Review of timed speed qualifications @ the most recent NFL Combine
Most people that surf Draftdaddy.com are savvy football fans, but we see a
lot of psychopaths on team message boards (and other sites) that kick
and scream and curse their favorite teams' execs and scouts if they, for
example, draft a running back, wide receiver or defensive back that runs
a 4.6 or higher.....or a linebacker or tight end that runs a 4.8.
But reality is most N.F.L. players don't have elite "track speed", despite
the myth's many mainstream media pundits and writers tend to put forth.
With that said, we just wanted to post some official Combine averages
to show what more "realistic" 40 yard dash expectations for prospects
Quarterbacks: Average Size -- 6032, 222 pounds.....40 Times -- 4.90 (hand timed average) --- 4.87 (electronic time)
Tailbacks: 5104, 211.....40 Times 4.57 (HT) -- 4.56 (ET)
We didn't bother to post the average times for tackles, guards and centers because we didn't feel it was that important for 300 (plus) pound lineman. But, suffice it to say that any offensive lineman (or defensive tackle) that runs a 5.0 or lower is considered fast for his size....Also, we did not post the fullbacks "average" because it was a very small sample of players (5) and a couple of "big guys" pulled the average 40 time pretty high.
Prior to 2005, these numbers were actually a bit higher at all positions -- average strong safeties (for example) came in around 4.67. But Indy replaced it's old "slower" track with a new, faster track and "official" workout times have gone up across the board. Matter of fact, because of the new turf, the N.F.L. is seeing more top prospects actually run in Indy -- in years past, many would only run the 40 yard dash at Pro Day.
Wide receivers: This sampling of about 50 (49) that ran at the Combine should end the mainstream media's stupid theories that any wide receiver prospect that clocks a bit over 4.5 need not apply in the N.F.L. If this was the case, teams would not be able to find enough real football players to fill roster spots at wide receiver.
Cornerbacks: That's a total of 31 players. It's weird, a bunch of players blazed the track, but quite a few ran high 4.6's and low 4.7's, which skewed everything upward. Nonetheless, we are sure it would shock many to know that 31 top cornerback prospects would have an average hand-time of 4.52 at the Combine.
Strong safeties look faster than usual, but that's a small sample (6 prospects), skewed lower by two players that ran real fast -- Josh Barrett and Tyrell Johnson.
Are 40 times overrated? Sometimes.....One scout told us that a 4.5 linebacker with a poor nose for the football (takes bad first steps and angles to the ball) is almost as useless on the field as a linebacker that runs above a 5.1 in the forty....But he want on to say a linebacker that runs about a 5.0 (i.e. Lofa Tatupu) that has a great nose for the ball, becomes a 4.5 (or better) linebacker on the field of play.
Be very careful when comparing these numbers to Pro Day numbers, because track and weather conditions vary so much from location to location, that it renders most Pro Day to Combine comparisons in the 40 yard dash useless. For example, Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton ran Combine 40 times in the 4.8's hand timed (4.79 electronic), but his Pro Day times were in the 4.6's.