NFL Combine Results 2012: 5 40 Times That Teams Should Just Ignore

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 26, 2012

NFL Combine Results 2012: 5 40 Times That Teams Should Just Ignore

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    If you want to be successful in the NFL, well then you have to be fast.

    However, let's be realistic for a second. How many times do you see a player running in a straight line for 40 yards? Not too often—and that's why the 40-yard dash can be deceptive sometimes.

    With that being said, here are five 40-yard dash times that teams should just ignore heading into April. 

Tommy Streeter

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    Miami's Tommy Streeter may have a ton of potential, but the way I look at it is that he's too much of a "track star."

    Streeter started only one year at Miami and was shaky at times, but his impressive 6'5" frame is appealing which could make him a nice developmental project. 

    The way I look at Streeter is that he's extremely fast as he clocked in at a 4.4 for the 40-yard dash but still has a lot more developing to do in order to be a successful NFL wide receiver. 

Chris Owusu

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    Chris Owusu had a solid career at Stanford as he was a reliable wide receiver and a pretty effective return man.

    Owusu ran a blazing 4.36 40-yard dash this Sunday but is simply too much of a "track star" and has a bad injury past. 

    Owusu may have talent, but he's too inconsistent when it comes to injuries and that should be a major concern for NFL franchises. 

Travis Benjamin

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    Travis Benjamin ran an incredible 4.36 40-yard dash but is extremely undersized. 

    Benjamin appears to have zero fat on his body as he weighs only 172 lbs—and that's going to be a huge problem in the NFL. 

    The only reason why he's so fast is because he's so light, but that is going to be come back and hurt him throughout his NFL career. 

Devon Wylie

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    Devon Wylie ran an impressive 4.39 40-yard dash time, but teams should overlook that.

    The Fresno St. product is a bit of a liability as his entire collegiate career has been hampered with injuries, and that's one reason why NFL teams should not look his way. 

T.J. Graham

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    N.C. State wide receiver T.J. Graham is pretty undersized which certainly contributes to his blazing 4.41 40-yard dash time.

    While at N.C. State, Graham was strictly used as a deep threat as he's a bit restricted because he doesn't run the entire route tree.

    Being extremely fast doesn't necessarily guarantee you success at the NFL level.