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2020 Combine Results: Fast 40 times lead to injuries for two top linebackers

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Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray both had to skip the remainder of their workouts after pulling up injured on their final 40-yard dash attempts.

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While a few notable defensive linemen chose not to work out at the 2020 NFL Combine, all of the big-name linebackers intended to perform in all of the drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Unfortunately for a few of the top options at the position, it was not meant to be.

Two of the draft’s best players at the position were unfortunately forced off the field by injuries when running their second attempts at the 40-yard dash. Those players were Kenneth Murray of Oklahoma and LSU’s Patrick Queen, two players who have been discussed widely by the media as possible targets for the Green Bay Packers with the 30th overall selection in the Draft.

Both players posted excellent times in their first attempts, however. Murray ran in 4.52 seconds, while Queen posted an even better time of 4.50 seconds a few minutes later. Both players also did well in explosiveness drills, with Murray coming out on top in both the vertical (39 inches vs. 35) and broad jumps (10-foot-9 vs. 10-foot-5).

Of the players who did go through the entire workout unscathed, there were a few particular standouts. The first was Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons, who was expected to blow away testing drills in Indianapolis. He delivered, cracking the 4.4 barrier with a 4.39-second 40 at 238 pounds. Simmons did not perform in agility drills, but showed off his explosiveness with an excellent 39-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump.

Behind Simmons, a pair of Big Ten linebackers shared the spotlight. First is Wisconsin’s Zack Baun, who is likely moving off the ball from playing the edge in the Badgers’ 3-4 defense. Baun ran 4.65 in the 40, had a time of 7 seconds flat in the 3-cone drill, and posted a great 24-rep count on the bench press. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s Malik Harrison kept pace, going for a 40 time of 4.66 seconds while besting Baun in the 3-cone drill (6.83) and the vertical (36 inches).

Finally, a surprise impressive workout came from Mississippi State’s Willie Gay, Jr. Gay played just five games in 2019 due to a violation of team rules. However, his workout in Indy was tremendous, as he posted a 4.46-second 40, 39.5-inch vertical, and 11-foot-4 broad jump. Gay projects as an early day three pick, but with that athletic upside he could be a great value should he put it together on the field.

Here’s a look at the complete list of linebacker workout numbers.

