NFL Combine Football

Nebraska defensive back Nathan Gerry runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine on Monday in Indianapolis.

Nate Gerry continued in his pursuit to impress NFL personnel Monday morning, completing his on-field testing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

The former Husker safety posted an official 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds, a vertical leap of 30½ inches, and a 122-inch broad jump a day after he had 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

His 40 time was respectable while not on the top end among safeties, with the fastest five being timed in :04.45 or faster.

While his vertical leap finished on the bottom end of his position group, his broad jump was impressive, 3 inches behind the top five safety performers.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Gerry seemed to shine most during ball-skill drills.

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One analyst, Dion Caputi of NFL Draft Update, felt among the first group of safeties going through position drills Monday, Gerry was the best. "Strong, comfortable hands and pretty impressive straight-line body control," Caputi tweeted.

Gerry and former Husker tight end Cethan Carter, who tested Saturday, can choose to redo drills or tests at Nebraska's Pro Day on March 14 if they wish.

It's worth noting that one of new Husker defensive coordinator Bob Diaco's former players at UConn was one of the combine stars Monday.

Safety Obi Melifonwu, who may be working his way into first-round draft contention, was a testing freak, running the 40 in :04.40, posting an eye-popping 44-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 141 inches. The latter two were top marks at his position.

Last year, while Diaco was the head coach at UConn, Melifonwu racked up 128 tackles and four interceptions for the Huskies.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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