NFL Combine: How did the state’s players perform on Saturday?

Three players with Alabama football roots were among the standouts in the measurable drills at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

The defensive linemen and linebackers took the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with the opportunity to participate in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, shuttle run and bench press and work out under the guidance of NFL coaches while being scrutinized by NFL talent evaluators.

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The linebackers’ broad jump was particularly noteworthy for players from Alabama high schools and colleges on Saturday. Florida’s Jeremiah Moon, who prepped at Hoover, had the best broad jump among the linebackers at 11 feet, 1 inch. That was 1 inch better than the runner-up, Alabama’s Christian Harris.

Moon’s broad jump ranks as the fourth-longest for a player with Alabama football roots in this century at the combine. Wide receivers Julio Jones (Foley, Alabama) and Darius Slayton (Auburn) have the best broad jump at 11 feet, 3 inches, followed by running back Carl Stewart (Auburn) at 11 feet, 2 inches. Harris is tied for fifth-best with wide receiver Ricardo Louis (Auburn).

Moon finished second in the linebacker ‘vertical leap at 40.5 inches, which is tied for seventh for a player from an Alabama high school or college at the combine in this century. The state record is 42.5 inches by running back Ameer Abdullah (Homewood).

Harris also came in second among linebackers in the 40-yard dash at 4.44 seconds.

Ole Miss defensive end Sam Williams from Lee High School in Montgomery was the second-fastest defensive lineman on Saturday at 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Here’s how the defensive linemen and linebackers from Alabama high schools and colleges did in the measurable drills (with top-10 placements noted) on Saturday (not all players participated in all drills):

LSU defensive lineman Neil Farrell Jr. (Murphy): 5.41-second 40-yard dash, 21.5-inch vertical jump, 8.41-second three-cone drill.

Alabama linebacker Christian Harris: 4.44-second 40-yard dash (second among linebackers), 34.5-inch vertical jump, 132-inch broad jump (second among linebackers).

Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis: 23.5-inch vertical jump, 109-inch broad jump, 4.91-second shuttle run.

Auburn linebacker Zakoby McClain: 4.69-second 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical jump, 117-inch broad jump.

Florida linebacker Jeremiah Moon (Hoover): 4.76-second 40-yard run, 40.5-inch vertical jump (second among linebackers), 133-inch broad jump (first among linebackers), 7.09-second three-cone drill (fifth among linebackers), 4.55-second shuttle run (fourth among linebackers).

Ole Miss defensive lineman Sam Williams (Lee-Montgomery): 4.46-second 40-yard dash (second among defensive linemen), 32.5-inch vertical jump, 123-inch broad jump (sixth among defensive linemen).

UAB defensive lineman Alex Wright (Elba): 15 reps in the bench press.

Alabama linebacker Christopher Allen and defensive lineman LaBryan Ray (James Clemens) did not participate in the measurable drills.

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The broad jump is done from a standing position. There’s no run-up involved.

The three-cone drill is designed to measure a player’s ability to change directions. With the cones in an L-shape, the player runs 5 yards to the middle cone and back, then runs around the middle cone, another 5 yards to the far cone and back around the L to the starting cone.

The shuttle run is designed to test lateral quickness. From a middle starting position, the player runs 5 yards to his right, touches a line, turns and runs 10 yards to the left and touches a line, then runs back to the starting spot.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.

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