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Former USF WR Valdes-Scantling runs blazing 40 time at Combine

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With the understanding that the NFL Combine has become way to over analyzed and over emphasized, still there are certain moments that can get your attention.

One of those occurred Saturday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, when former USF Bulls standout receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling scorched the 40 yard dash. Here’s the video proof of what he did:

As you saw at the end of his second run, Valdes-Scantling’s time was only topped among the receiver group by LSU’s D.J. Clark, who had run a eye popping 4.3.  And the fact that he out-ran the likes of Calvin Ridley of Alabama, Deon Cain of Clemson and even Antonio Callaway, off a year suspension with the Gators, made it even more impressive.

The former St. Pete Lakewood High School star, Valdes-Scantling was also measured at just under 6’5 earlier in the week. That means with that height and “catch radius” on high balls from the QB, teams are definitely going to pay more attention to him earlier in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Valdes-Scantling was the top WR target of Quinton Flowers in both of their final seasons at USF in 2017. He caught 53 passes for 879 yards and a gaudy 16.6 avg per catch. That also included six TD receptions on the season. He had three 100 yard receiving games, including a 133 yard day on just three catches with a score, in the Bulls win over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl last December.

The former transfer from N.C. State is not expected to be picked in the first round headed into the Combine, and he likely won’t be, because of the quality depth at his position. In fact, prior to the combine, this ranking from Walter Football.com had him the 45th WR on their board.

We doubted that in the first place, and now after his measurements and second best 40 time among wideouts, he certainly will move up.

The next phase is his upcoming individual workout and meetings with interested teams. If they continue to go well, Valdes-Scantling may hear his name on night two for the second or third round of the draft.

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