Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
That's like asking, "why do pitchers get drafted based on how fast they throw?" Well, that's a critical pre-requisite skill for their job, and the guys that do it faster are simply more highly valued. That doesn't mean slower WRs or slower pitchers can't be successful, it just means they're valued differently. And yes, 4.6 is somewhat ok for a WR, but typically not for a 1st round WR.
The red flag that just raised to the top of the flag pole is Allen's knee; his medical.
His forty time today does not make that much difference, if there is still a problem with his PCL--and apparently there is. I feel bad for the guy.
edit: just read this
NFL.com's Mike Mayock says he was told by scouts that Cal WR Keenan Allen is a 4.55 player on tape.
Allen ran a 4.71 and 4.75 40-yard dashes at his pro day, per Mayock, and the comments from the scouts comes as no surprise. Allen is a big, physical wide receiver that is a better athlete than he times and is very versatile. He can line up all over the formation and create matchup problems for defenses in ways similar to Miles Austin. Mayock said Allen could go anywhere from pick 25 to 45.
Apr 9 - 2:00 PM
[ Edited by buck on Apr 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM ]