i thought it was interesting that while they could offer a contract to the fastest, they couldn't advertise or promote at the combine, because it is sponsered by Under Armor (I think that's who it was).
Adidas to Offer Shoe Deal to Fastest 40 (EDIT: & Combine Open Thread)
I don't think Denard is going to be as fast as a lot of people are expecting.
I think he was fast in pads, and had good side to side movement, but his straight-line speed wasn't near as fast as everyone gave him credit for this year. Not saying he wasn't fast, he was, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was 4.5ish, or somewhere along those lines. Could be wrong though
run as fast a Junior Hemingway from last year?
way off. nice job Denard
Since "the Fort" is back, we'll probably never know the full extent of the injuries Denard played through. He certainly seemed to be faster in the spring and at the beginning of the season most years than he was in the second half of the season.
We know his arm is still bothering him, but I think a couple of months may have put some "spring" back in his legs. The great upside here is that if he does catch on in the NFL, he won't be the focus of nearly as many plays as he was at Michigan, and might not "break down" at the end of the season in the NFL.
If we ever found out how many injuries Denard has hidden from the public, I have a feeling we'd all like him even more than we do now for playing through them.
that's attempt #1 and after a restart.
4.45 on 2nd attempt.
Hand timed, but it'll be no worse than 4.4.
He's just as fast as we thought.
I'd expect his 2nd attempt to be faster.
The official time is a 4.43, which is slower than the 4.2 and 4.3 scores that many people were expecting.
Also, his second time was supposedly slower.
More hype to the overhyped.
Denard will run under 4.5.
The NFL probably knows Denard is fast. He needs to show he has good hands.
And Denard may be quicker/shiftier than he is fast. But he is still very fast.
I like to think of him as a Peter Warrick type athlete(i.w. not WR)...Not elite speed, but fast enough where once his amazing quickness/shiftyness and acceleration gets him open, he won't be caught from behind....
I guess, 4.41
Denard definitely has elite speed.
4.31 Denard prediction.
I think he comes in 2nd. Winner runs a 4.29.
I meant to say the winner runs a 4.25.
4.34 - Denard
4.25 - fastest
Goodwin will be interesting to see in the broad jump to see if he actually sets the all time best.
Well Austin just ran a 4.25 (hand timed) on first attempt. That's pretty good...might be enough for a shoe deal.
EDIT: Goodwin matched him at 4.25
You have to give out two sho deals now.
9.4 m/s is insane. Let's take a typical commuter car, 2010 Ford Focus. It has a quarter mile time of 16.1 s, which amounts to an average speed of 24.8 m/s. Goodwin and Austin ran ~38% of that average speed.
They taped a cheetah to their backs.
His 2nd run was cancelled after the sonic boom destroyed the measuring equipment on the first run.
His group starts running at 11 AM.
Is there a live stream somewhere?
Austin and Goodwin superimposed GIF
For dude in blue. Looks like he was getting faster.
Denard won't win this. He's very fast, but his most impressive attributes are his quickness, agility, and speed in pads.
Looks like the real winner is second place then
The real winners are people that don't have to wear terrible, Nike.
Did anyone just catch Denard's vert? Couldn't get sound but he looked disappointed.
Random black guy with dreads = Denard Robinson
Coverage of him getting into zone, lying down with his earphones on.
I know who he is. Prior to actually showing Denard they showed someone else and the announcers called that guy Denard Robinson a few times before they actually showed Denard.
Enjoyed your comment, actually, so thought it a good place to add his number so those watching would know the running order.
So what is Usain Bolts 40?
4.45 and a 4.42, and he's quicker off the blocks than Bolt is. Obviously it's not a perfect comparison, and maybe Bolt would be quicker without competing against other guys with great technique off the blocks, but if you go with Gatlin being slightly quicker with less top-end speed that puts Bolt right in the mid 4.4s.
When that whole conversation was happening, it was calculated to be 4.29, however, Usain Bolt's acceleration is not great, so that might be a bit low.
Austin probably won't be topped.
Denard's group running now.
Goodwin 4.17 official!? Wow!
It was unofficial and handtimed. Currently he's listed at a 4.25 with Tavon Austin. Some people had him at 4.19 (not 4.17).
Usually your official time goes up a little bit. I'd say He'd be a 4.26 or 4.27 when it's official.
Several clocks had him at 4.17 as well.
That is just insane!
Fastest college QB ever?
Fastest qb time was a 4.35 by Reggie Mcneal
Hell yeah Denard! I never doubted him.
He smoked the other quarterbacks...
Magnus, I thought you said he was gonna disappoint?
Well, there were plenty of clowns around the internet who expected him to win the thing. I'm guessing they're disappointed.
True. Magnus knows a lot more about football than I do so I was just having fun!
A 4.43 is not a phenomenal time. It's a very good time, yeah, but he's not the fastest person in the universe and didn't challenge the times of Chris Johnson, Jacoby Ford, etc.
a 4.34 at the first attempt, good for 3rd overall.
A 4.34 forty unofficial.... Faster than I expected
Denard runs a 4.34 in the 40!
awesome first run!
I can't believe people are surprised Denard ran that fast and are saying he is more quick than fast...what team were you watching the last four years? Not surprised!
I would've been surprised if he ran 4.25 like Austin and Goodwin, but Denard runs a 4.3-4.4 with ease.
The kid was on the Michigan track team, not sure why we act like we've never seen him run before.
I think his 2nd attempt will be fast. I expect him to run closer to 4.3 flat (hand timed).
He was a track athlete. These 40 dash runs have a lot to do with running form. Remember when Manningham stood straight up at the start and had a crap time? Poor form.
...coming up next.
...kind of a fun little game if you have a stop watch or a cell phone with a stopwatch.
Are these false starts/stumbles a result of different form from track running?
The clock starts on the runner, so you can't really false start. What's happening is when the arm goes up, you have to hold it for "3 counts" before you can run. Denard and others were going and soon as the arm went up and that's why they got stopped.
The stumbles are probably jus nerves and the fact that this is unorthodox in nature. You'll never run like this again in your life. And you'll never just take off trying to run as fast as you can with nothing else in mind. At lot of these guys are just trying too hard to get everything perfect.
He ran a 4.45 for his second attempt.
Second time : 4.45
Denard's second attempt: 4.45
Seemed to be too tight and short stepped midway down the runway rather than extending.
On his second try, in case you haven't heard. Oh yeah, he just ran his second attempt, it was a 4.45 in the 40...I will post as soon as I hear about his second attempt, should be around 4.45, if I had to guess
Denard compared to Jordy Nelson on the back-hip catch.
I'd love to see him in RB drills. I've always felt his role in the NFL will be in a Percy Harvin/Dexter McCluster type role.
KR/PR, slot...but not Welker slot. Bubble screen, quick screen, short crossing route slot and speed RB plays. Then also some Wilcat.
He's a player that I'd try to get the ball 10-15 times a game. Rarely down the field (although I would send him on a "go" route 1-2 times a game to see if he can get behind the defense). Just get the ball in his hands and let him get as many yards as he can.
Get him the ball in the backfield in a variety of ways and he will produce but I just don't see him going downfield and running routes.
Any of you expert football scouts get any more out of that? How'd his hands look? Wish the cameras had stayed on him instead of the ball boy.
He cradle caught all the passes. Probably not a good sign.
Mike Mayock is a douche bag.