Former Gophers linebacker Blake Cashman impressed at the NFL combine in Indianapolis this past weekend, posting some of the top marks in his group.
NFL.com ranked him with a 5.14 rating, which gives him a "better-than-average chance" to make a roster.
Here were his measurements:
Weight: 237 pounds
Arms: 30 1/8"
Hands: 8 3/4"
Broad jump: 124.0" (tied for third among linebackers)
40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds (fourth)
20-yard shuttle: 4.12 seconds (fourth)
Vertical jump: 37.5" (fifth)
Three-cone drill: 6.95 seconds (tied for seventh)
He also did 18 reps on the bench press. His 60-yard shuttle time was not posted.
Former Gophers offensive tackle Donnell Greene also participated but didn't have his results posted on NFL.com. He was still coming off a knee surgery that kept him from the bowl game. He did tie for the heaviest lineman at 335 pounds. The website gave him a 5.33 rating or "NFL backup or special teams potential."
The draft is April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.
Some other random notes from coach P.J. Fleck's radio spot on WCCO Sunday morning: He said the first open practice for spring ball will be March 15 (starts March 12, game is April 13). He also said defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr., will participate in spring ball after his left foot injury this past season. But running backs Rodney Smith (left ACL) and Shannon Brooks (knee) are not ready to go yet.