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I have been thinking about this. Now, obviously Alshon is one of the best receivers of all time at USC, but think of the difference in his and Ace's skill sets. Ace is by far the more explosive, quicker guy, and more dangerous running in space, but Alshon ran a little faster 40 time.
Also take the difference in Brandon Wilds and Mike Davis. Again, Wilds is very good, but his game is patience, vision, power, and keeping the chains moving. MD28 has the better burst, is much quicker, and much more likely to bust a long run. He also appears faster, to me. Wilds ran the faster 40, though. There is something that Ace, and MD28 have that the combine skills don't measure. 40 time does not appear to measure a player's "danger factor" in open space. Just weird to me.
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I've never understood why scouts don't make guys run the 40 yard dash in full gear. I mean, seriously, when is a guy ever going to play a game in shorts and a t-shirt? That, to me, allows you to gauge their football speed. Just my opinion...
It is relevant at WR, RB, CB, S, and propably DE.
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its the closest thing you get to comparing one guys overall speed vs another guy. For example, this is the only way you know if guys like Ace are just as fast Tavon Austin. There films can't tell you that, SEC defenders are usually faster that Big East or Big 12 defenders. It's the only apples to apples comparison you will get for each player at that position. I think the 10 yd splist are more important than the actual forty. Aside from a few guys, everyone in the league is around the same speed. But the breaker is seeing how fast you get there. Guys like Ace and MD28 kill the 20 yrd shuttle and cone drills.
Its probably a good measure for WRs and DBs. The others don't run 40 yards on a play very often.
Didn't Wilds have the fastest 40 time of the spring?
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It's relevant but not nearly as important as some around here think. When scouts look at the 40 they look at the 10 and 20 yard splits just as hard if not more bc they show explosiveness from a stand still and how fast you get to a higher speed. I'd say the cone drill that shows change of direction is more important and for pass rushers they like the broad jump too. In the end the 40 carries more weight with fans bc its an easy drill to understand and it's also easy to remember the results.
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