Anthony Cioffi will not be attending the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of the month.
The former Rutgers defensive back didn’t receive an invite to Indianapolis, which means that his pro day will be that much more important.
If his training is any indication, Cioffi will turn heads when he runs the 40-yard dash.
Cioffi has been training in Atlanta, where he already recorded some blistering 40 times. NJ.com was told by longtime sports performance coach Chip Smith that he hand-clocked Cioffi running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash. Others clocked Cioffi in at 4.30 seconds.
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Either one of those times would rank among the B1G’s best ever at the combine. The 4.37-second time would rank Cioffi in a tie for seventh in B1G history. Only Purdue’s Anthony Brown was quicker than that in 2016.
Cioffi’s 4.30-second 40-yard dash would be the fastest of any B1G player. The fastest combine 40 in B1G history was 4.31 seconds, which was recorded by Trae Waynes (2015), Deon Butler (2009) and Justin King (2008).
Obviously running the 40 in a training setting is different than running it at a pro day, but all signs point to Cioffi having real-deal speed. He did win the New Jersey High School 100-meter dash title back in 2012.
He also caught Jabrill Peppers in the open field during that blowout loss to Michigan:
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There’s plenty of film on the former Rutgers safety. He played in 47 games with 33 starts at strong safety and free safety, where he recorded 168 tackles, eight interceptions, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries.
Last year, it was Brown who turned an impressive 40-yard dash time into a sixth-round selection (he got good playing time as a rookie, too).
Cioffi, who isn’t projected to be drafted, will try and do the same. Unfortunately for him, he won’t have the benefit of the combine.
But a 4.30-second 40 would certainly draw all sorts of attention.