Gesicki, Barkley, Apke Sweep Top 3 SPARQ Scores At NFL Combine

The idea of one prospect dominating a position so thoroughly at the combine is mind-boggling, and it will force organizations to place his workout into context with others at the National Football League level.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley put his athleticism on display during the on-field workouts, running the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds after weighing in at 233 pounds.

After one of the more disappointing Combines in recent memory, Brown might struggle to get back into Day 2 of the Draft after originally being graded by some as a first-round prospect. "The 6-foot-5, 247-pound tight end ran the 40 in 4.54 and had a vertical of 41.5 inches and a 10'9" broad jump.

King played collegiately for SC. Reid, who is the younger brother of 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid, also hit 36.5-inches in the vertical, 10-feet-8 in the broad jump and 4.15 in the short shuttle. Zach Whitman, the site's founder, has only ever identified five players who tested three standard deviations above the NFL's average SPARQ at a given position: J.J. Watt, Calvin Johnson, Lane Johnson, Evan Mathis, and Byron Jones.

The Dallas Cowboys have several needs to address on both sides of the ball including but not limited to Defensive Line, Linebacker, Wide Receiver, Safety, Offensive Line, and Running Back.

On Sunday, Arizona's Dane Cruikshank and Wisconsin's Natrell Jamerson tied for the best showing among the defensive backs.

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Griffin shocked everyone during the linebacker drills, running a 4.38 40 that matched his twin brother's time from 2017. At 6-4 and 256 pounds with 34-inch arms, the Idaho native ran a 4.65 40-yard dash with a 39.5-inch vertical, 6.88 three-cone and 4.15 short shuttle.

Other SEC defensive backs' 40 times on Monday included 4.63 for Arkansas' Henre Toliver, 4.46 for Florida's Duke Dawson and 4.61 for Tennessee's Rashaan Gaulden. Those were the longest four broad jumps of the entire combine. There's no run-up involved.

The drill is created to measure a player's ability to change directions at high speed.

The drill is created to test lateral quickness. There are quality players at a variety of positions. He can swing his hips and change direction nearly like a defensive back. He finished the day as strongly as he started it by looking incredibly athletic in positional drills, causing NFL Network and former professional scout Daniel Jeremiah to proclaim on air about Alexander, "he looks like a top-50 pick".

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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