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Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Combine 40's: What state is the fastest?


Posted by Bryan Fischer


Ask anybody who has played football (or coached or even watched it for that matter) how many times they have run 40 yards at full speed and they can probably give you the number with one hand. Testing for players has revolved around the 40 yard dash for some time however and at this past week's NFL Combine, no drill received more attention from the public than how fast Robert Griffin III or Dre Kirkpatrick flew down the sideline at Lucas Oil Stadium. While it's probably not something we'll see in a game, it definitely does give us some idea of who's fast and who's, um, average.

With that in mind, the blog crunched the numbers of all of the players who ran in Indianapolis and sorted them in various ways. The Eye on College Football will have a breakdown as to how each conference did in the drill but we're going to focus on where the players come from. Using the hometown listed in each player's bio on their school website, we were able to figure out which state was the fastest in the 40 yard dash at the combine and what area produced the fastest players. It's no surprise to see some of the states near the top of the list but it was to see others in the middle of the pack. Keep in mind this isn't data that is conclusive but let's just say that Nick Saban was not lacking for speed on Saturday's with his skill position group at Alabama.

Below is the list by state. Obviously numbers can be skewed based on the number of linemen invited and other factors such as that. The list above has only states with more than two players who ran the 40 by the way. Skill position data did not include quarterbacks, offensive and defensive linemen. The top official 40 time of each player was obtained directly from the NFL Combine website. CBSSports.com has imported all of this data and made it easily sortable if you want to check out the numbers directly.

40 Average (All players)
State Average
S. Carolina 4.57
Arkansas 4.59
Tennessee 4.65
Michigan 4.67
Florida 4.68
Virginia 4.69
Louisiana 4.76
Ohio 4.78
Georgia 4.79
Nevada 4.79
Texas 4.79
New Jersey 4.80
Pennsylvania 4.83
California 4.85
Mississippi 4.87
N. Carolina 4.90
Illinois 4.95
Idaho 4.99
Alabama 5.01
Washington 5.12
Wisconsin 5.12
40 Average (Skill positions only)
State Average
Alabama 4.51
Arkansas 4.51
Florida 4.57
Georgia 4.57
Michigan 4.57
S. Carolina 4.57
Tennessee 4.57
New Jersey 4.57
Ohio 4.60
Louisiana 4.61
Texas 4.61
Pennsylvania 4.62
Mississippi 4.63
California 4.65
N. Carolina 4.68
Nevada 4.71








South Carolina and Arkansas are obviously helped by the number of skill position players at the combine and lack of linemen in their group that would up the average. On the other end of the spectrum, you can see that Washington and Wisconsin were linemen heavy, including the Evergreen state having one of the five heaviest players ever at the event. Still, if you're on the look out for some fast wide outs or cornerbacks, I'd check out Alabama, Arkansas or Florida first. No surprise when you look at recruiting to see those areas fueling the SEC and others with plenty of speed to burn.

Now, let's dive further into the data. Need a defensive back? Check out Texas and Florida first, as both had an average time of 4.57 among the 19 guys that ran from the two states. Of the five states with more than two players in the DB group, California had the slowest time with an average of 4.62. Fastest linebackers? From Florida (4.74). Here's every position:

Defensive back average: 4.61. By state: Florida (11 players, 4.57 average), Texas (eight players, 4.57 average), Louisiana (four, 4.58), Georgia (six, 4.60), California (six, 4.62).

Linebacker average: 4.75. By state: Florida (five, 4.74), Texas (four, 4.77), California (four, 4.78)

Running back average: 4.58. By state: Florida (three, 4.51), Texas (three, 4.54), California (seven, 4.63).

Tight end average: 4.74. Offensive line average: 5.35.

Wide receiver average: 4.53. By state: Florida (four, 4.41), California (four, 4.46), Arkansas (three, 4.51), North Carolina (three, 4.57), Texas (four, 4.58), Ohio (four, 4.60).

Defensive line average: 4.98. By state: Georgia (three, 4.84), Ohio (three, 4.92), Florida (three, 4.93), North Carolina (five, 5.05), Texas (seven, 5.08), California (six, 5.14).

Let's look at each region now.

State of Texas
State Average
Texas Average 4.79
Texas Median 4.70
Dallas/Ft. Worth Average 4.69
DFW Median 4.73
Houston Average 4.84
Houston Median 4.67
State of California
State Average
State Average 4.85
State Median 4.75
Bay Area Average 4.69
Los Angeles Average 4.92
Orange County Average 4.72
Sacramento Average 4.88

Based on the numbers, Dallas is faster than Houston. There were 11 players from each metro area that ran the 40.

