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The NFL Draft Combine is underway in Indianapolis, and yesterday, former Syracuse University offensive tackle Sean Hickey got his chance to impress pro scouts on the first day of testing. Safety Durell Eskridge will have to wait until Monday to show what he can do from a physical standpoint.

So far, Hickey has participated in the bench press, where he ripped off 35 reps of 225 pounds. That’s the third highest total of any offensive lineman, which isn’t unexpected considering that the one thing no one has ever questioned about Hickey is his tremendous strength. In fact, that’s the highest bench press rep total of any Syracuse player in combine history.

Going into the combine, Hickey had some work to do in order to assure himself of a mid-round draft pick, having been graded a 5.15. On the Draft Combine player grading scale, that’s defined as having a “better-than-average chance to make an NFL roster.”

Eskridge, if you’re wondering, received an identical 5.15 grade and will also have to impress throughout the weekend not just with his speed and strength, but also in his interviews.

Hickey, who officially measured in at 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds, with a reach of 32 3/4 inches and a hand size of 10 1/2 inches, will be running the 40 yard dash this morning. He’s already spoken with team representatives from the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, which probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the recent track record of those two franchises showing interest in Syracuse players.

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