Shiancoe gives a 3-cone drill tutorial

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.

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