Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Speed to burn in the SEC
By Chris Low
The 2011 NFL combine has concluded, and 11 different players ran a 4.4 or faster in the 40-yard dash, according to the NFL.
Five of those players played in the SEC.
LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson's 4.34 was second overall to Miami cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke, who turned in a 4.28. Of course, Van Dyke weighs 170 pounds and Peterson 219 pounds.
Auburn running back Mario Fannin came out of nowhere to run a 4.38, and he did so weighing 231 pounds. One of the things holding Fannin back at Auburn was a rash of nagging injuries, and he also bounced around between different positions.
Alabama's Julio Jones had the fastest 40 among SEC receivers with a 4.38 and posted that time despite a fracture in his foot.
South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver, who missed the final five games last season after tearing a pectoral muscle, helped himself with a 4.4. Kentucky's Derrick Locke also ran a 4.4, which wasn't a surprise. Locke was one of the fastest running backs in the SEC the past two seasons.
Here's a look at the fastest 40 times from this year's combine:
- Miami CB Demarcus Van Dyke: 4.28
- LSU CB Patrick Peterson: 4.34
- Maryland RB Da'Rel Scott: 4.34
- Abilene Christian WR Edmund Gates: 4.37
- Belhaven WR Ricardo Lockette: 4.37
- Auburn RB Mario Fannin: 4.38
- Alabama WR Julio Jones: 4.38
- Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa: 4.40
- South Carolina CB Chris Culliver: 4.40
- Kentucky RB Derrick Locke: 4.40
- Connecticut RB Jordan Todman: 4.40