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Tale of the Tape: Notable times, measurements of QBs at NFL Combine

Posted Feb 27, 2016

Very little separation in 40-yard dash, other drills

INDIANAPOLIS -- Before they took the field for an hour-plus of throwing drills Saturday, the top quarterback prospects went through the standard tests every position is tasked to accomplish at the NFL Combine.

And yes, that included the 40-yard dash.

Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel, a former Florida quarterback, ran a blazing 4.56-second 40-yard dash to lead all quarterbacks. That time bested a number of the ones posted by wide receivers earlier in the day.

Among those projected as first-round quarterbacks, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz notched a time of 4.77 seconds, which was good for a tie for second at the position. Michigan State’s Connor Cook, a Cleveland native, ran it in 4.79 seconds, Cal’s Jared Goff followed at 4.82 seconds and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch posted a time of 4.86 seconds.

A reminder: Tom Brady clocked a 5.28-second 40-yard dash at the 2000 Combine.

Here’s the full tale of the tape for the three quarterbacks consistently pegged as first-round talents and the two Clevelanders, Cook and Cardale Jones. Of note, Jones suffered an injury during his second 40-yard dash and was unable to participate in throwing drills.

Connor Cook - Michigan State (Hinckley native)

40-yard dash - 4.79 seconds

Vertical jump - 33 inches

Broad jump - 113 inches

Jared Goff - Cal

40-yard dash - 4.82 seconds

Vertical jump - 27 inches

Broad jump - 110 inches

Cardale Jones - Ohio State (Cleveland native)

40-yard dash - 4.81 seconds

Vertical jump - 36 inches

Broad jump - N/A

Paxton Lynch - Memphis

40-yard dash - 4.86 seconds

Vertical jump - 36 inches

Broad jump - 118 inches

Carson Wentz - North Dakota State

40-yard dash - 4.77 seconds

Vertical jump - 30.5 inches

Broad jump - 118 inches

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