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TJ Graham guarantees 'sub-4.3' 40 time at combine

Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:22 pm
TJ Graham reps NC State with a Wolfpack sign. (Will Brinson,
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wide receiver T.J. Graham produced loud numbers -- compiling 1,713 total yards on receptions (46) and kick returns (44) -- for NC State in 2011. But he'll make a bigger noise over the weekend if he follows up on a guarantee he made at the combine to run a sub-4.3 second 40-yard dash.

On Friday, we asked Graham what he expected his time to be over the weekend.

"Sub 4.3," Graham told

Thinking we might have misheard, we asked him to confirm that number. Since, as Rob Rang noted on yesterday, only 10 guys have gone sub-4.3 since 2000.

"You guaranteeing that?"

"Yup," a smiling Graham said.

40 times aren't the end-all, be-all obviously. But look at the wideouts on Rang's list of players who have gone under 4.3 seconds: Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jerome Mathis, Mike Wallace and Johnny Knox. That's a reasonably productive group of guys; if you want to argue that speed doesn't really count for anything, you'd have some work to do.

None of this means Graham is going to vault up draft boards if he posts a low number. And he could fall if he whiffs on the guarantee (especially with the Raiders not having a first-round pick this year). But Graham, the 219th overall prospect according to Rang, could certainly leapfrog some of the 27 wide receivers ranked ahead of him if he goes particularly low over the weekend.

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Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:03 pm

TJ Graham guarantees 'sub-4.3' 40 time at combine

TJ is a track guy and he has had some amazing workouts.  I agree that this is probably more hype than reality but the thing that separates track guys from run of the mill fast football guys in the 40 is their start.  If he can get a great start he could possibly do it.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:40 pm

TJ Graham guarantees 'sub-4.3' 40 time at combine

TJ is a track guy and easily one of the fastest players in the country the past four years. I'm sure he can run between 4.3 and 4.4, but sub 4.3 is tough because you almost have to jump the gun. If the players were able to start the clock when they made their initial move, then I think he could do it but so could a few others.

But I will say this..... I watched him 4 years and never saw anyone who could even close the gap on him.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:36 pm

TJ Graham guarantees 'sub-4.3' 40 time at combine

And with the 49th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select...

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:11 pm

TJ Graham guarantees 'sub-4.3' 40 time at combine

I'll guarantee that he doesn't post sub 4.3 - he's just trying to grab headlines because he knows that is his only chance to get drafted near the first couple rounds. Yes he is fast, but come on. Just another WR/KR shooting his mouth off!

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