THE NFL Scouting Combine is largely a convention, where a bunch of kids take physicals in the same place for the convenience of their bosses.
But there are a few fascinating things happening there, things we can see and latch onto.
Former Titans and Jets running back Chris Johnson went from good prospect to a certified thing by running his 40-yard dash in 4.24 seconds, the fastest time measured in Indy.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated asked NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock if any of this year’s players might be able to touch that mark.
“Three wide receivers have a different gear,” Mayock said.
Those three include Miami’s Phillip Dorsett (5-10, 183), Ohio State’s Devin Smith (6-3, 190) and Auburn’s Sammie Coates (6-2, 213).
A player of Coates’ size running that way will guarantee attention, but all three have something special about them. Smith averaged 28.2 yards per catch last year, scoring 12 touchdowns.
Mayock said Dorsett was a bit under the radar, until running for scouts at the Senior Bowl.
If he goes to Indianapolis this week and beats a 4.24 40, that won’t last.