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BYU football: Safety Daniel Sorensen tops NFL Combine at 3-cone drill

Being the brother of former Southern Utah University and current San Diego Chargers quarterback Brad Sorensen may have its privileges -- but Daniel Sorensen of BYU proved there may be another future NFL player in the family.

BYU safety Daniel Sorensen.
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Sorensen wowed NFL scouts this week at the NFL Combine with top-5 performances in three events Tuesday, February 25 -- and that was among all participants.

Daniel Sorensen, Safety

Sorensen was the talk of the NFL Combine on its last day as he posted great times in three events.

The first, the three cone drill, tests a player’s agility. Sorensen shined at it, clocking in at 6.47 -- best among all NFL Combine participants.

In his second drill, the 20-yard shuttle, Sorensen shined in an event designed to measure stamina -- tying for fifth overall at 3.95.

Lest you think Sorensen was done at those two events, he again clocked an amazing time in the 60-yard shuttle -- another event to test your stamina -- at 10.80, second only to Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks who is widely considered a lottery draft pick.

Does that mean Sorensen will go as high as Cooks? Likely not. Sorensen scored a 5.05 overall, not even nearly as high as any of the rival Utah Utes -- or Cooks -- even with his top 5 placings in numerous events. Most scouts see Sorensen as a special teams player.

Cody Hoffman, Wide Receiver

Should Hoffman have come out early in 2012-13? The numbers don’t lie. Hoffman scored about as high as Sorensen at this Combine -- and scouts are worried Hoffman can’t beat press coverage, a staple of NFL defenses.

If you’re an NFL team you have to worry about a guy who has a 9 ¾ hand size and jumps only 27 inches on his vertical. Not only that, he didn’t wow anyone in Indianapolis with his performances.

Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker

As expected, Van Noy had a good Combine, scoring 5.55 overall -- which according to scouts provides him an outside opportunity at becoming an NFL starter.

He did have the best overall score of any Utah collegian and draft hopeful, however, there are still many questions about his overall ability -- probably which won’t be answered at this Combine. He has rare gifts, as evidenced in this report -- but nobody seems to know where he’ll be drafted or by whom.

Eathyn Manumaleuna, Defensive End

Eathyn was a big surprise to scouts on Combine Weekend, scoring a 5.15 overall with good speed for a D-lineman in the 40-yard dash (5.16) as well as 29 reps in the Bench Press.

Scouts look at him as a foot soldier, according to this report. Look for him to play on a contender that has needs for a role player.

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