EAST LANSING, Mich. – Safety Montae Nicholson took full advantage of the spotlight he was under at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday, ranking as one of the top performers in his position group with an impressive all-around performance.
Nicholson, who measured at 6-2 and 212 pounds, perhaps made the biggest splash with his 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds, the third-fastest among safeties in Indianapolis.
“That’s a great run for Nicholson,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock during the NFL Combine telecast. “And he’s a big a safety.”
During Nicholson’s drills, Mayock added: “I think (Nicholson) is another guy that’s undervalued.”
Nicholson was also a top performer among safeties in the broad jump (fifth at 125 inches/10'5") and vertical jump (tied for sixth at 35 inches).
Before running his 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash, Nicholson said showing teams his speed was his top priority.
“I’m a bigger guy and not expected to run that fast,” said Nicholson during Sunday’s media session. “I feel like that will help me in the draft and improve my stock.”
Nicholson has been training in California while preparing for the draft.
“I feel like I’m having a great experience so far,” he said. “I’m enjoying myself and enjoying the process. Everything’s going really well and I’m just ready to get out there and show them what I can do.
“After this process is over, I’m looking forward to getting back into a football state of mind rather than a drill state of mind.”
Michigan State will host its annual Pro Day on Wednesday, March 22.
Montae Nicholson goes through on-field drills during the NFL Combine on Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo by Perry Knotts)