University of Washington product and Tacoma native Desmond Trufant predicted he would run fast when given the opportunity to perform at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
And “Young Tru” did not disappoint, posting unofficial times of 4.31 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash today.
Trufant’s official time of 4.38 seconds put him among the leaders in the 40-yard dash for cornerbacks, and tied him with older brother Marcus Trufant, who also posted a 4.38 at the combine in 2003.
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Trufant wanted to beat his older brother’s time in the 40, but will have to settle for a tie.
“That’s blistering,” said Mike Mayock, draft analyst for the NFL Network. Mayock had said before the combine that Trufant needed to run in the 4.4s to solidify his status as a potential first-round pick.
Trufant also finished with 16 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press, posted a vertical leap of 37 inches and broad jumped 10 feet, 4 inches.
Mississippi State’s Darius Slay posted the fastest 40-yard time at 4.36, followed by the top-rated cornerback in this year’s draft, Alabama’s Dee Milliner (4.37) and Trufant (4.38).
Mississippi State’s other cornerback Johnthan Banks ran a disappointing 4.61 in the 40. Banks, at 6-2 and 185 pounds, is considered a potential first-round selection.
The “Honey Badger”, LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu ran a solid 4.50 in the 40 and looked impressive catching the ball in position drills, as he continues to work to rebuild his draft stock.
Dane Bruglar of NFLDraftScout.com provides a nice run down of the final day here.