Canadian TE Tanner McLachlan clocks third-fastest forty-yard dash at 2024 NFL Combine

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Canadian tight end Tanner McLachlan has caught the eye of NFL scouts with his impressive speed at the 2024 NFL Combine.

The native of Lethbridge, Alta. measured in at six-foot-five and 244 pounds with a 77 1/4-inch wingspan, 31 5/8-inch arms and 9 3/8-inch hands. He clocked an official 4.61-second forty-yard dash with a 1.58-second ten-yard split, making him the third-fastest tight end in attendance. That blazing speed went along with a 35-inch vertical and a nine-foot, nine-inch broad jump from earlier in the day.

The former walk-on did not participate in the short shuttle, three-cone, or bench press.

McLachlan has played the last two seasons at the University of Arizona, becoming the most successful Wildcats tight end since Rob Gronkowski. In 25 games, he hauled in 79 passes for 984 yards and six touchdowns to become the school’s all-time receiving leader amongst tight ends. He was named an honourable mention All-PAC 12 selection for his efforts in 2023.

The Canadian standout arrived in Tucson as a walk-on transfer from Southern Utah University, where he missed the 2021 season due to injury. In five years with the Thunderbirds, he saw action in 11 games and recorded 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

McLachlan was the fourth-ranked player in the CFL’s winter Scouting Bureau rankings but is expected to be selected on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft. Hdampening his stock north of the border. He was invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl all-star game last month but was unable to participate due to injury.

Three other Canadians will be taking part in the 2024 NFL Combine, with Penn State tight end Theo Johnson also undergoing testing on Friday. Offensive linemen Isaiah Adams and Anim Dankwah will take to the field on Sunday. Five Canadians were invited to last year’s NFL Combine, all of whom were selected as part of a historic NFL Draft class.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place in Detroit, Mich. from April 25 to 27.