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Utah State linebacker Nick Vigil runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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With the opportunity to improve their draft stock, 13 players with Utah ties joined more than 300 athletes at this year's NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis over the past several days.

That included 10 defensive players, a pair of offensive stars and a special teamer that competed in the combine, which concluded Monday. Of those, a handful of defenders, spread from Southern Utah to Utah State, made their mark with top performances.

Here's a look at how each of the locals did at the combine:

Devontae Booker


Running back, Utah

Bench press: 22 reps

The roundup: Booker was limited at the combine as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered near the end of the 2015 season; his next chance to perform workouts for scouts and team personnel would be at the Utes' Pro Day on March 24. He tied for eighth among running backs in the bench press, with Alabama's Derrick Henry, who NFL draft expert Mike Mayock rates the No. 2 RB prospect in this year's draft class. Mayock has Booker as the No. 3 RB prospect.

Here's video of his bench press.

Tevin Carter


Strong safety, Utah

Bench press: 19 reps

The roundup: Carter was second among safeties in the bench press. He did not, however, participate in any workout drills on Monday, according to the NFL Scouting Combine tracker. As of press time, there was no indication as to why he did not participate. CBS Sports rates Carter as a late-round pick or free-agent signee.

James Cowser


Defensive end, Southern Utah (Davis High)

40-yard dash: 4.82 seconds

Bench press: 21 reps

Vertical jump: 31.5 inches

Broad jump: 111 inches

3-cone drill: 6.8 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.31 seconds

The roundup: Cowser's crowning performance came in the 3-cone drill, where he was tops among defensine linemen and tied for 12th overall. By comparison, he outperformed Ohio State's Joey Bosa by .09 seconds in the event; Bosa is widely seen as a top five pick and the best edge rusher in this class. Cowser's 40 time was .01 of a second outside the top 10 at DL and he was seventh in the 20-yard shuttle in the position group.

Jason Fanaika


Defensive end, Utah (Pleasant Grove High)

40-yard dash: 4.92 seconds

Bench press: 23 reps

Vertical jump: 35.5 inches

Broad jump: 113 inches

3-cone drill: 7.06 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds

The roundup: Fanaika had the best performance among the six former Utes at the combine, as he tied for second among defensive linemen in the vertical jump. He was also seventh in the position group in the 3-cone drill and average in all the other drills. He is a projected third- to fourth-round pick by CBS Sports.

Of note: Fanaika served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Indianapolis, so the combine was a return to his mission field. He told reporters his last visit to Lucas Oil Stadium was a tour on his mission, according to a video from AJ Sports.

Kyler Fackrell


Outside linebacker, Utah State

40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds

Bench press: 15 reps

Vertical jump: 34.5 inches

Broad jump: 121 inches

The roundup: Fackrell tied for sixth among linebackers in the broad jump and was seventh in the position group in the vertical jump. His 40 time was .02 second out of a top 10 finish, though his bench press reps was second-worst among LBs. USA Today's Jon Ledyard called Fackrell one of six "winners" among the linebacking group at the combine: "I still think Fackrell is a 3-4 outside linebacker who can drop into coverage on occasion, but a 4.72 40 was a pretty strong time for him. The long defender was impressive in the jumps as well, posting a 34.5 vertical and 10’1 broad."

Tom Hackett


Punter, Utah

The roundup: A special teamer, the two-time Ray Guy Award winner did not participate in the usual combine workouts. But Hackett did get the chance to interview with teams and show off his punting skills as he transitions from the rugby-style punting he did in college.

Bronson Kaufusi


Defensive end, BYU (Timpview High)

40-yard dash: 4.87 seconds

Bench press: 25 reps

Vertical jump: 30 inches

Broad jump: 111 inches

3-cone drill: 7.03 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds

The roundup: Kaufusi had a pair of top 5 performances in the workouts, finishing fifth among defensive linemen in the 3-cone drill and tied for fourth in the 20-yard shuttle. His showings in the 40-yard dash and the bench press were also among the average scores, though he underperformed in the vertical and broad jumps.

