Last month at the NFL combine, just about everyone that had watched Jamal Adams play expected him to run somewhere in the 4.5 range. That would qualify as an adequate time and reflect what the tape already had shown. Adams ended up running 4.56 twice — to which virtually nobody even batted an eye.
Apparently, Adams wasn’t happy with that time. He came out and attempted his 40 yard dash once more at LSU’s pro day. The school reported an official time of a 4.33. That would be a 0.23 improvement, which is unheard of. Pro days are notoriously bad about handing out friendly results. You can typically add 0.5-0.8 to the released time, but this is egregious.
In this case, you can probably add 0.15 onto this time. At the end of the day, this is an improvement for Adams and shows that he’s willing to put in the work and improve. Personally, I think the 40 time is a media driven phenomenon that matters a lot less than we think it does. Nevertheless, it’s a part of the process.
Scouts I've talked to had SS Jamal Adams in the mid-4.4 range in the 40-yard dash today. Not a 4.33, but still an improvement from 4.56.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 6, 2017
I can buy Adams improving to the high 4.4s. I think he’s locked in as a top ten prospect in this class and is probably going to have a tough time getting past the Chargers at 7th overall. I even think there’s an outside shot that he’s an option for the Titans at 5th overall. Even as ridiculous as the reported time sounds, all Adams did was help himself today.