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Raiders linebacker Ben Heeney had a nondescript rookie season after being drafted by Oakland in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft. But the Kansas linebacker dominated the 3-cone drill at the 2015 Combine.

As a reminder, here’s a description of the 3-cone drill from NFL.com.

The 3 cone drill tests an athlete’s ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

In general, this drill favors taller (i.e., fewer strides) and lighter players. The best-fit formula to project a 3-cone score from the 2016 combine was 7.23 – 0.028 * Height (Inches) + 0.0087 * Weight (Pounds). And Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, who some believe is the best player in the draft, absolutely dominated this drill. Despite weighing 269 pounds, Bosa completed the drill in 6.89 seconds, the 26th-fastest time out of 217 participants. He was the only player at even 250+ pounds to finish in under 6.9 seconds.

But Bosa only had the second best rating in this drill. And frankly, it wasn’t even close. Stanford wide receiver Devon Cajuste is 234 pounds — that’s pretty big for a wide receiver — and he ran the single fastest 3-cone drill at the combine. That’s not the fastest among players that weigh 200+ pounds, or even wide receivers. It’s the fastest, period, and by 0.09 seconds. Cajuste may profile as a hybrid wide receiver/tight end, but this sort of shiftiness adds intrigue to his ability to play in the slot. According to Josh Norris, Cajuste — again, ignoring that he weighs 234 pounds! — ran the 5th best 3 cone time by any wide receiver in the last decade.

