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Penn State TE Theo Johnson had an Historically Good NFL Combine

Theo Johnson celebrates his first half score.

Penn State is putting on a show at the NFL combine thus far.

A 6-foot-3, 254 man called “Chop” ran a 4.48 40-yard dash Thursday. 

A burner named Daequan Hardy ran a 4.38 the next day, and a physical specimen named Theo Johnson also put on a show.

At 6 foot 6 and 260 pounds, Johnson ran the 40 in 4.58 seconds.

But wait, there’s more! Let’s break it down. 

Kent Lee Platte of the Pro Football Network created something called RAS, which is a system that grades athletes in Combine activities from 1 to 10. 

In the three categories Platte broke down for Johnson, he scored “great” in composite size and “elite” in both composite explosion grade– which measures his vertical leap (39.5) and broad jump (1005). Johnson’s speed also came in at Elite. 

In total, Johnson scored a 10 out of 10, which is the best any tight end has scored since the Combine began in 1987 out of 1,105 options.

Platte clarified that the 10 of 10 likely wouldn’t stand “mostly because of math.”

“Since I’m not at home, I can’t add all this data to the main database and run against that, so the data is not REALLy part of the DB yet. Drives averages down slightly.”

Platte followed that up by writing that, as of now, he expected Johnson to be “either 2nd or 3rd all time, probably 3rd.”

Additionally, Warren Sharp of the Ringer tweeted that Johnson’s the first tight end since the Combine started tracking data in 1987 to have a sub-4.6 4 and jump more than 39 inches while weighing more than 255.

Penn State has three more players scheduled to work out, and all three are offensive linemen. OT Olu Fashanu, C Hunter Nourzad and RT Caedan Wallace will all be speaking with reporters Saturday and then working out. 


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