But Randle’s stock somewhat slipped during the pre-draft process.
He does not possess elite speed, running a disappointing 4.63 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine but improving that time to 4.51 seconds at OSU’s pro day in March. Additionally, various scouting reports also expressed concerns about Randle’s tendency to run with his pad level too high. Thumb surgery after OSU’s season also hindered Randle’s training before the combine.
“I will use it as fuel to my fire and work harder and remember this day and that all the other teams that passed up on me,” Randle told the Dallas Morning News of being the 10th running back selected. “When I hit the weight room, I’m definitely going to be hungry and determined to show my worth and my value.”
Randle becomes the third running back drafted during Mike Gundy’s tenure at OSU, joining Vernand Morency in 2005 (third round, Houston Texans) and Kendall Hunter in 2010 (fourth round, San Francisco 49ers).
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