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Shalom Luani runs NFL combine’s fastest 60-yard shuttle by a safety

UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017

Washington State defensive back Shalom Luani runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Monday in Indianapolis. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
Washington State defensive back Shalom Luani runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Monday in Indianapolis. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Former Washington State player Shalom Luani was the fastest of the seven safety prospects who chose to run the 60-yard shuttle drill during Monday’s testing session at the NFL combine.

Luani clocked a time of 11.22 seconds in the drill. Marcus Williams of Utah was the only other safety to run faster than 11.50 in the shuttle drill, finishing just behind Luani with a time of 11.26.

Luani, who is projected to be selected in the late rounds of April’s NFL Draft, participated in every drill at the combine, in which the 330 top prospects perform phsyical drills, undergo health evaluations and meet with teams.

Seattle Times reporters noted that Luani met with the Seahawks, for example.

Luani ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.55 seconds, which was in the middle range for safeties. His 12 reps of 225-pounds in the bench press was one of the lower marks, and his results in the jumpers (31 inch vertical, 116 inch broad) were only OK.

But the All-Pac-12 player excelled in the quickness drills. His three-cone-drill time of 6.87 seconds was one of the better results for a safety, and his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.21 seconds was right up there with some of the most coveted safeties in the draft.

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