Onterio McCalebb ran the fastest unofficial 40-time during the 2013 NFL combine, posting a 4.27 during his first attempt. Then he followed up with an even-more impressive 4.21 during his second. Eventually the official number was 4.34 seconds, or in other words, "holy s***, that's fast."
The Auburn running back, nicknamed the Canadian Comet (he was born in Florida), signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. However he won't be working out as a running back during the team's rookie minicamp during the weekend of May 10-12. McCalebb is "making the switch to cornerback for the May 10-12 rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium as the Bengals try to find a position for him while auditioning his return skills," writes Bengals.com. "Too slight to play NFL running back, McCalebb could also get a look at receiver."
"When you've got a guy with top-end speed like that, we're going to give him a chance to display it in a variety of ways," special teams coach Darrin Simmons said of McCalebb. "We'll try him returning, as well as being a gunner and covering. The one thing you can't coach is speed. He was a very productive back at Auburn. He returned kickoffs, but that was one of the least things he did. He played a lot from scrimmage, but there just aren't a lot 168-pound NFL backs."
Cornerback isn't entirely unfamiliar. As Lucas pointed out in a recent posting, McCalebb did some work as a defensive back during Auburn's pro day.
During the time it took you to read this posting, McCalebb has already ran six miles.