Everyone knows about the 40 and can figure out the bench press, but what exactly is the 3-cone drill and why is it so important?
Eight-year veteran TE Visanthe Shiancoe of the Vikings stopped by the NFL Network to give a demonstration.
“To me the 3-cone drill tells about a player’s explosion and how he adjusts out there on the field,” said Shiancoe. “Out there it’s all about reaction and you can’t teach reaction. It’s got to be in you. “
Shiancoe also explained that it showcases a player’s change of direction ability and how well they can create separation while running routes.
Anything 6.6 or below is considered a great time for the drill.
Last year’s fastest 3-cone time went to Louisville WR Scott Long with a 6.45. Long later signed as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers.
Also performing well last year was Tim Tebow, whose 6.6 time was a combine record for a QB.
Check back here to see the top performers in each category next week.