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CJ's 4.24 Still Tops List of Titans Combine Performances

Posted Feb 18, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Johnson has the fastest and perhaps most famous performance of any player at an NFL Scouting Combine, but he’s not the only member of the Titans who has performed well in recent years.

Johnson clocked a record of 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash in 2008. The sprint has been commemorated on shoes and still stands as the top mark, although Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin came close last year with a 4.27.

Chris Johnson set the NFL Scouting Combine record in the 40-yard dash by running it in 4.24 seconds in 2008.

The 40-yard dash is one of the timing and testing drills in which more than 330 prospects who have been invited to Indianapolis can participate at Lucas Oil Stadium Feb. 22-25. The event also includes player interviews with members of the NFL clubs, medical examinations and media sessions that will begin Thursday.

Justin Hunter, Zaviar Gooden, Coty Sensabaugh and Mike Martin delivered top overall performances at the past two combines, and multiple players performed well among their position groups. The Titans selected Hunter and Gooden in 2013 and Sensabaugh and Martin in 2012 just two months after their respective performances.

Blake Beddingfield, Titans director of college scouting, said players at the “skill positions” generally benefit more from the timing and testing events.

“Not many people want to see an offensive lineman run, maybe lift and do some things like that, but you can actually get a good idea of physical attributes of an offensive lineman: quick feet, athleticism, jumping and running and doing those kinds of things,” Beddingfield said.

Team executives, coaches and scouting departments have the benefit of gauging each participant’s performance in a controlled environment.

“You always estimate going into the fall what a player may run, what his speed is, and now we’re going to find out. He’s going to be on a clock, in an arena,” Beddingfield said. “They’re all going to run on the same surface. It’s about as ideal as you can get. It should be as fast as they’re ever going to be on this surface when it comes to football, so it’s a good opportunity to see them.”

Although Johnson is most known for the 40 time, he also ranked seventh overall and third among running backs in 2008 in the broad jump (10-feet, 10-inches), and his 35-inch mark in the vertical jump ranked fourth among running backs that year.

Here’s a look at notable performances (categorized by year, since 2006) of players who finished the 2013 season on the Titans roster:

2013 Combine — 40-yard dash: Justin Hunter (4.44 seconds, ninth among WR), Zaviar Gooden (4.47, first among LB); Lavar Edwards (4.8, tied for 10th among DL), Brian Schwenke (4.99, sixth among OL) | Bench press: Schwenke (31 reps, tied for eighth among OL), Gooden (27, tied for fourth among LB), Daimion Stafford (21, fourth among S), Khalid Wooten (17, tied for third among CB) | Vertical jump: Hunter (39.5 inches, tied for first among WR and tied for 10th overall), Blidi Wreh-Wilson (36.0, tied for ninth among CB), Gooden (34.0, sixth among LB), Edwards (33.0, tied for 11th among DL) | Broad jump: Hunter (11 feet, 4 inches, first among WR and second overall), Gooden (10-11, second among LB and tied for 11th overall), Wreh-Wilson (10-8, tied for fourth among CB), Edwards (9-11, tied for eighth among DL), Chance Warmack (9-2, seventh among OL), Schwenke (9-0, tied for 10th among OL); | Three-cone drill: Gooden (6.71 seconds, first among LB and tied for 13th overall), Edwards (7.03, seventh among DL), Stafford (7.06, 13th among S), Schwenke (7.31, tied for second among OL) | 20-yard shuttle: Wreh-Wilson (4.12 seconds, ninth among CB), Gooden (4.18, first among LB), Wooten (4.18, 15th among CB), Edwards 4.51 (15th among DL) | 60-yard shuttle: Gooden (11.28 seconds, first among LB and tied for fifth), Wooten (11.41, third among CB and tied for 13th overall), Wreh-Wilson (11.56, sixth among CB)

2012 Combine — 40-yard dash: Coty Sensabaugh (4.42, fourth among CB and tied for 14th overall), Zach Brown (4.5, second among LB) | Bench press: Mike Martin (36 reps, tied for second among DL and tied for third overall) | Vertical jump: Kendall Wright (38.5, tied for seventh among WR and tied for 11th overall), Sensabaugh (37.0, tied for fourth among CB), Martin (33.5, tied for 13th among DL) | Broad jump: Sensabaugh (10-2, tied for eighth among CB) | Three-cone drill: Sensabaugh (6.6, tied for third among CB and fifth overall) | 20-yard shuttle: Sensabaugh (4.06, tied for ninth among CB), Martin (4.25, tied for sixth among DL)

Jake Locker's time of 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash tied for the third-fastest among QBs in 2011.

