Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: K-State's Finney, Ku's Pardula Take Part in Combine

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: K-State's Finney, Ku's Pardula Take Part in Combine

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K-STATE'S FINNEY, KU'S PARDULA TAKE PART IN COMBINE: Kansas State's B.J. Finney and Kansas' Trevor Padula became the first two of five area college standouts to participate in the 2015 NFL combine, taking part in Day 1 of the event's on-field workouts Friday in Indianapolis.

Finney -- a 6-foot-4, 324-pound center from Andale -- finished 17th out of the 40-participant field in the 40-yard dash (5.25 seconds), which was led by Hobart & William Smith center Ali Marpet (4.98). He also finished with 20 reps in the bench press, a 24-inch vertical jump and a 99-inch broad jump. Finney is a projected fourth- or fifth-round pick in the NFL draft, according to CBSSports.com.

Pardula's drill results were not made available by press time Friday night. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound senior from San Jose, Calif., is the second-highest ranked punter in the draft, according to CBSSports.com. He is projected as a seventh-round selection.

Also slated to participate this weekend are K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett (Saturday), Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney (Sunday) and Kansas defensive back JaCorey Shepherd (Monday).

Wichita native Blake Bell -- a 6-foot-6, 263-pound tight end for Oklahoma -- also participated in drills Friday, placing second in the 20-yard shuttle (4.32) and 60-yard shuttle (11.81). Bell clocked in at 4.80 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

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