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McFadden shows why he's No. 1; RBs and WRs show speed

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay has the buzz from Day 4 of the NFL combine, including Darren McFadden solidifying his No. 1 overall ranking and impressive speed from the skill positions.

Originally Published: February 23, 2008
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
Arkansas RB Darren McFadden made a statement with his sensational combine workout on Sunday. McFadden officially ran his first 40-yard dash -- the faster of his two attempts -- in 4.33 seconds. In addition, he jumped 10 feet, 8 inches in the broad jump and 33 inches in the vertical leap. Comparatively speaking, McFadden's overall workout was stronger than Adrian Peterson's a year ago, which included 40 time of 4.41, a 10-7 broad jump and a 38.5-inch vertical.

McFadden and Peterson have very different running styles, though. Peterson is clearly the more powerful back and was better suited to carry a full NFL load coming out of Oklahoma a year ago. McFadden, on the other hand, is more versatile and explosive but lacks Peterson's physicality. The more apt comparison is their exceptional combination of size and athletic ability. McFadden's workout verifies his big-play ability and status as Scouts Inc.'s No. 1 overall prospect, adding to the list of reasons teams should not pass on him come April 26.

McFadden is not the fastest player the 2008 class has to offer, though. In fact, McFadden isn't even the fastest player at his position. That honor goes to East Carolina's Chris Johnson, whose official 40-yard dash time of 4.24 seconds is the fastest so far this year and better than Yamon Figures' 2007-best time of 4.30.