Originally Posted by Tex
Info on some of the past 40 times including Bo's as well as changes starting this year on how they will be timed. Interesting as they time manually. But in the recent past they have also timed 40's where the first movement by the guy started the time and a laser beam at the finish line closed it out.
Now they are talking about having a all electric run from start to end. But it will increase most 40 times a couple TENTHS. So a 4.4 is going to be 4.6 under the new timing method.
But they are not even going to RELEASE those times to the athletes or teams??? ***
Heck I was surprised at how UNOFFICIAL the current method is.
[View Full Quote]"The fastest verifiable time in combine history was 4.12 seconds by Bo Jackson in 1986 on manual watches in the Superdome.
There are numerous stories that Deion Sanders ran faster than 4.2 seconds at another Superdome combine. But research indicates he was timed in 4.28 seconds at best on one of the so-called "official" watches.
Even before the inclusion of the secret FAT timings this year, there was confusion among the media and fans over so-called "official" 40 times. And the reason is simple -- there really is no single, "official" 40 time.
Here is what happens to get the 40 times at the combine that are revealed:
• Those who participate in the 40 run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (initiated by hand on the player's first movement).
• Combine data put together for NFL teams by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time.
Team scouts and coaches have various approaches for reaching agreement on a 40 time they use from those six timings. Some use averages. Some throw out slowest and fastest and then average the rest. Some ignore the whole thing and use a time taken by their own scout. "
Good stuff and news to me.