NFL Combine 2012: Predicting the 16 Fastest Players There

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NFL Combine 2012: Predicting the 16 Fastest Players There
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We are fast approaching the start of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The 2012 NFL draft hopefuls will be on the most important job interview of their lives, hoping that they do enough in the skill testing and the team interviews to secure a first-round selection.

Speed is needed at the Indy 500, but the speed at Indy that we are looking for is of the 40-yard dash variety—straight-ahead-sprinters speed. What is great about the event is that it is the same conditions for every player in attendance—no wind conditions, track is the same for everybody—eliminating all of the reasons why a certain time is next to an asterisk.

One of the ways for NFL hopefuls to distance themselves from their competitors is to be the fastest or among the fastest players for their position. If they're blessed with that much speed and can demonstrate enough skills in the other tested areas, they are well on their way to playing in the NFL.

The combine lost one of the fastest players to the world of track and field, as Jeff Demps, running back from the Florida Gators, has decided to not attend the NFL Scouting Combine. He is giving up football for track and field and trying to make the upcoming 2012 Olympics team. He might have been the fastest player in Indianapolis, but now we will never know for sure.

According to the description on the NFL Network Scouting Combine home page:

The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the Combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Now that we know what we’re looking for, let’s predict the top 16 fastest players at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. See inside for the rundown.

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