limit as teams try and evaluate their potential on the field.

Testing begins Friday, but the last Nittany Lion won't make his way onto the field until Monday, so there will be plenty of time for fans to enjoy one of the more unique weekends in a player's career. Especially with non stop 24/7 coverage live from the event on the NFL Network.

The schedule for each Nittany Lion appears below along with's overall evaluation for each prospect. will update this story periodically throughout the day with testing results and figures.


Jesse James: Big, in-line tight end with room on his frame for more muscle, but he's limited by a lack of functional athleticism and a mechanical play demeanor. James isn't a plus receiver with great hands and he lacks the quickness to consistently free himself from man coverage, so he must become a more determined run blocker in order to have a shot at starting in the NFL

  • Bench Press: 26 reps. (Top TE had 28 reps)
  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.83 seconds (Top TE had 4.58 seconds)
  • Vertical: 37.5 inches (Top TE had 38 inches)
  • Broad Jump: 121 inches (Was top TE)
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.5 seconds (Top TE had 4.23 seconds)
  • 60 Yard Shuttle: 12.15 seconds (Top TE had 11.65)

Sam Ficken: Solid accuracy and has clutch kicks under his belt, but inability to boom kickoffs will make a trip into camp through undrafted free agency a very likely scenario. (Ficken did not participate in physical testing)

Donovan Smith: The frame of a guard and the skill set of a guard probably means Smith will end up moving to guard. His hands need work, but with power as his calling card and the ability to hide some of his athletic deficiencies by moving him inside, he has a good shot of getting drafted and fighting for a backup spot.

  • 40-Yard Dash: 5.27 seconds. (Top OL had 4.98)
  • Bench Press: 26 reps. (Top OL had 37)
  • Vertical: 32 inches (Top OL had 33.5)
  • Broad Jump: 109 inches, 9-feet-1-inch (Top OL had 9-feet-5-inches)
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.95 seconds (Top OL had 7.25)
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.79 (Top OL had 4.33)

Saturday: No Nittany Lions Testing


Mike Hull: Hull is a productive linebacker who might be forced to stay inside due to his lack of athleticism. His size and short arms concern some scouts because they fear he'll get overwhelmed on second level and give up too many big runs. Hull has enough talent to make it in the league as a backup linebacker/special-teams contributor.

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.68 seconds (Top LB. 4.53 seconds)
  • Bench Press: 31 reps (Top LB had 35 reps, Hull lone in second with 31)
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.99 seconds (Top LB had 6.68 seconds)
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.15 seconds (Top LB had 4.00 seconds)
  • 60 Yard Shuttle: 11.52 seconds (Top LB had 11.06 seconds)


Adrian Amos: Amos checks all the boxes when it comes to strong football intelligence, a willingness to digest tape and cover skills. The biggest question is whether or not he can fit with a coordinator looking for playmakers and chance-takers. He must prove that he can play with greater overlap. Amos' scheme versatility is a big plus, but I wouldn't ask him to play inside the box very often.

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.49 seconds
  • Vertical: 35.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 122 inches
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.09 seconds

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