Auburn’s Owen Pappo told reporters on Wednesday that he was “one of the most athletic linebackers in this draft.” On Thursday, Pappo put his words into action in a measured practice at the NFL Scouting Combine.
With a 4.39-second performance in the 40-yard dash at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Pappo became the third linebacker since 2000 to run faster than 4.4 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, joining UCF’s Shaquem Griffin in 2018. 4.38 and joined Clemson. Isaiah Simmons 2020 at 4.39 pm.
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Pappo ran two more measured drills on Thursday and finished fifth among linebackers with a 35.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump.
Defensive linemen and linebackers were on the field on Thursday. He also had the option of participating in the three-cone drill and shuttle run and was also put through positional work by NFL coaches and scouts.
The measured drills included a performance (with top-five finishes) performed by every player with Alabama football roots on Thursday:
, Alabama Edge Will Anderson Jr.: 4.6-second 40-yard dash. Anderson did not participate in the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and shuttle run.
, Alabama defensive tackle DJ Dale (Clay-Chalkville): 5.26-second 40-yard dash, 25.5-inch vertical jump, 8-foot, 2-inch broad jump, 7.69-second three-cone drill and 4.8-second shuttle run.
, Auburn Edge Derrick Hall: 4.55-second 40-yard dash, 33.5-inch vertical jump and 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump (tied for third among linebackers). Hall did not participate in the three-cone drill and shuttle run.
, Auburn linebacker Eku Leota: Leota did not participate in the measured exercise.
, Auburn linebacker Owen Pappo: 4.39-second 40-yard dash (first among linebackers), 35.5-inch vertical jump (fifth among linebackers) and 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump (tied for fifth among linebackers). Pappo did not participate in the three-cone drill and shuttle run.
, Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders (who played at Alabama in 2020 and 2021): Sanders did not participate in the measured exercise.
, Alabama linebacker Henry Tu’otu: 4.62-second 40-yard dash, 32-inch vertical jump, 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, and 4.4-second shuttle run. To’oTo’o did not participate in the three-cone drill.
, Auburn defensive end Colby Wooden: 4.79-second 40-yard dash, 9-foot, 7-inch broad jump and 4.52-second shuttle run. Wooden did not participate in the vertical jump and the three-cone drill.
, Alabama defensive tackle Byron Young: 26-inch vertical jump, 9-foot broad jump and 7.68-second three-cone drill. Young did not participate in the 40-yard dash and shuttle run.
Defensive linemen and linebackers will have an opportunity to participate in the bench press on Friday. In the bench press, players perform as many reps as they can with a 225-pound bar.
Defensive backs and specialists will take their turns on the field on Friday. NFL Network will broadcast the workout Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST.
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Mark Inabinet is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. follow him on twitter @AMarkG1,