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Onterio McCalebb burns up the 40-yard dash

Onterio McCalebb, Brent Calloway AP

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.

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29 Responses to “Onterio McCalebb burns up the 40-yard dash”
  1. Brad Smith says: Feb 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    Officially he won’t best Chris Johnson’s 4.24

  2. FlyFromTheInside says: Feb 24, 2013 2:40 PM

    Oh god…here we go with more “Raiders” comments, lol

  3. rolltide510 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:42 PM

    Nobody gets to the sidelines faster then McCalebb.

  4. Stiller43 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:43 PM

    You should mention, if youre going to keep saying chris johnson holds the combine record, that youre only mentioning 40 times since 1999.

    Other guys have run faster at the combine before that.

  5. virusgvr says: Feb 24, 2013 2:46 PM

    @chrisjohnson28….”listen 4.21 is childish”

    Haha!

  6. bigbluebruiser says: Feb 24, 2013 2:47 PM

    They don’t call him “The Canadian Comet” for nothing.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 24, 2013 2:47 PM

    His dad was so hung over from celebrating the birth, when he got to the registry office first he spelled Ontario wrong, then he spelled McCaleb wrong.

  8. Obama's Ballsack says: Feb 24, 2013 2:48 PM

    Al Davis is rolling over in his grave.

  9. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 24, 2013 2:49 PM

    Say what you want about this draft class, but you can’t call them slow.

  10. themagicman1223 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:52 PM

    Oh and he also tweeted that 4.21 is childish…How dumb must you be? I know it’s unofficial but still.

  11. wimperd says: Feb 24, 2013 2:54 PM

    You can see on the replay that he’s slower then Goodwin so his time will definitelly not hold up

  12. hater79 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:55 PM

    Hopefully he slips to the third round for Shanahan to pick up as an out of the backfield recieving threat.

  13. lionsmark09 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:56 PM

    The new Javid Best for the Lions?

  14. ryanw822 says: Feb 24, 2013 2:56 PM

    If Al Davis was alive and had a blue pill, he’d have a hard on right now.

  15. EJ says: Feb 24, 2013 3:10 PM

    I hope he beats out Chris “Lazy” Johnson officially. It be nice to not hear Johnson’s name as much.

  16. obie09 says: Feb 24, 2013 3:24 PM

    His official is 4.34. Not even close to CJ. I bet all you CJ haters that gave the obvious comment “He won’t break CJ’s4 4.24″ 70 thumbs down look silly. Except you don’t because 90% of the readers on PFT are dumber than Vince Young.

  17. beardown2489 says: Feb 24, 2013 3:30 PM

    Al Davis just got a rise in his Levi’s

  18. cronybomb says: Feb 24, 2013 3:35 PM

    Jahvid Best’s replacement!

  19. upperdecker19 says: Feb 24, 2013 3:36 PM

    Must be the deer antler spray

  20. rg3andthensome says: Feb 24, 2013 3:36 PM

    Has anyone ever noticed how the Raiders seem to always look at the speed guys?

    I am starting to think this would be good to analyze…

  21. skoobyfl says: Feb 24, 2013 4:10 PM

    Somethings in the water down there.

  22. lurkerkerker says: Feb 24, 2013 4:23 PM

    Trindon Holliday ran a 4.28 in hightops and has unofficial times below 4.10. Darren Sproles ran a 4.37, is slower now, and might be the hardest guy to catch in the league. I know as fans we’re starved for football news, but the Combine is over-rated – 40 times especially.

  23. b3astm0de says: Feb 24, 2013 4:40 PM

    Al Davis comments are so lame. YOU ARE NOT FUNNY. They are on every post and get less funny every time. Seriously stop.

  24. etoharin78 says: Feb 24, 2013 4:54 PM

    I watched 2 WR run 4.25 this morning, but this guy is getting noticed and he was slower?!?!?!

  25. canetic says: Feb 24, 2013 5:55 PM

    Official time was 4.34. Someone had a quick trigger finger.

  26. jkaflagg says: Feb 24, 2013 6:45 PM

    The Al Davis stuff is tired, but…..the last big-time “speed back” who got this type of run was Taiwan Jones of Eastern Washington, who was drafted by the Raiders in round 4 and has not broken out in his first two years, although everyone continues to cite his incredible speed….

  27. discountdoublecheck says: Feb 24, 2013 8:38 PM

    I’d want this kid on my team based solely on his amazingly awesome name.

    Not surprisingly, this is why I’d make a terrible GM.

  28. mikellie says: Feb 24, 2013 8:54 PM

    At 173 pds. he won’t be able to provide pass protection on blitzes. Not a first or second round pick.

  29. phillyphanatic77 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:33 PM

    I’m sure someone will pick this kid between rds 2-4. NFL GMs are addicted to speed and he has the potential to be a solid receiving back. If Sproles can tear it up then players of any size can make it in this league. At the same time, you should be somewhat wary of workout warriors.

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