Shane Ray won't run 40-yard dash at Scouting Combine

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the most explosive pass rushers in the NFL draft will have to do his exploding another time.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray said a foot injury will prevent him from competing in the 40-yard dash or any other drill when the NFL Scouting Combine's defensive ends are scheduled to work out.

"Unfortunately (Sunday) I won't be able to perform because of an injury I had in my bowl game with my foot," Ray said. "So everything that is listed for tomorrow as far as the 40, and all the athletic drills, I'll be doing on my pro day."

A date for Missouri's pro day event hasn't yet been announced.

Ray, a potential top-10 draft pick who earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors with 14 sacks last season, measured just under 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds. He said he has drawn interest from NFL teams who use both 3-4 and 4-3 defenses, but more of them from the 3-4 teams, which would use him as a pass-rushing linebacker.

Based on draft projections, interest in Ray's times at Missouri's pro day will be high. All four NFL Media analysts who have posted mock drafts see Ray being chosen in the first round, and no lower than the No. 8 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons. Analyst Lance Zierlein projects Ray the highest at No. 3 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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