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Former Wyoming defensive end Carl Granderson tries to work around Washington State's Zach Wallace during their game on Sept. 1, 2018 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

Carl Granderson did his best to alleviate any lingering concerns NFL teams may have about what he can do on the field this weekend at the league’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.

But Wyoming’s top draft prospect reportedly didn’t publicly address inquiries about the criminal charges he’s facing off of it.

Granderson, an all-Mountain West defensive end his last two seasons with the Cowboys, joined the rest of the participating defensive linemen and linebackers inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday for the third day of on-field workouts at the combine, which includes private team interviews for players in attendance. At nearly 6-foot-5 and 254 pounds, Granderson ran an unofficial time of 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

The time was 15th-best among edge rushers, a position Granderson could play as an end in a 4-3 defense or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Granderson tied for sixth in his position group in the broad jump (9 feet, 11 inches) and had a 35-inch vertical jump. He was clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, 12.13 in the 60-yard shuttle and 7.44 in the three-cone drill.

During media interviews on Saturday, Granderson wouldn’t comment on the third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery charges that were filed against him last month, according to The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Albany County Circuit Court, Granderson is accused of touching two women sexually without their consent while they were sleeping at an off-campus apartment a few days after Wyoming’s final game at New Mexico in November.

Granderson will not attend Wyoming’s pro day Thursday. A court clerk recently told the Star-Tribune that Granderson has an initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday and that the case has still not yet been bound over to district court.

In most cases, a third-degree sexual assault conviction in Wyoming carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Granderson is widely projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in the draft, which will be held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee. Granderson’s best season at Wyoming came in 2017 when he led the Cowboys with 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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