RkNameCollegePOSHeight (in)Weight (lbs)Exp3ConeDiff
1Devon CajusteStanfordWR752347.136.49-0.64
2Joey BosaOhio StateDE772697.386.89-0.49
3Nick VigilUtah StateILB742397.216.73-0.48
4Bronson KaufusiBrigham YoungDE782857.507.03-0.47
5James CowserSouthern UtahDE752487.266.80-0.46
6Jason FanaikaUtahDE732717.527.06-0.46
7David MorganTexas-San AntonioTE762627.356.93-0.42
8Cody WhitehairKansas StateG753017.727.32-0.40
9Jake BrendelUCLAC763037.717.31-0.40
10Josh WoodrumLibertyQB742317.146.74-0.40
11Ben BrauneckerHarvardTE752507.276.90-0.37
12Dean LowryNorthwesternDE772967.627.26-0.36
13Tyler JohnstoneOregonOT773017.667.31-0.35
14Connor WujciakBoston CollegeDT742917.667.32-0.34
15Isaac SeumaloOregon StateG753037.747.40-0.34
16Maliek CollinsNebraskaDT733117.877.53-0.34
17Kentrell BrothersMissouriILB722457.326.99-0.33
18Sheldon RankinsLouisvilleDT732997.767.44-0.32
19Temarrick HemingwaySouth Carolina StateTE762447.196.88-0.31
20Austin HooperStanfordTE752547.317.00-0.31
21Shaq LawsonClemsonDE742697.477.16-0.31
22Justin SimmonsBoston CollegeFS742026.886.58-0.30
23Chris JonesMississippi StateDT773107.747.44-0.30
24Sheldon DayNotre DameDT722937.747.44-0.30
25Ufomba KamaluMiami (FL)DT772957.617.32-0.29
26Shilique CalhounMichigan StateDE762517.256.97-0.28
27Cyrus JonesAlabamaCB691976.986.71-0.27
28Jonathan BullardFloridaDE752857.587.31-0.27
29Sean DavisMarylandFS732016.906.64-0.26
30Braxton MillerOhio StateWR732016.906.65-0.25
31Shadrach ThorntonNorth Carolina StateRB712177.106.85-0.25
32Jihad WardIllinoisDE772977.637.38-0.25
33Joe ThuneyNorth Carolina StateG763047.727.47-0.25
34Carson WentzNorth Dakota StateQB772377.106.86-0.24
35B.J. GoodsonClemsonILB722427.297.05-0.24
36Blake MartinezStanfordILB732377.226.98-0.24
37Evan BoehmMissouriC743027.767.52-0.24
38Connor McGovernMissouriG763067.747.50-0.24
39Nick VannettOhio StateTE772577.287.05-0.23
40Peyton BarberAuburnRB702287.227.00-0.22
41Ryan MalleckVirginia TechTE762477.227.00-0.22
42Wendell SmallwoodWest VirginiaRB702087.056.83-0.22
43Austin BlytheIowaC742987.727.52-0.20
44Ryan KellyAlabamaC763117.787.58-0.20
45Willie HenryMichiganDT743037.777.57-0.20
46Joe HaegNorth Dakota StateOT783047.667.47-0.19
47Trevor DavisCaliforniaWR731886.796.60-0.19
48Emmanuel OgbahOklahoma StateDE762737.457.26-0.19
49Chris MooreCincinnatiWR732066.956.76-0.19
50Jalin MarshallOhio StateWR702006.986.80-0.18
51Beau SandlandMontana StateTE762537.277.10-0.17
52Michael ThomasOhio StateWR742126.976.80-0.17
53Joe SchobertWisconsinOLB732447.287.11-0.17
54D.J. FosterArizona StateWR701936.926.75-0.17
55Joshua GarnettStanfordG763127.797.62-0.17
56Marquez NorthTennesseeWR742237.076.90-0.17
57Thomas DuarteUCLATE742317.146.97-0.17
58Vernon AdamsOregonQB702006.986.82-0.16
59Carl NassibPenn StateDE782777.437.27-0.16
60Joel HeathMichigan StateDT772937.597.44-0.15
61Demarcus RobinsonFloridaWR732036.926.77-0.15
62Dan VitaleNorthwesternRB722397.267.12-0.14
63Jerell AdamsSouth CarolinaTE772477.197.05-0.14
64Kenneth DixonLouisiana TechRB702157.116.97-0.14
65Dadi NicolasVirginia TechDE742357.177.04-0.13
66Devante BondOklahomaOLB732357.207.07-0.13
67Miles KillebrewSouthern UtahSS732177.046.93-0.11
68James BradberrySamfordCB722117.026.91-0.11
69Glenn GronkowskiKansas StateRB742397.217.10-0.11
70Beniquez BrownMississippi StateOLB722297.187.07-0.11
71Nick MartinNotre DameC762997.677.57-0.10
72Noah SpenceEastern KentuckyDE742517.317.21-0.10
73Jack ConklinMichigan StateOT773087.727.63-0.09
