NFL Combine: Which running back ran the fastest on Friday?

In the previous NFL Scouting Combine in 2020, only one running back ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds or less – Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin, who led the NFL in rushing yards with the Colts of ‘Indianapolis during the 2021 season.

After the NFL canceled last year’s combine due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event returned to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week, and on Friday night six running backs posted 40 times at the less as fast as Taylor’s 4.39 in 2020.

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Rutgers’ Isiah Pacheco and South Dakota State’s Pierre Strong are tied for the fastest running back at the 2022 combine with 40 times of 4.37 seconds.

North Carolina’s Ty Chandler, Florida International’s D’vonte Price and Michigan State’s Kenny Walker III ran 4.38, and Iowa’s Breece Hall came in at 4.39 seconds.

Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr., who prepared in Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds.

Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford, who played his first two college seasons at Alabama, clocked a 4.46-second 40.

Times for other SEC running backs on Friday night included:

Tyler Badie of Missouri: 4.45 seconds

Snoop Conner of Ole Miss: 4.59 seconds

Georgia’s James Cook: 4.42 seconds

LSU’s Ty Davis-Price: 4.48 seconds

Jerrion Ealy of Ole Miss: 4.52 seconds

Dameon Pierce of Florida: 4.59 seconds

Zamir White of Georgia: 4.40 seconds

In Friday’s other measurable drills, leaders among running backs included:

Bench Press: Michigan’s Hassan Haskins did 27 reps with the 225-pound barbell to dominate running backs. Snoop Conner of Ole Miss was second with 25, and Kevin Harris of South Carolina and Dameon Pierce of Florida did 21 reps each.

Vertical jump: Hall’s 40-inch jump dominated running backs at this station. He finished 1.5 inches ahead of Harris, with Arizona State’s Rachaad White third at 38 inches.

Wide jump: Ealy and White gave the SEC a tie for best wide jump when the two landed 10-foot-8. Two other running backs cleared 10-6 – Harris and Hall.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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