Terron Armstead, his huge, hulking mass lumbering down the field, crossed the electronically controlled finish line of the 40-yard dash in a record time of 4.71 seconds.
The question, then, is does anyone care how fast an offensive lineman can run 40 yards?
Within a hundredth of a second or a fraction of an inch, the NFL Scouting Combine can measure every aspect of a prospect's athleticism and physicality; but it can't tell you whether or not that prospect will be a successful NFL football player.
There have been many track stars or otherwise physically impressive athletes who shined at the combine only to fizzle after being drafted. St. Louis Rams fans may remember Trung Canidate. Cleveland Browns fans surely remember Courtney Brown.
Where the combine has value is in answering questions about a player's athleticism or character.
As an example of the latter, one incredibly dense player wrecked his draft stock as effectively as if he had ran the slowest 40-yard dash in history with one of his interviews:
This is why the NFL scouting combine has value: LSU DE Sam Montgomery is a first-round talent. Solid pass-rusher, strong, athletic, good...— Anthony Stalter (@AnthonyStalter) February 24, 2013
in pursuit, etc. But he admitted (among other things) to taking games off when facing lesser opponents. He's destroying his own draft value.— Anthony Stalter (@AnthonyStalter) February 24, 2013
Other players managed to forcefully answer nagging questions about their own shortcomings with extraordinary performances in the on-field drills.
Follow through the slides to see how the developments at the combine might shape the St. Louis Rams' 2013 draft.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.