NFL combine: Cats' Foles, Criner record slow times in 40-yard dash

2012-02-27T00:00:00Z 2012-02-27T10:09:52Z NFL combine: Cats' Foles, Criner record slow times in 40-yard dashStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Arizona stars Nick Foles and Juron Criner were both a step slow at Sunday's NFL Combine. How it affects their draft status won't be known for another two months.

Criner ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, numbers that rank 39th among wide receivers invited to the combine.

Miami receiver Travis Benjamin, Georgia Tech's Steven Hill and Stanford's Chris Owusu all tied for the best time with 4.36 seconds. Arizona State's Gerell Robinson ran a 4.62, and Oregon State's James Rodgers clocked in at 4.67.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the projected No. 1 overall pick in this spring's draft, ran a better time (4.67) than Criner by one-one hundreth of a second.

Foles' 40-yard dash time of 5.14 seconds wasn't much of a surprise, given that the UA's all-time leading passer relies mostly on arm strength and footwork. Still, his time was the slowest among all quarterbacks.

Boise State's Kellen Moore was second-slowest, at 4.94 seconds, and Kirk Cousins - Michigan State's star QB and one of Foles' friends - clocked in at 4.93 seconds. Baylor's Robert Griffin, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was the fastest at 4.41 seconds.

Both Foles and Criner can run another 40-yard dash at Arizona's on-campus pro day.

Luck still No. 1 pick?

Griffin's fast 40-yard dash time might not be enough to supplant Luck as the No. 1 pick because of Luck's versatility.

The Stanford QB's broad jump (10 feet 4 inches) was two inches short of Cam Newton's best in 2011, and Luck's vertical jump (36 inches) was better than Newton's (35).

Griffin and Luck both skipped Sunday's throwing drills, opting instead to do that with familiar receivers in a familiar environment during Pro Day workouts.

Extra points

• Justin Blackmon, the No. 1 ranked receiver in this draft class, ran the gauntlet - a drill in which players must catch balls thrown quickly in succession - but sat out the 40, as expected, after he said he hurt his hamstring last week.

• Defensive linemen and linebackers work out today. Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick is nearly recovered from the pectoral tear that cost him more than half his senior season.

• The NFL gave out about 250 free tickets to fans for some of Sunday's workouts.

• Wisconsin's Nick Toon is trying to follow his father's footsteps and make the NFL as a receiver. Al Toon caught 517 passes for 6,605 yards and 31 TDs from 1985-1992, all with the New York Jets. "My dad was a great route runner, had great hands," Nick Toon said. "I think I look like him a little bit."

Ryan Finley

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