Defensive Tackle Breaks Position’s 40-Yard Dash Record At NFL Combine

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It looks like the Pittsburgh Panthers have another unable athlete entering the NFL to man the interior of somebody’s defensive line.

During the 2022 season, a defensive tackle was the star of their defense.

Today, that defensive tackle absolutely made a statement at the NFL combine.

Calijah Kancey was a standout for the Panthers this year and now he is standing out ahead of the NFL Draft.

Today, Kancey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds. That number is the fastest a defensive tackle has run the 40 since 2003.

Kancey appears poised to follow in the footsteps of another great Pitt defensive tackle.

This past season, he was Pitt’s first unanimous All-American since Aaron Donald back in 2013. Donald can also be found pretty high up the list of fastest defensive tackles since 2003. He ran a 4.68 second 40 at the combine.

Kancey wasn’t quite as dominant as Donald was in college, but he was still a force for the Panthers.

Over the last two seasons, Kancey racked up 14.5 sacks and an impressive 27.5 tackles for loss was part of a solid Pitt defense.

Kancey is a part of an absolutely loaded class of defensive tackles that will likely see one selected in the draft’s first 5 picks and quite a few taken in the first round.

Before today, it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be one of those 1st round picks, but a performance like this at the combine could catapult him up draft boards over the next month. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a defensive player’s draft stock massively changed by a combine performance.

Being the fastest defensive tackle in the last 20 years certainly won’t hurt his chances of working his way into the first round of the draft.