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NFL Combine results 2016: Running back 40-yard dash times

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Keith Marshall of Georgia turned in a blistering 4.31 40-yard dash on Friday at the NFL Combine.

The 2016 NFL Combine is in full swing, and after the big offensive linemen got to run the 40-yard dash as part of the first on-field workouts of this year's event, the running backs took the field. While many often overstate the value of the 40-yard dash when evaluating draft prospects, it's obviously important for speedy running backs and elusive players of that nature.

Running back is already a position of ever-changing value. Some years, it looks like no team wants to invest anything into a running back, and then a strong draft comes around and everybody is looking to get in on the action. This year, there were plenty of interesting running backs and while complete opinions shouldn't be reached based on 40 times, they are a good indicator of speed at the least.

Ezekiel Elliot of Ohio State, considered by many to be the top back in this year's draft, turned in an official time of 4.47 seconds. That's not going to blow anyone away, but as a power back, it's solid.

Derrick Henry of Alabama put up a time of 4.54 seconds, also great for a player of his size. The fastest official time for a running back was a 4.31 run by Keith Marshall of Georgia. A total of 10 players managed it in under 4.5 seconds. Below, we've got the official 40-yard times for running backs.

Jonathan Williams
Name School Height Weight Bench Press (reps at 225 lbs) 40 Yard (Official)
Auburn 5'10 228 20 4.64
Utah 5'11 219 22
Texas A&M 5'11 227 19
Arkansas 5'10 217 18 4.59
Marshaun Coprich Illinois State 5'8 207 17 4.47
Louisiana Tech 5'10 215 18 4.58
Alabama 6'1 210 10 4.45
Ohio State 6'0 225 4.47
San Jose State 5'10 192 17 4.41
Illinois 5'9 198 21 4.48
Kansas State 6'2 239 17 4.71
Alabama 6'2 247 22 4.54
Georgia 6'1 259
Indiana 6'0 230 16
Nebraska 6'1 238 30 4.81
Marshall 6'0 238
California 6'0 209 23 4.46
Southern Cal 6'0 223 24
Keith Marshall Georgia 5'11 219 25 4.31
UCLA 5'10 208 19 4.54
CJ Prosise Notre Dame 6'0 220 4.48
West Virginia 5'10 208 14 4.47
Florida 5'10 207 15 4.60
Shad Thornton North Carolina State 6'0 217 12 4.75
Southern Cal 5'11 246 26 4.68
Northwestern 6'1 239 30 4.60
Texas Tech 5'8 204 24 4.49
South Carolina 6'1 220 21 4.54
Arkansas 5'11 220 16

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