Vick Ballard suffered an unfortunate—albeit extremely funny—fall when he first attempted the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
The former Mississippi State Bulldog stumbled a few steps off of the line and went careening into a tripod set up to time players about 10 yards down the field.
It was an extremely clumsy moment from the RB prospect, who measured in at 5’10”, 217 pounds and was ranked as the No. 10 player at his position.
According to Brandon Marcello of The Clarion Ledger, Ballard was fortunately able to laugh off the embarrassing spill before getting a second attempt at it.
“I needed to calm down and put it all together,”
He ran a 4.65 in his second attempt and did not fall.
“I wasn’t embarrassed or anything but I still wanted to do better than what I did”
That time was only good for 16th out of the 25 RBs who participated in the drill.
Ballard is a good player and shouldn’t be discounted by scouts for stumbling, literally and figuratively, during his 40.
In his two years as a starting RB, the Pascagoula, MS native ran for 2,157 yards and 29 touchdowns.
He’s a power back and that definitely showed when he hit the bench press, putting up 225 pounds a whopping 23 times.
Mistakes happen all the time when people try to run as fast as humanly possible with a ton of pressure on them to perform.
Ballard will most likely be remembered in the short-term for this epic blunder, but he’s a good player and has a chance to make it in the NFL if a team gives him a shot.