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How Patriots’ 2019 draft picks measured up at the NFL Scouting Combine

Revisiting the combine numbers behind New England’s last 10 selections.

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All 10 selections from the New England Patriots’ 2019 draft stopped by Lucas Oil Stadium last winter. As did a list of eventual undrafted signings that included North Carolina State wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, Missouri linebacker Terez Hall and Marshall safety Malik Gant.

But from the first round through the seventh, how did New England’s class test on-field at the NFL Scouting Combine?

Before another 330-plus invitees visit Indianapolis in Under Armour between Feb. 23 and March 2, here’s a glance back at those numbers.

N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 228 pounds
  • Arms: 33 inches
  • Hands: 9 1/2 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds
  • Three-cone: DNP
  • Short shuttle: DNP
  • Vertical leap: 38 1/2 inches
  • Broad jump: 10-foot-2
  • Bench press: 27 reps

New England’s pick at No. 32 overall, Harry put up as many bench reps of 225 pounds as former Ole Miss and current Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf at last year’s combine. Both would check in at 228 pounds, though Metcalf’s 40-time clocked in two-tenths of a second faster. Unlike Metcalf, Harry did not handle agility drills while in Indianapolis. The Arizona State product’s vertical tied for seventh at the position.

Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

  • Height: 6-foot-4
  • Weight: 211 pounds
  • Arms: 32 1/2 inches
  • Hands: 9 3/4 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds
  • Three-cone: DNP
  • Short shuttle: DNP
  • Vertical leap: DNP
  • Broad jump: DNP
  • Bench press: 17 reps

Williams stood in the 98th percentile among defensive backs at a rounded-up 6-foot-4, according to The Vanderbilt corner tied with Boston College’s Lukas Denis with a 40-yard dash of 4.64 seconds, which placed 46th among participating DBs. Williams trimmed his time at the Commodores’ pro day. New England’s second-rounder did not participate in the three-cone, 20-yard shuttle, vertical or broad jump at the combine.

Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 256 pounds
  • Arms: 32 3/4 inches
  • Hands: 10 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds
  • Three-cone: 6.94 seconds
  • Short shuttle: 4.11 seconds
  • Vertical leap: 30 1/2 inches
  • Broad jump: 9-foot-8
  • Bench press: 18 reps

At 6-foot-3 and 256 pounds, Winovich ran the three-cone drill quicker than all but five partaking wide receivers did at the 2019 combine. That collection featured Colorado State’s Olabisi Johnson, Toledo’s Cody Thompson, Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow, Nebraska’s Stanley Morgan and Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin. From a similar vein, the third-round Michigan edge-rusher’s short shuttle ranked 15th among combine participants on the defensive side of the ball.

Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

  • Height: 5-foot-10
  • Weight: 216 pounds
  • Arms: 30 3/4 inches
  • Hands: 9 3/4 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds
  • Three-cone: DNP
  • Short shuttle: DNP
  • Vertical leap: 37 inches
  • Broad jump: 10-foot-1
  • Bench press: 16 reps

Harris had led Alabama’s rushing attack over his final three seasons in the SEC, and placed 11th among last combine’s running backs in the 40-yard dash. His 37-inch vertical placed fourth at the position behind Kansas State’s Alex Barnes, Miami’s Travis Homer and Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill. Harris did not run the three-cone or short shuttle in Indy. He would be taken No. 87 overall by New England in the following months.

Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 312 pounds
  • Arms: 34 inches
  • Hands: 10 inches
  • 40-yard dash: DNP
  • Three-cone: DNP
  • Short shuttle: DNP
  • Vertical leap: DNP
  • Broad jump: DNP
  • Bench press: 32 reps

Cajuste underwent quad surgery during the pre-draft process, and would remain on the non-football injury list for the duration of his rookie season in New England. The third-round tackle out of West Virginia benched 32 reps at the combine, which tied for the seventh-highest tally across all prospects on hand.

Hjalte Froholdt, G, Arkansas

  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 306 pounds
  • Arms: 31 1/4 inches
  • Hands: 9 3/4 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 5.2 seconds
  • Three-cone: 7.51 seconds
  • Short shuttle: 4.54 seconds
  • Vertical leap: 27 1/2 inches
  • Broad jump: 8-foot-9
  • Bench press: 31 reps

One bench rep behind Cajuste was Froholdt, the interior offensive lineman by way of Denmark, IMG Academy and Arkansas. Froholdt’s 20-yard shuttle also tied the Atlanta Falcons’ top draft choice, Chris Lindstrom, for seventh among last year’s combine O-linemen. Froholdt spent his rookie season in New England on injured reserve after landing at No. 118 overall.

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 218 pounds
  • Arms: 32 inches
  • Hands: 9 1/8 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds
  • Three-cone: 7.28 seconds
  • Short shuttle: 4.33 seconds
  • Vertical leap: 31 inches
  • Broad jump: 9-foot-2
  • Bench press: DNP

Before Stidham became New England’s second-in-command quarterback as a rookie, the fourth-round pick via Baylor and Auburn did all but bench in Indianapolis. Stidham’s inconspicuous 40-time outpaced West Virginia’s Will Grier, Boise State’s Brett Rypien, Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur, Washington State’s Gardner Minshew and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.

Byron Cowart, DT, Maryland

  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 298 pounds
  • Arms: 33 3/4 inches
  • Hands: 10 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 5.16 seconds
  • Three-cone: DNP
  • Short shuttle: DNP
  • Vertical leap: 30 inches
  • Broad jump: 9-foot-2
  • Bench press: 26 reps

Cowart’s arm length stretched for an inside-the-20 spot among defensive linemen at last year’s combine. As did his 26 reps on the bench and 111-inch broad jump. On the other side, Cowart’s 40-yarder ranked ahead of only four defensive linemen who ran it. The Patriots drafted the former five-star recruit, who’d spent one season at Maryland, in the fifth round.

Jake Bailey, P, Stanford

  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Arms: 30 inches
  • Hands: 8 3/4 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds
  • Three-cone: DNP
  • Short shuttle: DNP
  • Vertical leap: 33 inches
  • Broad jump: 9-foot-9
  • Bench press: DNP

Bailey would be accompanied by Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky, Rice’s Jack Fox and Indiana’s Dan Godsil on the first day of on-field work last February. The Stanford punter, whom New England would trade up to select in the draft’s fifth round, would log the same 40 as LSU running back Nick Brossette. Bailey’s vertical matched the likes of those jumped by Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw and Penn State do-it-all QB Trace McSorley.

Ken Webster, CB, Mississippi

  • Height: 5-foot-11
  • Weight: 203 pounds
  • Arms: 32 inches
  • Hands: 8 7/8 inches
  • 40-yard dash: 4.43 seconds
  • Three-cone: 6.85 seconds
  • Short shuttle: 4.14 seconds
  • Vertical leap: 43 inches
  • Broad jump: 11-foot-1
  • Bench press: 18 reps

“Really explosive in terms of his speed,” Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said of Webster, the war room’s final pick, last April. “His explosiveness – I mean, like, eye-popping numbers.” Webster would be claimed by the Miami Dolphins at the NFL’s roster cutdown. His 40-yard dash, three-cone and short shuttle all secured top-10 spots among last year’s corners. His vertical and broad measurements were top-five between corners and safeties combined.