74Kevin HoganStanfordQB752186.996.90-0.09
75Vernon ButlerLouisiana TechDT753237.917.82-0.09
76Sterling BaileyGeorgiaDE762857.557.46-0.09
77Bryce WilliamsEast CarolinaTE772577.287.19-0.09
78Graham GlasgowMichiganG773077.727.63-0.09
79Alex McCalisterFloridaDL782397.097.01-0.08
80Darron LeeOhio StateOLB722327.207.12-0.08
81Nick KwiatkoskiWest VirginiaILB742437.247.16-0.08
82Joe DahlWashington StateG763047.727.64-0.08
83Derrick HenryAlabamaRB742477.287.20-0.08
84D.J. ReaderClemsonDT743277.987.90-0.08
85Branden JacksonTexas TechDE752737.487.40-0.08
86Brandon WilliamsTexas AMFS711976.936.85-0.08
87Tyler MatakevichTempleILB722387.267.19-0.07
88Tavon YoungTempleCB691836.866.80-0.06
89Cory LittletonWashingtonOLB752387.177.11-0.06
90Victor OchiStony BrookDE732467.307.24-0.06
91Josh DoctsonTexas ChristianWR742026.886.84-0.04
92DeAndre WashingtonTexas TechRB682047.077.03-0.04
93Jalen RamseyFlorida StateFS732096.976.94-0.03
94Bralon AddisonOregonWR691976.986.95-0.03
95Jarran ReedAlabamaDT743077.807.77-0.03
96Darius LathamIndianaDT763117.787.76-0.02
97Brandon WildsSouth CarolinaRB722207.107.08-0.02
98DeForest BucknerOregonDE792917.527.51-0.01
99Christian WestermanArizona StateG752987.697.690.00
100Steven DanielsBoston CollegeILB712437.337.330.00
101Romeo OkwaraNotre DameDE762657.387.380.00
102Paxton LynchMemphisQB782447.147.140.00
103Malcolm MitchellGeorgiaWR711986.936.940.01
104Giorgio NewberryFlorida StateDE772857.527.530.01
105Derrick KindredTexas ChristianSS702077.047.050.01
106Taylor DeckerOhio StateOT793107.697.700.01
107Charone PeakeClemsonWR742096.946.960.02
108Jalen MillsLSUFS721916.846.860.02
109Dak PrescottMississippi StateQB742267.097.110.02
110Brandon AllenArkansasQB732177.047.060.02
111Daryl WorleyWest VirginiaCB722046.966.980.02
112Ryan SmithNorth Carolina CentralCB711896.866.880.02
113AShawn RobinsonAlabamaDT753077.777.800.03
114Yannick NgakoueMarylandDE742527.327.350.03
115Kenyan DrakeAlabamaRB722107.017.040.03
116Christian HackenbergPenn StateQB762237.017.040.03
117Tyler BoydPittsburghWR731976.876.900.03
118Austin JohnsonPenn StateDT763147.817.840.03
119Jason SpriggsIndianaOT773017.667.700.04
120Cayleb JonesArizonaWR742096.946.990.05
121Shawn OakmanBaylorDE792877.487.530.05
122DeVante HarrisTexas AMCB701766.776.820.05
123Javon HargraveSouth Carolina StateDT733097.857.900.05
124Andy JanovichNebraskaRB732387.237.280.05
125Montese OvertonEast CarolinaOLB732237.107.150.05
126Jacoby BrissettNorth Carolina StateQB752317.117.170.06
127Mehdi AbdesmadBoston CollegeDT782847.497.550.06
128Vincent ValentineNebraskaDT753297.978.030.06
129Tyvis PowellOhio StateFS742116.967.030.07
130Keanu NealFloridaFS722117.027.090.07
131Juston BurrisNorth Carolina StateCB722127.037.100.07
132Sterling ShepardOklahomaWR701946.937.000.07
133Lamarcus BrutusFlorida StateFS712067.007.080.08
134Matt IoannidisTempleDT752997.707.780.08
135Jeff DriskelLouisiana TechQB762347.117.190.08
136Willie BeaversWestern MichiganOT763217.877.960.09
137Spencer DrangoBaylorG773157.797.880.09
138Travis FeeneyWashingtonOLB752307.107.200.10
139Eric MurrayMinnesotaCB701996.977.080.11
140Jayron KearseClemsonSS762166.957.060.11
141DeAndre ElliottColorado StateCB721886.826.930.11
142Eric StrikerOklahomaOLB712277.197.300.11
143Alex RedmondUCLAG762947.637.750.12
144Anthony ZettelPenn StateDE752777.517.630.12
145Jordan PaytonUCLAWR732076.967.080.12
146Kevin PetersonOklahoma StateCB701816.816.940.13
