Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Nebraska defensive back Stanley Jean-Baptiste runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste took his turn at the NFL's biggest job fair Tuesday, putting up the type of numbers that should keep alive hopes of him being drafted within the first three rounds.

Jean-Baptiste already has gained attention for his measurables, which have drawn some comparison in recent weeks with those of Seattle Seahawks' superstar Richard Sherman.

But the former Husker cornerback showed something else during his on-field workout at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis: He has hops.

Measuring in at 6-foot-3 and weighing 218 pounds, Jean-Baptiste posted the highest vertical leap of any defensive back, jumping 41½ inches.

"At that height and weight, that's crazy," said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.

Jean-Baptiste's broad jump of 128 inches also stood out, tying for third among defensive backs.

His official 40-yard-dash time of 4.61 seconds was more in the meaty part of the curve when it came to the defensive backs. But it may not hurt him as much given his bigger size than most testing at his position.

Jean-Baptiste benched 225 pounds 13 times, which is about average for a cornerback. Minnesota's Brock Vereen led the way among defensive backs in that category with 25 reps.

Mayock did say he'd like to see Jean-Baptiste use his size to be more physical. But when the cornerback's measurements were read aloud on air, the NFL Network's Deion Sanders uttered an impressed, "C'mon, man."

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Since there have been comparisons to Sherman in size, some may run the combine numbers of both cornerbacks together out of curiosity. Jean-Baptiste stacked up well enough in that regard.

While Sherman was 6-3 when he worked out at the combine three years ago, he weighed in at 195 pounds. His 40 time was 4.56 seconds, with 16 reps on the bench, a vertical leap of 38 inches and a broad jump of 125 inches.

It's not sure at this point whether Jean-Baptiste will want to improve on any of his numbers or let them stand. But the opportunity will be available at Nebraska's Pro Day on March 6.


The Nebraska athletic department has announced a 2 p.m. kickoff time for the April 12 spring game.

The Red-White scrimmage had been scheduled to start at 1 p.m. before Tuesday's announcement. Nothing is yet determined in regard to potential television coverage.

Fans may purchase tickets at Huskers.com, by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED or in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage (8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).

Price of tickets for the annual scrimmage are $15 for club seats, $10 for reserved seats and $5 for faculty and staff. UNL students get in free.

​Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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