NFL Combine: How did the state’s players perform on Monday?

Alabama defensive backs Tony Brown and Anthony Averett blazed on the fastest day of the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday. But the player who had the top showing relative to the state’s all-time best at the combine for the day was Jacksonville State safety Siran Neal.

The former Eufaula High School standout posted a vertical leap of 40.5 inches on Monday, the final day of testing and drills for the NFL’s 2018 event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

That tied him for fifth-best on the vertical-leap list for Alabama high school and college players at the combine (since 2000, the first year for which complete records exist on

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (Homewood) has the best combine vertical leap for a player with Alabama football roots, getting 42.5 inches off the ground in 2015.

Brown’s 40 time of 4.35 seconds on Monday tied for the ninth-fastest run by a player from an Alabama high school or college at the combine, with Averett’s 4.36 now in the 12th spot on the state’s 40 list.

The fastest 40 run at the combine by a player with Alabama football roots was turned in by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (Midfield, UAB) in 2015, when he posted a 4.28.

Averett, Brown and Neal were

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