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The final day of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis focused on the offensive linemen and running backs, and a whole slew of potential NFL prospects showcased their abilities.
But most people were focused on one man in particular: Texas running back Bijan Robinson, one of the top prospects in this draft.
He did not disappoint, running a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, a 1.52-second 10-second split, a 37-inch vertical and a 10’4″ broad jump.
“I thought it was a pretty good day,” the man of the moment told the NFL Network. “It’s just a blessing to be out here with all these great people and showcase my skills, whether it’s from fitness drills to [the 40-yard dash] positional drills, it was just a fun day.”
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“It was a fun day. Everyone here can do a lot of things.” @Bijan5Robinson break down his day with < a href="https://twitter.com/StaceyDales?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StaceyDalesas well as how he modeled his game after the @BarrySanders 💪 pic.twitter.com/yULi0kGGW9
NFL Twitter agreed with his assessment:
Luke Sawhook 🪚🪝 @lucsawhook
Bijan Robinson’s cuts are SO SMOOTH
Jordan Reid @Jordan_Reid
Bijan Robinson was as advertised. An effortless runner that’s the whole package. A special player.
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Robinson was always a likely first-round pick after two straight 1,000-yard seasons, including an epic 1,580-yard, 18-touchdown 2022 campaign. But he could that he would be included in the top 10 because he tested well, even at a time when positional value shifted from drafting running backs early.
It’s that good.
Some of the other running backs in action have fully blazed their 40 hours, however, including Texas A&M speedster Devon Achane and Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs, widely considered the No. 1 pick. 2 at the position in this draft class behind Robinson.
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Fastest 40 times (RB):
🥇 Devon Achane, Texas A&M: 4.32s
🥈 Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama: 4.36s
🥉 Keaton Mitchell, East Carolina: 4.37s pic.twitter.com/VTEUfvWsGf
Tide Roll. Jahmyr Gibbs runs 4.36h on his second attempt!@AlabamaFTBL | @Jahmyr_Gibbs1
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Offensive linemen aren’t going to flash as much as players at the skill level at something similar, so they weren’t moving the needle as much in general as the running backs.
Blake Freeland turned heads with his test, however:
6’7″ 302 lbs with a 37″ vertical?@BYUfootballand @FreelandBlake just set a new Combine record for offensive linemen 🔥 (since 2003)
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Blake Freeland’s Combine Performance:
Vertical Jump: 37″ (OL Record)
Broad Jump: 10’0″ (1st)
40 Yard Dash: 4.98s (2nd)
10 Yard Split: 1.68s (1st) pic.twitter.com/YwZnTKU8vw
And that’s how you make money for yourself, folks.
Some other offensive linemen who impressed during the drills segment included UCLA’s Jon Gaines, Syracuse’s Matthew Bergeron and Tennessee’s Darnell Wright, among others.
For the full results from Sunday, be sure to check out NFL.com.