This just in from NFL Pro day Updates:
WR Justin Gatlin (5-11 7/8, 195): Ran a 4.45 and a 4.42 in the 40. Had a 40 Â½-inch vertical jump, 11-foot long jump, 4.4 short shuttle and 7.36 cone drill and 12 reps in the bench press. The former Olympic sprinter faces long odds of getting signed.
The “WR” is for Wide Receiver, not World Record holder. I do have a one track mind.
This is a combine 40 yard dash, as opposed to a 40 yard split on a track surface as in Reggie Bush’s 4.33 40 Yard Dash. A 4.42 electronic 40 yard dash is still impressive despite having a 9.77 100 meter dash in your repertoire.
The 11 foot standing long jump is very good considering the world record is 12′ 4″ by a shot putter.
I am amazed that Gatlin could only manage 12 reps in the bench press with 225lb (100kg). Heck, even I could do that and I’m a 44 year old Geezerjock.
But at the end of the day, it’s how well you can catch the ball and how your body can take the punishment of a 16 game NFL season. I certainly couldn’t do that!
And if you don’t make the NFL draft, then run over to the Canadian CFL draft and try your luck in a 110 yard field, 12 man, 18 game season!