CB Murphy runs 40 in unofficial 4.52, 4.54
On a day in which Southern Cal safety Taylor Mays ran a blazing unofficial 4.24 -- tying former East Carolina back Chris Johnson's combine record -- former Bulls cornerback Jerome Murphy clocked an unofficial 4.52 and 4.54 in his two 40-yard runs at the NFL combine. (UPDATE: NFL.com now says Mays' official time is 4.43, a significant difference from the initial timing.)
In one sense, it's comparable to the 40 time for Florida's Joe Haden, who went into the combine as the consensus top cornerback on the board, but Haden's time was a disappointment. It's slower than the official 4.49 credited to USF receiver Carlton Mitchell, who came in 20 pounds heavier than Murphy.
That's the last 40 from USF's six players at the combine -- safety Nate Allen isn't running today due to a quad injury, but will run at USF's Pro Day on March 30.
-- NFL Network is showing both Murphy and Allen as getting 16 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press, the same number as Mitchell.
-- NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, during the network's live coverage Tuesday: "Jim Leavitt got that program going. As a matter of fact, he was walking around here earlier today. They've got a first-round defensive end, they have a second-round safety, maybe a second-round corner here, an inside linebacker that's draftable, a wide receiver that's 6-3, 215 and ran in the 4.4s. That's a program that has some kids running around there." (Again, I think not mentioning Selvie is simply oversight.)