Great Measurables Don't Guarantee NFL Success

INDIANAPOLIS -- To be clear, there is no such thing as a single, official time in the popular 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, where the top draft prospects are tested each year. That said, the 40 remains the most-discussed testing drill, and is often referenced as if it were some universal gauge of ability. Of course, that is hardly the case.

For example, let's consider the fastest 40 time ever run at the Combine.

Despite popular misconceptions, the best time was not turned in by Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson, Joey Galloway or any other well-known speed burner who went on to make a mark in the NFL.

According to records kept by NFLDraftScout.com, Rondel Menendez, a wide receiver from Eastern Kentucky, had the best recorded time in Combine history when he stopped at least one watch in 4.24 seconds in 1999. As it turned out, his NFL career didn't last much longer than his clocking after he was drafted in the seventh round by the Atlanta Falcons.

Champ Bailey turned in a 4.28 that same year, a mark previously set by Sanders in 1989. They obviously went on to far more productive careers than Menendez, whose highlight was a 67-yard punt return as a rookie before being cut by several teams, including one in NFL Europe. He was out of the league by 2002.

So history should be kept in mind as the 40-yard times are announced for this year's draft prospects. And it should also be noted that no time is official. Rather, there is a series of times provided for teams and scouts, who each have their own interpretation of this data.

Here is what really happens:

--Those who participate in the 40 at the Combine actually run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (that is actually initiated by hand on the player's first movement).

--Combine data put together by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time.

Team scouts and coaches have various approaches for getting the 40 time they use from those six timings. Some use averages. Some throw out slowest and fastest and then average the rest. Some ignore the whole thing and use a time taken by their own scout.

When NFL Network began televising the workouts in recent years, viewers were warned that the times posted on the screen were unofficial. Usually, the time on the screen was one of the electronic times.
Still, one general manager who was watching the TV coverage from his team's office was startled when a player was credited on the TV screen with a 4.44-second time. His scouts previously nixed the player because he was too slow to play wide receiver for that team. The GM called his scout on a cell phone on the Combine field at the RCA Dome to inquire about the discrepancy.

The scout said his staff clocked the player in no faster than 4.58 that day. So their personnel files show 4.58 as the "official" 40 time at the Combine. So, beware any 40-yard time that is labeled as "official" from the Combine.

In deference to the players, NFLDraftScout.com uses the best verifiable -- or listed -- time from the Combine unless it is conspicuously skewed from the other times, which sometimes happens when a hand timer has an itchy trigger finger on the stopwatch. However, the times are usually well grouped.

Following are the best 40 times and results in other events recorded by NFLDraftScout.com since 1999:

40 Yard Dash Times
4.24 - Rondel Menendez, (WR), Eastern Kentucky - 1999
4.28 - Jerome Mathis, (WR), Hampton - 2005
4.28 - *Champ Bailey, (CB), Georgia - 1999
4.29 - Stanford Routt, (CB), Houston - 2005
4.29 - Jay Hinton, (RB), Morgan State - 1999
4.29 - *Fabian Washington, (CB), Nebraska - 2005
4.30 - Darrent Williams, (CB), Oklahoma State - 2005
4.31 - *Johnathan Joseph, (CB), South Carolina - 2006
4.31 - Aaron Lockett, (WR), Kansas State - 2002
4.31 - Santana Moss, (WR), Miami - 2001
4.32 - *Troy Williamson, (WR), South Carolina - 2005
4.32 - *Chad Jackson, (WR), Florida - 2006
4.32 - Tim Jennings, (CB), Georgia - 2006
4.32 - Chris McKenzie, (CB), Arizona State - 2005
4.32 - Tim Carter, (WR), Auburn - 2002
4.32 - Kevin Garrett, (CB), Southern Methodist - 2003
4.32 - Antwan Harris, (CB), Virginia - 2000
4.33 - Carlos Francis, (WR), Texas Tech - 2004
4.33 - Karsten Bailey, (WR), Auburn - 1999
4.33 - Chris Chambers, (WR), Wisconsin - 2001
4.34 - *Ahmad Carroll, (CB), Arkansas - 2004
4.34 - Domonique Foxworth, (CB), Maryland - 2005
4.34 - Tyrone Calico, (WR), Middle Tennessee State - 2003
4.34 - Tye Hill, (CB), Clemson - 2006
4.34 - Kevin Brooks, (CB), South Carolina - 1999

