Friday was a big day for some Utes at the NFL Combine, with many of the running the 40, which is the marquee event at the Combine.
First, the big guys had a really nice showing, especially Garett Bolles who continues to impress. Bolles ran a 4.95, which was the second fastest among o-linemen. Sam Tevi put in a 5.27 and Isaac Asiata recorded a 5.34, both very solid numbers and in the middle of the pack of linemen. Boles was rumored to be able to run a sub-5 second 40, and the fact he’s done that is a big deal.
A lot of eyes were on Joe Williams on Friday too, as his speed has been one of his most valuable, and talked about assets. Williams put up a 4.41 40, second best thus far at the combine. A number like that is big for Joe, as it shows his speed is legit, if anybody was doubting him.
In the vertical jump, Bolles registered a 28 inch vertical, which was 10th among linemen. Tevi jump 26 inches and Asiata 25.5, nice numbers by both, as they were again in the middle of the pack. Joe Williams registered a 35 inch vertical, which was 11th best among running backs.
In the broad jump, Bolles shined once again, as he had the day’s best among linemen with 115 inches. You can just hear the Brinks truck getting ready to head to Bolles house. Sam Tevi put up a nice 107, which put him at 11th among linemen. Asiata was in the middle of the pack with a 102. Joe Williams put up a nice 125 inch broad jump, which was 6th best among running backs.
Bolles also had the best mark among linemen with a 7.29 three cone drill. Bolles is a big dude, but he’s just so quick and agile, and that was showing big time in this drill. Asiata and Tevi were back to back with 7.83 and 7.84 respectively, which again, are in the about the middle of the pack.
In the 20 yard shuffle, Bolles was No. 2 among linemen with a 4.55 second mark. Tevi put up a nice number of 4.60, which was 6th among linemen. Tevi made up some nice ground after his bench showing on Thursday. Asiata was at 4.93, which was at the bottom half of the guys. Zack Banner of USC, the big monster, was second to last with a 5.21, and I expect him to be a nice NFL player.
Overall, I think all the Utah guys were great on Friday, especially Bolles. If you watched the mirror drill with Bolles, he was money there too, which doesn’t show in the numbers. Williams put up the numbers he needed to, and Asiata and Tevi I think did what they needed to do as well and may have solidified themselves as mid-round picks, especially Asiata with his bench press on Thursday.