Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb ran a couple of stunningly fast 40-yard dashes on Sunday at the Scouting Combine.
On his first try, McCalebb was unofficially timed at 4.27 seconds, which is one of the fastest times in the history of the Combine. And then McCalebb ran his second time and was unofficially timed at 4.21 seconds, which would break Chris Johnson’s Combine record of 4.24 seconds.
We won’t know until the NFL releases the full official times for all the running backs whether McCalebb is the new Combine record holder, but he’s clearly one of the fastest players in this year’s NFL draft.
The question now is whether McCalebb can produce on the field like he does in shorts. The 5-foot-11 173-pound McCalebb may be too skinny to hold up as an every-down running back in the NFL, and he wasn’t an every-down back at Auburn: He ran only 94 times for 570 yards and six touchdowns as a senior.
But McCalebb catches the ball well and is a good return man. And with his speed, some NFL team is going to find a way to get the ball in his hands.