Former Oregon running back Royce Freeman ran the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.54 seconds on Friday at the NFL Scouting Comibine in Indianapolis, Ind.
His time ranked tied for ninth among the running backs invited to this year's scouting event and made all that more impressive by Freeman's weight of 229 pounds.
A negative, however, was that Freeman benched 225 pounds just 17 times, which ranked tied for 12th among running backs. Seven running backs did 20 reps or more. One would have though that Freeman, given his size and power, would have done better in this event.
Freeman did demonstrate great quickness for his size by performing well in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle.
It was a strong overall showing for Freeman, who shouldn't remain on the draft board beyond the third round.
Here is how Freeman did in his events:
40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds (ninth. Fastest was 4.38).
Bench press (225 pounds): 17 reps (tied for 12th. The most was 29).
Vertical: 34" (tied for 12th with the high being 41").
Broad jump: 118" (tied for 16th. Best was 128").
3-cone drill: 6.9 seconds (third).
20-yard shuttle: 4.16 seconds (third).
60-yard shuttle: 11.64 seconds (fourth out of six times posted).