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Officially, Gilbert is the fastest defensive back at the Combine

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Former Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert ran a blazing 40-yard dash at the Combine this morning, and officially it’s listed as the fastest 40 of all the defensive backs at the Combine.

Phillip Gaines of Rice was hand-timed in his 40 at 4.34 seconds, just topping Gilbert’s 4.35 to become the fastest defensive back at the Combine according to the hand-timed results. But the Combine’s “official” times had Gilbert at 4.37 seconds and Gaines at 4.38 seconds.

In reality, there is no such thing as an “official” Combine time. The NFL releases “official” times, but NFL teams use their own times, which may deviate a few hundredths of a second in either direction. Suffice to say, four guys stuck out as extremely fast in today’s defensive back work: Gilbert, Gaines, Jason Verrett of TCU (4.38) and Bradley Roby of Ohio State (4.39).

Gaines was a two-time All-Conference USA player at Rice, but there are questions about him. He’s a skinny 193-pounder who looks like he needs to add strength, and he has had injury issues in college. He was also suspended for a game last year for violating a team rule.

So unlike Gilbert, who’s widely viewed as a first-round pick, Gaines doesn’t necessarily project as a great pro player. He has to hope some team falls in love with his speed.

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8 Responses to “Officially, Gilbert is the fastest defensive back at the Combine”
  1. todoubled says: Feb 25, 2014 12:37 PM

    Where is Al Davis when you need him Raiderland

  2. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 25, 2014 12:38 PM

    I’d still take Dennard as the top CB. He’d look good in blue & orange…

  3. floratiotime says: Feb 25, 2014 12:51 PM

    Right now Al Davis’ grave looks like the final scene from “Carrie”.

  4. posmoo says: Feb 25, 2014 1:01 PM

    I can’t understand why there there is all this confusion over 40 times at the combine. Why don’t they just shoot the events at 100 fps and start counting frames the moment the player lifts his foot off the round and stop counting the moment he crosses the finish line.

  5. granadafan says: Feb 25, 2014 1:29 PM

    Why in the world, with all the technology available, is the NFL still using hand timers? Absurd!

  6. maddog111 says: Feb 25, 2014 1:53 PM

    The Bengals scout clocked Gilbert at 4.35 Mississippis.

  7. jlevija says: Feb 25, 2014 2:25 PM

    it sounds like Gaines will be a Devin hester and be drafted to take to ball to the house on kick and punt returns

  8. amazingguy101 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    Speed doesn’t matter as coverage and catching the ball for INT. Than worry about speed.

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