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Good Speed at Receiver

The time of 4.3 seconds posted by Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey in his 40-yard dash today at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis was the best among the draft-hopeful wide receivers.

But there were good times among the other wideouts as well, and the speed at the position perhaps could lead to a first-round run on receivers in April a year after no wide receivers were drafted in the first round.

"This group ran amazingly well," Colts President Bill Polian said during his news conference today. "I think we had 11 in the first group who were sub-4.5 and had probably the same in the second group--some amazing times. Some people had them down in the 4.29, things like that. We know two things: That's a fast track, and we've got a bunch of fast receivers. That's all for the good.

"It will be interesting to go through the tape in greater detail and really break these guys down. When you find that kind of speed, that's a rare commodity. [It's] clearly a good group, very deep and very exciting."

By Mark Maske  |  February 22, 2009; 10:33 PM ET  | Category:  Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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DHB was the leading receiver on Maryland and the second overall in school history. He was used well. Not only that, but he did it with some very inconsistent QB play and with an offensive line which didn't do well to open up the run, thereby opening up the pass.

Know what your are talking a out before you post on here.

Posted by: tensjed | February 23, 2009 10:03 AM

I do know what I am talking about since I am a season ticket holder and attend every game plus at least 1 road game a year. DHB was constantly double teamed every game since the Miami game in 2006 when he caught two long td passes including the longest in school history. I was disappointed to see he also shows a reluctance to go over the middle unlike Torrey Smith. He was constantly running deep patterns in an offense that does not often throw deep. He will make a fine pro but I believe you are a bit off here. Pass protection was a much bigger issue than opening up holes or run blocking. Check your stats on Scott and Meggett from last season. I also agree that DHB's skill set could have been better utilized in games against teams such as BC, VT and FSU last season.

Posted by: virtueandvice | February 23, 2009 1:33 PM

quinn6

Green could probably still run a 40 in under 4.5. I always thought he got faster as the longer the stretch. I remember how he would outrun other NFL players in the fastest man comp with ease. Personally if he was not in the NFL I thought he could have easily been an olympian. He was faster than carl lewis in the 100 in my opinion.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 23, 2009 12:31 PM

Fastest 40 ever (Wikipedia, not verifiable)
Daryl Green ran the fastest verified (albeit unofficial) 40 yard dash to date, doing so in 1986 at Redskin training camp in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a time of 4.09. Then, at age 40, he was clocked in a hand-held time of 4.24 in the 40 yard dash.[4]

Other listings in Wikipedia (not verifiable)
Daryl Green 4.12, Deion Sanders 4.21

Posted by: quinn6 | February 23, 2009 11:17 AM

From NFL.com: Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey posted the fastest official time Sunday at 4.30 seconds. His time is tied for the second-fastest mark among receivers since 2000, trailing only the 4.28 posted by Hampton’s Jerome Mathis in 2005. Kansas State’s Yamon Figurs also had a 4.30 run in 2007.

Five receivers posted sub-4.40 marks Sunday. Impressive.

Mississippi’s Mike Wallace had the second-fastest time at 4.33,

Posted by: quinn6 | February 23, 2009 11:04 AM

Question: Does anyone out there know who has run the fastest time on record in the 40 yard dash?

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | February 23, 2009 10:44 AM

DHB was the leading receiver on Maryland and the second overall in school history. He was used well. Not only that, but he did it with some very inconsistent QB play and with an offensive line which didn't do well to open up the run, thereby opening up the pass.

Know what your are talking a out before you post on here.

Posted by: tensjed | February 23, 2009 10:03 AM

UMD is not the NFL. only so much the Fridge can do to get at guy the ball when: 1) everyone knows they want to get him the ball, and 2) there is no reason for the D to not triple cover him every play.

Posted by: fnkyniedls | February 23, 2009 10:03 AM

All along folks have to ask does Freidgen know how to use his players at MD. the guy should be a player in the NFL, but MD did not truly allow the kid to showcase himself.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 22, 2009 10:54 PM

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