Note: to me, bottom line is, speed is great and does count, but what production does the player do on the football field.
As a football player you really never run in a straight line, ever,Ē says Larry Jusdanis, a Burlington-based trainer preparing prospects for the CFL evaluation camp. ďItís an overrated test. Itís a controlled environment, where football isnít a controlled environment.Ē But 40-yard times still carry weight.
Last March, Bishops University slotback Steven Turner blazed a record 4.31-second 40 at the CFL evaluation camp, fast enough to earn him an invite to the Chicago Bearsí mini camp. The only player with a faster pre-draft 40 than Turnerís was current Oakland Raider Jacoby Ford, whose 4.28 topped the NFL combine.
And even a world-class sprinter like Ford couldnít match Titans tailback Chris Johnson, whose 4.24 at the 2008 combine prompted speculation that he was the fastest man alive.