225 Pound Bench Reps

51 - Justin Ernest, (DT), Eastern Kentucky - 1999
45 - Mike Kudla, (DE), Ohio State - 2006
45 - Leif Larsen, (DT), Texas-El Paso - 2000
44 - Brodrick Bunkley, (DT), Florida State - 2006
43 - Scott Young, (OG), BYU - 2005
42 - Isaac Sopoaga, (DT), Hawaii - 2004
41 - Terna Nande, (OLB), Miami (OHIO) - 2006
41 - *Igor Olshansky, (DT), Oregon - 2004
40 - Zach Piller, (OT), Florida - 1999
38 - Tony Pashos, (OT), Illinois - 2003
38 - Craig Page, (C), Georgia Tech - 1999
38 - Jeff Smith, (C), Wyoming - 1999
37 - *Wayne Hunter, (OT), Hawaii - 2003
37 - *Haloti Ngata, (DT), Oregon - 2006
37 - Roberto Garza, (C), Texas AM-Kingsville - 2001
37 - Victor Leyva, (OG), Arizona State - 2001
37 - Moran Norris, (FB), Kansas - 2001
36 - Gabe Watson, (DT), Michigan - 2006
36 - *Vince Wilfork, (DT), Miami - 2004
36 - Liam Ezekiel, (ILB), Northeastern - 2005
36 - Scott Peters, (C), Arizona State - 2002
36 - Makoa Freitas, (OG), Arizona - 2003
36 - Ryan Denney, (DE), BYU - 2002
35 - Tim Bulman, (DT), Boston College - 2005
35 - Evan Mathis, (OG), Alabama - 2005

Highest Vertical Jump
46 - Gerald Sensabaugh, (FS), North Carolina - 2005
45 1/2 - Derek Wake, (OLB), Penn State - 2005
45 - Chris McKenzie, (CB), Arizona State - 2005
45 - Chris Chambers, (WR), Wisconsin - 2001
43 1/2 - Dustin Fox, (FS), Ohio State - 2005
43 1/2 - Jay Hinton, (RB), Morgan State - 1999
43 1/2 - Kevin Kasper, (WR), Iowa - 2001
43 1/2 - Jerry Azumah, (RB), New Hampshire - 1999
43 - Scott Starks, (CB), Wisconsin - 2005
43 - Cedric James, (WR), TCU - 2001
42 1/2 - Jonathan Carter, (WR), Troy - 2001
42 1/2 - Nate Burleson, (WR), Nevada - 2003
42 1/2 - Brock Williams, (CB), Notre Dame - 2001
42 - Kerry Rhodes, (FS), Louisville - 2005
42 - Ellis Hobbs, (CB), Iowa State - 2005
42 - *William Green, (RB), Boston College - 2002
42 - *Vernon Davis, (TE), Maryland - 2006
42 - Mark Anderson, (DE), Alabama - 2006
42 - Boss Bailey, (OLB), Georgia - 2003
42 - Scott Fujita, (OLB), California - 2002
42 - Raonall Smith, (OLB), Washington State - 2002
42 - Rashad Holman, (CB), Louisville - 2001
42 - Santana Moss, (WR), Miami - 2001
42 - Pierson Prioleau, (FS), Virginia Tech - 1999
41 1/2 - Reuben Houston, (CB), Georgia Tech - 2006

Fastest Ten Yard Times
1.46 - Colin Branch, (FS), Stanford - 2003
1.46 - *Fabian Washington, (CB), Nebraska - 2005
1.47 - Jay Hinton, (RB), Morgan State - 1999
1.47 - Rondel Menendez, (WR), Eastern Kentucky - 1999
1.47 - Justin Fargas, (RB), Southern Cal - 2003
1.48 - Tim Jennings, (CB), Georgia - 2006
1.48 - Sinorice Moss, (WR), Miami - 2006
1.48 - Domonique Foxworth, (CB), Maryland - 2005
1.48 - Antwan Harris, (CB), Virginia - 2000
1.48 - *Champ Bailey, (CB), Georgia - 1999
1.49 - Chris McKenzie, (CB), Arizona State - 2005
1.49 - Darrent Williams, (CB), Oklahoma State - 2005
1.49 - *DeAngelo Hall, (CB), Virginia Tech - 2004
1.49 - Kevin Johnson, (WR), Syracuse - 1999
1.49 - *Edgerrin James, (RB), Miami - 1999
1.49 - Chris Watson, (CB), Eastern Illinois - 1999
1.49 - Chris Cole, (WR), Texas A&M - 2000
1.50 - Jerome Mathis, (WR), Hampton - 2005
1.50 - Derek Hagan, (WR), Arizona State - 2006
1.50 - Ronnie Brown, (RB), Auburn - 2005
1.50 - Jason Allen, (FS), Tennessee - 2006
1.50 - Kevin Brooks, (CB), South Carolina - 1999
1.50 - Siaha Burley, (WR), Central Florida - 1999
1.50 - Bob Sanders, (SS), Iowa - 2004
1.50 - Deuce McAllister, (RB), Mississippi - 2001

