Darren McFadden Runs 4.27 40-Yard Dash
Yeah, it might be time to reconsider that.
McFadden ran a stunning 4.27-second 40-yard dash today at the NFL Scouting Combine, tying Appalachian State wide receiver Dexter Jackson as the fastest player at the Combine, and showing even greater speed than anyone expected -- and everyone thought he had great straight-line speed.
This 40 time doesn't necessarily negate all the negative things people have been saying about McFadden lately -- that he's not shifty enough, that he's not muscular enough in the lower body, that he fumbles too much, that he has off-field issues, etc. But it does mean that in terms of pure speed, he's going to be one of the fastest running backs in NFL history.
There was an audible gasp among the coaches and scouts at the RCA Dome when McFadden's 40 was completed, and that doesn't happen often. Suffice to say, McFadden isn't one of the losers at the Combine anymore.
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UPDATE: The 4.27 was McFadden's unofficial time; when the NFL released the official times, East Carolina's Chris Johnson actually was the fastest running back with an amazing 4.24.