Former Texas Longhorns running back Malcolm Brown needed an impressive 40-yard dash time at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine to combat the perception that he lacks explosiveness and didn't get it, running a 4.62 on his second attempt.
The 5'11, 224-pounder ran a 4.67 on his first attempt.
Here are his full results:
The 40-yard dash time wasn't what Brown was hoping for amid concerns about his ability to create big plays after producing only three runs of 30 or more yards in college.
However, finishing as a top performer among running backs in the three-cone drill (No. 4) and 60-yard shuttle (No. 4) could provide a slight boost to his stock since his on-film agility isn't considered a strength.
And when factoring in Brown's weight, his 40 time looks more impressive:
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In size and athleticism, Brown compares favorably to Alabama running back TJ Yeldon, who ran a 4.61 40-yard dash and had a slower three-cone drill. The difference? Yeldon was much more productive in college (nine runs of 30 or more yards in three seasons) and showed more agility and wiggle on film, resulting in a much higher draft grade.
What's next for Brown? It's not clear if he's going to continue training at Michael Johnson's facility in hopes of running a faster time at the Texas Pro Day in late March, but trying to focus exclusively on explosiveness training and cutting some weight in order to improve his 40 time would probably serve him well.
So, after a disappointing career in Austin, Brown will have one final shot to impress scouts on the fast track at the Texas facilities next month.