Lukas Van Ness was ranked as a freshman in NFL mock drafts from the second the Iowa Hawkeyes ended their season. He’s seen immense hype all around him, and all eyes are eagerly awaiting his NFL combine performance.
He delivered. And then some. Van Ness didn’t just show up and perform. He showed up and set the NFL world on fire with his speed, strength, size, mobility, fluidity and all-around power at the combine.
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In Iowa, Van Ness wreaked havoc on the backfields every time he took the field. His ability to play outside and rush the passer, coupled with the ability to slide inside and defend the run, has fascinated so many NFL teams and scouts about him.
With a stellar performance at the NFL Combine, he now has Pro Day in Iowa ahead of him should he decide to attend before keeping an eye on the NFL Draft. Here’s what social media had to say about Van Ness at the combine.
Official 40 yard dash time
Official 4.58 40 for Iowa DE Lukas Van Ness
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 2, 2023
Iowa EDGE Luke Van Ness
6-5, 272lbs, 34″ arm, 11″ hand
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) March 2, 2023
Dominant drilling work
Lukas Van Ness moves in these position exercises so far. Good God
— Jakob Infante (@jacobinfante24) March 2, 2023
Hercules makes it look easy
He’s a natural
Lukas Van Ness just looked natural in the coverage drill. And he played a lot of 3-Tech for Iowa last year.
— Corbin K Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) March 2, 2023
Top defender linemen 40-yard dash times
Best 40-yard dash times from Day 1 so far:
Byron Young – 4.43
Robert Beal Jr – 4.48
Adetomiva Adebawore- 4.49
Yaya Diaby – 4.51
Isaiah Foskey – 4.58
Luke Van Ness – 4.58
Nick Hampton – 4.58
Tavius Robinson – 4.66 pic.twitter.com/Hi1JMfxZRE
— The Irish Bears Show (@IrishBearsShow) March 2, 2023
Dominant all day
Iowa EDGE Luke Van Ness dejected.
+90th percentile Adjusted SPARQ Athletics
+272 pounds (75th percentile)
+4.58 forty (88th percentile)
+ Resized 40 (95th percentile)
+7.02 Tricone (81st percentile)
+ 118 inches wide (55th percentile)
— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) March 3, 2023
speed in the shuttle
4.32 20-yard shuttle for Luke Van Ness.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 3, 2023
Van Ness speaks of versatility
Lukas Van Ness ran a 4.58 at 6’5″, 272 pounds, with 34″ arms. He spoke earlier this week about how he can use this to his advantage to make himself stand out to the outside world. pic.twitter.com/jkpn3BI8vd
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) March 2, 2023
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