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NFL Combine Recap: Valdes-Scantling, Senat, Flowers Draw Attention

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Three former Bulls showcased their talents this weekend at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

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Three former USF football standouts, wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, defensive tackle Deadrin Senat, and quarterback Quinton Flowers, impressed scouts, coaches and teams this weekend at the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Former star wide receiver Valdes-Scantling showcased his impressive speed finishing with the second-fastest 40-yard dash time by a WR at 4.37. His time on Saturday clocked in quicker than former USF teammates Marlon Mack (4.50) and Rodney Adams (4.44)

The 6-foot-4, 206 pounder ran the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash by a wide receiver over the last three NFL Combines.

Elsewhere on Saturday, the best quarterback in school history, Quinton Flowers finished with a solid 4.63 40-yard dash, the fastest of any QB and third-fastest among his position counterparts over the last three Combines.

The Flowers position debate has certainly been heating up and continued this weekend, with many scouts, coaches and well-respected insiders predicting where or what the former Bulls standout will play in the NFL.

Flowers told the Tampa Bay Times, “I’d say it’s kind of a 50-50 thing. Some teams talk about quarterback. Some teams talk about running back. At the end of the day I just want to fulfill my dream and be able to give back once I make it.”

On Sunday, defensive tackle Deadrin Senat measured in at 6-0, 314 pounds and posted a 5.16 in the 40-yard dash. Among DT’s at the Combine, the Immokalee native finished third with 35 bench press reps of 225 lbs, and 11th in 40-yard dash time.

Former safety turned NFL analyst Mike Mayock said of Senat, “Not enough people talk about this kid...he’s a good football player. I really think he is a better football player than people want to give him credit for.”

An impressive showing for three USF standouts that Bulls fans can be proud of and follow, regardless of where their football careers take them.

The NFL Draft is April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.