Donte Jackson runs fast at Pro Day but doesn’t get under 4.3

LSU cornerback Donte Jackson wanted to run lower than 4.27 at the Scouting Combine and thought he might have a chance to challenge John Ross‘ record 4.22. Jackson was fast but not that fast.

So instead of standing on his 4.32 from the combine, Jackson ran again for scouts at LSU’s Pro Day on Wednesday.

He ran a hand-held time of 4.31, Sheldon Mickles of The Advocate reports.

Melvin proved worthy, setting a school record with 17 pass break-ups during his senior season along with 55 tackles, an interception and forced fumble. However, that still wasn’t impressive enough to get picked in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Melvin received a $10,000 bonus when he signed with Tampa Bay, beginning a journey that brought him to Miami and then Baltimore the next year after his Bucs release. Although he initially flashed talent when thrust into an injury-ravaged Ravens secondary late in the 2014 regular season, Melvin’s tenure in Baltimore is best remembered for his getting savaged by New England quarterback Tom Brady in a playoff loss.

Melvin would actually play for the Patriots the following season after his Ravens release but didn’t set roots there, either. He re-signed with Miami and then got cut at the end of the 2016 preseason.

Instead, the Cavs were left to digest how they put themselves in position to need a second-half surge of that magnitude just to make it a game.

The NBA playoffs are imminent, which means LeBron James will again be expected to transform into the legend who found his way to the NBA Finals in seven straight years. The key to understanding “playoff LeBron” starts on the defensive end of the floor.

“I mean, we dug ourselves that hole,” James said after a 44-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist night (his career-high 18th triple-double on the season) was spoiled by the defeat. “So we’re a prideful team, and the only way we get back into the game was just kind of get scrappy and play a little bit more physical, make some shots. But no, listen, we was down 30, and for us to come all the way back, it just shows what we’re capable of doing.”

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