Four Bulldogs conclude NFL Combine

Mississippi State defensive back Justin Cox runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mississippi State defensive back Justin Cox runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The NFL Combine concluded workouts on Monday in Indianapolis. Four Mississippi State players – Josh Robinson, Preston Smith, Benardrick McKinney and Justin Cox – participated in the event.

Robinson, a running back who left following his junior year, receive a 5.17 draft grade. He measured in at 5-foot-8, 217-pounds running a 4.7 forty with a 32-inch vertical jump. The Franklinton, La., native did 21 benchpress reps at 225-pounds and had an 113-inch broad jump.

Smith got a 5.64 draft grade and was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, 3-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle. The 6-foot-5, 271-pounder from Stone Mountain, Ga., ran a 4.74 forty which ranked 4th among defensive linemen. His 121-inch broad jump was tied for second at his position while his 7.07 time in the cone drill timed for first. Smith also finished second in the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 11.70.

Smith also had a 34-inch vertical, 4.28 20-yard shuttle and did 24 bench press reps.

McKinney also left following his junior year and finished fourth among linebackers in the vertical jump at 40.5-inches. He receive a draft grade of 6.03 running a 4.66 forty and did 16 reps. The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder from Tunica also had a 121-inch broad jump with a 4.27 20-yard shuttle time and a 7.21 in the cone drill.

Cox finished first among defensive backs running a 4.36 forty, third in vertical jump (38-inches), first in broad jump (129-inches), tied for third in the 20-yard shuttle (4.07) and first in the 60-yard shuttle (11.20).

Cox, a 6-foot-1, 191-pound safety from West Point, received an overall draft grade of 4.93. He did 15 bench press reps and had a 7.05 time in the three-cone drill.

 

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