LB Testing - 2020 Combine

NAME POS COLLEGE Height Weight Hand Arm Wingspan Bench 40 (official) Vert Broad 3-cone 20 Shuttle
NAME POS COLLEGE Height Weight Hand Arm Wingspan Bench 40 (official) Vert Broad 3-cone 20 Shuttle
Bachie, Joe LB Michigan St. 6010 230 10 2/8 31 5/8 76 7/8 26 4.67 33.5 119 6.93 4.34
Bailey, Markus LB Purdue 6001 235 9 3/8 31 4/8 76 2/8 15
Baun, Zack LB Wisconsin 6023 238 9 5/8 32 6/8 78 2/8 24 4.65 32.5 115 7.00 4.31
Bernard, Francis LB Utah 6003 234 9 7/8 31 7/8 77 2/8 19 4.81 32.5 120
Bituli, Daniel LB Tennessee 6020 246 9 2/8 34 3/8 83 3/8 16 4.84 32 121
Bradley, Shaun LB Temple 6005 235 9 4/8 31 6/8 74 3/8 14 4.51 32.5 121 7.07 4.24
Brooks, Jordan LB Texas Tech 6000 240 9 1/8 32 7/8 79 3/8 4.54
Brown, Cameron LB Penn St. 6052 233 9 4/8 34 78 7/8 16 4.72 35.5 123
Chaisson, K'Lavon LB LSU 6030 254 9 7/8 32 2/8 79 2/8
Coe, Nick LB Auburn 6045 280 10 2/8 33 6/8 80 6/8 21 4.89 29 116
Coughlin, Carter LB Minnesota 6031 236 9 4/8 31 3/8 76 7/8 4.57 36 126
Davis-Gaither, Akeem LB Appalachian St. 6014 224 9 4/8 31 1/8 75 1/8 21
Divinity, Michael LB LSU 6015 242 9 4/8 33 5/8 80 14 31 115
Dye, Troy LB Oregon 6032 231 9 3/8 32 2/8 78
Galeai, Tipa LB Utah St. 6045 235 9 4/8 33 5/8 81
Garrett, Cale LB Missouri 6016 234 9 4/8 31 2/8 75 2/8 4.92 32 124 6.91 4.13
Gay Jr., Willie LB Mississippi St. 6011 243 10 4/8 32 5/8 77 7/8 21 4.46 39.5 136 7.08 4.30
Harris, Scoota LB Arkansas 5115 234 9 3/8 31 3/8 75 5/8 18 4.69 33 111 7.38 4.32
Harrison, Malik LB Ohio St. 6025 247 10 2/8 32 6/8 79 3/8 4.66 36 122 6.83 4.32
Hudson, Khaleke LB Michigan 5110 224 10 29 3/8 72 5/8 30 4.56 33 120
Jennings, Anfernee LB Alabama 6021 256 9 1/8 32 7/8 79 4/8
Johnston, Clay LB Baylor 6010 227 9 30 4/8 73 2/8 18
Kamara, Azur LB Kansas 6032 245 10 35 2/8 82 5/8 13 4.59 28 121 7.20 4.46
Lewis, Terrell LB Alabama 6052 262 9 7/8 33 7/8 83 3/8 37 124
Mack, Jordan LB Virginia 6026 241 8 6/8 31 2/8 75 5/8
Martin, Kamal LB Minnesota 6027 240 10 1/8 34 81
Murray, Kenneth LB Oklahoma 6024 241 9 4/8 32 6/8 80 21 4.52 38 129
Olson, Dante LB Montana 6023 237 9 1/8 32 3/8 76 3/8 15 4.88 42 124 7.00 4.32
Phillips, Jacob LB LSU 6030 229 10 32 3/8 78 2/8 4.66 39 126 7.38 4.33
Pinckney, Michael LB Miami 5111 235 10 32 3/8 77 2/8
Quarterman, Shaquille LB Miami 6004 234 9 1/8 31 5/8 75 1/8 23 4.74 31 120
Queen, Patrick LB LSU 6002 229 10 31 5/8 76 7/8 18 4.50 35 125
Russell, Chapelle LB Temple 6020 236 10 32 3/8 76 21 4.69 35 121 7.38 4.41
Simmons, Isaiah LB Clemson 6035 238 9 5/8 33 3/8 81 7/8 4.39 39 132
Strnad, Justin LB Wake Forest 6033 238 9 1/8 31 6/ 78 4.74 29 113 4.49
Taylor, Darrell LB Tennessee 6035 267 9 6/8 33 80
Taylor, Davion LB Colorado 6004 228 9 5/8 32 1/8 76 6/8 21 4.49 35 127 6.96 4.26
Toohill, Casey LB Stanford 6043 250 9 4/8 33 4/8 79 5/8 4.62 39 126 7.08 4.21
Uche, Josh LB Michigan 6012 245 9 4/8 33 5/8 80 18
Walker, Mykal LB Fresno St. 6030 230 10 32 4/8 79 7/8 20 4.65 33 122 7.09 4.25
Weaver, Curtis LB Boise St. 6023 265 10 32 3/8 78 1/8 4.84 32.5 116 7.00 4.27
Weaver, Evan LB California 6021 237 9 7/8 31 5/8 77 1/8 15 4.76 32 117 7.02 4.21
Wilson, Logan LB Wyoming 6021 241 9 4/8 32 3/8 76 5/8 21 4.63 32 121 7.07 4.27
Woodward, David LB Utah St. 6016 230 9 2/8 31 5/8 75 5/8 16 4.79 33.5 114 7.34 4.37