The Arizona Cardinals don’t know exactly what their running back core will look like in 2014 quite yet. They know a couple of the pieces in Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor. After that, they aren’t sure. Could there be anyone in this draft that makes the Cards think about re-signing Rashard Mendenhall or keeping Ryan Williams?
The winner of the 40-yard dash times for running backs at the combine was Dri Archer from Kent State at 4.26. Jerick McKinnon from Georgia Southern had a time of 4.41 and Henry Josey from Missouri had a time of 4.43. Impressive given Josey’s past injury issues. Bigger names such as George Atkinson from Notre Dame had just a 4.48 and Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas had a time of 4.50.
McKinnon had 32 bench reps to lead all running backs. The next closest was Bishop Sankey from Washington with 26 reps. It drops a bit from there. Thomas only had 8 reps. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. McKinnon had the second-best vertical jump at 40.5 inches and second in the broad jump at 132.0 inches. He was third-best in the 3 Cone Drill at 6.83 seconds. Overall I’d say he did a fine job. Now does that translate to an NFL field? It’s for the evaluators to decide that but I like what I see. Someone to put in the back of your mind.