Joshua Kalu didn’t run a blazing fast time at the NFL Combine on Monday, but his day would have to be counted as a success nonetheless.
The former Nebraska defensive back worked out with the safeties in Indianapolis — he played his senior year at that spot after three at corner — and turned in two of the best jump marks in the field and fared well in on-field drills.
Kalu (6-foot-¼ and 203 pounds) ran 4.58 officially, a fair mark on a day when many safety prospects ran in the mid-to-lower 4.4 range.
The Houston native, though, tied the best overall mark among more than 300 players with a vertical jump of 41.5 inches was tied for second with an 11-2 broad jump. He did 17 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Former Husker Chris Jones (5-11 7/8, 200 pounds) ran 4.57 officially in the 40, tied for 28th among about 40 cornerbacks that ran, and did 14 repetitions on the bench press. Jones appeared to tweak his leg in an on-field drill. Neither he or Kalu had listed times for any of the shuttle drills, as many of the defensive backs did not participate in the full slate of drills. Jones also did not have a vertical or broad jump listed on the NFL's website.
Kalu and Jones are the final of five former Huskers who performed in front of NFL teams at the combine, as offensive lineman Nick Gates and kicker Drew Brown went Friday and quarterback Tanner Lee on Saturday.
NU will host its own pro day on March 14.