Wisconsin Badgers 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Roundup: How Did Melvin Gordon and Rob Havenstein Fare?

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Rob Havenstein underwhelms

As well as Melvin Gordon performed, Rob Havenstein’s day at the combine was somewhat a letdown.

The big man – who measured in at an official 6-foot-7, 321 pounds – didn’t have the best day on the field. Havenstein finished at or near the bottom of each on-field drill.

Here’s his on-field results:

• 40-yard dash: 5.46 (31st)

• Bench press: 16 reps (225 pounds) (37th – position low)

• Vertical jump: 28.5 inches (2’4.5″) (23rd)

• Broad jump: 96 inches (8′) (T-29th)

• 3 cone drill: 8.28 seconds (32nd – position low)

• 20 yard shuffle: 4.87 seconds (T-30th)

While the speed drill numbers aren’t surprising for a man of Havenstein’s size, the bench reps really stood out.

Havenstein managed three fewer reps than his teammate, Gordon, who threw up 225 pounds 19 times to his own 16.

While it was anything but a great performance, the combine drills didn’t showcase every side of his game. As Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun wrote, “It’s not an entirely unexpected showing for Havenstein, whose size, intelligence and toughness are the strengths of his game.”

Havenstein has history on his side, as history says Wisconsin linemen make good NFL linemen.

He’ll have the chance at his pro day to improve some of his correctable numbers – namely, on the bench – and in interviews can show traits to NFL scouts that don’t come out in on-field drills.

Havenstein’s combine will likely hurt his draft stock, but his name should still be called come the 2015 NFL draft. Maybe just a little bit lower than previously projected.

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