Former Snider standout Jessie Bates III shows his skills at NFL Combine

Wake Forest defensive back Jessie Bates III performs in a drill at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. (Photo by the Associated Press)

Former Snider High School standout Jessie Bates III showed he’s among the most athletic safeties in the NFL Draft during his stay at the NFL Combine.

Bates finished among the Top 5 safeties in three events (the 3-cone drill, the 20-yard shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle) and was ninth among safeties in the 40-yard dash and 10th among safeties in the vertical jump.

Combine competition was held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The players were also interviewed by various NFL coaches and general managers.

Bates was among the top safeties in the country during his time with Wake Forest University. He redshirted as a freshman, then played two seasons before declaring for the draft after last season.

Bates’ 60-yard shuttle time of 11.34 seconds was third among all safeties behind Northwestern’s Godwin Igwebuike (10.81) and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Trey Walker (11.27).

In the three-cone drill, Bates’ 6.78 seconds was fourth behind Penn State’s Troy Apke and Northwestern’s Igwebuike, who tied at 6.56. Stanford’s Justin Reid was third at 6.65.

In the 20-yard shuttle, Bates finished fifth in 4.26 seconds. Apke was first at 4.03, Igwebuike second at 4.12, Reid third at 4.15 and Arizona’s Dane Cruikshank fourth at 4.24.

Bates’ best 40 time was 4.5 seconds. The fastest safety time was Apke at 4.35. Bates’ vertical jump was 35.5 inches. The top safety was Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds at 41.5 inches.


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