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Notable performances from Friday’s NFL Combine workouts

Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet
Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet The Associated Press

Offensive linemen and linebackers underwent testing during the third day of the NFL Combine on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are five notable performances.

▪ G/C Ali Marpet, Hobart: Marpet ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash, the fastest among all offensive linemen. Combined with his strong interviews (he has a definite presence) and size (6-3 7/8) and 307 pounds, Marpet will win over NFL scouts despite his small-school roots.

▪ TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota: Ran a 4.78-second 40-yard dash, the third-best time among all tight ends behind MyCole Pruitt of Southern Illinois (4.58) and Wes Saxton of South Alabama (4.65). That’s not blazing speed, but it was a tick higher than Miami’s Clive Walford (4.79). He also posted top marks in the vertical jump (34.5 inches), broad jump (117 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.37 seconds)

▪ TE MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois: Checks in at 6 feet 2 and 251 pounds, and his 40-yard dash time (4.58), vertical jump (38 inches), broad jump (118 inches), 20-yard shuttle (4.37 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (11.85 seconds) were all among the top five marks at his position. Combined with his impressive production — 81 catches, 861 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 — Pruitt is somebody to keep an eye on.

▪ T Jake Fisher, Oregon: Fisher checked in at 6 feet 6 and 306 pounds, and has average arm length for the position (33 3/4 inches). He showed off good athleticism overall, rating as a top performer at his position in the 40-yard dash (5.01 seconds), vertical jump (32.5 inches), three-cone drill (7.25 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.33 seconds), which could solidify his status as a second-round pick.

▪ T Brandon Scherff, Iowa: Scherff only performed two tests, the 40-yard dash (5.05) and bench press (23 reps), and didn’t finish offensive line drills because of a hamstring injury. His bench opened some eyes — it was tied for 24th among 37 linemen, a surprising number for a weight-room star — but don’t worry about that too much. Scherff’s tape shows an aggressive run blocker who generates power from his legs. His bench has nothing to do with that.

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