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Tyrod Taylor tops Kaepernick, Locker, Newton as Combine’s fastest QB

Tyrod Taylor

We noted yesterday that Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor says he sees no need to work out at any other position because he wants to be a quarterback, period.

But if things don’t work out at quarterback for Taylor, he proved today at the NFL Scouting Combine that he has the athletic ability to play another position.

The results of the 40-yard dash have been released, and Taylor topped all quarterbacks at 4.51 seconds.

Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick came in second at 4.53 seconds, followed by Washington’s Jake Locker and Auburn’s Cam Newton, both at 4.59. (The unofficial 4.52 that was originally reported for Locker has been changed, according to NFL.com, to an official 4.59.)

Three other quarterbacks cracked 4.65 seconds: Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and California University of Pennsylvania’s Josh Portis at 4.62, and Florida State’s Christian Ponder at 4.65.

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21 Responses to “Tyrod Taylor tops Kaepernick, Locker, Newton as Combine’s fastest QB”
  1. rcunningham says: Feb 27, 2011 3:58 PM

    God the quarterbacks this year suck.

    And knowing the Vikings, we’ll take one of them in the first round then be shocked when they bust.

    Kill me now.

  2. kegpack says: Feb 27, 2011 3:59 PM

    Who cares about a qbs 40 time?

  3. echoplex89 says: Feb 27, 2011 4:00 PM

    seriously?

    like .02 seconds difference really matters.

    we all know who the top QB’s are. Its should be no suprise in what order they go in the draft.

    1. Gabbert 2. Newton 3. Locker 4.Mallet 5. Kapernick.

  4. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Feb 27, 2011 4:02 PM

    Locker, Mallet, or Gabbert. Please let any of them fall to KC.
    All of them will be better than Fraud Newton.
    Locker just had a bad season. Give him a good QB coach and there would be no reason he could not develop into a good pro QB

  5. stealthjunk says: Feb 27, 2011 4:05 PM

    Great news. QBs always run in straight lines with no one in front of them. Who cares how well they can actually throw the ball.

  6. roynp3 says: Feb 27, 2011 4:06 PM

    How do the 40 times of this years crop of QBs compare to past years? This seems like an unusually fast group, no?

  7. dafixisin says: Feb 27, 2011 4:17 PM

    Granted, Taylor would have to sit for a year or two as he learns the NFL passing game, but having watched him play a few times, there’s enough to make him worth a mid-round gamble. He’s got the wheels to buy time back in the pocket, and seems to really try and pass first under pressure. That said, you’d like his completion percentage to be higher, but then again, that’s why he needs to carry a clipboard for a year or two.

    He’s like Bruce Gradkowski, except with a heckuva lot more speed and a stronger arm. Long term, that could translate into a solid #2 QB. I stress the “long”part of long term.

  8. backindasaddle says: Feb 27, 2011 4:19 PM

    This stat is almost meaningless as it relates to a QB. Does the combine have a test for the QBs mental alacrity in reading, reacting and mastering all of the mental aspects of the position? THAT would be a stat I’d pay attention to.

  9. jrobitaille23 says: Feb 27, 2011 4:19 PM

    I find it rather convenient that Locker’s times were adjusted higher. I watched him run both times (4.52 and 4.53) and Newton who ran 4.6 and 4.59 and he is faster. Kinda odd how two times for Locker are raised yet they take the lowest time for Newton. I’m telling you, they have a hard on for Newton. Faulk (who should NOT be employed as a commentator) and even Mayock are so busy making excuses for Newton’s horrible performance. It’s laughable. He is at best a project QB but more likely a coach killer high first rounder.

  10. dansnyder says: Feb 27, 2011 4:22 PM

    Tyrod Taylor will be a steal as a late round QB. I don’t know if he will ever be a great player in this league but at worst he has the talent and heart to be a dynamic backup. Still remember this play live

  11. dgforreal says: Feb 27, 2011 4:53 PM

    California University of Pennsylvania

    Say what?

  12. chipwade says: Feb 27, 2011 5:32 PM

    I don’t know what his official 40 time was but how good do these times make Michael Vick look? I was expecting Locker to run much faster than that.

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_fast_did_Michael_Vick_run_in_the_40_yard_dash

  13. thetooloftools says: Feb 27, 2011 5:54 PM

    the qb position is over rated without a good/great O Line.

  14. jc1958cool says: Feb 27, 2011 6:38 PM

    run for your life in the NFL, every guy is fast!

  15. domehead says: Feb 27, 2011 7:00 PM

    Just confirms to me that its time to move to wide receiver.

  16. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 27, 2011 7:42 PM

    @chipwade – I just checked the same thing earlier. Still though, these guys put up fair numbers. If one of them can string together some 65% completion games, they’ll definitely be exciting to watch. Won’t be holding my breath though.

  17. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 27, 2011 7:55 PM

    a punter bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times today. because that’s an important thing to look for in a punter.

  18. thefiesty1 says: Feb 27, 2011 9:06 PM

    Cal U of Penn – yes, just right for a high cowboy pick. Someone nobody ever heard of is just what JJ likes.

  19. b1unt3d says: Feb 27, 2011 10:33 PM

    Tom Brady: 5.23
    Philip Rivers: 5.08
    Matt Shaub: 5.04
    Tony Romo: 5.01
    Eli Manning: 4.92
    Matt Cassel: 4.90
    Matt Ryan: 4.89
    Joe Flacco: 4.84
    Peyton Manning: 4.80

    enough said.

  20. b1unt3d says: Feb 27, 2011 10:37 PM

    by the way, most elite quarterbacks in the nfl rush for an average of 2-4 yards per carry. Seriously.. what the hell do 40 yard dash times mean for a QB? Absolutely nothing.

  21. sfgiantsfan84 says: Feb 28, 2011 12:08 AM

    The more Newton stinks it up at the Combine the better the chance he falls out of the first round and then “the project” does not seem so bad for whoever drafts him…. the dude is a specimen and with a year or two on the right bench he will be a solid NFL QB

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