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.

Talk about your human wreck­ing balls.

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.

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