Comparing NFL and high school 40-yard dash times: A horrifying revelation

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    Ha! That's pretty funny.
    I always roll my eyes when I see some kid listed with a 4.3 forty time in high school. I don't think people really realize how incredibly fast that is. Someone who runs a 4.6 forty in high school is super fast. 4.6 is a very fast time and a much more realistic time for the 4.4 and 4.3 crowd.
    It's like height and weight, you always should subtract an inch or two to find actual height and about 10 pounds (at least) for weight.
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    Bostic was within .02 of his HS 40 time. Not bad.
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    While I agree the times out of HS are usually pretty silly, the 2 examples they gave of linemen adding .4 seconds doesn't seem all that strange because they've probably added another 30 pounds
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    High school standards: 38 yards downhill with a gale force wind at your back.
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    When I played hockey I was a little on the light side and short. So I measured myself with skates on, and weighed myself with my gear on.

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    Looks like I am not as slow as I thought and should have kept playing ball.
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    Actually this thread says you were slower. So you made the right choice :wink:

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    In high school, a guy with the stop watch says "go" and starts the clock after the player starts moving. At the combine, the horn sounds, the clock starts and then the player starts moving. Plus, there's significant embellishment on the part of high-school coaches to pimp their players to the colleges. They don't feel guilty about it because it's so widespread and always has been. The fastest time ever at the combine (by Chris Johnson) was 4.24, yet you hear of run-of-the-mill high school players supposedly running 4.3s.
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    Laveranues Coles was credited with 4.16 at FSU, yet he didn't run the anchor leg on their 4 x 100 team. Go figure.
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    You kid but you're absolutely right. Also, timers not knowing when to start/stop the stopwatch.
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    Some guy ran a 4.27 this year. Pretty speedy.

    Seems like college coaches should go the other way, and add a couple of tenths to the times. That way, when the DBs line up on our receivers expecting 4.6 forty times, we could really snooker them and blow down the field.

    Of course, we would have to have a bona fide 4.4 WR to add a couple of tenths to, to start with.
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    Speedwise you will almost never be as fast as you are in high school. Your body isn't done growing and between extra physical maturity, muscle mass from regimented professional quality workouts starting in college, and weight everyone will get somewhat slower.

    I'd have a bigger problem believing someone getting legitimately FASTER in college and the NFL.

    Seems like a stupid article.
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    Are you sure about this? The Olympics don't seem to be exactly littered with high school sprinters.
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    That was a bit of a head scratcher.
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    I ran track in HS...I was faster in my early 20's.

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    Not sure if serious.
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    I agree. Dumb article. Everyone knows the players get slower and weaker once they enter college. This is why we start so many freshmen. Use them while they are fast and cut them by the time they are seniors.
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    What's the purpose of measuring a football player's speed without all the gear on?

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