This NFL Combine staple has a few different names: the short shuttle, the 20-yard shuttle, and Pro Agility – but it is most-known as the 5/10/5. Regardless of the combine event, athletes should be prepared for this agility test. 

What to know

In the 5/10/5, you determine your running direction through the hand you put down. On each touch, you are always facing in the direction of the evaluator. Traditionally, you get two attempts at the event: one to the right and one to the left. Sometimes you just pick your direction.

What is Being Tested?

The 5/10/5 tests agility and change of direction.

Training Focus

I break up 5/10/5 training into five-yard panels, and each panel has a specific number of steps. A lot of training is dedicated to the first five-yard panel and cross-touch cadence. This evaluation is all about shape; think of the way an A-Frame house’s roof looks – the center line is the high point that touches the lowest segment. The mantra here is “try softer.” Your momentum never stops. You accomplish this movement by turning before you think you have to.  The 5/10/5 is an evaluation where a lot of preconceived notions must be undone. The training is twice a week and progresses as each panel is mastered. 

Historical Performance

Kevin Davidson (QB, Princeton) – 4.37

Kevin Davidson wasn’t necessarily the most gifted athlete in this combine class (which included Burrow, Tua, Hurts, and Herbert to name a few), but when the dust settled, he had the fastest time among the QB group. Kevin would also go on to run the 2nd fastest L Drill for the QB that year; this is a great example of how coachable the Princeton QB was.