The 3-cone drill (also called the L-drill) is the change of direction workout. With cones positioned in the shape of an L and five yards apart, prospects sprint to the second cone, bend to the third cone, weave around the third and finish the L back at the starting position.
For linemen, the 3-cone drill doesn’t offer much except for a visual display of how they can carry their weight. It has much more value for offensive skill position players and defensive backs.
The ability of running backs and receivers to change direction indicates their elusiveness in the open field, their ability to separate initially before contact and their route-running upside. For defensive backs, a position that constantly requires reacting to offensive players, the ability to sink, bend and cut laterally is crucial.
To find out what youth athletes run the fasted 3-cone drill in the country check out the Hero Fuel Y1ACT Leaderboard.
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