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NFL Combine 2016: Northwestern's Dean Lowry runs 4.87 40-yard dash

Photo: NFL Network broadcast

Former Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry ran an official 4.87-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine Sunday. Unofficially, Lowry clocked in at 4.88 seconds on both of his attempts. His time was tied for 17th-best out of the 57 participating defensive linemen.

Here's video of Lowry's first attempt:

Lowry equaled the unofficial 4.88 on his second attempt:

For the sake of comparison, here are the official times for some of the top defensive end prospects in the class:

Player School Time
Shilique Calhoun Michigan State 4.82
Kevin Dodd Clemson 4.86
Joey Bosa Ohio State 4.86
Bronson Kaufusi BYU 4.87
Jonathan Bullard Florida 4.93
DeForest Buckner Oregon 5.05

All six of those players are projected as 3rd-round picks or better. Lowry, who measured in at 6-foot-6 but with 31-inch arms, is projected as a 6th- or 7th-round pick, or as an undrafted free agent.

Lowry bench pressed 30 reps Friday. His field workouts are still to come from Indianapolis.

Northwestern's other prospect at the Combine, fullback Dan Vitale, was a standout performer on the first day of field workouts. He ran a 4.60 40-yard dashbench pressed 30 reps to lead his position group, and out-jumped and -ran Alabama star Derrick Henry in five of the seven tests of athleticism or strength.