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This is just a few examples from that article but people commonly talk about high school 40 times. A lot of players can improve their times greatly while adding weight from what they were in highschool. Look at greedy, jackson and redwine numbers
I wouldn’t limit it to “just genetics” … maybe they had a better coach.You can make similar arguments with arm strength with a QB. Sure it can be strengthened, developed, etc.. but Jeff George's arm came from the good Lord, not hard work. Joe Yearby was never going to run with Dalvin Cook. It's just genetics.
Funny. Years ago a friend went into watch film with one of Erickson's assistants. A gut on staff with whom he was very tight. Might have been Sonny, but I'm not sure. Can't really remember. My friend asked if the coaches could tell a guy's speed from film. The coach said, "not really."runners will always increase strength and technique to better there times, Im sure the coaches and teammates knew these guys could run from jump street. Out of HS u get an idea if guys r fast by film not times but u cant be running 4.7's at db or skill positions IMO if u want to be elite. With college training they can improve there times a bit especially if they didnt know how to run a forty or do any drill properly.
To me the 10 yard split for DL is hella more important than anything (at least for me), 40's are an idea if a guy can run well but to me get off is the most important thing. Like the 3 cone and 20 yard shuttle are better indicators if a wr can make a cutin and out of routes quickly. You can explode in a straight line but if you can’t make cuts in and out of your routes your a one trick pony. Odell had did the cone drill in 6.69 secs and the shuttle in under 4 That’s freaky and elite...a guy like Dorsett can beat him in a 40 but u cant run in straight line vs top comp.
To determine a kid's speed? No, of course not. But to determine whether or not the kid has enough speed - for sure.Funny. Years ago a friend went into watch film with one of Erickson's assistants. A gut on staff with whom he was very tight. Might have been Sonny, but I'm not sure. Can't really remember. My friend asked if the coaches could tell a guy's speed from film. The coach said, "not really."
I've always wondered about that, since I like to look at videos but I know I'm not skilled at evaluating players.