NFL Scouting Combine: Tight Ends Run 40 Yard Dash

September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The fun part of the NFL Scouting Combine has gotten underway, as the 40 yard dash was run today by the top tight end prospects from around the country.

This is a position that Patriots fans should pay close attention to, because one of, if not the top need for New England this offseason is bolstering the tight end position. Jace Amaro is my personal favorite, and I think he could become a real solid player in Tom Brady’s offense.

Here is a breakdown of how each tight end fared:

Jace Amaro: 4.62

Trey Burton: 4.50

Anthony Denham: 4.62

Eric Ebron: 4.50

C.J. Fiedorowicz: 4.80

Crockett Gillmore: 4.81

Jake Murphy: 4.72

Jordan Najvar: 4.85

Marcel Jensen: 4.75

Reggie Jordan: 4.53

A.C. Leonard: 4.43

Colt Lyerla: 4.47

Arthur Lynch: 4.68

Jacob Pederson: 4.78

Richard Rodgers: 4.84

I don’t think any of these times really helped or hurt any of the prospects, with a possible exception of Colt Lyerla. He ran a nice 4.47 40, which could give grab some interest from a few NFL teams. He has had a lot of off the field issues, but it is obvious that he has the athletic skills to produce at the highest level.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Joe Don Duncan, and Troy Niklas didn’t run the 40, all due to injuries.

Topics: Colt Lyerla, Jace Amaro, New England Patriots, NFL Scouting Combine

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