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Josh Robinson hand-timed at 4.29 seconds in the 40

Josh Robinson, Mortez Thompson AP

As the NFL Scouting Combine wraps up, we have our first sub-4.3-second 40-yard dash.

Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson was hand-timed at 4.29 seconds, according to NFL Network. That makes him, unofficially, the fastest player at the Combine this year.

Robinson’s other 40-yard dash was hand-timed at 4.31 seconds, so he has the two fastest forties of the day. The official times for the defensive backs have not yet been announced.

Robinson isn’t just a workout warrior; he also had good production on the field in college. In fact, Mike Mayock said on NFL Network that he didn’t see elite speed on the field when watching Robinson, although Mayock did like what he saw in other respects.

“Three-year starter, 36 starts, 10 interceptions: I like his ball skills and awareness,” Mayock said. “He played press and off-man at UCF.”

Robinson told reporters over the weekend that he decided to leave college early to enter the draft even though the NFL draft advisory board told him that he’d be a third-day pick at best. Robinson said he hopes NFL scouts will change their minds about him after watching tape of the 2010 Liberty Bowl, when Central Florida beat Georgia and Robinson spent most of the day covering A.J. Green, who would go on to have a brilliant rookie season with the Bengals in 2011. Green caught eight passes in that game, but he averaged just 9.6 yards a catch and never beat Robinson deep.

With that kind of speed, there may not be any receivers anywhere who can beat Robinson deep.

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23 Responses to “Josh Robinson hand-timed at 4.29 seconds in the 40”
  1. lolb23 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    Zombie Al Davis thinks Robinson is…a…great…playa

  2. waltdawg says: Feb 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    SKINS VALUE PICK…LOVE IT

  3. glazerh8er says: Feb 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    Carl Lewis should have been a QB

  4. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:08 PM

    I’ve seen him play, that boy can flat out fly!

  5. southpaw2k says: Feb 28, 2012 1:10 PM

    Man, if the Raiders had a pick before the 3rd (?) round this year, you could pen them in for taking Robinson.

  6. drunkmonkey918 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:10 PM

    Wasn’t Cam Newton the OROY? I thought he had the award…

  7. ebeg420 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:14 PM

    He would be a steal……..if NFL WR’s ran in a straight line every route

  8. TxGrown says: Feb 28, 2012 1:19 PM

    Gone before the third round.

  9. vegaskid21 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:28 PM

    Welcome to my 2013 Madden team

  10. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 28, 2012 1:38 PM

    I’m not understanding all these “unofficial hand times”, don’t they have a damn machine that accurately measures the times?

  11. Soulman45 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:41 PM

    I wonder is the Lions looking they got beat deep a few time.

  12. shackdelrio says: Feb 28, 2012 1:55 PM

    Jacksonville in round two

  13. eaglesw00t says: Feb 28, 2012 2:04 PM

    Im not thrilled with UCF players.

    Nate Allen looked like a great player in their secondary, and has been absolutely mediocre in the NFL at best.

    Im certainly not saying I wouldnt draft the guy, but I look at USC from 5 years ago, and see how many guys that terrific program put into the NFL, that stank the joint up.

  14. eaglesw00t says: Feb 28, 2012 2:24 PM

    With that kind of speed, there may not be any receivers anywhere who can beat Robinson deep.

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    Desean Jackson and Devon Hester could still get behind him. All it takes is one step.

    Desean ran a 4.35, but I swear he runs faster in pads (when he isnt playing for a contract that is lol)

  15. drunkmonkey918 says: Feb 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    The unofficial times are what scouts are timing the runners at. The next day, the official times are released from the timer that’s stopped when the string is pulled at the end of the 40 yards.

  16. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    Remember when Redskins HoFer Darrell Green was 40 years old and that year was clocked with a 4.24 forty? Fastest player I (and Tony Dorsett, and Eric Dickerson, and Jerry Rice and … everyone else he caught from behind) ever saw. He set the bar for me on gameday speed.

  17. burnsy says: Feb 28, 2012 3:36 PM

    “Nate Allen looked like a great player in their secondary, and has been absolutely mediocre in the NFL at best.”

    Study your Eagles team guide better. Nate Allen went to USF.

  18. mobuccsfan says: Feb 28, 2012 4:02 PM

    I say bring him to Tampa. We could use a few good corners. Forget the quickness…Mayock’s comments about his coverages is what matters imo. I think Tampa would be wises to give him a look at least. WE need a couple good corners in either FA or the draft. Barber–too old, Talib, could be in prison and should be cut anyways, even if he isn’t and Biggers isn’t any good in my opinion. Mack and Lewis are okay for secondary help but they are about all Tampa has in the defensive backfield. IMO.

  19. dukemarc says: Feb 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    Desean Jackson and Devon Hester could still get behind him. All it takes is one step.

    Desean ran a 4.35, but I swear he runs faster in pads (when he isnt playing for a contract that is lol)
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    Desean couldn’t get away from Sam Shields, a guy with great speed an only 1 year at college CB under his belt. I doubt Desean can get away from this guy with a training camp or two under his belt. Speed at DB makes up for A LOT of warts.

  20. goawayeverybody says: Feb 28, 2012 4:11 PM

    Welcome to the Oakland Raiders.

  21. granadafan says: Feb 28, 2012 4:15 PM

    This is 2012 and millions of dollars are at stake in the Combine. You’d think that the NFL could provide results within a few minutes of an ELECTRONICLY timed run and not the shaky finger of a senior citizen scout.

  22. hawkitnow says: Feb 28, 2012 4:34 PM

    Mama says they’s my magic shoes. Mama said they would take me anywhere

  23. smiz17 says: Feb 28, 2012 5:11 PM

    Take it from this UCF Fan and Alum…J.Rob is legit. Way to rep the Black and Gold! Hope you join the rest of the UCF family in the NFL:
    – Josh Sitton – Green Bay
    – Asante Samuel – Phillidelphia
    – Kevin Smith – Detroit
    – Bruce Miller – San Franciso
    – Brandon Marshall – Miami
    – Matt Prater – Denver
    – Jah Reid – Baltimore
    – Torell Troup – Buffalo
    – Mike Sims-Walker – Jacksonville
    – Daunte Culpepper – former NFL QB for 4 teams

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