Former Huskers work out at NFL Combine
With the combine over for most players, those looking for an NFL roster spot in the defensive secondary took center stage on Monday. The Huskers had Offensive lineman Nick Gates working out last Friday and Tanner Lee on Saturday and today featured cornerback Chris Jones and Safety Joshua Kalu.
Husker fans may remember former defensive coordinator Bob Diaco raving about Kalu this spring and his numbers today backed up the move from cornerback to safety.
Having played a single season at safety, Kalu was never going to vault up into the top-5 safeties in the class but his measurables put him in line for a late round draft pick if an NFL team is looking to add depth at safety and as a special teams contributor.
Similar to former Husker, and now Philadelphia Eagle Nate Gerry, Kalu ran an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds which ranks in the middle of all safeties and should hold up nicely. Along with his 40-yard time, the former Husker posted 17 reps on the bench press, a 41.5-inch vertical, and 11’2″ inch broad jump. His combine performance drew positive reviews from those in attendance and should bode well for his draft stock. Kalu’s 41.5-inch vertical ties the NFL the best mark by a defensive back in the combine’s history.
Projected Draft Roud: 6-7
.@HuskerFBNation S Joshua Kalu is firmly among some of the phenomenal athletes we're seeing in this positional group, but he's off to a great start in the football drills.
One of the more complete safeties available this year.#NFLCombine
— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) March 5, 2018
Cornerback Chris Jones also made the tough trip to the NFL Combine representing the Cornhuskers after losing his grandpa last week. Jones showed up and turned heads in drills and should be another late round draft pick for the Huskers.
At 6’0 200lbs, Jones ran an unofficial 4.57 second 40-yard dash, put up 14 reps on the bench press but his other stats were not reported by the NFL.
Similar to Kalu, Jones projects to be drafted in the late rounds the NFL draft or free agency right afterward.
Keep an eye out for all the Husker hopeful’s vying for a shot at an NFL roster to participate in Nebraska’s Pro Day coming up soon.
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