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Five Hoosiers take part in NFL Combine



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IU celebrates after senior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. scores a touchdown against Ohio State during the first half on Aug. 31, 2017. Cobbs and four other Hoosiers participated in the NFL Combine this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

The 2018 NFL Combine workouts took place from March 2 to 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

IU football had five former players take part in the workouts.

Cornerback Rashard Fant, linebackers Chris Covington and Tegray Scales, tight end Ian Thomas and wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. all completed a variety of drills in front of NFL executives and scouts.

SATURDAY

Cobbs and Thomas both performed their activities Saturday. Cobbs was the lone IU player to complete all seven available workouts.

He posted a 4.64-second showing in the 40-yard dash, 11 repetitions of the bench press, a vertical jump of 30 inches and a broad jump of 113 inches, which were all in the lower half of measurements recorded for wide receivers.

However, Cobbs fared better in the three-cone drill, completing it in a time of 6.7 seconds, third-fastest among wide receivers. His 11.2-second showing in the 60-yard shuttle was also the fourth-best among wideouts.

He completed the 20-yard shuttle in a time of 4.32 seconds.

Thomas did not participate in the bench press or the 60-yard shuttle, but had top-three performances compared to other tight ends in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle and vertical jump.

The 123-inch broad jump and the 4.2-second 20-yard shuttle completed by Thomas were both the second-best measurements recorded by a tight end at the combine.

SUNDAY

Covington and Scales both only participated in the bench press and 40-yard dash.

Covington found himself in the middle of the pack among linebackers in the 40-yard dash, running the drill in 4.78 seconds.

He recorded 23 repetitions of the bench press, the fourth-most for a linebacker.

Scales also had an unremarkable 40-yard dash, running it in 4.77 seconds, but made an impression with the bench press.

His 27 repetitions were the second-most of any linebacker, just one short of former Arizona State linebacker Christian Sam’s 28 repetitions.

MONDAY

Fant was supposed to participate in combine activities with other cornerbacks, but was unable to complete field workouts after tearing his pectoral muscle during the bench press.

Fant announced the news Monday morning on his Twitter page.

All five former IU players will be up for selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, which will take place from April 26 to 28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Cameron Drummond

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