Dexter McCluster at the 2010 NFL Combine: Did His 40 Time Hurt His Draft Stock?

March 3, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Measurements have never favored Dexter McCluster. He has always been a little short and a little lean. 
What no one expected heading into the NFL Scouting Combine, though, was that the numbers would tell us he is also slower than we thought.
McCluster’s 4.58 official time in the 40-yard dash was a head-scratcher from the weekend. Though it was good for 10th best among running backs, it would not have made the list for receivers. As there is debate as to which position he projects best at the next level, it certainly is enough to give some teams a reason to reevaluate.
More than that, however, is how deceived we feel by what we saw on the field during his career, especially the last half of the 2009 season. He looked like the fastest player on the field.
By a lot.
Whether or not it was the additional weight McCluster has added since the Senior Bowl—where he checked in at 165 pounds compared against the 171 this past weekend—or that simply he is not as fas...

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