Auburn running back Peyton Barber told reporters that he’d show off the speed that made him a 1,000-yard rusher in the fast-paced Tigers offense, but he had a disappointing day Friday at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.
Barber was officially clocked at 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash, making him one of the slowest running backs of the day, mostly finishing ahead of fullbacks. According to Brandon Marcello of AL.com, the Auburn running back expected to run more than a tenth of a second faster in the drill.
“I think I’ll definitely be able to show [the speed],” Barber said in a press conference on Wednesday. “The offense we run is a fast-paced offense and we’re just as tired as the defense.”
It wasn’t just the 40-yard dash that left Barber looking inferior compared to other running backs. He also finished near the bottom of the pack in the vertical jump and broad jump, and finished 12th among running backs in the bench press.
The disappointing day for Barber came just two days after he revealed to reporters that his decision to enter the 2016 NFL Draft was made because his mother, Lori, is homeless.
Barber won’t have to wait long to improve his NFL Scouting Combine numbers with the Auburn Pro Day less than two weeks away. On March 7, Barber and other Auburn players will have a chance to impress NFL scouts at the Auburn Athletic Complex.