You really can learn a few things when reviewing video.
Then again, you have to ask how accurate the NFL combine 40 yard dash “electronic hand times” are. Why don’t they just buy Freelap and end all speculation?
In any case, the 40 yard dash has been the hot topic this past week, and I want to demonstrate in this article (1) how accurate the times are and (2) what can we learn from 40 yard dash techniques? As you can see below, the faster starter (or quickest reaction time) isn’t always the fastest time. The guy who gets to the line first is the fastest. Just ask Usain Bolt.
Johnny Manziel 40 Yard Dash 4.56
Johnny Manziel, Colin Kaepernick Superimposed 40 Yard Dash
You may remember Colin Kaepernick from the 2011 Draft where he had a 4.53 second 40 yard dash (with splits of 1.62 at 10 yards and 2.63 at 20 yards), a 32.5 in vertical jump and a 9ft 7in standing long jump.
Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney Superimposed 40 Yard Dash
As well, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney ran a 4.53-second 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine.
Pretty interesting comparison? And we are talking a difference of 0.03 seconds!
All 4.53 40 yard dash times are not created equal!