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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2012 : 10:57 a.m.

Ex-Michigan receiver Junior Hemingway meets goal for 40-yard dash at combine

By Kyle Meinke

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.

Previously: Michigan's Junior Hemingway aiming to impress NFL scouts with 40-yard dash, discusses team meetings

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.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.


Homeland Conspiracy

Sun, Feb 26, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

Is it me or does the NFL Scouting Combine have a feel like the trading block of days long ago.

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

No I wasn't there. I should of said "seems like". I also would not know what those involved felt like. The NFL is mostly Euro Americans owners involved in the buying & selling of African Americans. And yes I know that there are Euro Americans in the NFL Scouting Combine. There is one African American who is owner of an NFL team by the name of Reggie Fowler. He owns 40% of Minnesota Vikings.


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 10:12 a.m.

Interesting. Were you there? Do you have any clue what "the trading block of days long ago" felt like to those who were involved? Because you sound really ... well, you know ... right now.


Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 12:29 a.m.

It's you.