Lydon Murtha put some impressive times up on the stopwatch at last weekend's NFL Combine, which is moving him up the draft boards. His 4.89 40 yard dash is believed to be the 2nd fastest time in history by an offensive guard or tackle. To prove that wasn't a fluke, he then posted the fastest times at his position in the three cone drill (7.06 seconds) and 20 yard shuttle (4.34 seconds). His vertical jump of 35 inches was the second best, and his broad jump of 9 feet 2 inches tied for 3rd in his group.
"Based on what he did this weekend, he's definitely in the top 100 now," said Brian Martin, founder and CEO of TEST Sports Football Academy. "This maybe puts him in the third round, with even an outside chance at the second."
Prior to the combine, Murtha was being speculated in the 20 to 30 range of offensive tackles, so speculation about being Top 100 is quite a jump. Nobody at the NFL should be surprised by Murtha's athleticism; it's been evident ever since his high school days. The real question is whether it really should take precedence over his on-field performance