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Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey nails target goal at NFL Combine

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Alabama fans knew he was fast and now, the National Football League knows too.

Following his two seasons as a starter at the University of Alabama, Marlon Humphrey told the press that his target goal for today’s combine workouts was to run a sub 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

While Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State) and Teez Tabor (Florida) are listed ahead of Humphrey at cornerback in this year’s draft class, the three-time Southeastern Conference champion and 2015 College Football Playoff national champion obtained a mark of 4.41 seconds—which placed him among the top performers.

Humphrey’s elite top-end and recovery speed came from years of playing both football and track at the established Hoover (Ala.) High School. A former five-star prospect, he accounted for 77 tackles, 31 pass breakups and 13 interceptions in football; while capturing seven Alabama state championship titles across all indoor and outdoor track events during his senior year in 2013.

Despite being susceptible to deep passes and issues in press coverage, Humphrey will create plays more times than not. He may have entered under the tag of his legendary father, Bobby Humphrey, but Marlon proved to be a solid tackler (81 tackles) with ball skills (five interceptions, one touchdown) in 2014 and 2015.

Per, he’s poised to be a “good NFL starter” with a grade of 6.16.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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