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Former Bulldogs Shine On Friday & Saturday at NFL Combine

Will Morrison

Multiple former UGA players took their turns on the NFL Combine stage over the last 48 hours in Indianapolis. 

Day 2 of the combine took place on Friday, and defensive backs were amongst the players who tested their skills. Kelee Ringo and Christopher Smith were the former UGA players who took to the turf in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ringo ran an impressive 4.36 second 40-yard dash, 5th best for all cornerbacks. His vertical of 33.50” ranked 26th out of the 30 cornerbacks who participated and his broad jump of 10’2” ranked just 24th worse among the other cornerbacks. 

Christopher Smith II’s broad jump ranked second to last at 9’8” and his vertical of 33.00” was 13th among 19 safeties. His 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds was on the slower side, but the time wasn’t a big surprise to draft evaluators. While Smith’s combine results weren’t eye popping, the stellar play hehas put together over the last few years should ease the worries of any NFL teams. 

Stetson Bennett, Darnell Washington, and Kearis Jackson were the Bulldogs who showed off their talents on day 3 of the combine. Bennett showed NFL scouts why he deserves to be talked about as one of the best quarterbacks in his draft class. His 40 time was 4.67, but it looked almost effortless as Stetson glided down the line. Bennett’s vertical was 33.50,” and his broad jump was 9’10”, which both ranked 6th best among the 9 QB’s. Stetson’s 4.20 second shuttle time was first among all quarterbacks and that time ranked fourth amongst the wide-receivers who tested. That quick twitch ability is an asset for QB’s avoiding rushers and will certainly help raise Bennett’s stock in the eyes of some NFL GM’s. 

Bennett really shined during the throwing portion of the combine, with multiple beautiful deep balls down the sideline. He was also clocked throwing 59 MPH, the same speed as Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. 

Darnell Washington had a strong combine with a time of 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That time was 6th best among the 13 tight ends. Clocking in at 4.64 at 264 pounds is no small feat. That combo of size and speed, along with the spectacular one-handed catch he made during route running drills, should solidify Washington as a first round pick. 

Kearis Jackson had a broad jump of 10’6,” but he did not participate in the vertical jump. Jackson’s 40-yard dash time was 4.55, which ranked near the bottom of the wide-receivers who tested. 

Stay tuned to DawgsCentral for more as the combine wraps up on Sunday in Indianapolis. 

Edited by Will Morrison

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