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Combine RB Workout Results: Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 4.39 40

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The Wisconsin tailback posted the best 40 time at his position on Friday, taking a big step towards a possible first-round selection.

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The Green Bay Packers had one of the best running backs in the NFL in 2019, and the top back in college football also resided in the state. That was Jonathan Taylor of the Wisconsin Badgers, who won the Doak Walker Award as the best player at the position in each of the past two seasons.

Taylor’s production on the ground at Wisconsin is undeniable, and although he still has some questions to deal with in the passing game, he should be a second day pick at the very latest. But on Friday at the 2020 NFL Combine, Taylor took a huge step towards making himself a first-round pick in April’s draft.

Prior to the Combine, online sportsbook BetOnline.ag put the over/under on Taylor’s official 40 time at 4.51 seconds. For a former track star who had timed in the 4.3s last summer and has recorded times as fast as 10.49 seconds in the 100-meter dash, this seemed like a grave disrespect.

Indeed, Taylor went out and blew away that projected, pacing the entire running back field with an official time of 4.39 seconds. Taylor looked tremendously smooth, particularly in his start as his track background shone through. Taylor then went and posted a top-five time in the 3-cone drill as well, with a 7.01-second time.

The next-best time in the 40 belonged to Darrynton Evans of Appalachian State, who recorded an official time of 4.41. But perhaps the best overall workout behind Taylor’s belonged to Boston College’s A.J. Dillon, a 247-pound back. He ran the 40 in an excellent 4.53 seconds, then led the position in explosiveness drills with a 41-inch vertical and a 10-foot-11 broad jump.

Here’s the complete list of workout results for the running backs.

RB Testing - 2020 Combine

NAME POS COLLEGE Height Weight Hand Arm Wingspan Bench 40 (official) Vert Broad 3-cone 20 Shuttle
NAME POS COLLEGE Height Weight Hand Arm Wingspan Bench 40 (official) Vert Broad 3-cone 20 Shuttle
Ahmed, Salvon RB Washington 5107 197 8 6/8 29 2/8 71 5/8 4.62 34.5 120
Akers, Cam RB Florida St. 5103 217 9 30 5/8 74 5/8 20 4.47 35.5 122 4.42
Anderson, Jet RB TCU 5104 208 9 5/8 30 4/8 74 3/8 19 4.61 36 128 4.19
Bellamy, LeVante RB Western Michigan 5087 192 8 6/8 30 2/8 73 7/8 16 4.50 39.5 125
Benjamin, Eno RB Arizona State 5087 207 8 5/8 31 2/8 76 12 4.57 39 122 6.97 4.25
Calais, Raymond RB Louisiana-Lafayette 5077 188 9 2/8 30 73 6/8 20 4.42 37.5 120
Dallas, DeeJay RB Miami 5101 217 9 2/8 30 5/8 74 2/8 4.58 33.5 119 7.18 4.32
Dillon, AJ RB Boston College 6003 247 9 5/8 31 5/8 77 5/8 23 4.53 41 131 7.19
Dobbins, J.K. RB Ohio St. 5094 209 9 4/8 29 6/8 73 4/8 23
Dowdle, Rico RB South Carolina 5112 213 9 4/8 31 3/8 75 5/8 4.54 38 127
Edwards-Helaire, Clyde RB LSU 5072 207 9 5/8 29 70 5/8 15 4.60 39.5 123
Evans, Darrynton RB Appalachian St. 5101 203 9 2/8 31 5/8 76 5/8 20 4.41 37 125
Hasty, JaMycal RB Baylor 5080 205 9 1/8 31 1/8 74 4/8 15 4.55 39 123 4.03
Herrien, Brian RB Georgia 5111 209 9 29 6/8 73 6/8 18 4.62 38.5 126 7.12 4.40
Jones, Tony RB Notre Dame 5104 220 9 4/8 30 5/8 74 1/8 13 4.68 32.5 119 7.18 4.21
Kelley, Joshua RB UCLA 5105 212 9 5/8 31 5/8 76 2/8 23 4.49 31 121 6.95 4.28
Leake, Javon RB Maryland 6001 215 9 5/8 31 4/8 75 6/8 4.65 34 125
LeMay, Benny RB Charlotte 5081 221 9 29 7/8 72 4/8 24 4.75 28.5 112
McFarland, Anthony RB Maryland 5081 208 8 7/8 30 3/8 73 3/8 4.44 29.5 116
Moss, Zack RB Utah 5093 223 9 2/8 31 2/8 75 4/8 19 4.65 33 4.37
Olonilua, Sewo RB TCU 6025 232 10 32 1/8 78 1/8 25 4.66 36 123 4.28
Perine, La'Mical RB Florida 5106 216 10 2/8 31 5/8 76 3/8 22 4.62 35 118 7.13 4.31
Phillips, Scottie RB Mississippi 5080 209 8 4/8 29 3/8 70 2/8 29 4.56 30 114 7.40 4.53
Robinson, James RB Illinois St. 5090 219 8 6/8 29 5/8 72 4/8 24 4.64 40 125 7.03 4.19
Swift, D'Andre RB Georgia 5082 212 9 29 7/8 72 4.48 35.5 121
Taylor, J.J. RB Arizona 5052 185 8 4/8 28 6/8 71 2/8 19 4.61 34.5 118 7.00 4.15
Taylor, Jonathan RB Wisconsin 5102 226 9 4/8 31 1/8 75 3/8 17 4.39 36 123 7.01 4.24
Taylor, Patrick RB Memphis 6014 217 9 3/8 32 2/8 75 5/8 15 4.57 34 123 4.34
Vaughn, Ke'Shawn RB Vanderbilt 5095 214 8 7/8 30 7/8 73 4/8 4.51 32 117
Warren, Mike RB Cincinnati 5091 226 9 1/8 29 4/8 71 4/8 16