Ex-Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway meets goal for 40-yard dash at combine
This story was updated at 1:10 p.m. Sunday to reflect Junior Hemingway's official 40-yard dash time, which was 4.53 seconds. His unofficial time was 4.50 seconds.
INDIANAPOLIS — Junior Hemingway is helping himself today at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The former Michigan receiver came to Indianapolis with known size, and that checked out at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds. But his speed was more an uncertainty, so the success of his combine largely pivoted on his 40-yard dash.
He posted an official time of 4.53 seconds Sunday morning, meeting the goal he established for himself. That was the 19th-fastest time among the 40 receivers whose results were posted as of 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
That's not a great performance, but it is a good one for someone his size. He is a fringe draft prospect according to most analysts, so this day likely has improved his stock.
"I need to run faster than a 4.6, I know that much," Hemingway said Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. "I think I’ll open a lot of eyes because, to be honest with you, I don’t know what teams think I can run. I think they all think I’m slower than 4.6."
Hemingway also had an impressive showing in the pass-catching drills, displaying a good ability to catch balls away from his body.
And, for what it's worth, Hemingway also bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times, only one off the lead among wideouts. That drill is not as important as the speed and agility workouts for receivers, but could help his stock with teams in search of size at the position.
He said he had met with six teams as of Saturday afternoon: Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.
Hemingway said teams were looking at him as both a slot and outside receiver. He played on the outside at Michigan.