Benny Snell’s performance in the 40-yard dash will not be turning any heads in Indianapolis.
At the NFL Scouting Combine the former Kentucky running back unofficially ran a 4.65 and a 4.67 40-yard dash. Only two other running backs*, Georgia’s Elijah Holyfield and Wisconsin’s Alec Ingold, posted slower times than Snell.
* Once official times were posted, LSU’s Nick Brossette and Boise State’s Alexander Mattinson also fell behind Benny. Snell’s official combine time is 4.66.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) March 1, 2019
On paper, it doesn’t look good for Benny. In reality, little has changed.
If Snell hit a 4.5, he could have moved up a few teams’ boards. If he fell to 4.7, it might make a few teams reconsider. Snell met expectations. As a short-yardage, power back, he does not need incredible breakaway speed to be successful in the NFL.
Later in the day Snell’s explosiveness will be put to the test in the 3 Cone Drill and the shuttles. Those numbers will have a more significant impact on his draft stock. During receiving drills, Benny did not look bad at all.
— NFL (@NFL) March 1, 2019
If Snell does not exceed his expectations today or at UK’s Pro Day, his film should speak for itself.
“All my three years at Kentucky, I never got hurt. A lot of running backs can’t say that,” Snell told reporters yesterday.
“When you need me in critical times, I make things happen. I usually make something out of nothing. I just see myself as a productive player, a real passionate player. You can’t measure a person’s heart…There’s things behind football you can’t measure.”