The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the NFL Combine every year, and for the first time since 2015, commissioner Roger Goodell got in on the action.
Injuries took down a number of others, too. Greg Holland Womens Jersey Billy Price, one of the top two center prospects this year, tore his pec during the bench press. That ended his combine early. Defensive tackle Vita Vea ran a blistering-fast 5.10 40, which is ridiculous for a guy who’s 6’4 and 347 pounds. But he tweaked his hamstring and was done for the day. It was the same story for Georgia’s Roquan Smith, who hurt his calf running the 40 on Sunday.
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Game Mens P. A. Parenteau Jersey Top cornerback prospect Denzel Ward hurt his ankle on Monday. USC running back Ronald Jones pulled up during his 4.66 40 because of a hamstring injury. These players have spent months preparing for the combine, so it’s disappointing to see the experience cut short by injuries.
That’s Eisen’s second-best 40 time since he started running it in 2005.
This marks the 14th consecutive year that Eisen has run a televised 40. He posted his best time in 2016, when he ran a 5.94. That’s the second time in all these years that Eisen has managed to get below six seconds.
Eisen had hoped to beat his best time in 2017, but he fell a little short. A 6.02 time isn’t bad for a sports journalist in his late 40s. But NFL Network used their simulcam feature to pit Eisen against John Ross’ record-setting 40 last year. They gave Eisen a 7-yard head start. It didn’t help.
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