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Yeah this makes Sense. The guys opted out probably can produce good number on these drills. I Wonder how they practice during the year. I remember epenesa looking not good at the combine but quit fast in the games. So there is a difference between speed and actual game speed as you mentioned. But it gives a good impression for teams to see how Athletic this Player can be, cause every dude is practicing the same stuff so if one DE runs and moves faster than another at the same size it implies to me that this dude is more Athletic or trained harder idk. Of course it Depends on the position as you said the NT class won't be running 40 yards a lot on gameday.The big problem is guys go too fast. That drill is all about efficiency. Any wasted steps or slips and you're done so it's better to go 90 mph instead of 100 imo for that very reason. One reason you can't live off these drills. Guys Will practice it over and over to get good times doing stuff you'll never do on the field.
Like the 40. All of a sudden players are taught to run like sprinters bc that'll get them the fast time. Doing that you're bending over and almost looking at the ground slowly standing up as you accelerate. You'll never drop your eyes in a game or pay the price if you do.