NFL draft: Jadeveon Clowney posts a 40-yard dash time that will be in combine lore

Frank Schwab

Baylor's Lache Seastrunk, one of the most explosive running backs in college football the past couple years, officially ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash. DeAnthony Thomas, who was lauded for his breathtaking speed at Oregon since he arrived there, ran a 4.5.

Marquise Lee, a top receiver from USC, ran a 4.52. Mike Evans of Texas A&M, who will probably be the second receiver off the board, had an official time of 4.53.

Those men are going to be drafted to get the ball and run past everyone on a NFL field. And they might, as long as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney isn't on the other team.

Clowney – are you ready for this one? – ran an unofficial 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine. He was faster than DeAnthony Thomas, for Pete's sake.

Clowney measured 6-5, 266 pounds and had an 83-inch wingspan. And he runs better than some of the top receivers in the draft class. The line to show draft interest in Mr. Clowney starts right over here, fellas.

Clowney has some questions surrounding him. He put up just 21 bench press reps at 225 pounds, which is low for a top defensive lineman. There are questions about his work ethic and desire, and why he was relatively unproductive last year with just three sacks. But he is a special player (watch the sophomore tape, and no, "The Hit" wasn't the only reason he was hyped) and a freakish athlete.

Just to prove his first 40 time wasn't a fluke, Clowney's second 40-yard dash clocked unofficially at 4.48 seconds. He had a 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds, which is also phenomenal and shows incredible explosion and ability to get off the line.

People will be talking about Clowney's combine results for a long time. They'll probably be talking about Clowney's NFL career for a long time, too.

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