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Four from Gophers football shine at NFL Scouting Combine

Blaise Andries, Daniel Faalele, Esezi Otomewo and Boye Mafe are one step closer to their NFL dream after last week’s NFL Scouting Combine.
Image by Ethan Fine
Hands up, defensive lineman Boye Mafe attempts to block Bowling Green quarterback Matt McDonald’s pass during the Gophers football game against Bowling Green at Huntington Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

Four former Gophers were invited to the NFL’s annual scouting combine, hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Blaise Andries, Daniel Faalele, Esezi Otomewo and Boye Mafe were all able to showcase their potential to NFL scouts.

The scouting combine is an opportunity for NFL Draft eligible prospects to interview with teams, measure their physical traits, compete in on-field drills and test themselves in events like the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump.

The week started on Tuesday, March 1 for the former Gophers. Blaise Andries and Daniel Faalele checked into the event and interviews with teams and media on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday was the day for Andries and Faalele to show their physical traits. After measuring at 6-foot-8, 384 pounds, Faalele opted to only compete in the bench press event and totaled 24 reps at 225 pounds, as he was recovering from injury.

Measuring at 6-foot-6, 308 pounds, Blaise Andries ran 5.17 seconds in the 40-yard dash, jumped 30.5 inches in the vertical jump, 106 in the broad jump, ran 7.84 seconds in the three-cone drill and 4.68 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

The defensive linemen faced a different schedule, Boye Mafe and Esezi Otomewo checked into the event Wednesday, March 2 and then faced interviews for the next three days.

Physical testing took place on Saturday for Otomewo and Mafe. Otomewo measured in at 6-foot-5, 285 pounds and opted to not do any testing, as he is still recovering from a late-season injury.

Mafe measured in at 6-foot-4, 261 pounds. He ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, jumped a 38-inch vertical, 125-inch broad jump. He did not test the three-cone drill or 20-yard shuttle.

All four players will now look toward Minnesota’s pro-day on March 16, as another opportunity to showcase themselves to NFL teams.

The NFL Draft will take place from April 28 through April 30, as all four players hope to hear their name called.

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