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NFL windbreakers here, there and everywhere. Such was the sight Thursday at Nebraska's Pro Day, which brought representatives from 18 different teams to town.

Taylor Martinez was busier than anyone. He worked out as a QB, defensive back and wide receiver, seemingly not impacted by the toe problems that disrupted his senior season.

By the end of it, Martinez seemed satisfied by his day of work. While there were varying initial reports of his 40 time, NFL.com said Martinez's top time of two runs clocked in at 4.45 seconds.

Martinez certainly showed some resemblance to his old self on his two sprints, though he said afterward: "I thought I would have run a little faster time."

From a layman's eye, Martinez seemed to perform well throwing the ball, though he made it clear he is open to any position a team wants him to try. The football hit the turf three times during his passing drills, but only one was due to a quarterback misfire.

According to well-respected NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, who has very good sources when it comes to his numbers, Martinez had a 39-inch vertical leap, posted a 10'9" broad jump, a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.03 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 6.85 seconds. (We'll have more from the former Husker in a story.)

Brandt pointed out that Martinez's vertical, broad jump and shuttle time would have been better or matched the numbers of any of the QBs at the combine.

"Some NFL team will have to take a look at Martinez and decide what to do with him because he’s such a gifted athlete," Brandt wrote.


Quincy Enunwa, who tweaked his hamstring at the combine, did not participate in any drills.

But fellow combine participant cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste did do position drills and runt he 40, which proved a very smart decision.

Having posted an official 40 time of 4.61 seconds at the combine, the 6-feet-3, 218-pound Jean-Baptiste bettered it on his home turf.

He ran 40 times of 4.45 and 4.48 seconds according to NFL.com, which should put him in position to be at least a second- or third-round pick.

"I just (wanted) to be more relaxed," Jean-Baptiste said. "I was too tense at the combine. I wasn't focused. I felt more at home at Nebraska."


Brent Qvale weighed in at 318 pounds and posted a 40 time around 5.1 seconds, which he was pleased with. He was also happy with his bench results, where he had 24 reps, which is a good number when you consider his arm length.


Offensive lineman Spencer Long was limited, still closing in on full health after an emergency appendectomy in January delayed his rehab from last season's MCL tear.

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Long will hold off until doing most of the drills until April 17, when he has his own personal Pro Day in Lincoln. But the Elkhorn grad did participate in the bench press Thursday.

Long posted 28 reps while benching 225 pounds, second most of any former Husker, just one behind Cole Pensick.

The bench press numbers are as follows:

Cole Pensick 29

Spencer Long 28

Andrew Rodriguez 24

Kyler Reed 24 (2012 senior)

Brent Qvale 24

Jeremiah Sirles 21

Jason Ankrah 20

Ben Cotton 19 (2012 senior)

Thad Randle 19

Taylor Martinez 17

Baker Steinkuhler 17 (2012 senior)

Andrew Green 15

Mohammed Seisay 13

Ciante Evans 8

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


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