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Does the 40 yard dash time really matter when it comes to a wide receiver in the nfl?

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Not only is the 40 time deceptive, but the raw speed it is meant to measure is generally pointless.

It is done without pads or a helmet so it does a poor job at mimicking game pace. Also how often do players get to run 40 yards without having to make any cuts or moves? That's a pretty rare occurrence. Sure it makes sense for guys who are going to be returning kickoffs and punts and maybe deep ball receivers, but even for them that is rare.

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Just a peice in painting the whole picture

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Most scouts look at it about the same way I look at it. You only pay attention to these things when they are extraordinary and force you to pay attention whether it be good or bad.

For instance if you burn off a 4.25 40, suddenly as a scout you have to go back and take another look at that guy on film.

Same thing if a guy unexpectedly runs a 4.75. You have to figure out if you missed something.

By and large it doesn't mean much. But if you blow it out or bomb suddenly the scouts have more work to do.

Also there are guys like the dude from South Carolina last year (can't remember his name). It was important that he run a good time or else he would have slipped.possibly to the 4th or 5th round instead of the top 2 rounds.

40 times don't determine success, but you can turn some heads either toward you or away from you depending on how you run.

his name is Alshon Jeffery. #17 WR; 6' 3", 216 lbs

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40 times are really only important if you're a fan trying to get out to the parking lot before everybody else after a game.

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It probably means more than the linemen or kickers running 40s, but in the end...no, it means next to nothing.

The combine should be done in full pads and utilize legitamite football skills, not the half-assed crap they have now.

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his name is Alshon Jeffery. #17 WR; 6' 3", 216 lbs

Is it? I thought a Clemson fan told me his name was Fatty McFatterson.

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Does it matter? Of course it does. Should it be a deciding factor in taking a guy or not?? Not really. If there were questions about a guy's ability to separate, their ability to stretch the field or their ability to get in and out of breaks then quickness and speed are concerns and things like a 3 cone drill or 40 yard dash can illuminate those issues. But should it be the determining issue to draft him? Of course not. It is one piece of the puzzle among a large body of work for most players.

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Does it matter? Of course it does. Should it be a deciding factor in taking a guy or not?? Not really. If there were questions about a guy's ability to separate, their ability to stretch the field or their ability to get in and out of breaks then quickness and speed are concerns and things like a 3 cone drill or 400 yard dash can illuminate those issues. But should it be the determining issue to draft him? Of course not. It is one piece of the puzzle among a large body of work for most players.

Geez! A 400 yard dash would be exhausting!! ;)

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the entire combine doesnt matter, teams already have film on the players they are looking at.

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