Helu's numbers best of Huskers at combine

The much anticipated face off between Prince Amukamara and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, took place today during the last day of the NFL Combine. There were a few Huskers showing their stuff, but as expected, the battle of the top two corners stole the show. But it was Roy Helu Jr. who stood atop all the Huskers when the dust settled as his numbers from the combine were impressive.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network had Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara as his two highest rated cornerbacks in this upcoming draft, giving the edge to Peterson, who measured in at 6-0, 219 lbs., while Amukamara came in at 6-0, 206 lbs.

In the 40-yard dash the official times had Peterson getting the upper hand on Amukamara as the former LSU standout ran a 4.34 to Amukamara's 4.43.

In the vertical, it was a dead heat as both jumped 38 inches.

Amukamara took the broad jump, leaping 10 foot, 8 inches to Peterson's 10 foot, 6 inches.  The former Husker's jump was the second best among the corners, one inch behind Citadel's Cortez Allen.

on the bench press, Amukamara repped 225 lbs. 16 times to Peterson's 15.

At this point it was close to a dead heat, at least as far as the quantifiable things can be considered. But Amukamara dipped a little bit in the agility drills as he didn't rank as a top performer in either the 3-cone or the 60-yard shuttle, while Peterson was fourth among cornerbacks in the 3-cone with a 6.58 and he placed fourth again in the 60-yard shuttle with an 11.08. In the 20-yard shuttle, both were almost even as Peterson edged Amukamara by a hundredth of a second with his 4.07.

One interesting note here, and you'd have to be someone in the profession to understand what it means, because I don't. Under Armour was debuting a new device attached to a jersey, dubbed the "E39." Among the things it tests during the course of these drills with definable measurables, s G-force. What that apparently measures is raw acceleration, which is determined through the first three steps of the 40-yard dash.  According to Kevin Haley, the Vice President of Innovation for Under Armour, said Amukamara's 10.7g reading he registered in the 40-yard dash was the highest of all the participants who donned the high-tech top, stating that 30 players representing every position on the field, had wore it for the testing this week.

Other participants today from Nebraska were Eric Hagg and Dejon Gomes. Gomes' best performance came in the 40-yard dash as he posted a 4.53, while Hagg's best performance came in the 3-cone drill as he topped all the Huskers, ranking 10th among all defensive backs (including corners) with a 6.73.

The best official performance by Huskers in the Combine Drills goes as follows:

40-yard Dash: 4.42 Roy Helu Jr.
Bench Press: 20 reps - Ricky Henry
Vertical: 38 inches - Prince Amukamara
Broad Jump: 10-8 - Prince Amukamara
3-Cone: 6,67 - Roy Helu Jr. (Second among all running backs)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.01 Roy Helu Jr. (tops among all running backs)
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.07 Roy Helu Jr. (tops among all running backs)

 

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