Justin Blackmon widely was criticized when he chose not to run the 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis because of a hamstring injury.
Blackmon’s decision placed more importance on Oklahoma State’s pro day, and he certainly did not disappoint scouts when he ran Friday.
NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock reported Blackmon ran unofficial times of 4.48 and 4.49 seconds at his pro day, putting to rest any concern that he’d post a slow time in the 40. Blackmon is Mayock’s top-ranked wideout in April’s draft.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch later reported, via Twitter, that Blackmon’s official 40 time was 4.46.
It’s a pretty good time is what it is. There’s no question about that. I think people thought he’d run in the low 4.5s.
One of the evaluators who was there said Blackmon was very explosive and very powerful. He reminds you a great deal of Michael Irvin with one exception: His hands are good but not great like Irvin’s.
The conditions Friday in Stillwater, Okla., were ideal (60 degrees). In addition to his 40 times, Blackmon had a 10-foot-3 broad jump, 35-inch vertical jump, 4.43-second short shuttle, 7.22 three-cone drill. The cones were taller than usual and the surface was slippery, however, so don’t take his three-cone time at face value.
All 32 teams were at the pro day, and Broncos head coach John Fox, the Bears’ Lovie Smith and the Vikings’ Leslie Frazier also were in attendance.
Workouts were conducted outdoors and on field turf:
Brandon Weeden, QB (6-3 1/2, 217) — The 28-year-old ran 4.95 seconds in the 40, posted a 32-inch vertical jump, 8-6 broad jump, 4.49-second short shuttle and 7.40-second three-cone drill. He looked very good throwing, tossing only one uncatchable pass.
Levy Adcock, OT (6-5 1/2, 320) — After not attending the combine, he ran 5.28 and 5.22 seconds in the 40. Adcock posted a 27 1/2-inch vertical jump, 9-foot broad jump, 4.84-second short shuttle and 7.84-second three-cone drill. He did not lift weights.
Johnny Thomas, DB (5-10 7/8, 204) — He ran 4.58 and 4.56 seconds in the 40 but stood on everything else he did at the combine.
Markelle Martin, DB — He did not do anything because he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the combine.