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Top 10 WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2009 – 2:52 pm

Sorry for the delay, but I was traveling back to Buffalo from the combine last night. For those that missed it here are the top 10 40-times for the wide receiver group.

Darrius Heyward-Bay – Maryland – 4.30
Mike Wallace – Ole Miss – 4.33
Johnny Knox – Abilene Christian – 4.34
Jeremy Maclin – Missouri – 4.38

Deon Butler – Penn State – 4.38
Mike Thomas – Arizona – 4.40
Tiquan Underwood – Rutgers – 4.41
Percy Harvin – Florida – 4.41
Demetrius Byrd – LSU – 4.42
Louis Murphy – Florida – 4.43

Of this group only Maclin, Heyward-Bey and Harvin are locks to be first rounders. Louis Murphy is the only other prospect on this list expected to be off the board by the time the third round comes to a close, which should indicate just how much 40 times mean in the grand scheme of things.

However, I will say that Harvin’s 40 time fell a bit short of expectations. A time in the mid to high 4.3s was expected. Maclin said he wanted to run a 4.29 so he said he was a bit disappointed in his time as well. Still Maclin’s time is within an acceptable range for scouts where they’re not going to wonder about his speed.

Borderline first round pick Hakeem Nicks (UNC) ran in a range that is acceptable for him (4.57), but it’s not going to boost his draft stock at all. Ohio State’s Brian Robiskie helped himself with a 4.49. His strength is being a polished route runner so 4.49 speed is gravy as scouts see it.

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UNC WR Nicks expects to run in low 4.4s

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2009 – 7:18 pm

North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks is expected to be a late first or early second round pick, but if he runs as fast as he says he intends to he’ll be off the board before the second round begins.

“In my training I’ve been running in the low to mid 4.4s,” said Nicks. “So hopefully I can run even lower than that, but I think people are going to be surprised by how fast I run.”

Nicks is an intriguing playmaker, who seemed to play better when the stage was bigger. He’s been compared to Anquan Boldin because he supposedly doesn’t have the big time breakaway speed. But if he puts up a low 40-time all those feelings could change.

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