Rookie Blows Up Combine’s Lineman 40 Yard Dash Record
With these sort of size and speed, you’d think he’d be a Special Teams coach’s dream. Imagine all 306 lbs. of this guy coming at you during a kick-off.
It’s been said that any play in which an offensive lineman has to run 40 yards in a straight line in probably a bad idea, but that doesn’t stop the NFL’s evaluators from studying just how well the big men run the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. This year, those NFL guys got a real treat, as Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead set a recent combine record with an unofficial 4.65 40-yard dash. His official time, announced later, was 4.71, but this still exceeded the previous mark since 2006 of 4.84, set by Allen Barbre in 2007.
Amstead just beat out Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, who ran an official 4.72, and whose stock has been rising steadily since he impressed everybody at the Senior Bowl. While Armstead is NFL Draft Scout’s 10th-rated offensive tackle, Johnson is third behind Texas A&Ms Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. Fisher ran a 5.05 40 and Joeckel’s was even higher, but don’t expect that to affect their draft stock. More than with other positions, NFL teams will go back to the tape with offensive linemen for the real story.
For linemen, things like how many times they can bench press and their speed in “the shuttle run” matter a lot more than their 40 time. The only thing that is required to be fast for most NFL lineman is their learning curve in understanding blocking schemes and how fast their feet move when it comes to making and sustaining blocks.
Still, this is rather frightening to think of a lineman with this kind of speed.