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Ex-Gopher Blake Cashman has strong showing at NFL Combine

Cashman ran a speedy 40-yard dash and was explosive in other drills.
Blake Cashman

A strong showing at the NFC Scouting Combine in Indianapolis might have Blake Cashman's name rising on NFL draft boards. 

The former Golden Gophers linebacker was among the top linebackers in all of the combine workouts, including 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and 20-yard shuttle. 

  • 40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds (4th)
  • Vertical jump: 37.5 inches (tied 5th)
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches (tied 3rd)
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.12 seconds (4th)

Cashman, a former star player at the football hotbed that is Eden Prairie High School, was a walk-on with the Gophers in 2015 and is now being talked about as a hidden gem in the NFL Draft. 

Cashman led Minnesota with 104 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss this past season. He didn't participate in Minnesota's bowl game and instead focused on preparing for the combine and NFL Draft. 

It's still too early to get caught up in any hype about where he could be drafted, but the common theme is that he likely made himself a lot of money with his performance in Indy, ahead of the NFL Draft on April 25-27.

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