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Ken Sugiura

Thomas runs 4.55 in 40

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Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas did not do poorly at the NFL draft combine, but also did not accomplish what he set out to do.

Tuesday, Thomas recorded a time of 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which was tied for 24th among the 48 defensive backs who put down times.

As Thomas wrote on his Facebook page, “Horrible 40 time but thank god for pro day.”

A 4.55 is hardly a slow time, but isn’t necessarily helpful in aiding his draft stock. Prior to the combine, draft expert Tony Pauline said that Thomas needed to a run a time in the 4.4 range to impress scouts. Tech will have its pro day March 28.

Thomas’ other results from Tuesday:

Vertical jump – 37 inches, tied for 15th out of 45.

Broad jump – 125 inches, tied for ninth out of 44.

Thomas did not participate in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle or 60-yard shuttle.

On Monday, Thomas bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times, which was tied for eighth.

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