Doing drills among those at his college position of RB, Auburn University’s diminutive Onterrio McCalebb ran an unofficial 4.21 40-yard dash, apparently threatening Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson’s record official time of 4.24 seconds in the drill during the 2008 NFL Combine.
Johnson’s time is the best at any position in the 21st Century. Deion Sanders ran either a 4.17 or 4.19 time at his, and Bo Jackson is known to have run a 4.12 – the fastest ever seen anywhere to date to my knowledge. Bo was a 225 pound once-in-a-lifetime athlete whose career had ended way too early…a modern-day Gale Sayers.
Since the “official” times aren’t released in NFL Combine drills until everyone at the position has completed that particular drill, we await the official time that they say the 5’10″ 158 lbs. running back will wind up with posting.
Thanks to the NFL Network, I already know that Texas Longhorns WR Marquise Goodwin’s official time from earlier today came in at 4.27 seconds – so far the fastest at the 2013 NFL Combine while Knile Davis posted the next-best time, a 4.30. Knile’s an Arkansas Razorback with 227 pounds to go with it, so that’s even more impressive.
What the NFL Network did was superimpose images of the 4.27 official time trial run of Marquise Goodwin over that of Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb. The two were, for all intents and purposes, the exact same image for about 30 of the 40 yards of that run.
Goodwin won the battle of the ghost images by pulling away in those last few yards, and he ran a 4.27 time, so McCalleb did not, in fact, break Chris Johnson’s modern 4.24 time. He ran somewhere in the 4.3s.
Of course, now that I’ve written all of this, the running backs have finished their runs and the official times have been announced. Oh well, that saves me the trouble of having to make another post on the topic later.
McCalebb ran a 4.34 and Davis a 4.37. Since Davis has 60 pounds of bulk over the thin McCalebb with the same 5’10″ frame, I’d say Davis just improved his draft stock while McCalebb more or less met expectations. We knew going in that he was one of the fastest kids in the draft…and he is indeed.
Chris Johnson just Tweeted “I can’t lie…that one scared me”
The guy has a sense of humor, at least.
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