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Updated Feb 28, 2012 - 11:17 am

NFL expert Clayton on Burfict's 40-yard dash: 'That time just destroys him'

Vontaze Burfict's star has fallen fast.

The volatile linebacker followed a sub-par junior season with an even worse effort at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis.

Burfict, who ranked last among linebackers in most categories and near the bottom in the others, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 and 5.10 seconds, numbers that did nothing to help his already plummeting draft stock.

"That time just destroys him," ESPN NFL expert John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. "You know that everybody's going to be asking about the character, and his short temper, all those things, but a short temper is one thing -- five-flat 40? Not good."

Clayton knows what he's talking about, and there are already rumbles of Burfict possibly going from first round pick to undrafted free agent.

Given what's transpired over the last eight months or so, the idea that Vontaze Burfict has fallen out of favor with NFL decision makers is not that unreasonable.

But that he's fallen out of favor with all of them? Well, that is a different story, though one that is being written right now.

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