Chaney, Watson set the pace for linebackers in 40

Dekoda Watson posted one of the fastest 40-yard dash times during workouts Monday. (Ben Liebenberg /

INDIANAPOLIS — Mississippi State’s Jamar Chaney and Florida State’s Dekoda Watson posted the fastest official 40-yard dash times Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

One of the combine’s most highly touted linebackers, Alabama’s Rolando McClain, withdrew from the workout with a hamstring injury, but the linebackers who did participate did not disappoint.

Nine linebackers in all cracked the 4.7 threshold in the 40, and there weren’t as many drops in the pass coverage drills as one might expect.

Continuing a trend through all position groups, however, not a single linebacker put up a better unofficial time in his second run. Whether it be the time between runs, or fatigue from earlier workouts, one thing is for sure: If a prospect doesn’t put up a good time in his first run, it’s unlikely to get much better.

Jason Feller

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