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What's A Hundredth of a Second Worth?

It's the time in the season when we need to put things into perspective ladies & gentlemen.

The work-outs have been completed and the stats recorded. The combine is over. To paraphrase John Elway, "It's time to get to work!"

The way that we look at the stats could change a bit. Sometimes on the surface it looks one way, but can we see it better by looking at it from other angles? Do we really see how a certain stat plays out on the field? Perhaps in order to get a better perspective on what it all means, we should take that stat onto the field of play.

So let's start out with the most famous, the most talked about, the most heralded stat in the combine events every year. The 40 yard times. Who's the fastest, and what does that mean down on the field?

The stats below will compare the top five times at several key positions. WR, RB, CB, SS, FS ILB, DE & DT. Of course these guys are the best of the best (but only in this stat), and a single stat is certainly not enough to make a decision on who to pick. There will always be many guys NOT listed below who will out perform some of the guys listed.

So, how do you take the 40 times down onto the field? We all know that this game is a game of inches, and so here are the inches. When we turn the split seconds into inches than it becomes a bit of data that we can actually see.

.01 seconds = 3.4 inches, if you run really fast, like Chris Johnson's 2008 time of 4.24 sec. It's the best time ever for a RB. Chris was selected in the first round by the Titans. Chris thinks he'll out gain Adrian Peterson in 2013!

A 4.24, 40 yard dash means that he covers a distance of 3.4 inches every .01 seconds. It doesn't mean much until you begin to compare the top players at each position. The chart below shows how many inches behind the leader the next 4 guys finished at.

POS

NAME

SCHOOL

TIME

# OF INCHES BEHIND LEADER

WR

Marquise Goodwin

Texas Longhorns

4.27

.01 sec = 3.37 in

WR

Ryan Swope

Texas A&M Aggies

4.34

23.59

WR

Tavon Austin

West Virginia Mountaineers

4.34

23.59

WR

Kenny Stills

Oklahoma Sooners

4.38

37.07

WR

Josh Boyce

TCU Horned Frogs

4.38

37.07

RB

Onterio McCalebb

Auburn Tigers

4.34

.01 sec = 3.31 in

RB

Knile Davis

Arkansas Razorbacks

4.37

9.93

RB

Kerwynn Williams

Utah State Aggies

4.48

46.34

RB

Johnathan Franklin

UCLA Bruins

4.49

49.65

RB

Michael Ford

LSU Tigers

4.5

52.96

CB

Darius Slay

Mississippi State Bulldogs

4.36

.01 sec = 3.3 in

CB

Dee Milliner

Alabama Crimson Tide

4.37

3.3

CB

Desmond Trufant

Washington Huskies

4.38

6.6

CB

Jamar Taylor

Boise State Broncos

4.39

9.9

CB

Robert Alford

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

4.39

9.9

SS

Shamarko Thomas

Syracuse Orange

4.42

.01 sec = 3.25 in

SS

Earl Wolff

North Carolina State Wolfpack

4.44

6.5

SS

Shawn WIlliams

Georgia Bulldogs

4.46

13

SS

Keelan Johnson

Arizona State Sun Devils

4.54

32.5

SS

Kenny Vaccaro

Texas Longhorns

4.63

61.75 (5' 2")

FS

Eric Reid

LSU Tigers

4.53

.01 sec = 3.17 in

FS

Matt Elam

Florida Gators

4.54

3.17

FS

Micah Hyde

Iowa Hawkeyes

4.56

9.51

FS

J.J. Wilcox

Georgia Southern Eagles

4.57

12.68

FS

Josh Evans

Florida Gators

4.58

15.85

ILB

Jon Bostic

Florida Gators

4.61

.01 sec = 3.12 in

ILB

A.J. Klein

Iowa State Cyclones

4.66

15.6

ILB

Jonathan Stewart

Texas A&M Aggies

4.68

21.84

ILB

Brandon Hepburn

Florida A&M Rattlers

4.68

21.84

ILB

Alec Ogletree

Georgia Bulldogs

4.7

28.08

DE

Trevardo Williams

Connecticut Huskies

4.57

.01 sec = 3.15 in

DE

Barkevious Mingo

LSU Tigers

4.58

3.15

DE

Margus Hunt

SMU Mustangs

4.6

9.45

DE

Dion Jordan

Oregon Ducks

4.6

9.45

DE

Corey Lemonier

Auburn Tigers

4.6

9.45

DT

Sharrif Floyd

Florida Gators

4.92

.01 sec = 2.92 in

DT

Nick Williams

Samford Bulldogs

4.94

5.84

DT

Sheldon Richardson

Missouri Tigers

5.02

29.2

DT

Sylvester Williams

North Carolina Tar Heels

5.03

32.12

DT

Everett Dawkins

Florida State Seminoles

5.06

40.88

The first thing that jumped out at me is that all the DE's on this list are faster than the fasted ILB! The CB's all finished within 10 inches of the leader, and the differences in RB's surprised me a bit. I thought the top 5 would be much closer.

The fastest guy on this list is WR Marquise Goodwin (4.27) and the slowest is DT Everett Dawkins (5.06). Dawkins finished 266.23 inches (22 feet) behind Goodwin. Well, I guess no one is going to expect Dawkins to catch and tackle Goodwin from behind any time soon.

The CB's, being within .06 of each other, and the DE's within .03 it looks like this stat isn't what will separate any of these guys from the other four in their group. Fortunately we have plenty of other grades in other areas to compare.

Character is always the trump card. I don't care how fast a Diva is, I just don't want them. There isn't any individual stat (that I've seen any way) that gives a player enough valuable if they have too many negative character issues. Those guys can be a locker room cancers.

We all know that players need the right mix in order to succeed, but sometimes breaking down the individual stats can help us to see things a little differently.

I grew up in Michigan, and that's why I still read the Detroit Free Press online, so here's what the Detroit Free Press say's! "Michigan State's Le' Veon Bell is the best running back in this year's NFL draft -- and "it's not even close."

Well, he isn't on the list here so it has to be some of those other stats that they are looking at. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks calls Bell, "a clone of St. Louis Rams tailback Steven Jackson -- a physical runner who can still make plays on the perimeter and catch passes out of the backfield."

Bell's coming off a 1,793-yard season with 12 touchdowns as a Spartans senior, anchoring an offense that, at many times, struggled in the passing game. So, that makes him pretty good, right?

Well folks, I'm also a home boy, so I'd love to see this guy on our team. I hope that this exorcize will give you all another viewpoint of what a hundredth of a second is worth.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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