Former FSU football star running back Dalvin Cook ran a 4.5 laser timed forty yard dash. Some people thought he’d run faster.
For some reason, the perception was people expected Dalvin Cook to be blazing fast at the NFL Combine. After all, Cook has proven to be a homerun hitter, breaking off long touchdown runs consistently during his FSU football career.
Cook ran a 4.5 semi-laser timed forty yard dash Friday, which is faster than a large number of wide receivers at the NFL Combine. Semi-laser time means the time is started by hand because it starts on first movement but stopped electronically. Watch it below:
A semi-laser time is usually much different from hand-timed and of course it’s more accurate. Hand times fluctuate wildy, and odds makers thought Cook would run higher than a 4.4 based on this:
So it’s no surprise to those in the know that Cook isn’t Chris Johnson. However, his film tells you all you need to know regarding his speed. Here’s what I liken it too:
Cook’s game is based on his ability to get to top speed quickly, changing directions without losing speed and using his vision to set up cut back lanes. He’ll be plenty fast to do damage in the NFL provided he goes to a team with a solid offensive line.
His forty time isn’t disappointing, 4.5 semi-laser time is plenty fast.