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February 23, 2014

Enunwa helps draft stock with strong 40-yard dash

After a senior season that had its ups and downs, Quincy Enunwa needed a strong performance at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis to help boost his draft stock. Though he wasn't able to participate in all drills, it's safe to say he accomplished his mission.

Known for his physical nature, Enunwa showcased his speed by posting a 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash, tied for the 11th-best time among receivers. Unfortunately, Enunwa pulled a hamstring in his second attempt, robbing him of a chance to participate in most of the combine's other events.

"Thanks for all the love and S/o to everyone who laughed when I said I'd go 4.4. I'm gonna get this hammy healed up and be strong at pro day!" Enunwa posted on Twitter.

Unfortunately for Enunwa, a player who didn't miss any time at Nebraska due to injuries, his chances to impress NFL scouts have been hurt by a series of ailments. Enunwa wasn't able to play in the Senior Bowl because of a minor hand injury he suffered during one of the game's practices.

Enunwa measured out at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, the exact size he played at during his time at Nebraska. His hand size was measured at 9.5 inches, among the middle ranks for wide outs.

The former Husker was able to participate in the bench press drill and put up 19 reps of 225 pounds, the seventh-best mark in the position group.

But it was the 40 time that made Enunwa's day stand out. The receiver is known for his physicality and blocking ability, but showing this speed might move him up some team's draft boards. Prior to the combine, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. told HuskerOnline.com that Enunwa ranked as a late-round pick, but this could help.

According to Enunwa's NFL.com scouting profile, one of his weaknesses was that he "lacks elite top-end speed to separate vertically." Sunday's performance eased some of those concerns, and at least one expert thinks Enunwa's speed will at the very least keep him from going undrafted.

"Great time for a physical player," Shane Hallam, a member of the Football Writer's Association of America, told HuskerOnline. "Puts him in the draft."

Enunwa led the team with 751 receiving yards and set a school record with 12 receiving touchdowns, but also caught just 51 of the 101 passes thrown his way and had 11 drops.


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