Wide Receiver Speed Is Important, But Size Matters More
As I mentioned in my analysis of running back 40-yard dash times
, the 2008 NFL Combine was littered with unreal speed at the running back position. Chris Johnson (4.24) led the way, but Darren McFadden (4.33), Jamaal Charles (4.38), Rashard Mendenhall (4.41), Ray Rice (4.42), Felix Jones (4.44), Matt Forte (4.44), Steve Slaton (4.45) and Jonathan Stewart (4.46) all burned up the track as well. Their subsequent success in the NFL isn't atypical; the majority of the league's top running backs can fly. Very few backs over the past decade have been able to overcome running 4.50+ times.
In the same 2008 Combine, the wide receiver class was just as fast; 20 receivers ran sub-4.5 times. Unlike the running backs, though, the receivers haven't fared too well in the big leagues. DeSean Jackson (4.35) has thus far been the best of the bunch, You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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