The NFL Combine gives scouts and coaches the chance to test athletes on everything from speed to strength to quickness – not to mention intelligence (or potentially lack thereof). One of the ways college players can prove their athleticism is during the 20-yard shuttle run that tests them on lateral quickness and explosiveness in tight areas of space.
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If you haven't had a chance to see the drill for yourself before, take a gander.
Now that you're more familiar with the drill that hundreds of NFL hopefuls rip through each spring in Indianapolis at the combine, check out the best times ever by these incredible athletes.
Jason Allen & Brandin Cooks – 3.81 Seconds
Jason Allen's draft stock was boosted by his then-record time of 3.81 seconds back in 2006. The Miami Dolphins took him with the 16th overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft and the defensive back would go on to play until 2013.
Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks tied Allen in 2014, which was just a small precursor of how his quickness would translate into success at the next level. After going over the 1,000-yard-receiving mark in 2015 and 2016 with the Saints, Cooks continued to flourish in 2017 with the Patriots as he hauled in 65 passes for 1,082 yards and 7 scores.
Here's Cooks putting in work for the Beavers back in 2013 before their bowl game.
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Best NFL Combine 20-Yard Shuttle Times
|3.81||Brandin Cooks||Oregon State||WR||2014|
|3.84||B.W. Webb||William & Mary||CB||2013|
|3.85||Justin Simmons||Boston College||FS||2016|
|3.88||Austin Pettis||Boise State||WR||2011|
|3.89||Kevin Johnson||Wake Forest||CB||2015|
|3.90||Sabby Piscitella||Oregon State||S||2007|
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