Elijah Shumate showcases strength at NFL Combine

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Elijah Shumate's strength has always been, well, his strength.

The former Notre Dame safety showcased that through his physical testing at the NFL Combine on Monday.

A 6-foot, 216-pound strong safety, Shumate bench-pressed 225 pounds 18 times, finishing fourth out of 47 defensive backs. Former teammate KeiVarae Russell did 17 reps (fifth out of 47), though he declined to participate in any of the other physical tests while he continues to rehab from a fractured tibia.

The question marks surrounding Shumate entering the NFL Draft on April 28-30 lie with the senior safety's quickness and athleticism, and he struggled to erase those doubts on Monday. The East Orange, N.J., native finished in the lower half of most of the drills he participated in. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds (30th out of 48 defensive backs), recorded a 33-inch vertical jump (35th out of 46) and a 119-inch broad jump (33rd out of 46) and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.51 seconds (36th out of 36).

Shumate chose not to participate in the three-cone drill as well as the 60-yard shuttle. He'll have another opportunity to impress scouts at Notre Dame's Pro Day on March 31.

Notre Dame defensive back Elijah Shumate makes a catch as he runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)