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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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