INDIANAPOLIS | Chris Culliver isn’t making any predictions about what time he will run in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
But the former South Carolina defensive back knows what he can run, he said Sunday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Culliver, who worked out at a training facility in Atlanta to prepare for the draft, rank a 4.28 40 a week and a half ago in Atlanta, he said. Defensive backs run Tuesday at the combine.
“I want to be one of the fastest to ever come through here, like probably anyone else,” Culliver said. “As long as I run a 4.3, I’ll be straight.”
Culliver is hoping to impress scouts here with his physical ability and make them forget about his disappointing senior season with the Gamecocks.
“It wasn’t the best season,” he said. “It was up and down. You really can’t dwell on it. When I wasn’t hurt, the things coach put me in position to do, I tried to make the best out of it whether we were two deep or three deep or anything like that.”
Culliver was lost for the season after injuring his shoulder in the Oct. 30 victory against Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium. At the time, Culliver had started 30 of the past 32 games in the defensive backfield for South Carolina.
The injury was a bitter ending to a tough final season for Culliver, a Garner, N.C., native. He was suspended from the Gamecocks’ first game after the NCAA raised questions about how he paid for an insurance policy that protects him against an injury so serious it ends his hopes of playing professional football. An NCAA investigation determined that Culliver paid for the policy with a loan from an unapproved source.
Culliver, who had offseason surgery on his left shoulder that forced him to miss spring practice, has 34 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup this past season.