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Former UConn defensive tackle Shamar Stephen had a solid showing at the NFL Combine Sunday and Monday, including a 30.5 inch vertical jump, 24th among defensive linemen but fourth among defensive tackles.
Stephen, 6 foot 5 and listed and weighing in at 309, ran a 5.25-second 40-yard dash and benched 225 pounds 25 times and went 8 feet, 7 inches in the broad jump.
Former linebacker Yawin Smallwood, who declared early did 18 reps on the bench and recorded a 5.01-second 40-yard dash, slower than he wanted but he pulled up with a left hamstring injury 20 yards into his sprint.
“I’m a little bummed out right now. I couldn’t really do much from there,” Smallwood told me by phone a few minutes ago. “I felt my hamstring tweak up at about the 20 yard line and I was trying to fight through because I had a good 10 and if I kept going would have got me to a 4.60 but I couldn’t really control it after that.”
Smallwood also leapt 36.5 in the vertical jump and 9 feet in the broad jump.
Three-cone, 20 and 60-yard shuttle results aren’t in yet but Smallwood did not participate in those drills but will do them at UConn’s Pro Day next month.