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Patrick Peterson, Jimmy Smith fly in forty

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Tuesday that any time under 4.35 in the forty-yard dash is “rarefied air.”

The top cornerback prospect in the draft — LSU’s Patrick Peterson — reached those heights on Tuesday.  Peterson unofficially ran a 4.32 forty on his first try.   (He ran a 4.37 on the next try.) That wasn’t even the fastest time run on Tuesday: Chattanooga’s Buster Skrine ran a 4.29.

While Skrine is a mid-to-late round pick, Peterson could be the highest drafted cornerback in a decade.  As we pointed out Monday, Peterson may be the prospect in this draft with the fewest holes.

Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith ran a 4.38 forty, which is very impressive considering his size (6’2) and weight (212 pounds).  While Smith has off-field concerns, his talent is undeniable.

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21 Responses to “Patrick Peterson, Jimmy Smith fly in forty”
  1. nygdefenserules says: Mar 1, 2011 12:43 PM

    Jimmy Smith to the Bengals… just seems to be a perfect fit!

  2. gregjennings85 says: Mar 1, 2011 12:48 PM

    Smith reminds me of Charles Woodson.

  3. 303bengalguy says: Mar 1, 2011 12:56 PM

    Yeah let’s not mention Chimdi Chekwa. He was “ONLY” a 4.33… and has better all around game. He’s as technically sound as it gets. I’ll take Chimdi all day over Peterson myself.

  4. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 1, 2011 12:56 PM

    i’m suprised that more teams dont place huge value on CB’s like these guys. Teams still look for the 5’10 speed guys.. Most big name receivers in the league now aren’t speed monsters but are 6’3 220 with serious ball skills.

  5. dexterismyhero says: Mar 1, 2011 1:03 PM

    Chatanoonga’s Buster Skrine ran a 4.29.

    Doctor: Ah Mr & Mrs Skrine, what are you namimg your son?

    What? Really?

  6. chc4 says: Mar 1, 2011 1:03 PM

    Only question w/ Peterson has nothing to do with speed. Most big CBs struggle with their hip turns and quickness. If PP answers those questions in a positive way then he’s can’t miss.

  7. charly0418 says: Mar 1, 2011 1:08 PM

    “Chatanoonga’s Buster Skrine ran a 4.29.

    While Skrine is a mid-to-late round pick….”

    Al Davis will sadly make sure he’s picked earlier than that

  8. armchairgm9 says: Mar 1, 2011 1:11 PM

    Smith = Aqib Talib

  9. dbellina says: Mar 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    If he’s still there, I could see Jimmy Smith going to the Raiders as a possible replacement for Nnamdi Asomugha.

  10. bucksnknucks says: Mar 1, 2011 1:35 PM

    Of course more Buckeye haterism showing here, totally ignoring Chimdi Chekwa running a 4.33. He’s certainly a better CB prospect than Prince and his 4.37 that everyone blew a nut about.

  11. JackLeone says: Mar 1, 2011 1:40 PM

    charly0418 says:
    Mar 1, 2011 1:08 PM
    “Chatanoonga’s Buster Skrine ran a 4.29.

    While Skrine is a mid-to-late round pick….”

    Al Davis will sadly make sure he’s picked earlier than that


    Co-sign. Expecially if they don’t resign Ndamdi

  12. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 1, 2011 2:22 PM

    Patrick Peterson will be an All Pro corner if given a chance to play his game. He is a shut down corner who plays at his best when he is allowed to jam receivers at the line. With his phenomenal speed, cover skills, ball skills and work ethic he has a great chance to be one of the top five corners in the league for years to come and can slide over to safety after 10-12 years in the league. With all of the big receivers in the league, it would be nice to have a corner over 5’10”, who can run.

  13. titsburgfeelers says: Mar 1, 2011 2:23 PM

    Peterson is heading to Denver..

  14. seizure386 says: Mar 1, 2011 2:24 PM

    The reason no one is mentioning Chekwa is because he’s 6’0″ 190. These guys are all at least 6’2″ 200+ lbs

  15. evangunn778 says: Mar 1, 2011 2:45 PM

    If available the Cleveland Browns will take Patrick Peterson. If they get him they will have the best young secondary in the league.

  16. brandonyer says: Mar 1, 2011 2:49 PM

    I am a huge Buckeyes fan, and there is no way I would want the Packers to draft Chewka over Peterson. Chekwa is a good CB, but not underated by any means.

  17. hobartbaker says: Mar 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    Yesterday no one knew Buster Skrine. Today he is a funny household name that cracks everyone up.

  18. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Mar 1, 2011 4:04 PM

    I agree with brandonyer. I love the Buckeyes, and while Chekwa was certainly the best DB on the team, he isn’t a top 10 pick.

    A. The Big Ten isn’t exactly pass happy
    B. He’s coming off a broken arm/wrist suffered in the bowl game
    C. Chekwa spent a lot of time playing Safety or lining up as the nickel corner. Love his versatility, but all that doesn’t make him a better lockdown corner prospect.

  19. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Mar 1, 2011 4:10 PM

    Also no mention of Chekwa running with a cast on his arm.

    I like Chekwa, I dont think he is a first rounder, but I think he has some potential (especially if he can get the interference calls in check).

    I think I can speak for the Buckeye fans who posted already, as well as myself , that we feel slighted because he and his time were not mentioned in the article–not because we think he is the best pick at his position.

  20. thefiesty1 says: Mar 1, 2011 5:22 PM

    Speed kills, but does he hit when he gets to the ball carrier. Maybe he can catch up with a receiver and just run along beside him. You’ve got to knock the receiver down not just run with him.

  21. rayguyreturns says: Mar 1, 2011 6:49 PM

    “charly0418 says:

    “Chatanoonga’s Buster Skrine ran a 4.29.

    While Skrine is a mid-to-late round pick….”

    Al Davis will sadly make sure he’s picked earlier than that”


    And who is going to hand over their first round pick to Oakland, since we don’t have one?
    Nice try genius.

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