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Big Ten's top performers at the combine

After watching Michigan State and Purdue slug it out on the basketball court Sunday, I was tempted to make the short drive down I-65 to Indianapolis for the final few days of the NFL combine.

The combine continues today and Tuesday, but many of the key evaluations have already taken place.

Let's take a look at the Big Ten's top performers in the events through Sunday:

40-Yard Dash

  • Tony Moeaki, Iowa, tied for fourth among tight ends (4.69 seconds)

  • Andrew Quarless, Penn State, tied for fourth among tight ends (4.69 seconds)

Bench Press

  • Daryll Clark, Penn State, first among quarterbacks (21 reps)

  • Arrelious Benn, Illinois, tied for first among wide receivers (20 reps)

  • Blair White, Michigan State, sixth among wide receivers (18 reps)

  • Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois, third among tight ends (25 reps)

  • Andrew Quarless, Penn State, tied for fifth among tight ends (23 reps)

  • Garrett Graham, Wisconsin, tied for eighth among tight ends (20 reps)

  • Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State, tied for sixth among defensive linemen (32 reps)

  • Brandon Graham, Michigan, tied for 10th among defensive linemen (31 reps)

  • Mike Neal, Purdue, tied for 10th among defensive linemen (31 reps)

Vertical Jump

  • Mike Kafka, Northwestern, tied for seventh among quarterbacks (32 inches)

  • Arrelious Benn, Illinois, tied for eighth among wide receivers (37 inches)

  • Garrett Graham, Wisconsin, sixth among tight ends (34.5 inches)

  • Tony Moeaki, Iowa, tied for seventh among tight ends (34 inches)

  • Rodger Saffold, Indiana, tied for ninth among offensive linemen (29.5 inches)

Broad Jump

  • Mike Kafka, Northwestern, tied for fifth among quarterbacks (9 feet, 2 inches)

  • Tony Moeaki, Iowa, tied for fifth among tight ends (9 feet, 5 inches)

  • Rodger Saffold, Indiana, tied for second among offensive linemen (9 feet, 5 inches)

3-Cone Drill

  • Mike Kafka, Northwestern, third among quarterbacks (6.96 seconds)

  • Blair White, Michigan State, third among wide receivers (6.69 seconds)

  • Rodger Saffold, Indiana, third among offensive linemen (7.42 seconds)

20-Yard Shuttle

  • Blair White, Michigan State, first among wide receivers (4.03 seconds)

  • Garrett Graham, Wisconsin, fourth among tight ends (4.35 seconds)

  • Rodger Saffold, Indiana, eighth among offensive linemen (4.67 seconds)

60-Yard Shuttle

  • Mike Kafka, Northwestern, second among quarterbacks (11.79 seconds)

  • Blair White, Michigan State, second among wide receivers (11.07 seconds)

  • Tony Moeaki, Iowa, third among tight ends (11.86 seconds)

So it's been a good combine for players like Moeaki, Saffold, White, Kafka and Quarless. I'll provide more updates on top performers as the results are posted.