BYU had two players invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine which wrapped up this week, defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo and offensive lineman Matt Reynolds.
Over 300 participants worked out for scouts and coaches in preparation for the 2012 NFL Draft in hopes to improve their draft stock and impress different teams. Players were also measured, timed and tested in various aspects of the game.
Fangupo measured in at an official 6-foot-1 and 323 pounds. Listed as a defensive tackle, draft evaluators mentioned Fangupo lacked some athleticism and footwork but marveled at his strength, going on to say "his strength is evident, as it looks like he is able to occupy two blockers with absolute ease at times. Strength is his whole game and will define his value and effectiveness at the next level."
The California native put up impressive numbers in the 225-pound bench press with 36 reps, second among all defensive lineman and third overall. He had a verticlal jump of 31.5'', good for seventh among all the defensive tackles. Fangupo turned in a 40-yard dash time of 5.18 seconds, broad jump of 8'3'', 20-yard shuttle time of 4.62 seconds and 3-cone drill time of 7.94 seconds.
Reynolds only participated in two drills at the combine, the 40-yard dash and the bench press and will show off more skills at Pro Day coming up soon. He measured in at 6-foot-5 and 302 pounds and was praised for his run blocking skills by evaluators. Combine experts said this about Reynolds, "shows power when run-blocking and is able to snap off the line of scrimmage into his man quickly and leg drive sufficiently to keep his man occupied. He has decent athletic ability but is able to get up field nicely and position on linebackers."
A four-year starter at BYU, Reynolds ran the 40 in a time of 5.37 seconds and put up 25 reps on the bench. His 40 time puts him at 26th among offensive lineman and 24th in the bench press. Reynolds overall grade of 64.0 ranks him at No. 24 among 54 offensive lineman participating at the combine.
Several of BYU's graduating seniors will showcase their talents for NFL scouts and experts at BYU's Pro Day coming up in March.