Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The twitterverse is abuzz this morning with news that Baylor's own Robert Griffin III ran an unofficially 4.38 this morning in the 40 at the NFL Combine. If true, that would be the fastest official time for a QB in NFL history according to Baylor's own Heath Neilson (I don't have the stats to check on that, but I'll look). John McClain of the NFL Network actually reported that draft expert Gil Brandt timed RG3 at an absolutely ridiculous 4.34.
Just as with Robert's size, there were some questions about how fast RG3 would run today given his weight training and throwing regimens. Speed is obviously a big part of his game (or at least it was at the college level), but the 40 time may be more indicative of an overall level of athleticism not seen in an NFL QB since one Michael Vick oh so long ago.
I'm going to be out for most of the morning, but I will try to keep this thread updated as much as possible with the latest information about Robert's time this morning. As Adam Schefter reported on twitter, this latest saga in the "RG3 blows everyone away" campaign probably just solidified him as the no-doubt #2 pick in the Draft. With that kind of display, the Colts may even be thinking things over at #1, too.
Congratulations, Robert! You continue to make Baylor fans everywhere proud!
UPDATE: It was the 2nd-fastest time ever behind Michael Vick's 4.33. That's still incredible.
UPDATE: You can watch it now over at the NFL's site HERE
UPDATE: After the jump, a comparison of RG3 to Cam Newton's combine stats (from NFL Network), and more on Kendal Wright's 40 time.
|Robert Griffin||Cam Newton|
|Height||6' 2 3/8"||6' 5"|
|Weight||223 lb||248 lb|
|40 yd Dash||4.38 s||4.59 s|
|Broad Jump||10'||10' 6"|
Kendall Wright ran a 4.45 and a 4.50 in his two takes. While not bad by any means, it wasn't the wow time that he would have needed to jump into the top 15 and potentially pass Justin Blackmon (though this always seemed like a longshot to me). It's very possible that he gets passed now by Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, who ran a 4.42, and offers more size to go with that speed. Watching Wright's second run, he appeared to be much less smooth in his run than the others. Let's hope teams value the game tape over his track form.