INDIANAPOLIS — Halfway through the NFL scouting combine, D.J. Chark is the draft's fastest man.
Chark scorched the 40-yard dash track at Lucas Oil Field on Saturday in 4.34 seconds, the fastest time of any prospect at the NFL combine this far and only part of a brilliant workout for Chark.
The former LSU star's performance surprised even himself.
"4.4's are great, so I’m trying to get low 4.4," Chark said on Friday, before his performance. "Anything faster than that would be an accomplishment."
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DJ Chark 40 time: 4.34 (!!) pic.twitter.com/7qatrSSqrW— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) March 3, 2018
Whether or not Chark will still hold the title at the end of the NFL scouting combine is anybody's guess. Defensive backs run on Monday, and Chark's teammate, Donte Jackson, is expected to be one of the draft's fastest players and might give Chark a run for his money.
The NFL combine record for the 40 is 4.22 seconds, set by Washington receiver John Ross last year.
A pair of LSU running backs, Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams, ran the all-important 40-yard dash at the NFL combine Friday in Indianapolis.
Whatever happens, though, Chark turned in an incredible performance on Saturday.
Beyond the 40-yard dash, Chark also put up 16 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and leaped 40 inches, making him only the second player since 2006 to hit all of those marks. The other was long-time Raiders safety Michael Huff, who went No. 7 overall in 2006.
Chark, who was at the Senior Bowl and already knew what to expect in formal interviews, can fly away from Indianapolis feeling like he did his job this week.
"I love sitting in front of these receiver coaches and head coaches and offensive coordinators and talking football and getting a chance to tell them my story and finding a way to connect with these teams," Chark said. "It’s a great experience."
INDIANAPOLIS — The Saints won't know how good this draft class looks until it sets its draft board the second way.