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.