College football's top wide receiver in 2013 has brought home another accolade.
Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks put up impressive back-to-back 4.3-second 40 yard dashes at the NFL Combine Sunday morning, tying for the fastest dash at this year's Combine and once again proved the power of In-n-Out Burger.
guess all that in-n-out didn’t slow brandin cooks down much— martin rickman (@martinrickman) February 23, 2014
All times are unofficial.
Cooks' 4.3 was matched by Pittsburg State (Kan.) receiver John Brown, which prompted a nation to ask, "Wait, Pittsburg State isn't in Pittsburgh?"
Cooks and Brown were also joined by another small-school star -- Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State, who ran a 4.3 on his first try. Here's the three of them running alongside Marquise Goodwin, who blew scouts away with a 4.27 40-yard dash at last year's combine.
South Carolina's Bruce Ellington ran a 4.31-second 40 yard dash, prompting his teammates at USC to get all caps locky on Twitter. LSU's Odell Beckham matched Ellington's 4.31. Clemson's Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins each ran 4.34s, and Colorado's Paul Richardson ran an impressive 4.35 in his first attempt.
Here's Watkins' impressive first run:
It was one of the better runs of the day, but didn't quite live up to the expectations he set for himself.
Yesterday, WR Sammy Watkins said, "I want to run something crazy, maybe break the combine record (4.24 by Titans RB Chris Johnson in 2008)."— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) February 23, 2014
He ran a 4.37 on his second attempt. Really, though, the fact that he can do stuff like this....
...should be more than enough for NFL scouts, but the nice 40 times won't hurt, either.
Ohio State's Corey Brown ran a 4.37, while Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, Baylor's Tevin Reese, Notre Dame's T.J. Jones and Louisville's Damian Copeland posted 4.40-second sprints. Copeland's haircut was as important as his 40 time to one viewer:
Memo to all NFL prospects. The #combine is a job interview. That means you don't show up with a blonde Mohawk.— Michael (Mr. Jooks) (@Mrjooks) February 23, 2014
He probably should have covered up that mohawk with a baseball cap, but only if that baseball cap was worn at the proper angle.
Texas A&M's Mike Evans solidified his status as a potential first-round pick with a 4.47-second 40, surprising those who watched him with the Aggies and questioned his speed.
Without the NFL scouting combine, how would we have ever known that Mike Evans is fast?— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) February 23, 2014
Concerns over Evans' speed, just like concerns over his tiny hands, were Johnny Manziel's fault.
Evans also has draft's best "milling around waiting for Manziel to create throwing lane" time, which is why we didn't know he had wheels.— Dawg Sports (@dawgsports) February 23, 2014
Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin ran a 4.53-second 40, but he only needs five yards to leave a path of destruction.
USC wide receiver Marqise Lee ran a 4.5 his first attempt -- a disappointing time for a receiver that does not bring a lot of size to the table. He was able to improve on that on his second round, cutting his time to 4.4.
Still, it may not have been fast enough for the former Trojan.
#USC WR Marqise Lee's two unofficial 40 times: 4.44, 4.50. 5'11 3/4, 192. Mayock: "I thought he'd be faster."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 23, 2014
Joining Lee as two of the disappointments of the round were LSU's Jarvis Landry, who ran a 4.65 before suffering an injury, and Penn State's Allen Robinson, who recorded times of 4.60 and 4.56.