James Conner: Mediocre Combine numbers

Conner (6-foot-1, 233 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds at the Combine while adding a 29-inch vertical and 113-inch broad jump.

Even for a 233-pound back, the numbers are less than good. It leaves Conner with a mixed prospect profile after otherwise producing at a very high level at Pittsburgh. He finished his college career with 3,733 yards (5.6 YPC) and 52 touchdowns in 39 games, and even showed some development as a pass catcher by catching 21 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He showed not only a great deal of power as a runner, but seemingly adequate athleticism to earn consideration as a starter in the NFL. His workout numbers from the Combine don't quite rule out that possibility, but they certainly invited doubt. But even if he doesn't emerge as a starter in the NFL, Conner will almost certainly stick around the league for some time. He should excel as an off-the-bench power specialist at the least, and no one will question his strength or focus as a worker after he overcame Hodgkins lymphoma and a torn MCL from 2015. He generally looks like a candidate to go in the fourth or fifth round.

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