Do you guys remember when that clown shoe “NFL Draft expert” said something back in January about Jonathan Taylor not being fast and we all freaked out about it? Well it turns out we WERE RIGHT!
That dude was, and continues to be, a freaking idiot!
Taylor ran an official 4.39 40-yard dash in Indianapolis on Friday night and was ::double checks notes:: yup, he was the fastest running back there. His time was originally reported as a 4.41 which, YUP, still would’ve been the fastest time of any running back there.
Top performers in the 40-yard dash among #NFLCombine RBs:— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 29, 2020
1) Jonathan Taylor, @BadgerFootball, 4.39 seconds
2) Darrynton Evans, @AppState_FB, 4.41
3) Raymond Calais, @RaginCajunsFB, 4.42
4) Anthony McFarland, @TerpsFootball, 4.44
5) Cam Akers, @FSUFootball, 4.47
Only RBs to weigh 225+ and hit a combine 40 under 4.45 since 2014:— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) February 29, 2020
Jonathan Taylor - 4.41 (2020)
Saquon Barkley - 4.40 (2018)
Badgers from all over the country were impressed with Taylor’s time, including Melvin Gordon, Chris Orr and Ron Dayne among others.
4.41 boy moving !!!! On me— F L ⚡️ S H (@Melvingordon25) February 29, 2020
I don’t know why a running back would need to have a good vertical, but it probably doesn’t hurt to jump high as any football player. Taylor had a 36” vertical which is tied for No. 11 among tailbacks.
He was tied for No. 9 in the broad jump and had 17 reps on the bench press which wasn’t great, but also wasn’t the worst...so yay!
One of the biggest knocks on Taylor, outside of his fumbling problems, was that he had to come off the field on third downs because he couldn’t catch the ball out of the backfield reliably. It was a point of emphasis this past season and Taylor set career highs in catches and receiving yards and receiving touchdowns so, hopefully that isn’t as big of a concern for NFL teams.
Jonathan Taylor catching everything tonight pic.twitter.com/7IB4h5ddQb— Billy M (@BillyM_91) February 29, 2020
Stay tuned for more NFL Combine updates throughout the weekend.