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Three Rams to test skills at NFL Combine

Stealthily in wait, the 2014 NFL Combine has been hiding in the shadow of the Olympics. But since the excitement in Sochi is winding down, the attention of the sporting world is about to shift back to football.

The four-day event testing the skills of the top talent in the country begins on Saturday. Three of Colorado State’s own — tight end Crockett Gillmore, center Weston Richburg and running back Kapri Bibbs — are currently in Indianapolis awaiting their shot at showcasing their skills.

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To take a glance at what these former Rams will be up against over the weekend, here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 22: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams

Sunday, Feb. 23: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers

Monday, Feb. 24: Defensive linemen, linebackers

Tuesday, Feb. 25: Defensive backs

In addition to talking to potential employers for the interview portion, all 300 prospects will perform intense physical tests:

The 40-yard dash (the most famous event; tests explosive speed at 10, 20 and 40 yard distances. Gillmore and Bibbs will be expected to post decent 40’s while Richburg’s 10-yard time will be the most important)

Bench press (225 pounds across the board for as many reps as the athlete can. Designed to test endurance over brute strength)

Vertical jump (tests explosive lower-body power. This will be important for Gillmore because his lower body strength has been questioned by scouts)

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Broad jump (tests lower body explosion and strength, measures standing horizontal jump)

Three cone drill (designed to test ability to make cuts at high speed. This test and the shuttle run will be the most important for Bibbs to perform well)

Shuttle run (tests lateral quickness and ability to stop and start while maintaining speed)

Collegian Reporter Cali Rastrelli can be reached at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @c_rasta5.
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