Former Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was widely regarded as one of the 2013 NFL Draft’s best prospects heading into the NFL Combine. When Randle ran a somewhat pedestrian 4.63 second 40-yard dash, many questioned if he was worthy of the first or second round pick some projected him at.
Randle had good numbers in both the 60-yard shuttle and the 20, placing 4th among running backs in the 60 and 7th in the 20. Still, Randle needed to improve upon his speed to be considered a top-tier back.
So improve his speed he did.
At Oklahoma State’s pro day held the Cowboys’ facility in Stillwater, Randle dropped his 40 time down to 4.51 seconds. By way of comparison, this time ranks ahead of all but four running backs at the Combine.
Where does this time of 4.51 put Randle in terms of running back rankings heading into the draft? I recently wrote a piece ranking the top 20 running back prospects in this year’s draft that had Randle atop the list. When he ran a sketchy 40 at the combine, I was worried I had jumped the gun on Randle, but his pro day 40 time solidifies him back at the top of my list along with Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard.
Will Randle be the first running back off the board in April? I’ll have to admit he probably won’t be. However, I loved his skill set before the Combine and now that he’s assured us all that he possesses 4.5 speed, he belongs back at the top of everyone’s draft board.
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