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Seferian-Jenkins should be top TE at combine

The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team.

A big portion of the combine is the individual events, such as the 40-yard dash, the bench press and the vertical jump.

This is Part 6 of our position-by-position look at the combine, spotlighting tight ends. We look at six prospects who will be scrutinized this year and also look at noteworthy event performances in the past five combines. We'll also look at how notable current players performed at their combine events.

Six to watch this year

Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts: Blanchflower (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) is one of the best senior prospects at the position despite playing for one of the worst FBS programs in the nation. He also missed eight games over the past two seasons, including six as a senior, and his injury issues caused him to miss the Reese's Senior Bowl. He has good size but needs to show he's healthy at the combine.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa: Fiedorowicz (6-5, 262) has excellent size and good athleticism but was inconsistent and sometimes unproductive with the Hawkeyes. Was he underutilized for a legitimate reason? He is the No. 1 senior prospect at the position but needs to show well in the combine events.

Xavier Grimble, USC: Grimble probably would have been best served returning for his senior season. He is athletic and will test well, but will that trump his lackluster career at USC?

A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State: Leonard, who turned pro a year early, began his career at Florida before transferring; he also played at two high schools and has had maturity issues. That said, he is a big-time athlete who should open some eyes in the combine events. Leonard (6-4, 245) isn't much of a blocker, but he can run and has the speed to be a legitimate deep threat.

Troy Niklas, Notre Dame: Niklas surprised some by turning pro early, but he should be among the first five or so tight ends off the board despite not seeing much playing time until the 2013 season. He was a touted offensive tackle in high school and might be the best blocker among the tight ends. Niklas (6-7, 270) was nicknamed "Hercules" by his Irish teammates. How will he test at the combine?

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: Seferian-Jenkins (6-6, 276) is a big-time athlete whose production dropped way off in his junior season after a strong sophomore season. But he surprised no one when he turned pro early. His combine performance should be excellent, and if you like Seferian-Jenkins, that will strengthen those feelings. But will that combine performance win over any detractors?

Combine bests over past five years

40-YARD DASH

1. Dorin Dickerson, Pitt
Time: 4.40 in 2010
Draft status: 7th round, Houston

2. James Hanna, Oklahoma
Time: 4.49 in 2012
Draft status: 6th round, Dallas

3. Jared Cook, South Carolina
Time: 4.50 in 2009
Draft status: 3rd round, Tennessee

3. Chris Gragg, Arkansas
Time: 4.50 in 2013
Draft status: 7th round, Buffalo

5. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
Time: 4.53 in 2012
Draft status: 4th round, San Diego

Notable players

Jordan Cameron, USC: 4.59 seconds in 2011
Vernon Davis, Maryland: 4.38 seconds in 2006
Jimmy Graham, Miami: 4.56 seconds in 2010
Greg Olsen, Miami: 4.51 seconds in 2007
Julius Thomas, Portland State: 4.64 seconds in 2011

VERTICAL JUMP

1. Dorin Dickerson, Pitt
Jump: 43.5 inches in 2010
Draft status: 7th round, Houston

2. Virgil Green, Nevada
Jump: 42.5 inches in 2011
Draft status: 7th round, Denver

3. Jared Cook, South Carolina
Jump: 41.0 inches in 2009
Draft status: 3rd round, Tennessee

4. Clay Harbor, Missouri State
Jump: 40.0 inches in 2010
Draft status: 4th round, Philadelphia

5. Jimmy Graham, Miami
Jump: 38.5 inches in 2010
Draft status: 3rd round, New Orleans

Notable players

Dallas Clark, Iowa: 37.5 inches in 2003
Vernon Davis, Maryland: 42 inches in 2006
Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma: 35 inches in 2010
Julius Thomas, Portland State: 35.5 inches in 2011
Jason Witten, Tennessee: 31 inches in 2003

BROAD JUMP

1. Michael Egnew, Missouri
Numbers: 10 feet, 11 inches in 2012
Draft status: 3rd round, Miami

2. Virgil Green, Nevada
Numbers: 10 feet, 10 inches in 2011
Draft status: 7th round, Denver

3. Dorin Dickerson, Pitt
Numbers: 10 feet, 5 inches in 2010
Draft status: 7th round, Houston

3. Chris Gragg, Arkansas
Numbers: 10 feet, 5 inches in 2013
Draft status: 7th round, Buffalo

5. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
Numbers: 10 feet, 4 inches in 2012
Draft status: 4th round, San Diego

Notable players

Jordan Cameron, USC: 9 feet, 11 inches in 2011
Vernon Davis, Maryland: 10 feet, 8 inches in 2006
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame: 9 feet, 11 inches in 2013
Jimmy Graham, Miami: 10 feet in 2010
Dennis Pitta, BYU: 9 feet, 4 inches in 2010

BENCH PRESS

1. Orson Charles, Georgia
Numbers: 35 reps in 2012
Draft status: 4th round, Cincinnati

2. Vance McDonald, Rice
Numbers: 31 reps in 2013
Draft status: 2nd round, San Francisco

3. Clay Harbor, Missoui State
Numbers: 30 reps in 2010
Draft status: 4th round, Philadelphia

4. Travis Beckum, Wisconsin
Numbers: 28 reps in 2009
Draft status: 3rd round, New York Giants

4. James Casey, Rice
Numbers: 28 reps in 2009
Draft status: 5th round, Houston

Notable players

Vernon Davis, Maryland: 33 reps in 2006
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame: 22 reps in 2013
Jimmy Graham, Miami: Did not lift in 2010
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona: 23 reps in 2010
Jason Witten, Tennessee: 25 reps in 2003

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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