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Ricardo Lockette plans to break Combine 40 record

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Fort Valley State receiver/return specialist Ricardo Lockette is one of the top candidates for the fastest forty time at the Combine, in large part because of his track background.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound prospect is a former National Champion in the 100 meters, and ran track throughout his college career. He put on record a 4.35 forty at Fort Valley State, although Lockette’s plan is to run at least a tenth of a second faster in Indianapolis.

“I’m shooting for the mid-4.2s,” Lockette told PFT Wednesday. “Hopefully, I can get the record.”

The record Lockette is speaking of is the fastest forty time in NFL Combine history. Since the Combine became a media-friendly event in the late 1990s to early 2000s, Rondel Melendez of Eastern Kentucky and Chris Johnson of East Carolina have run the fastest, tying at 4.24.

Breaking the record is “definitely one of my goals,” Lockette promised, adding that he’s been timed recently as fast as 4.26 and 4.27. Lockette hopes a record-breaking forty time will vault his draft stock anywhere from the second- to fifth-round range.

Originally an Auburn commit, Lockette bounced around colleges and finished up in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He averaged 24.0 yards per kickoff return last season, and caught 23 passes for 262 yards with one touchdown.

Despite the underwhelming production, Lockette is CBS Sports draft analyst Chad Reuter’s favorite to run the best forty this weekend.

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15 Responses to “Ricardo Lockette plans to break Combine 40 record”
  1. granadafan says: Feb 23, 2011 5:14 PM

    Bust. Track guy playing football. He caught ONE TD all year??? Real football players can cut and not just run fast in a straight line.

  2. aberystwyth2 says: Feb 23, 2011 5:19 PM

    “And with the next pick in the 2011 nfl draft the Oakland Raiders select…Ricardo Lockette, wide receiver, Fort Valley State.”

  3. raiderapologist says: Feb 23, 2011 5:28 PM

    And Al doesn’t have a first round pick this year. Damn the luck.

  4. coolzog says: Feb 23, 2011 5:35 PM

    Who cares about his 40 time. Doesn’t sound like much of a football player with that production against that competition.

  5. georgegabriel9 says: Feb 23, 2011 6:01 PM

    why do idiots like this (with minimal production) talk themselves up? just keep your head down and work hard. then take the credit if low and behold you actually do run as fast as you say you can.

  6. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Feb 23, 2011 6:02 PM

    lol aberystwyth2 beat me to it :P

  7. brasho says: Feb 23, 2011 6:06 PM

    Wasn’t Greg Lloyd from Fort Valley St. or was that Fort Hays State? Either way, when it’s all said and done, Lloyd will still be the only player from either of those schools to make an impact in the NFL.

  8. rayguyreturns says: Feb 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    “… Rondel Melendez of Eastern Kentucky and Chris Johnson of East Carolina have run the fastest, tying at 4.24.”
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    And somehow our AL missed picking either of these guys. He must be slipping, although Jacoby Ford sure turned out alright this year! DHB, we don’t talk about so much (sigh).

  9. jc1958cool says: Feb 23, 2011 7:17 PM

    is that how fast he fly’s out of bounds when he is hit?

  10. swervinmervin says: Feb 23, 2011 7:39 PM

    what was Bo Jackson’s 40 time?!

  11. swervinmervin says: Feb 23, 2011 7:40 PM

    Never mind… I just read that Bo ran a 4.12 40 time at the draft (hand held time).

  12. moecoleman says: Feb 23, 2011 8:14 PM

    brascho-“Wasn’t Greg Lloyd from Fort Valley St. or was that Fort Hays State? Either way, when it’s all said and done, Lloyd will still be the only player from either of those schools to make an impact in the NFL.”

    Rayfield Wright is an attended Fort Valley State but I guess being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame isn’t impactful enough for you. At least you were correct about Greg Lloyd attending FVSU.

  13. radrntn says: Feb 23, 2011 9:38 PM

    i gotta love the DHB love out their….the raiders clearly stated that he was going to be a 3 year project, similiar to how cliff branch was. (that is who the raiders compared him to) Fact is DHB stats are also mirror images of cliff branch thus far, so I look to DHB having a break out year, similiar to how McFadden had this year.

  14. realfootballfan says: Feb 24, 2011 1:13 AM

    If he does that, lock to be a Raider.

  15. kevinfromphilly says: Feb 24, 2011 3:15 PM

    Well, that shows you how important 40 times are: Chris Johnson is one of the top RBs in the league. Who the hell is Rondel Melendez?

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