147Will FullerNotre DameWR721866.806.930.13
148LeShaun SimsSouthern UtahCB722036.957.080.13
149Sebastian TretolaArkansasG763147.817.940.13
150Matt SkuraDukeC753057.767.890.13
151Fahn CooperMississippiOT763037.717.850.14
152Nelson SpruceColoradoWR732066.957.090.14
153Darrell GreeneSan Diego StateG743217.928.070.15
154Anthony BrownPurdueCB711926.887.030.15
155Jordan LomaxIowaFS692027.037.180.15
156Andrew BillingsBaylorDT723117.898.050.16
157Vadal AlexanderLSUG773267.888.040.16
158Ron ThompsonSyracuseDE752537.307.460.16
159John TheusGeorgiaOT783137.747.900.16
160Marshaun CoprichIllinois StateRB682077.107.260.16
161Cole TonerHarvardOT773067.717.880.17
162Matt JudonGrand Valley StateDE752757.497.670.18
163Mekale McKayCincinnatiWR752076.907.080.18
164Jack AllenMichigan StateC732947.727.900.18
165Deiondre HallNorthern IowaCB731996.897.070.18
166Hunter SharpUtah StateWR711986.937.120.19
167Joel StaveWisconsinQB772367.107.290.19
168Maurice CanadyVirginiaCB731936.837.030.20
169Devaunte SiglerJacksonville StateDT752987.697.900.21
170Alex LewisNebraskaOT783127.737.940.21
171Briean Boddy-CalhounMinnesotaCB691936.957.160.21
172DeAndre Houston-CarsonWilliam & MaryFS722016.937.150.22
173Daniel LascoCaliforniaRB722097.007.220.22
174Steve LongaRutgersOLB722417.287.500.22
175Jared GoffCaliforniaQB762156.947.170.23
176Kenny LawlerCaliforniaWR742036.897.130.24
177Aaron BurbridgeMichigan StateWR722066.987.220.24
178Xavien HowardBaylorCB722016.937.180.25
179Cody KesslerSouthern CaliforniaQB732207.077.320.25
180A.J. StampsKentuckyFS701936.927.170.25
181Connor CookMichigan StateQB762176.967.210.25
182D.J. WhiteGeorgia TechCB701936.927.180.26
183Ronnie StanleyNotre DameOT773127.768.030.27
184Keyarris GarrettTulsaWR752207.017.300.29
185Alonzo RussellToledoWR752066.897.180.29
186Avery YoungAuburnOT763287.938.220.29
187Darian ThompsonBoise StateFS732086.967.260.30
188D.J. PettwayAlabamaDE742657.437.740.31
189Duke WilliamsAuburnWR742297.127.430.31
190Quinton JeffersonMarylandDT752917.637.950.32
191Adolphus WashingtonOhio StateDT753017.728.060.34
192Ronald BlairAppalachian StateDE742847.607.950.35
193Jonathan JonesAuburnCB691866.897.250.36
194Caleb BenenochUCLAOT773117.758.150.40
195Nila KasitatiOklahomaG753177.868.300.44
196Halapoulivaati VaitaiTexas ChristianOT783207.808.260.46
197Pearce SlaterSan Diego StateOT783297.888.360.48
198Jerald HawkinsLSUOT773057.708.190.49
199Brandon DoughtyWestern KentuckyQB742136.987.490.51
200Dominique RobertsonWest GeorgiaOT763247.898.420.53
201Hassan RidgewayTexasDT753037.748.280.54
202Geronimo AllisonIllinoisWR751966.807.400.60
203Tyler MarzWisconsinOT783167.778.380.61
204Harlan MillerSoutheastern LouisianaCB711826.797.440.65
205Denver KirklandArkansasG763357.998.720.73
206Stephane NembotColoradoOT783227.828.550.73

For some perspective, Heeney was your 3 cone champ last year after adjusting for height/weight, and he was 231 pounds. But despite being three pounds lighter (and, to be fair, three inches shorter), it took him an extra 0.19 seconds to finish the drill. In other words, Cajuste’s performance was truly incredible.

  • LightsOut85

    When manually using the formula (on the table data) in Excel, I’m actually getting slower expected times than the table lists – about 0.03 slower on average (with all entries being slower). It’s a little odd, given doing the same thing with the short-shuttle table got me FASTER times.