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Georgia represented well at 2016 NFL Combine

Leonard Floyd
UGA's Leonard Floyd. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL Combine is an event where top-tier athletes are given the opportunity to show their best to NFL scouts, quite potentially to boost or harm their chances of being selected in the NFL Draft. This year’s event was no different, as many were blown away by some exceptional performances. And as usual, the Georgia Bulldogs were well represented, giving the indication we may see a new wave of elite “Dawgs in the NFL” in the upcoming season.

Friday started off with a bang, as Georgia running back Keith Marshall wowed many around the league, running an official 4.31 40-yard dash. At a blink of an eye, the speedy back had already crossed the finish line. Here’s a look at how special the performance truly was.

Marshall’s performance should definitely boost his chances of being selected in the Draft and having somewhat of a significant role in his rookie season. He has seen a short volume of action, after sustaining multiple significant knee injuries, causing him to miss nearly two full seasons. When healthy, it is pretty obvious what Marshall can bring to the table.

This performance raises the question of why Georgia didn’t utilize Marshall in more critical situations this past season, as it seemed as if his knee injury symptoms had diminished greatly, and his impact was evident when given playing time. Marshall should certainly be wished the best, however Georgia fans may be curious as to why we didn’t see greater production, as his exceptional talent was certainly displayed on a big stage.

Alongside Marshall, other former Bulldog stars shined on the big stage. Many of these athletes look to have success at the next level, and it seems as if most of them have skill sets that fit an enhanced style of play. It remains to be seen where these prospects will land, however with the Draft quickly approaching on April 28-30, we will know what lies ahead.

Here’s a look at how the remaining former Bulldogs performed at the Combine.

DE Sterling Bailey
40-yard Dash: 5.23 seconds
Bench Press: 20 repetitions
Vertical Jump: 30 inches
Broad Jump: 111 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.46 seconds
20-yard Shuttle: 4.73 seconds
Full Combine bio via NFL.com

OLB Leonard Floyd
40-yard Dash: 4.60 seconds (top 5 performer at position)
Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches (top 5 performer at position)
Broad Jump: 127 inches (top 5 performer at position)
Full Combine bio via NFL.com

FB Quayvon Hicks
No Combine stats listed.
Full Combine bio via NFL.com

OLB Jordan Jenkins
40-yard Dash: 4.80 seconds
Bench Press: 16 repetitions
Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches (top 5 performer at position)
Broad Jump: 121 inches
Full Combine bio via NFL.com

DT Chris Mayes
40-yard Dash: 5.34 seconds
Bench Press: 33 repetitions (top 5 performer at position)
Vertical Jump: 23.5 inches
Broad Jump: 104 inches
20-yard Shuttle: 5.13 seconds
Full Combine bio via NFL.com

WR Malcolm Mitchell
40-yard Dash: 4.45 seconds (top 5 performer at position)
Bench Press: 15 repetitions
Vertical Jump: 36 inches
Broad Jump: 129 inches
3 Cone Drill: 6.94 seconds
20-yard Shuttle: 4.34 seconds
Full Combine bio via NFL.com

OT John Theus
40-yard Dash: 5.22 seconds
Broad Jump: 103 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.90 seconds
20-yard Shuttle: 4.78 seconds
Full Combine bio via NFL.com

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