2011 Combine — 40-yard dash: Jake Locker (4.59, tied for third among QB), Colin McCarthy (4.65, sixth among LB) | Bench press: McCarthy (23, tied for ninth among LB) | Vertical jump: McCarthy (36.5, tied for fourth among LB), Locker (35, tied for third among QB) | Broad jump: Locker (10-0, tied for fourth among QB), McCarthy (9-11, eighth among LB), Ayers (9-8, tied for 10th among LB) | Three-cone drill: 20-yard shuttle: Locker (6.77, first among QB), McCarthy (6.93, fifth among LB) | 20-yard shuttle: Locker (4.12, tied for third among QB), McCarthy (4.2, fifth among LB), Ayers (4.28, tied for 10th among LB) | 60-yard shuttle: McCarthy (11.38, fifth among LB)

2010 Combine — Bench press: Damian Williams (19, tied for fourth among WR) | Vertical jump: Williams (38.0, seventh among WR) | Three-cone drill: Verner (6.7, tied for second among CB and tied for 10th overall), Williams (6.79, eighth among WR), Derrick Morgan (7.12, ninth among DL) | 20-yard shuttle: Verner (4.12, eighth among CB) | 60-yard shuttle: Verner (11.06, second among CB and tied for second overall)

2009 Combine — 40-yard dash: Moise Fokou (4.76, 10th among LB) | Bench press: Kenny Britt (23, second among WR) | Vertical jump: Britt (37.0, tied for 10th among WR), Andy Levitre (30.5, tied for ninth among OL) | Broad jump: Britt (10-4, eighth among WR), Shonn Greene (10-1, tied for sixth among RB), Fokou (10-1, third among LB), Quinn Johnson (9-8, tied for 14th among RB), Levitre (8-7, tied for 12th among OL) | Three-cone drill: Fokou (7.09, ninth among LB), Greene (7.1, tied for 13th among RB) | 20-yard shuttle: Fokou (4.28, seventh among LB), Levitre (4.52, sixth among OL) | 60-yard shuttle: Fokou (11.41, second among LB and 15th overall)

2008 Combine — 40-yard dash: Chris Johnson (4.24, all-time record), Craig Stevens (4.59, third among TE) | Bench press: Stevens (27, first among TE) | Vertical jump: Johnson (35.0, fourth among RB) | Broad jump: Johnson (10-10, third among RB and seventh overall) | Three-cone drill: Stevens (7.07, sixth among TE) | 60-yard shuttle: Stevens (11.78, fifth among TE)

Michael Griffin clocked a time of 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash in 2007, the second-fastest run by a safety that year.

2007 Combine — 40-yard dash: Michael Griffin (4.45, tied for second among S) | Bench press: Antonio Johnson (28, 10th among DL) | Vertical jump: Griffin (36.0, sixth among S) | Broad jump: Mike Otto (8-9, tied for fifth among OL) | Three-cone drill: Griffin (6.6, first among S and third overall), A. Johnson (7.47, tied for 11th among DL), Otto (7.62, 10th among OL) | 20-yard shuttle: Griffin (4.1, ninth overall) | 60-yard shuttle: Griffin (11.27, and seventh overall)

2006 Combine — 40-yard dash: Leon Washington (4.42, tied for fourth among RB), Kamerion Wimbley (4.61, tied for third among DL) | Vertical jump: Wimbley (38.5, tied for 6th among DL), Delanie Walker (36.5, tied for 12th as a WR participant), Washington (32.5, ninth among RB) | Broad jump: Bernard Pollard (10-11, tied for fourth as a CB participant and tied for seventh overall), Wimbley (10-9, first among DL and tied for 10th overall) | Three-cone drill: Washington (6.94, fourth among RB), Wimbley (6.97, fourth among DL) | 20-yard shuttle: Washington (4.37, 10th among RB) | 60-yard shuttle: Washington (11.62, fourth among RB)

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