Originally posted by cptn12am:
Slowest 1,000-yard receivers over the past five seasons:
1. Anquan Boldin: 4.72*2. Hakeem Nicks: 4.633. Brandon Lloyd: 4.62*4. Kendall Wright: 4.615 (tie). Steve Johnson: 4.58*5 (tie). Brian Hartline: 4.58
What does all this mean?
While 40-yard dash times are only an indication of a player's straight-line speed, and disregards other important variables that ultimately determine a player's success, the data indicates that receivers who had top-end NFL production ran good 40-yard dash times. Only eight of the 30 1,000-yard receivers who participated in combine drills failed to run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.55 seconds, while 14 ran sub-4.5 second times.
Here's the link: http://www.buffalobillsdraft.com/2014/02/do-fast-40-yard-dash-times-lead-wide-receivers-to-nfl-success/
You act like 40 times mean jack s**t when it comes to the grand scheme of things. Joe Haden ran a 4.59, he's done alright for himself. Football speed is more important than how fast you run in your underwear.
I want a vertical threat at receiver, a true burner as much as anyone here, if not more, but you're nuts if you think this was a bad move. This allows the 49ers to be a lot more physical on offense, you add a guy who can create separation, gets open frequently, can beat press coverage, can block, has the right size and build and has been incredibly productive when healthy, all while receiving the football from a potato QB.
This makes the 49ers offense a lot more dangerous now. How many defense's will be able to shutdown Crabtree, Boldin, Johnson and V.D. when they are all on the field together? Good luck with that.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on May 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM ]