Originally Posted by MichaelWinicki
40-times do have a lot of merit.
And yes you have the exceptions (which everyone brings up) when the importance of a good 40-time is mentioned.
But keep in mind it's that lack of a good 40-time that keep many prospects from being NFL players, and the list of of "exceptions" pales in comparison to the list of "not fast enough to play at the NFL level".
I think there is merit to the 40 time, but a great 40 time means little to a WR if he does not run his routs well knows how to accelerate in and out of breaks or hold on to the football. You had guys like Rice and Irvin who were no more than 4.5 guys but they were excellent in knowing when to accelerate in and out of the break and to create a cushion. Same with a CB speed means a lot but speed with poor technique still gets you beat. No doubt guys running 5 flat are not going to make it as an NFL WR or CB but when often we are talking 10th of a second, how a player uses his speed means more than the speed itself. Since this is not track and field.