NFL Combine 2024: RB Cody Schrader suffers hamstring injury during 40-yard dash

The NFL Combine 2024 continues to captivate audiences with the array of talent on display. However, amidst the excitement, some players have encountered unfortunate setbacks, including Clemson Tigers’ cornerback Nate Wiggins.

Following in the footsteps of Wiggins, Missouri Tigers running back Cody Schrader’s ambitions at the Combine were abruptly derailed by an unexpected injury. As he is now dealing with this setback, Schrader’s path to proving his talents on the national stage has been temporarily disrupted, leaving his future participation uncertain.

Cody Schrader injury update

Cody Schrader’s hopes of making a strong impression at the NFL Combine took a hit on Saturday when he suffered a hamstring injury while running the 40-yard dash. 

NFL reporter Stacy Dales delivered the unfortunate news on the NFL Network’s broadcast, sharing Schrader’s disappointment and determination to prove himself as one of the best running backs in the upcoming NFL Draft.

During his initial attempt at the 40-yard dash, Schrader posted a time of 4.61 seconds. However, it was during his second run that he suffered a hamstring injury, forcing him to cut short his participation in the event.

The 40-yard dash held significant importance for Schrader, as it served as an opportunity for him to showcase his speed and athleticism ahead of the NFL draft. Alongside his 4.61-second 40-yard dash time, he also recorded an unofficial 1.61-second 10-yard split and a 33-inch vertical jump, per Pro Football Network. With his Combine appearance cut short, his focus now shifts to his recovery and the possibility of participating in Missouri’s Pro Day.

However, the severity of his hamstring injury raises doubts about his availability for the event. Should he not be fully healed in time, he may have to rely on individual workouts with NFL teams as his next chance to demonstrate his skills before the draft.

Cody Schrader’s performances last season

Cody Schrader has recently concluded an outstanding collegiate season, putting forward his exceptional talent and playmaking abilities. In his best season to date, Schrader achieved remarkable success with the Tigers, amassing 1,627 rushing yards and scoring 14 touchdowns.

His notable contributions were pivotal in Missouri’s 14-3 victory over Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl. In that game, he impressively gained 128 yards on the ground.

The Missouri running back’s stellar performance has not gone unrewarded, earning him prestigious accolades such as a first-team All-SEC selection and a consensus All-American selection.

As Schrader transitions to the next phase of his football journey, the anticipation surrounding his NFL Draft prospects is evident. Projected as a Day 3 pick, he carries the potential to make a significant impact at the professional level.

It’s worth noting that numerous undrafted running backs have previously defied expectations and left their mark in the NFL. It proves that draft day doesn’t determine the entirety of a player’s potential success.

Shabiha Akter

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