OU football notebook: Several Sooners do well at NFL Combine

Tight end James Hanna runs a 4.49-second 40. Hanna's time is lower than several wide receivers at the event
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: February 26, 2012

NORMAN – Oklahoma had a strong showing in the first couple of on-field days at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Tight end James Hanna got the Sooners' seven representatives off to a quick start. He ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash, the lowest of any tight end at the event. It was a faster time, actually, than most of the receivers who ran.

Hanna followed that up by being second among tight ends in the 20-yard shuttle run (4.11 seconds) and the three-cone drill (6.76). He was also third in the broad jump (10 feet, 2 inches).

He reportedly fared well in blocking drills but did hurt himself some by dropping two passes in the pass-catching session.

Like Hanna, offensive tackle Don Stephenson set the mark for the top-40 time at his position. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Stephenson ran a 4.91-second time. He also had the top broad jump (9-6) for linemen, as well as vertical leap (35 ½ inches).

Stephenson struggled some with the bench, however. Some of his chronic shoulder issues could have contributed to his 19 repetitions of the 225-pound bar. (Most linemen are in the neighborhood of 30 reps.)

Meanwhile, receiver Ryan Broyles impressed scouts with 21 repetitions, among the most at his position. Broyles, still recovering from his November knee surgery, did not participate in any of the receiving or running drills. But Broyles purportedly did run a 4.7-second 40 in recent weeks, even though he's nowhere near 100 percent.

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