Found February 23, 2013 on
Back in 2008, a running back out of East Carolina announced his presence on the NFL scene with a blazing 4.24 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine. While many have speculated as to whether Texas WR Marquise Goodwin can best Chris Johnson’s 2008 time, an offensive tackle has momentarily stolen the show in what is probably the most popular drill every year in Indianapolis.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead, listed at 6-5, 306lbs, posted an unofficial 4.65 in the 40-yard dash on Saturday. Armstead was a track star in high school and college, and scouts had him slotted as a potential Day 2 or 3 pick in April’s draft coming into this weekend’s combine.
While an offensive lineman’s forty time may not correlate to on-field performance as much as a skill position player’s does, it is a strong indicator of pure athleticism. That’s a trait that plenty of scouts emphasize in their evaluations of offensive lineman, particularly when assessing their abilities in pass-protection and run-blocking out on the edges.
The combine provides players from smaller schools like Armstead with an opportunity to get noticed, and Armstead certainly accomplished that today.
UPDATE: NFL Network reports that Armstead’s official time was a 4.71. Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson (6-7, 303lbs) posted a 4.72 official time. Johnson is a former tight end.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Offensive tackle Lane Johnson, 6 foot-6, 303 pounds out of Oklahoma, wanted all the scouts to know that he was going to break the 40-yard dash record for an offensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine. The record was 4.84. He ran a 4.72, which would have set the record for any other year. Unfortunately for Johnson, [...]
Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead, who is 6 feet 5 and 306 pounds, ran a time of 4.71 seconds a new combine record.
Shortly after, Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson ran a time of 4.72 seconds. Those times go down as the two fastest 40-yard-dash times by offensive linemen at the combine.
Armsteads unofficial time was announced at 4.65 which according to NFL Network...
11:28 a.m.: The guard that Mike Mayock is touting as the best player in the draft, Chance Warmack, ran a 5.55 40-yard dash with a 1.85 10-yard split. That time is a little disappointing, but overall it shouldn’t matter.
Menelik Watson was supposed to light up the 40, but turned in an only respectable 5.25.
11:18 a.m.: These incredible 40 times for linemen just keep coming in...
8 a.m. ET: Day 1 of the combine is officially upon us, and you know what that means: draft season has officially begun. The offensive linemen and tight ends will be out on display, and this is a great class for both positions.
Among the offensive linemen, Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson is supposed to test the best. He’s a former quarterback and tight end prospect who could...
4:04 p.m.: At the end of the day, Terron Armstead and Chris Gragg came out the winners of the 40-yard dash with 4.71 and 4.50 times respectively, but that wasn’t the only drill of the day.
The Patriots value the 3-cone highly for all positions. It’s the best indicator of agility at the combine and Tyler Eifert was the only player to time lower than seven seconds. Notre Dame’s...