2023 NFL Scouting Combine: DJ Turner Runs Fastest 40-Yard Dash, Jaxon Smith-Njigba Impresses Despite Injury
On the final day of the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, the running backs and offensive linemen took the field to show off their abilities. The day began with the 40-yard dash, with the fastest time coming from former Michigan Wolverine, DJ Turner, who ran a 4.26. Turner, measuring in at 5’ 11” and 178 pounds, also jumped 38.5” in the vertical and 10’ 11” in the broad jump.
Anthony Richardson, a quarterback from Florida, impressed scouts with a 4.44u on his first run. He also had a 35-inch vertical, 125-inch broad jump, and a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, the third-fastest time at the position.
Zack Kuntz of Old Dominion led the tight ends in the broad jump, clearing 128 inches – 10 feet, 8 inches. Kuntz also topped the field of tight ends on the vertical jump with a 40-inch effort, with Clemson’s Davis Allen the runner-up at 38.5 inches. Will Mallory of Miami, Florida placed third with a jump of 36.5 inches.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (CBS Sports' No. 3 WR) also had a great day, despite missing all but three games this past season due to an injury. He didn't run the 40-yard dash but logged results in the vertical and broad jumps and showcased his route-running excellence, play speed and hands to come down with everything that came his way.
During the offensive linemen workouts, Stetson Bennett (QB, Georgia) showcased his deep-passing ability, while Clayton Tune (Houston), Derius Davis (TCU), Matt Landers (Arkansas), Marvin Mims Jr. (Oklahoma) and Daniel Scott (Cal) all ran 40-yard dashes in the 4.30-4.50 range. Yasir Abdullah (Louisville) posted a 4.47 time, and all of these players registered impressive results in the 3-cone drill with times ranging from 7.72 to 7.77 seconds.
Overall, the 2023 NFL Combine was a successful event, with many of the draft prospects impressing scouts and showing their athleticism.
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