Berry's 40 time accelerates his draft stock

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 5:12pm
UT's Eric Berry runs a blistering 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine

Eric Berry said on Sunday at the Combine at Indianapolis, he felt he was the best available player in the NFL Draft.

On Tuesday, Berry set out trying to prove exactly that, and did not hurt himself at all by running a 4.40 and a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash unofficially.

Berry easily outran Florida defensive back Joe Haden, whose best time was only an unofficial 4.57, something that could cause the Gators star to slide a bit on draft day.

Nonetheless, the 4.4 is an outstanding time for Berry, who measured just under 6-0 and weighed in at 211 pounds. What it means is that even though the former University of Tennessee star is a natural free safety, the team the drafts him can do much more with him than just that, even playing him at cornerback or nickelback, if need be.

Berry didn’t disappoint in other drills either, doing well in the broad jump and wit his vertical leap.

Is Eric Berry the best player available in the 2010 draft like he claims? Only time will tell that, but his superior athletic skills certain would put him in the early conversations in that regard.