Ryan Mallett ran a 5.37-second 40-yard dash at Tuesday’s Arkansas Pro Day, a time that only Rich Eisen would envy. But he said today that he’s capable of running about half a second faster than that.
“I didn’t get a very good start on my 40 and tweaked my groin a little bit, but I continued to run,” Mallett said on the Dan Patrick Show. “I’ve hit 4.9 before.”
Of course, NFL teams aren’t particularly concerned about Mallett’s straight-line speed. What they’re much more concerned about is whether character questions will derail Mallett’s career. Although it appeared that Mallett stormed off when asked about rumors that he had a drug problem at his press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mallett said he actually stayed at the podium until he was told his time was finished.
“I definitely didn’t leave,” Mallett said. “I answered the last question.”
As for those rumors of a drug problem, Mallett said he passed the drug test at the Combine and “never failed a drug test at Arkansas.” He did not, however, get into whether he has ever had a drug problem, or if he knows how those rumors started.
What we don’t know is whether Mallett has given a more complete answer to NFL teams behind closed doors. All we know is what we can see: He’s a really slow runner, with a really strong arm.