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John Boyett on comeback trail, runs 4.57 to 4.67 for NFL teams

by Aaron Wilson of, April 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm ET

Oregon free safety John Boyett proved that he’s definitely on the mend from surgeries to repair partial tears in both patella knee tendons.

He ran the 40-yard dash between 4.57 and 4.67 seconds today at his Pro Day workout for roughly 10 teams at Napa High School, his alma mater in California.

Although Boyett isn’t at full strength yet as he continues to work his way back, this workout should leave a good impression with NFL teams.

This was only the second time he’s run the 40-yard dash since rehabbing his knees for several months after undergoing surgery last season.

Boyett excelled in positional drills and had no drops.

Boyett is on his way back after starting for three seasons for the Ducks.

The workout should improve his stock with NFL teams.

on the measuring tape at the Combine, he’s had no problems making plays on the ball as a three-year starter at free safety and opposing receivers and running backs will tell you his hits come as hard as those from any prototypically-sized defensive back. Having his senior season end after just one game because he had surgery on both knees (partial tears in both patella tendons that had bothered him for the entire 2011 season) will be another knock against Boyett – but don’t count him out. Boyett is a former high school quarterback who had 3,450 yards and a total of 39 touchdowns passing and rushing as a senior.

As a freshman at Oregon, he was All-American freshman selection with 90 tackles, three interceptions and five pass deflections. He intercepted five passes and broke up nine others in his second year as an honorable mention all-conference selection and was second-team All-Pac 12 as a junior with 108 tackles, 3 1/2 for losses, an interception and six pass deflections.

He had an interception last season in the season opener before opting to have surgery.

Boyett draws high marks from draft analysts for his tackling, instincts and playmaking skills.

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