NFL Combine - Day 3: Henry sets combine on fire; Spence, Nkemdiche defend character

theScore Staff
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Throughout the combine, theScore is bringing you all the results, reaction, and breaking stories as they happen.

What: 2016 NFL Scouting Combine
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
When: Feb. 24-29
TV: NFL Network
Streaming: Watch here


Day 3

Jaylon Smith expected to miss rookie season

Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith is expected to miss at least his rookie season with nerve damage in his knee and ankle. The uncertainty surrounding nerve injuries could drop Smith from the top 10 to the middle rounds.

Smith sidestepped questions about the injury earlier in the day, but did consistently sell himself as a "long-term" option and the best player in the draft.

It has also been reported Smith has a $5-million loss of value insurance policy if he falls out of the first round.

Paxton Lynch's medical exam concerns teams

Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch told reporters some teams were put off by his medical exam, saying lingering issues with his knee and shoulder "spooked" one or two organizations.

Lynch was asked to undergo further testing and didn't seem concerned with the issues, citing his record of not missing a game or practice as proof of his health.

Henry dominates combine

The first group of players, which included running backs and offensive linemen, kicked off the on-field portion of the combine Friday, and it didn't take long for Alabama running back Derrick Henry to start turning heads.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner posted a 37-inch vertical jump - a ridiculous number for a player at his weight - and nearly leaped off the broad jump grid.

Henry continued his impressive combine performance by running a 4.54-second 40-yard dash, but was beaten by Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott - one of the other consensus top running back prospects - who ran a 4.47.

Marshall comes closest to breaking 40 record

Chris Johnson's record in the 40-yard dash remains unbroken, but Georgia running back Keith Marshall came close Friday.

Marshall registered a blistering official time of 4.31 seconds during his first try at the drill, just short of Johnson's record of 4.24 seconds, set in 2008.

Tap here to see a recap of 40-yard dash times for the entire group of running backs.

Tunsil skips 40

Potential first overall pick Laremy Tunsil chose not to run the 40-yard dash at the combine, and will instead wait for his pro day to show off his speed.

The lineman, who also skipped the bench press earlier this week, did participate in select on-field drills.

Bosa says he's best player in draft

Defensive linemen and linebackers underwent physical measurements and medical testing before meeting the media for the first time Friday.

Ohio State pass-rusher Joey Bosa was the first to make headlines in his media availability. Bosa declared himself the draft's best player, but dodged questions about why he was suspended for the Buckeyes' season opener.

Nkemdiche's character concerns exposed

Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche's combine press conference made waves - and probably not for the right reasons.

Nkemdiche, who was arrested for marijuana possession in December after falling out of a hotel window, insisted he's changed, and blamed the incident on being drunk.

He also admitted to laziness and taking plays off in college.

Spence insists drug issues are in the past

Noah Spence took the opportunity Friday to speak about the drug issues that got him banned from the Big Ten. He said those problems were in the past, adding that he routinely takes drugs tests to prove he is clean.

Spence turned around his career at Eastern Kentucky and regained his status as a potential first-round pick.

Myles Jack expects to be medically cleared

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack says his knee feels "100 percent" healthy, and he expects to be medially cleared ahead of his March 15 pro day workout.

Jack underwent thorough medical examination from teams at the combine, but his draft stock will likely hinge on how well he performs in workouts leading up to the draft.