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UM's Devin Funchess runs disappointing 40

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Devin Funchess runs the 40-yard dash Saturday at the NFL combine.

Indianapolis — Former Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess didn't silence critics who think he should play tight end in the NFL Saturday.

Funchess ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, unofficially, on both attempts at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday morning. Considering Funchess promoted his speed when he talked to reporters Thursday, it was a disappointing time for the 6-foot-4, 232-pound receiver.

"I got sneaky speed," Funchess said. "I get up on the defenders real quick. It doesn't look like I'm moving fast, but I cover ground."

Of course, what happens at the combine won't determine Funchess' position in the NFL. Draft analyst Mike Mayock has raved about Funchess and said it doesn't matter which position teams play him because he's a matchup nightmare.

On a teleconference Monday, Mayock compared Funchess to Kelvin Benjamin, the 6-foot-5 Panthers receiver, and Jimmy Graham, the 6-foot-7 Saints tight end.

"I call myself a ballplayer," Funchess said when asked what position he considers himself.

While Funchess' runs Saturday didn't help his draft stock, only time will tell how much it hurt him because most teams grade players based on tape more than combine test results. Most analysts consider Funchess a first-round pick.

Central Michigan receiver Titus Davis ran unofficial times of 4.51 seconds and 4.55 seconds. Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett will run with the second group of receivers later Saturday.

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