Jonathan Taylor may have helped his draft stock tremendously at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday night.
Going through drills with running backs in Indianapolis, Taylor’s biggest opportunity to make a splash was in the 40-yard dash. And the former Badger delivered in a big way.
Taylor was clocked at 4.41 in the 40-yard dash unofficially on Friday night, which was the fastest of anyone at the running back position. Later, the NFL tweeted out that Taylor’s time was actually 4.39.
According to Brian Mason from Wisconsin’s football communications department, Taylor is just the third running back over 225 pounds to break a 4.4 time.
Jonathan Taylor was MOVING🔥
4.41 40-yard dash!
— PFF (@PFF) February 29, 2020
Top performers in the 40-yard dash among #NFLCombine RBs:
1) Jonathan Taylor, @BadgerFootball, 4.39 seconds
2) Darrynton Evans, @AppState_FB, 4.41
3) Raymond Calais, @RaginCajunsFB, 4.42
4) Anthony McFarland, @TerpsFootball, 4.44
5) Cam Akers, @FSUFootball, 4.47
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 29, 2020
Taylor was flying. And, as a result, he may see the interest level in the running back soar.
Last season, Taylor rushed for 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Badgers. He’s considered one of the top running backs available in the 2020 NFL Draft.