THE 40 YARD DASH
The 40 Yard Dash can be broken down into 3 distinct parts: the Drive, the Transition, and Top Speed. The Drive is basically the first 7 steps or so right off the line. Good form is to explode out of the line at a 45 degree angle. Bad form is to jump straight up, and then run forward.
The Transition is the middle part of the sprint. This phase is kind of like 2nd-4th gear in a car. You are basically just trying to get up to top speed.
Top Speed is a little bit of a misnomer because sprinters usually cannot achieve top speed in 40 yards. Most athletes don't reach maximum top speed until at least 55 yards. For this reason, good form is to pretend like you are running a 60 yard dash so that you are continuing to accelerate THROUGH the finish line. This fact explains why some players have what is called "deep speed". Some players like Terrell Owens may not be fast between 0-40 yards, but between 40-60 yards they start to run past cornerbacks. And this is another reason why Usain Bolt's top speed of 27 miles per hour occurs AFTER the first 40 yards.
Welcome to the 40 Yard Dash website. In this website you will find 40 yard dash times for most current NFL Players. In addition, we also include many more athletic measurables such as the vertical leap, the broad jump, the bench press, cone drills, shuttle runs, and much more. We even include Wonderlic Scores for many players including starting NFL Quarterbacks.
You will find all 32 NFL Team pages organized with all the players with their individual measurables. You may notice that there may be discrepancies between published 40 yard times amongst the players. Our policy is to publish the best 40 yard time of the players. We do this to avoid confusion and to try to standardize our publishing.
You should know that many players have several different recorded 40 yard times. Players may run the 40 yard dash at Pro Day, the NFL Scouting Combine, sometimes in preseason Training Camp, and in individual workouts by scouts. Oftentimes, throughout the scouting process, players learn how to improve their stock by working on technique to improve their 40 times. Through rigorous attention to technique, many players can quickly shave one to two tenths of a second off their 40 yard dash time. Some players even resort to losing several pounds to improve their speed.
In any event we hope you enjoy our website. And if you find this website fun and useful, we encourage you to tell a friend. And if there are any items you would like us to consider for future reference please let us know.
We will also be rolling out a forum for NFL Fans to discuss their favorite topics of interest. And also don't forget to check out our two blogs on the 40. Have fun!
The 40 Yard Dash Blog
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