Though the Bay Area is a touch quicker than the Los Angeles basin, you can dive down into the numbers and see that's largely because there were fewer players from up there (just two). Still, overall, NorCal (4.83 average, 4.64 median) was faster than SoCal (4.87 average, 4.87 median). Among the counties in California it went: Bay Area (two players, 4.69 average), Orange Country (five, 4.72), San Bernardino (four, 4.80), Sacramento area (four, 4.88), Riverside (four, 4.90), Los Angeles (six, 4.92).

Palm Beach/Broward/Dade Counties
State Average
State Average 4.79
State Median 4.70
Palm Beach Average 4.69
Broward Average 4.73
Miami-Dade Average 4.84
There's no question that a major talent-producing area for college football players is down in Miami. The three counties that make up the metro area produced 19 players who ran the 40 in Indianapolis and it's no surprise to see each have an impressive set of numbers. The fastest 40 the entire week was run by Syracuse's Dorian Graham (Plantation, Fla.) at 4.32 and UCF's Josh Robinson was a tick behind him at 4.33 (Sunrise, Fla.), giving Broward the two fastest 40's even if Palm Beach took home the title based on average. An impressive 10 players at the combine were from Miami-Dade alone.

The state as a whole had 31 players run, good for third behind California and Texas (36 each). The average statewide was 4.68 and the median was 4.67. South Florida (4.66 average, 4.65 median) was faster than North Florida (4.72 average, 4.67 median).

What does it all mean? If you're looking to recruit some fast players, Florida is the place to be.

















Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Ranking the decade's top recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

When I saw my colleague Jeff Borzello rank the decade's top basketball recruiting classes, I thought it was such a good idea I decided to steal follow his lead and do the same on the football side.

Little did I know what a tough job it was, first sorting through each class and then deciding where to rank each one. It's much easier on the basketball side from a sheer numbers standpoint too, an issue when you're talking about several thousand more players on the football field versus on the court. It's a fun experiment and a good chance to see just how far recruits from each year panned out however.

There's no set formula for determining where each class ranks, it's too hard to compare one class with a great college player like Tim Tebow with one that has several players who developed into great players later in their careers. So, after looking up and down plenty of recruiting lists, are the decade's top recruiting classes by year. Feel free to disagree and complain in the comments.

1. 2003

Top Players: Reggie Bush, Ernie Sims, Greg Olsen, LaMar Woodley, Chris Leak, Steve Smith, Vernon Davis, Dennis Dixon, Michael Griffin, Sedrick Ellis, JaMarcus Russell, LaRon Landy and Sam Baker among others.

The class of 2003 laid the foundation for four national titles at two different schools (LSU and USC). The headliner looking back is Bush who, though his many records have an * next to them, was among the most electrifying players on the field. Leak and Caldwell led Florida to a national title and Dixon was on his way with Oregon until injuring his knee. LSU also grabbed first-round picks JaMarcus Russell, Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis and LaRon Landry.

2. 2008

Top Players: Terrelle Pryor, DaQuan Bowers, Blaine Gabbert, Julio Jones, Patrick Peterson, Tyron Smith, Marcus Fortson, A.J. Green, Mark Ingram, Terrence Cody, Michael Floyd, Andrew Luck, Jeff Fuller and Corey Liuget among others.

A loaded class at quarterback and wide receiver, 2008 was one of the deepest classes in recent memory and several players are only now wrapping up their college careers. Pryor was the top player coming out of high school and though some people question how he went out, he was nevertheless 31-4 as a starter. It's hard to argue against one of the top NFL prospects in a long time with Luck and Ingram has a Heisman Trophy and national title to his name. With a  strong push from some seniors this season, this class could move into the top spot.

3. 2006

Top players: Percy Harvin, Andre Smith, Beanie Wells, Brandon Spikes, Gerald McCoy, Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford, C.J. Spiller, DeMarco Murray, Jake Locker and Knowshon Moreno among others.

This class is littered with first-round draft picks and big-time college stars. Stafford the top pick in the draft and Harvin helped Tebow win two national championships before both left with plenty of records at Florida. This also was one of the more balanced classes with plenty of talent at multiple positions.

