Mark Herzlich's rise in the draft took a step backwards today Mike Reiss is now reporting that the BC linebacker ran a 4.92 at the 40 yard dash during today's NFL combine. This is not good news for Herzlich, whose speed and agility were questioned coming into today. In case BC fans are wondering if the time was a fluke, Herzlich's second 40 was even worse, falling to a 4.96. Typically, NFL teams generally want their linebacker's running a 4.7 or better. While this certainly doesn't kill his draft status, this will be a developing story for Herzlich as it raises more questions than answers in regards to his health, especially considering that Herzlich noticeably lost weight in anticipation of the combine.I have to wonder at this point whether Herzlich truly lost weight in anticipation of being drafted by a 4-3 defense or if part of this was out of concern for speed.
Helmet tip to Mike C. for pointing this story out.