Burkhead works out at the NFL Combine

Rex Burkhead (Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

Rex Burkhead's 40-time, often the most talked about NFL combine number, was slower than he wanted, but Burkhead showed his athletic ability in other categories.

After a disappointing 40-time, former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead rebounded on Sunday at the NFL Combine to impress scouts with numbers good enough to show he can be labeled an athletic running back.

Measuring in at 5-foot-10, 214 pounds, the former All-Big Ten running back jumped 39 inches in the vertical jump, placing him second among running backs, behind only former Texas A&M product Christine Michael.

In the broad jump, Burkhead jumped 125 inches, once again second among running backs only behind former LSU Tiger Michael Ford.

While his 4.73 forty was not what he hoped for, Burkhead showed burst in the 20-yard shuttle, running a 4.09, second among running backs to once again Michael.

In the 60-yard shuttle, Burkhead's 11.51, was only .18 off of former Oregon running back Kenjon Barner. Burkhead had the fifth best time among running backs in the category.

The Plano product also took part in the cone drill on Sunday, getting fourth among running backs with a 6.85, behind Michael, Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy, and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell.

Burkhead will get another chance to impress scouts at Nebraska's pro day. His 40-time will likely be the biggest storyline during the day.

Banged up for much of his senior year, Burkhead still rushed for 675 yards on just 98 carries. He left Nebraska with over 3,332 career rushing yards.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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