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Combine 40 times were not faster this year

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2013 – 5:10 pm

One of the prevailing thoughts coming out of the NFL Combine was that prospects were obliterating the 40 with blistering times. While there were a few here and there that ran very fast 40′s, a groundbreaking drop in average 40 times just wasn’t there.

Thanks to DraftMetrics.com below is a look at the average 40 times for the six so-called skill positions where speed is a major factor at the Combine year by year since 1999. As the chart points out, the average 40 times this year were pretty much flat in comparison to 2012.

 Combine Year RB WR TE CB S LB
1999 4.55 4.57 4.87 4.48 4.59 4.78
2000 4.60 4.56 4.82 4.52 4.57 4.76
2001 4.54 4.48 4.87 4.57 4.60 4.76
2002 4.62 4.49 4.80 4.55 4.59 4.70
2003 4.58 4.54 4.83 4.48 4.57 4.75
2004 4.62 4.57 4.87 4.47 4.58 4.65
2005 4.55 4.50 4.80 4.44 4.57 4.68
2006 4.54 4.50 4.72 4.48 4.60 4.71
2007 4.56 4.49 4.81 4.48 4.55 4.70
2008 4.51 4.51 4.75 4.44 4.53 4.72
2009 4.54 4.45 4.74 4.49 4.54 4.73
2010 4.53 4.50 4.68 4.48 4.55 4.73
2011 4.53 4.49 4.71 4.49 4.57 4.70
2012 4.56 4.52 4.71 4.49 4.57 4.70
2013 4.60 4.50 4.76 4.49 4.61 4.75

In fact if you look at the figures for each position from 1999 and then 2013, the biggest difference in average time at any of those positions is .11 of a second at the tight end position (4.87 down to 4.76), which can be explained by the explosion of pass receiving tight ends over the past decade. Basically athletes that were previously seen as big receivers.


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