4. 2007

Top players: Eric Berry, Noel Devine, Ryan Mallet, Carlos Dunlap, Marvin Austin, Joe Haden, Dez Bryant, Tyrod Taylor, Rolando McClain, Lee Ziemba, Brian Price, Aaron Hernandez, Steven Garcia, Brian Bulaga and Joe McKnight among others.

Call this the class of misfits for their share of off-the-field issues but there's no denying this was a group of talented players. The top two guys, Jimmy Clausen and McKnight, failed to live up to expectations placed on them but still put together solid careers in college. Price, Austin, Dunlap and others are part of a great defensive line and Berry was one of the top safeties in the last several years.

5. 2009

Top players: Rueben Randle, Russell Shepard, Garrett Gilbert, Matt Barkley, Trent Richardson, Christine Michael, Cliff Harris, Devon Kennard, Vontaze Burfict, Shane Skov, Aaron Murrary, Dre Kirkpatrick, Manti Teo and Alshon Jeffrey among others.

This is still a class that's a work in progress but you can recognize several of these names on all-conference and all-America lists. There's some great running backs in Richardson and Michael among others and Murray and Barkley have been good, young signal-callers. Some elite linebackers in 2009 as well in Teo, Burfict and even Skov at Stanford.

6. 2005

Top players: Derrick Williams, Eugene Monroe, Mark Sanchez, Rey Maualuga, Jonathan Stewart, Darren McFadden, DeSean Jackson, Brian Cushing, Jamal Charles, Malcolm Kelly, Michael Oher, Doug Worthington, Ndamukong Suh, Colt McCoy and Mario Maningham among others.

Look up and down the top 100 recruiting lists and there were a lot of busts but this year still produced a lot of talent that had success. USC grabbed Sanchez, Cushing and Maualuga among others and they led the Trojans to the best four year winning percentage out this group of recruits (just six losses). Texas also found the winningest Division I quarterback in McCoy and Nebraska got one of the most dominant defensive linemen in years in Suh.

7. 2002

Top players: Vince Young, Haloti Ngata, Marcus Vick, Winston Justice, Tamba Hali, Tony Ugoh, Leonard Washington, Reggie McNeal, Eric Winston, Aaron Ross, Maurice Clarrett, A.J. Hawk and Troy Smith among others.

Not a deep group but a collection of college stars that proved they could beat top teams by themselves. Young is the big name after leading Texas to BCS Championship and upsetting USC in a magical run to the title. Clarrett, Hawk and Smith won a title early on and helped the Buckeyes to years of dominance in the regular season later on.

8. 2011

Top players: Jadeveon Clowney, Curtis Grant, Cyrus Kouandjio, Karlos Williams, Charone Peake, Malcolm Brown, James Wilder, Tony Steward, Stephon Tuitt, Colt Lyerla, Aaron Lynch, Nick O'Leary, Jeff Driskel, Savon Huggins, Ray Drew, Brett Hundley and Jaxon Shipley among others.

The players from the 2011 group haven't taken a snap in college yet but read the fall camp reports and you can see why they're higher than other classes. It wasn't a great year for quarterbacks but there were a ton of defensive linemen that will have an impact early, topped by one of the most dominant players in the country (and athletic freak) in Clowney. Lyerla and O'Leary will play early at tight end and Shipley should have fans in Austin thinking he's a mirror image of his older brother.

9. 2004

Top players: Adrian Peterson, Ted Ginn, Calvin Johnson, Early Doucet, Keith Rivers, Chad Henne, Fred Davis, Marshawn Lynch, Zach Miller, Dwayne Jarrett, Glen Dorsey and Michael Bumpus among others.

Peterson burst onto the scene as a freshman and established himself as a top tier running back. Johnson is one of the most athletic wide receivers in the game (some would call him a freak of nature) and he developed in a run-based college offense no less. Doucet and Dorsey had fun in the SEC and Henne was a successful quarterback at Michigan.

10. 2010

Top players: Ronald Powell, Seantrel Henderson, Kennan Allen, Robert Woods, DaRick Rodgers, Marcus Lattimore, Jackson Jeffcoat, Michael Dyer, Jake Heaps, Tony Jefferson, Sharrif Floyd and Jake Matthews among others.

Also a work in progress, were not a ton of impact players outside of Lattimore, Dyer, Heaps and Woods. The two players at the top, Powell and Henderson, have loads of talent but will need battle others to stay on the field. There's time for this group to rise up the list but for now, they're at the bottom.
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