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How fast was Nyheim Hines at the NFL combine?

N.C. State running back Nyheim Hines beats Arizona State defensive back J’Marcus Rhodes on a long run on Dec. 29.
N.C. State running back Nyheim Hines beats Arizona State defensive back J’Marcus Rhodes on a long run on Dec. 29.

Former N.C. State running back Nyheim Hines showed the NFL just how fast he is on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Hines, who played football at Garner before playing three years for the Wolfpack, ran a 4.38-second, 40-yard dash time, which was the fastest of the 32 running backs participating in the workouts.

Despite the winning time, Hines thought he could've done better.

"I wasn’t happy with it," Hines said. "I expected to run faster. I ran well after the first 10 yards, but the start wasn’t that great. I'm happy to be fastest, but it didn’t meet my expectations."

It was Hines' second attempt at the 40, which is used to measure burst. He tallied a 4.39 on his first attempt, which was still better than second-place finisher Saquon Barkley of Penn State at 4.40.

Hines said his best unofficial time has been 4.32.

Hines was measured at 5-8 3/8 and 198 pounds earlier in the combine. His vertical jump was 35.5 inches (ninth among running backs), and his broad jump was 119 inches (15th). His 3-cone drill time of 7.18 seconds was good enough for 13th. His 4.35-second time in the 20-yard shuffle was tied for 15th.

Hines said he was blessed to be able to compete against the best running backs in the nation.

"I’m a competitor, I like to win," he said. "I set expectations for myself and nobody else. No matter how you win, win. It’s you against yourself, that’s your biggest competitor. I have standards and expectations for myself. I was disappointed in (the 40), but I’m happy with what I accomplished."

Hines got some praise on social media for his combine performance.

"Nyheim Hines is going to be a hot commodity in that late third round/early fourth round range," said Jonah Tuls, an NFL draft analyst.

Hines said he talked to eight teams formally at the combine, including all of the NFC East teams, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, his favorite team.

"They wanted to text my football IQ," Hines said. "They wanted me to explain what I was doing, the reads. Explain what the offense is doing the first day on campus. I knew every route of the wide receivers and the progressions. I think I did pretty well with that. I have a good football IQ."

Hines spent the past few weeks at the Applied Science & Performance Institute in Tampa, Fla. He will return to Raleigh soon and begin workouts for N.C. State's March 19 pro day workouts.

Former N.C. State offensive tackle Will Richardson also participated in Friday's workouts.

Richardson, who weighed 306 pounds, tied for the second-longest arms among offensive linemen. His 5.26 official 40-yard time ranked 18th, while he finished fourth in the vertical jump (31.5 inches) and tied for 10th in the broad jump (108).