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Syracuse’s Amba Etta-Tawo impresses at NFL Scouting Combine

The former Orange receiver made the most of his time in Indianapolis.

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After an injury led to a disappointing end to his time at the Senior Bowl, former Syracuse Orange wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo was anxious to put his talents on display at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this weekend. By most accounts, he certainly did as much.

His numbers in the standard drills players run at the combine:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds
  • Bench press: 14 reps
  • Vertical jump: 31 inches
  • Broad jump: 126 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 6.95 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.32 seconds

Etta-Tawo’s 40-yard dash time was just outside the top-15 for wide receivers. The top receiver there was Washington’s John Ross, who ran a record-setting 4.22-second dash. His 14 bench press reps were 15th among wideouts, but about nine behind (DII) Shepherd’s Billy Brown.

He wasn’t overly close to the leaderboard on vertical jump, but his 10-foot-6-inch broad jump placed him 12th among receivers. The leader in that category was Georgia State’s Robert Davis (11-foot-4). Etta-Tawo was not near the leaderboard in the three-cone drill or 20-yard shuttle.

For those looking for a little more on Etta-Tawo given his one year of dominant play at SU, his combine stay probably helped. Back in December, he was seen as a day two pick by some, and that could continue to hold true now.

The NFL Draft will be held on April 27-29 in Philadelphia this year.