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NFL Combine 2016: Northwestern's Dan Vitale's full results

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During his four years at Northwestern, superback Dan Vitale was a do-it-all player. It's those many talents that he will try to showcase to NFL scouts in the lead up to April's NFL Draft.

That process got off to a great start this week at the NFL Combine.

Vitale, who is transitioning to fullback, worked out with the running backs in Indianapolis and shined.

After his measurements in terms of height, weight and arm length were unspectacular, he crushed the athleticism drills, ranking him among the top fullback Combine performers since 1999, according to Mock Draftable.

Here are his results and those of the other fullbacks in this year's draft class:

Bench press: 30 reps of 225 pounds

This is an absurd number for a fullback and was tied for the best mark set by anyone in the running back position group this year. Nebraska's Andy Janovich matched Vitale's mark. The record for reps by a running/fullback is 36, set by Wake Forest's Tommy Bohanon in 2013.

Here's how Vitale compared to other fullback prospects at the Combine:

PROSPECT REPS RB RANK PROSPECT RANK*
Dan Vitale, Northwestern 30 T-1 2
Andy Janovich, Nebraska 30 T-1 13
Soma Vainuku, USC 26 3 5
Glenn Gronkowski, Kansas State 17 T-17 1

*Rankings via CBS Sports

40-yard dash: 4.60, official

Again, this is a really strong mark for Vitale. When combined with the bench press, it shows teams that he is an explosive athlete in both the weight room and on the field. He's a multi-dimensional prospect.

Here's Vitale's second run, which was first timed at an unofficial 4.58:

Also, here's how the Wheaton, Ill. native compared to the other fullbacks:

PROSPECT TIME RB RANK PROSPECT RANK
Dan Vitale 4.6 T-16 2
Soma Vainuku 4.68 19 5
Glenn Gronkowski 4.71 20 1
Andy Janovich 4.81 22 13

Vertical jump: 38.5 inches

If you haven't realized it yet, Dan Vitale absolutely destroyed the combine from an athleticism standpoint. His 38.5 vertical was the third-best mark out of all the running backs, and it's especially impressive with Vitale showing up at the combine at a chiseled 239 pounds.

PROSPECT HEIGHT (in.) RB RANK PROSPECT RANK
Dan Vitale 38.5 3 2
Andy Janovich 34.0 T-11 13
Glenn Gronkowski 33.0 15 1
Soma Vainuku 32.0 T-18 13

Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches

Shocker. Vitale outclasses the rest of the fullbacks again.

PROSPECT Length RB RANK PROSPECT RANK
Dan Vitale 10'03'' T-5 2
Glenn Gronkowski 10'00'' T-10 1
Andy Janovich 9'11'' 13 13
Soma Vainuku 9'00'' 22 5

Three cone drill: 7.12 seconds

The three cone drill tests a player's ability to change directions. It relies less on straight speed and more on quick, rapid movements. Only 13 players competed in this drill.

PROSPECT TIME RB RANK PROSPECT RANK
Glenn Gronkowski 7.10 8 1
Dan Vitale 7.12 9 2
Andy Janovich 7.28 13 13
Soma Vainuku N/A N/A 5

20-yard shuttle: 4.12 seconds

This drill tests lateral quickness and explosion in short distances. Clearly, this is one of Vitale's strengths as he led all running backs in this drill. Only 13 players competed in this drill.

PROSPECT TIMES RB RANK PROSPECT RANK
Dan Vitale 4.12 1 2
Andy Janovich 4.32 9 13
Glenn Gronkowski 4.45 12 1
Soma Vainuku N/A N/A 13

60-yard shuttle: 11.36 seconds

This is basically an extended version of the 20-yard shuttle, and Vitale came through again. Twelve players participated in this test.

PROSPECT TIMES RB RANK PROSPECT RANK
Dan Vitale 11.46 3 2
Andy Janovich 11.95 T-10 13
Glenn Gronkowski 11.95 T-10 1
Soma Vainuku N/A N/A 13

To put Vitale's performance in perspective, let's compare his combine numbers to that of Alabama star Derrick Henry, regarded as one of the top-two running back prospects in this draft. Both players competed in every drill.

Dan Vitale Derrick Henry
Height 6'1'' 6'3''
Weight 239 247
40-yard dash 4.6 4.54
Bench press reps 30 22
Vertical jump 38.5'' 37''
Broad Jump 10'03'' 10'10''
Three-cone 7.12 7.2
20-yard shuttle 4.12 4.38
60-yard shuttle 11.36 11.5

Here's video of Vitale in one of the position-specific running back drills: