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Don't let the 4.6 fool you, Unga a legit NFL back

Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:39 pm
Former BYU running back Harvey Unga had his Pro Day Thursday for NFL teams interested in selecting him in the July 15 supplemental draft.

According to those in attendance of the workout, Unga left scouts impressed with his overall athleticism in running back drills and having caught every pass thrown to him.

The number that will get most of the attention, of course, is the 4.63 second time most are crediting Unga with running in the all-important 40-yard dash.

Earlier today I compared former Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price's workout numbers from his Pro Day to those of similarly built defensive tackles tested at the 2010 Combine.

There were only three true running backs drafted in 2010 who ran slower times at the Combine than the 4.63 Unga ran today. Those three -- Anthony Dixon (4.72), Jonathan Dwyer (4.69) and Charles Scott (4.7) were all drafted in the sixth round by the 49ers, Steelers and Eagles, respetively.

Like with these three backs, Unga's time in the 40-yard dash is deceptive. He boasts a powerful downhill running style that wears out defenses. He also possesses quicker feet, better lateral agility and better vision to enjoy success as the big back option in the committee running games so en vogue in today's NFL.

According to published reports there were 20 teams in attendance, with six other clubs requesting film of the workout.

With at least 26 of the league's 32 teams interested in Unga, his status as a "sure" draft pick July 15 remains secure -- even if his time is slower than some had forecasted.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:01 pm

Don't let the 4.6 fool you, Unga a legit NFL back

Is his running style something that could work in Seattle's Zone Blocking System? Is it reasonable to consider that Seattle would be interested in him? Could he fill the role the envisioned for White? As a South Tacoma Seahawks Fan (MT "68) should I get my hopes up for a real running back?

Thanks for all the info.

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