“Quicker than fast.”
That's how NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock described former Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart as he participated in on-field drills at the combine in Indianapolis on Saturday.
And that's what Stewart will likely hope NFL teams see on film, because he did not display strong vertical speed during the 40-yard dash.
Stewart's official time of 4.69 seconds ranked 43rd out of 45 timed receiver participants.
Stewart did, however, stretch out for a nice catch on a corner route during drills. Mayock also said Stewart looked “very smooth” during the “gauntlet” drill, where receivers catch multiple balls while running in a straight line across the field.
Stewart, who left OSU a year early for the draft, is considered a late-round or free agent prospect. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound slot receiver does possess ideal NFL size, but his versatility and ability to make defenders miss in the open field helped him total 60 catches for 703 yards and three touchdowns in 2013 and 101 catches, 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
Stewart was also one of college football's top special teams weapons last season, ranking fourth in the nation in punt returns (16.7 yards per return) with two touchdowns.
Former Cowboy cornerback Justin Gilbert, a projected first-round pick, will work out Tuesday.