On Monday, numberFire's Nik Bonaddio and Keith Goldner wrote that Harrison Smith would have to run close to a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash to have a shot at being taken in the first round of the draft.
Following his performance Tuesday during the seventh and final day of the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Smith might have a chance.
Smith ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times. Six safeties did better in each category.
Notre Dame S Harrison Smith stood out during drills. At 6-2 and 213 pounds, he may not have elite hip fluidity, but everything is smooth and under control. There's even more to like about the way he played the ball and his potential to develop into a playmaker. He is a natural pass catcher with big hands (10¼) and long arms (32⅝ ) for a safety prospect.
Smith's 6.63 in the 3-cone drill was fifth among all defensive backs and Blanton's 6.71 was seventh. They are the fastest and third-fastest 3-cone drills, respectively, among former Notre Dame players in the last five years, according to Notre Dame media-relations director Brian Hardin.
Blanton's 3.97 in the 20-yard shuttle was tied for third-best among defensive backs.
Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay writes:
The big question for Floyd (6-2⅝, 220) was whether he has the speed to get over the top against man coverage, and his official 40 time of 4.47 combined with his initial burst off the line helps his case. He also posted a 10-5 broad jump and a 36½ vertical. Floyd is competing with Baylor's Kendall Wright to be the second receiver off the board, and teams like the Chicago Bears (No. 19 overall), Houston Texans (No. 26) and New England Patriots (Nos. 27 and 31) could all have interest.