A few more Big Ten combine numbers

February, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The linebackers and defensive backs took center stage Monday at the NFL scouting combine, and several Big Ten players helped their causes with strong showings. 

Here are a few notables:

40-yard dash

  • Ohio State's Marcus Freeman, seventh among linebackers, 4.74 seconds

Bench press

  • Illinois' Vontae Davis, first among cornerbacks, 25 repetitions
  • Michigan's Morgan Trent, tied for fourth among cornerbacks, 23 reps

Vertical jump

  • Ohio State's Freeman, tied for first among linebackers, 37 inches

Broad jump

  • Wisconsin's DeAndre Levy, tied for eighth among linebackers, 9'11"

3-cone drill

  • Ohio State's James Laurinaitis, third among linebackers, 6.93 seconds
  • Ohio State's Freeman, tied for fourth among linebackers, 6.98 seconds

20-yard shuttle

  • Ohio State's Freeman, first among linebackers, 4.12 seconds
  • Ohio State's Laurinaitis, sixth among linebackers, 4.24 seconds

The underappreciated and overshadowed Freeman needed a strong performance at the combine, and he got one. Laurinaitis should have no trouble on draft day, but Freeman likely improved his stock with top performances in four categories, including a win in the 20-yard shuttle by six one-hundredths of a second (that's actually a lot).

Davis should be a first-round pick, and his performance in the bench press cemented his status as a physical freak. Though Malcolm Jenkins is the more accomplished college cornerback, Davis' physical gifts could project better at the next level. 

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