Though Jamari Staples’ NFL.com draft profile lists his 40-yard dash time at the recent NFL Scouting Combine as 4.51 seconds, the Louisville receiver said Thursday at pro day that his official time for the combine was actually 4.46.
If that’s the case, Staples’ time in Indianapolis would have tied for 15th-best among wide receivers and would be a standout time for a player of his size. As it’s listed on NFL.com, Staples’ time is tied for 22nd-best at the position.
But Staples said his satisfaction with what he said was his actual official time prompted him to pass on running the 40 again at pro day. He was the only U of L player who skipped it.
“I’m comfortable with my speed and my 40,” he said. “I was happy with (4.46).”
The 6-3 Staples, who weighed 195 pounds at the combine but said he is up to 203 now, improved his vertical jump from the combine by one inch to 37 inches at pro day. The new mark would have tied for fifth-best among receivers at the combine. His previous mark tied for 12th-best.
Staples said he had meetings on Wednesday with the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots.
“I’ve been hearing different things, with no regard to what round I’ll go, but I’ve heard as high as the third round,” he said. “So, I’m just waiting around now, playing the waiting game to see if I get any team visits and team workouts.”
Staples was among the group of receivers, running backs and tight ends who ran routes and caught passes in front of scouts, and he said his primary goal was to run smooth routes. Former U of L and NFL quarterback Chris Redman came in to deliver the throws.
Staples said for the most part, in his interviews with teams, they want to know about his personal background and his football…