It took a little while to clear up, but Andy Isabella staked his claim Saturday as one of the NFL draft's fastest wide receivers.
The 5-9, 188-pound Massachusetts wide receiver tied with Ohio State's Parris Campbell for the top 40-yard dash time at the NFL scouting combine through days with his 4.31-second run. Isabella's original times were listed at 4.56 and 4.46 seconds, but ESPN's Field Yates said there was a laser error during his first attempt that was later clarified.
Isabella, who led the Football Bowl Subdivision with 1,698 receiving yards in 2018, beat out Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward in both the 100- and 200-meter races in high school. Ward tied for the top 40 time at the combine last year at 4.32 seconds before becoming the No. 4 overall pick.
Massachusetts wide receiver Andy Isabella runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (Photo: Darron Cummings, AP)
Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss helped prepare Isabella for the combine, including by acclimating him to playing out of the slot.
“It was tough to start off,” Isabella said Friday of the transition. “It was different because I’m used to opening up and running downfield. Now you had to be precise in the slot and get your head around quicker and be on time with the quarterback. I feel like I picked it up and had a good Senior Bowl game.”
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