Duke Riley, Zach Cunningham show out at 2017 NFL Combine

Duke Riley Zach Cunningham

LSU linebacker Duke Riley and Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham turned in big performances at the 2017 NFL Combine.

That’s not surprising, considering the SEC consistently has produced some of the NFL’s best defensive players.

Riley and Cunningham each displayed strong performances during linebacker drills on Sunday, according to Optimum Scouting owner Eric Galko.

Riley, who led LSU with 93 tackles, led all linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.58), three-cone drill (6.89) and 20-yard shuttle (4.21). He also recorded a 34.5-inch vertical jump, 122-inch broad jump and 18 reps on the bench press.

Cunningham, who led the SEC with 125 tackles in 2016, was the top performer in the vertical jump (35 inches) and the broad jump (125 inches) among linebackers. He also ran a 4.67-second 40-yard dash, a 7.03-second three-cone drill, a 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle and recorded 15 reps on the bench press.

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