INDIANAPOLIS — It is one of the combine’s annual traditions, along with coaches spitting out cliches at news conferences, quarterbacks choosing to skip positional drills and Rich Eisen sprinting down the field in a suit and tie. Every year, a few players boast about how they will break new ground by running unheard-of times in the 40-yard dash.
LSU track star and return man Trindon Holliday became the first to do so this year.
“My goal is to run a 4.23,” Holliday said.
Incidentally, that would surpass the 4.24-second benchmark that Chris Johnson ran two years ago. Holliday said the fastest he has been timed was 4.21 last week.
If Holliday is able to accomplish his goal, he would be the rare prospect to do so. Times like 4.2 or 4.3 are bandied about often by combine participants in their news conferences, but it is extremely rare that those numbers are actually reached. For example, Darrius Heyward-Bey had last year’s fastest time at 4.3, and only a handful of guys have ever officially been clocked that fast in the combine’s history.
At 5-foot-5, Holliday still will face several question marks about his pro potential, regardless how fast he runs. There is one particular Chargers star he has to model himself after, though.
“I’m watching a lot of Darren Sproles,” Holliday said. “I kind of (pattern) my game after Darren Sproles.”
— Jason Feller