Peyton Barber spent weeks at IMG Academy preparing for the workouts at the NFL scouting combine.
The running back knew performing well in the individual drills would be an important factor for coaches and executives evaluating him.
On Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Barber put up mixed results.
The Georgia native ran a disappointing time of 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Barber’s time was 18th out of the 22 backs that participated in the drill. Georgia running back Keith Marshall ran the top time at 4.31 seconds.
His results in the vertical jump were similarly disappointing at 32.5 inches, the second lowest result in his position group.
The numbers won’t quite the concerns over Barber’s lack of explosiveness. The 5-foot-10, 228-pounder acknowledged his critics at the end of his sophomore season.
“People think I'm just a downhill runner and I don't really have any speed. I don't feel like that's the case,” Barber said. “I really haven't been given an opportunity.”
Barber will get an opportunity to improve on those numbers at Auburn’s pro-day in March.
The former Tiger won’t have to worry as much about getting better results in change of direction drills.
Barber’s 4.21-second performance in the 20-yard shuttle was the third best time for running backs. He also had a top time in the 3-cone drill at seven seconds flat.
Offensive lineman also went through workouts on Friday at the combine.
Former Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman didn’t participate in the workouts outside of the bench press (22 reps). According to AL.com, the projected second round pick had surgery to repair a torn MCL following the 2015 season. Coleman won’t be cleared for workouts until April.
Fellow offensive lineman Avery Young competed in a handful of drills. He ran a 40-yard dash at 5.39 seconds. His time was near the bottom (40th) of the 46 offensive lineman that ran the drill.