Hoosiers wrap up NFL Combine appearances

Indiana sent five players to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, tying the program record.

Here’s a glance at how linebackers Tegray Scales and Chris Covington, receiver Simmie Cobbs, tight end Ian Thomas and cornerback Rashard Fant fared at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis:

Tegray Scales
Height: 6-feet
Weight: 230 pounds
Arms: 30 3/4″
Hands: 8 5/8″
40-yard dash: 4.77 seconds
Bench press: 27 reps

Chris Covington
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 245 pounds
Arms: 32 1/2″
Hands: 9 1/4″
40-yard dash: 4.78 seconds
Bench press: 23 reps

Linebacker leaders:
40-yard dash: Shaquem Griffin, Central Florida, 4.38 seconds
Bench press: Christian Sam, Arizona State, 28 reps

Simmie Cobbs
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 220 pounds
Arms: 32″
Hands: 9 1/4″
40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds
Bench press: 11 reps
Vertical jump: 30.0 inches
Broad jump: 113.0 inches
3 cone drill: 6.7 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.32 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.2 seconds

Receiver leaders
40-yard dash: D.J. Chark, LSU, 4.34 seconds
Bench press: Ka’Raun White, West Virginia, 24 reps
Vertical jump: D.J. Chark, LSU, 40.0 inches
Broad jump: D.J. Moore, Maryland, 132.0 inches
3 cone drill: Dylan Cantrell, Texas Tech, 6.56 seconds
20-yard shuttle: Dylan Cantrell, Texas Tech, 4.03 seconds
60-yard shuttle: Dylan Cantrell, Texas Tech, 10.85 seconds

Ian Thomas
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 259 pounds
Arms: 34 1/8
Hands: 11 1/2
40-yard dash: 4.74 seconds
Vertical jump: 36.0 inches
Broad jump: 123.0 inches
3 cone drill: 7.15 seconds
20-yard shuffle: 4.2 seconds

Tight end leaders
40-yard dash: Jaylen Samuels, N.C. State/Mike Gesicki, Penn State, 4.54 seconds
Vertical jump: Mike Gesicki, Penn State, 41.5 inches
Broad jump: Mike Gesicki, Penn State, 129.0 inches
3 cone drill: Mike Gesicki, Penn State, 6.76 seconds
20-yard shuffle: Mike Gesicki, Penn State, 4.10 seconds

Rashard Fant
Fant announced Monday morning that he is unable to participate in the combine after tearing his pectoral muscle while on the bench press.

His statement: “It hurts knowing I will not be able to go out there and compete with that great group of guys today. This is something I have dreamed about since I was young and worked so hard to get to. I’ve had time to gather all my thoughts and emotions and although this is unfortunate, I am too blessed to hang my head or have a negative outlook about it. God as a plan for my life and knows the journey he wants to take me on, and I trust in it 100 percent. I want to thank all the people who have been behind me and supported me and hope you continue to do so while I go on this journey! My story is just beginning and just know I’ll be back better than ever and cannot wait to begin my NFL career in a couple of months! Good luck to the DB group of 2018, go put on a show!”

Indiana’s Pro Day in Bloomington is scheduled for April 3.

13 comments

  1. Is that data on Ian Thomas/tight ends correct? It shows Thomas with having the fastest 40 yard dash.

  2. That’s the way I read it. Surprised me. I wonder if the leader’s time is an error.

  3. Thomas will be the highest IU draftee in “18” in my view. Catch the size of those hands? He is way more gifted than Cobbs and probably faster if he weighted 240.

  4. Thought my qb hands were big @ 10¼….Wow. 11½ on Thomas? Now that’s phalanges span!
    Of course, my vertical is a little less @ 3.6 inches rather than 36. Back in the day…? Maybe 30-32 inches.

        1. I was a visiting prof there. ETSU has this cavernous athletic facility. I don’t know if they ever play basketball games there but I’ve seen a court disassembled off to the side. They have a 200 meter oval track inside and they use it as an indor football facility.

          I never really understood it’s reason to exist. Area high schools have winter track meets there. You could easily put 20,000 people into seats in there.

  5. Those were actually post cold therapy numbers….Broad jumping was much earlier in the day.

  6. HC, I agree Thomas may be the first Hoosier selected. If he didn’t have the injury problem this year I would say he would without a doubt be the first but teams may hold back due to his injuries. This year may have the most Hoosiers drafted in a number of years. The players still have pro day to show they are improving which could move them up the draft board a bit.

  7. Having to sit out could really hurt Fant. With his lack of size he needed to put out the idea that he isn’t injury prone.

    This isn’t a good start.

  8. TRIVIA- there’s a big banner w/a picture of Chris Covington in the gym at Raby High School (west side Chgo.) hailing him as the Raiders’ first D1 football scholarship player at “University of Indiana.” Oh, well. I pointed it out to my son as we were leaving after his HS bb game there; he shrugged. Oh, well. I sure hope he can go to IU one day, but it certainly won’t be on a basketball ride.

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