Justin Rogers of MLive.com profiled a potential fit for Kaufusi: the Detroit Lions, who have drafted former Cougars Ezekiel Ansah and Kyle Van Noy in two of the past three drafts. "It'd be fun to play with those guys again," Kaufusi told Rogers. "We had a good time in 2012 playing together."

Miles Killebrew


Strong safety, Southern Utah

40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds

Bench press: 22 reps

Vertical jump: 38 inches

Broad jump: 127 inches

3-cone drill: 6.93 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.18 seconds

60-yard shuttle: 11.02 seconds

The roundup: Killebrew was a top performer among safeties in three different categories: the bench press (first, by three reps), vertical jump (second) and broad jump (third). He earned high praise from multiple analysts during the telecast of the combine.

"Every once in a while, you pop a tape on not expecting anything," NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock said of Killebrew and his physicality. "And then, something pretty special happens. And it didn't happen every once in a while, it happened every tape I watched. Every tape I watched, guys were bouncing backward."

Said former player, now analyst Deion Sanders: "I don't care what he runs, you've got to give that kid a shot. … Draft him, draft him."

Jared Norris


Inside linebacker, Utah

40-yard dash: 4.80 seconds

Bench press: 19 reps

Vertical jump: 19.5 inches

Broad jump: 114 inches

20-yard shuttle: 4.52 seconds

The roundup: Norris did not have a standout performance in any workout at the combine. He was rated the CBS Sports as the No. 9 inside linebacker prospect in this year's class heading into the weekend and is projected to be a late-round pick. By comparison, CBS Sports' eight-ranked ILB prospect, Stanford's Blake Martinez, was a top performer among linebackers in the bench press (22 reps), 20-yard shuttle (4.20 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.98 seconds), which Norris did not perform in. He'll have the chance to make a stronger impression at Utah's Pro Day.

Gionni Paul


Outside linebacker, Utah

40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds

Bench press: 22 reps

Vertical jump: 31 inches

Broad jump: 113 inches

The roundup: Paul tied for fifth among linebackers in the bench press but did not have a top 10 performance in any other workout. Going into the combine, NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein listed Paul as one of the combine invites who would need to answer character issues. He transferred to Utah from Miami, Zierlein wrote, "by Paul's own admission, 'the fast life' was one of the culprits." During the NFL Network's telecast of the event, Mayock addressed the situation, saying, "He's got a little baby, completely different kid as far as his outlook on life is. I wish him well."

Hunter Sharp


Wide receiver, Utah State

40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds

Bench press: 12 reps

Vertical jump: 32.5 inches

Broad jump: 116 inches

3-cone drill: 7.12 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.19 seconds

60-yards shuttle: 11.4 seconds

The roundup: Sharp's numbers were average all-around at the combine, as he tries to prove that he's worth a selection in April's NFL draft. Right now, CBS Sports has Sharp as a free-agent signee. Still, he caught the attention of Bleacher Report NFL draft expert Matt Miller.

LeShaun Sims


Cornerback, Southern Utah

40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds

Bench press: 11 reps

Vertical jump: 37 inches

Broad jump: 120 inches

The roundup: Prior to the combine, Zierlein wrote of Sims: "Ascending prospect who caught the attention of NFL scouts at the Shrine Game." He tied for eighth among cornerbacks in the vertical jump but was in the middle of the pack in the other workouts he did. According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, the 40 time he received from teams for Sims was faster than what was reported, at 4.48 seconds.

Nick Vigil


Inside linebacker, Utah State (Fremont High)

40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds

Vertical jump: 31.5 inches

Broad jump: 115 inches

3-cone drill: 6.73 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.00 seconds

The roundup: Like his fellow Aggie linebacker Fackrell, Vigil had a strong combine, earning top performance honors in the 3-cone drill (first among linebackers and seventh overall) and the 20-yard shuttle (first among LBs and eighth overall).

He was also praised as a "winner" among linebackers by Ledyard: "Two Utah State players on the winners list? That’s what Vigil earned on Sunday, posting the top 3-cone time at his position with a jaw-dropping 6.73. His 4.0 short shuttle might have been more impressive, capping a strong day for Vigil that began with a 4.72 40."

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