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IMG Academy-trained athletes have solid NFL Combine showing, add a few surprises

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IMG Academy's DeAndre Hopkins shows off his hands at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Nearly 40 IMG Academy-trained athletes attended the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Among the top performers were tightends Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame), Gavin Escobar (San Diego State) and Vance McDonald (Rice). Eifert and McDonald clocked in with the third and fourth fastest TE 40-yard-dash times, respectively. The 6’5” Eifert posted the second-best vertical with 35.5”. McDonald, meanwhile, bested all TEs and most OL with 31 reps on the bench press.

Meanwhile, FB Tommy Bohanon (Wake Forest) posted 36 reps and the underrated  6'7" DE Margus Hunt of SMU took the #1 spot among all positions with 38 reps. Hunt also posted the third-fastest 40 time among DL with a 4.6, turning scouts' heads along the way. Learn more about Hunt here. Training partner, Trevardo Williams (UCONN), bested all DL with a 4.57, and blew away the competition with a 38” vertical. He was third among DL in the broad jump with 10'4". Fellow IMG Academy trainee, Ty Powell (Harding), was fourth among DL in the broad with a 10'2", and slid into second in the vertical with 37”.

Of the offensive linemen, IMG Academy’s OT J.C. Tretter out of Cornell scored well across the board. With 29 reps, Tretter came in 11th among OL on the bench press. Fellow IMG Academy trainee Garrett Gilkey (Chadron State) snuck in just behind him with 28 reps. Tretter also posted a 5.09 on the 40-yard dash, good for 13th. His 4.69 on the 20-yard shuttle put him just behind IMG Academy trainee Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M, 4.68) in 14th. Joeckel, the possible #1 overall pick in the Draft, impressed onlookers with his footwork and movement on the field.

Geno Smith (West Virginia) topped the QB competition in the 40-yard dash with a 4.59, and the broad jump with a 10'4". He landed in second in the vertical with a 33.5". 

WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee) clocked in ninth among wideouts in the 40-yard dash with a 4.44. He topped the pack with both his vertical at 39.5" and broad at 11'4". Training peer DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson had the best hands while running routes on the field.

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