Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas needed to run the 40-yard dash to reassure scouts that he had enough speed to translate his collegiate success into the NFL.
As it turns out, he was only able to run it once.
According to Herbie Teope of Time Warner Cable Metro Sports, Thomas was unofficially clocked at 4.60-4.61 seconds in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash. I've since been able to confirm with an NFL source on the scene that Thomas ran in the "low 4.6s."
Citing a strained quad muscle, Thomas was unable to run the event a second time. He was, however, able to make it through the shuttles and positional drills.
Thomas measured in at 6-0, 228 pounds -- two pounds lighter than he had weighed in at the Combine in late February.
Due to hamstring injuries, Thomas had been unable to perform at the Senior Bowl, the Combine or Kansas State's original Pro Day.
For all of his muscle strains suffered since the season ended, it is important to note that Thomas showed excellent durability while with the Wildcats. He started every game during his two seasons at Kansas State, earning First-Team All-Big 12 honors and leading the conference in rushing yards both years.
The time, while certainly not explosive, shows that the powerful and surprisingly agile Thomas does have enough speed to be successful in the NFL. He isn't a breakaway threat, but has the ability to gain yardage in chunks.
Among the teams present for the workout were the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams, according to Teope.
Thomas is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 rated running back and No. 72 rated player overall . He's viewed as a 2nd-3rd round prospect.