Speed kills, especially in the NFL. The game continues to get faster every year, and as a result, the emphasis scouts place on speed when evaluating prospects becomes greater over time.
That is why NFL scouts will be paying attention to the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, when the athletes will showcase their straight-line speed.
Times in the 40 are certainly overrated by many. A player rarely runs 40 yards in a straight line in a game; therefore, evaluations of actual game speed must come from game tape.
That said, in a league where dual-threat quarterbacks and vertical passing attacks are becoming the norm, the measurable speed of draft prospects simply cannot be ignored.
The scouts will especially take notice on Sunday, when the running backs and wide receivers hit the starting line, and Tuesday, when the defensive backs run. All of the fastest 40-yard dash times will most likely be run within those groups.
In the following slides, we take a look at who could rank among the 10 fastest players in Indianapolis.