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Willis, Culliver Coach Kegley in 40-Yard Dash

Posted Feb 25, 2014

Thanks to the guidance of Patrick Willis and Chris Culliver, 49ers.com's Scott Kegley set a new personal best in the 40-yard dash.

Another year of NFL Scouting Combine drills has come and gone, and once again, I've joined NFL Network’s Rich Eisen in an annual tradition… running the 40-yard dash.
 
When you see players posting gaudy numbers in Indianapolis – consider Chris Johnson's record 4.24 time in 2008 or this year's top performer, Kent State running back Dri Archer, at 4.26 seconds – think to yourself how difficult it is to reach that level.

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Even 331-pound left guard Mike Iupati finished with a 5.24 40-yard dash at the 2010 combine. Before I ran, Iupati made sure to let me know.

"I ran a 5.2," Iupati said, smiling to let me know I had much to live up to. "Of course, I'm a big guy."
 
So at a full 155 pounds lighter than Iupati, what did I finish with?
 
A 5.46… and I was excited about that.
 
Last year, I ran a 5.64, but I was able to improve on that time with the help of 49ers teammates Patrick Willis and Chris Culliver.
 
Willis, who posted a 4.51 at the combine and Culliver, who finished with a 4.4, both critiqued my start and laughed at my expense when I didn't take their advice.
 
Well, I thought I took it, but the film doesn't lie.
 
One of the best GIFs from the Second Annual ‘Run Scott Run’ was Culliver laughing uncontrollably at the way I flailed my arms and shot up too quickly out of my stance.
 

 
Willis knew I could do better, but at least looked pleased with my effort. Rest assured, Pat, I'll try to get "a mile an hour faster" next year.
 

 
Hats off to our marketing department and the rest of our 49ers Studios crew for assisting with the shoot. I couldn't have done it without your support.
 

 
And one last time, enjoy my record-setting run. Leave your predictions for next year's time in the comment section below.