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Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs runs a 4.46 at scouting combine

Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs reacts to a question from the media during the NFL scouting combine.
Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs reacts to a question from the media during the NFL scouting combine. (Joe Robbins / Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS — Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs backed up his words, realizing his goal of running a fast 40-yard dash Saturday morning at the NFL scouting combine.

The former blue-chip recruit from Good Counsel ran an unofficial 4.46, a respectable time that should provide a boost to his draft stock. Days ago, Diggs had predicted he would run under 4.5 seconds.

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Diggs' time is nearly as fast as New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham's 4.43 last year at the combine.

Diggs, 6 feet, 195 pounds, has been rated as a third-round draft target by analysts, but this could potentially push him into second-round consideration for NFL teams. Diggs declared early for the draft after catching 150 career passes for 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Meanwhile, fellow Maryland wide receiver Deon Long ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash.

Diggs has been talking with Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, a former Maryland standout who ran a 4.36 at the 2011 scouting combine before being drafted in the second round.

"He just gave me a lot of advice, because as a Terp, he came out pretty high and he was a fast guy," Diggs said this week. "So I want to run fast, kind of, just like him."

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