Fastest Shuttle Times
3.73 - Kevin Kasper, (WR), Iowa - 2001
3.76 - Deion Branch, (WR), Louisville - 2002
3.78 - Dunta Robinson, (CB), South Carolina - 2004
3.79 - *Champ Bailey, (CB), Georgia - 1999
3.82 - Dante' Hall, (RB), Texas A&M - 2000
3.83 - Jason Allen, (FS), Tennessee - 2006
3.83 - Kevin Bentley, (OLB), NorthWestern - 2002
3.83 - Terence Newman, (CB), Kansas State - 2003
3.84 - Justin Beriault, (FS), Ball State - 2005
3.84 - Carlos Rogers, (CB), Auburn - 2005
3.84 - Troy Walters, (WR), Stanford - 2000
3.85 - Rashad Holman, (CB), Louisville - 2001
3.86 - Creig Spann, (WR), Arizona State - 1999
3.86 - Matt Graham, (SS), Indiana State - 1999
3.86 - Kevin Brooks, (CB), South Carolina - 1999
3.86 - Jay Hinton, (RB), Morgan State - 1999
3.86 - Kevin Johnson, (WR), Syracuse - 1999
3.86 - Jason Hebert, (FS), Rice - 2002
3.86 - Jerry Azumah, (RB), New Hampshire - 1999
3.86 - Chris Watson, (CB), Eastern Illinois - 1999
3.87 - Randy Fasani, (QB), Stanford - 2002
3.87 - Coy Wire, (SS), Stanford - 2002
3.88 - Ryan Tolhurst, (WR), Richmond - 2002
3.88 - Kevin Curtis, (FS), Texas Tech - 2002
3.88 - Kendrick Starling, (WR), San Jose State - 2004

Quickest 3 Cone Drill Times
6.45 - Sedrick Curry, (CB), Texas A&M - 2000
6.48 - Rogers Beckett, (FS), Marshall - 2000
6.49 - Carlos Rogers, (CB), Auburn - 2005
6.51 - Jon McGraw, (SS), Kansas State - 2002
6.56 - Ben Taylor, (ILB), Virginia Tech - 2002
6.56 - Kevin Kasper, (WR), Iowa - 2001
6.60 - Trent Gamble, (FS), Wyoming - 2000
6.61 - Courtney Roby, (WR), Indiana - 2005
6.61 - Troy Walters, (WR), Stanford - 2000
6.62 - Coy Wire, (SS), Stanford - 2002
6.62 - Dante' Hall, (RB), Texas A&M - 2000
6.63 - Ketric Sanford, (RB), Houston - 2000
6.63 - Matt Farmer, (WR), Air Force - 2000
6.63 - *Ben Kelly, (CB), Colorado - 2000
6.64 - Keith Brown, (RB), UCLA - 2000
6.64 - Stanford Routt, (CB), Houston - 2005
6.64 - Tye Hill, (CB), Clemson - 2006
6.64 - Demarcus Faggins, (CB), Kansas State - 2002
6.65 - Ryan Tolhurst, (WR), Richmond - 2002
6.65 - Omare Lowe, (CB), Washington - 2002
6.65 - Herb Haygood, (WR), Michigan State - 2002
6.66 - *Richard Marshall, (CB), Fresno State - 2006
6.66 - Reed Doughty, (FS), Northern Colorado - 2006
6.66 - Hank Poteat, (CB), Pittsburgh - 2000
6.68 - James Anderson, (OLB), Virginia Tech - 2006


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