28 Feb 2011
Although I was one of the few FO folks who didn't make it to the Combine this year, I'm happy to report on a bit of news: We have a new record Speed Score.
Auburn running back Mario Fannin ran a 40-yard dash that's been timed at 4.31 seconds; he weighed in at 231 pounds, producing a Speed Score of ... 125.5! That narrowly beats out the previous record score of 123.5, set by Brandon Jacobs during the 2005 Combine. It's the highest score since Chris Johnson put up a 121.9 before the 2008 draft.
As I mention every year when Speed Score comes up, just because Fannin has a high Speed Score does not indicate that Fannin is guaranteed to be an excellent NFL running back. He had fumble issues last year and only touched the ball 330 times in four years at school. 18 of his 61 carries this year came against Louisiana-Monroe and Chattanooga. Chances are that he's an athlete without the ability to produce at the NFL level.
But would I pick Fannin with a sixth- or seventh-round pick? Absolutely.
Wonko from the Bolts from the Blue blog has Speed Scores for every other NFL running back.
31 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2011, 6:39pm by Nick W
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.