The NFL Combine measures players using both 20-yard and 60-yard shuttle drills. The shuttles, much like the 3-cone drill, test speed and acceleration. The only difference is that players are running laterally instead of forming a right angle.
Who can improve draft stock the most: Pass rushers, wide receivers, running backs.
The Rules: The shuttle runs take place between a set of cones. For the 20-yard shuttle, the player starts in a three-point stance and then runs five yards to his right, touches the ground, reverses and runs back 10 yards, touches the ground, before heading back five yards to the finish line. The 60-yard shuttle is similar, but instead of a 5-10-5 pattern, players run in a 10-20-10 pattern to the finish. The extra distance can help test an athlete's endurance in addition to quickness and burst.
Current NFL Combine record:
Cornerback Jason Allen (2006)/ Wide receiver Brandin Cooks (2014) – 3.81 in the 20-yard shuttle
Wide receiver Shelton Gibson (2017) – 10.71 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle
Here are some current Texans who excelled in the shuttle drills during their NFL Combine performance:
20-yard shuttle times
Bradley Roby (2014) – 4.04
Lonnie Johnson (2019) – 4.10
Chad Hansen (2017) – 4.13
Justin Reid (2018) – 4.15
Gareon Conley (2017) – 4.18
J.J. Watt (2011) – 4.21
Zach Cunningham (2017) – 4.29
Deshaun Watson (2017) – 4.31
60-yard shuttle times
Johnathan Joseph (2006) – 11.23
Will Fuller (2016) – 11.44
Kahale Warring (2019) – 11.72
The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine takes place Tuesday, February 25 through Sunday, March 1. On-field drills begin on Thursday, February 27 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Check out shots of current Texans offensive players from previous NFL Combines. (Photos via AP Images)