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SEC high school vs. NFL Combine 40 times

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SBNation had a fascinating accumulation of players’ 40 times from high school compared to the times in the NFL Combine.

Fifty-five players from the SEC ran the 40, and only 17 shaved their 40 times while in college. The average high school 40 time was 4.663, compared to their average combine 40 time 4.7285. They added an average of nearly .07 on their 40 time. But the linemen were the ones who suffered the most.


PLAYER COLLEGE POS NFL 40 HS 40 DIFF
P.J. Lonergan LSU OL 5.38 4.78 0.6
Kwame Geathers Georgia DL 5.44 5 0.44
D.J. Fluker Alabama OL 5.31 4.9 0.41
Sam Montgomery LSU DL 4.81 4.44 0.37
Sheldon Richardson Missouri DL 5.02 4.72 0.3
Josh Boyd Mississippi State DL 5.14 4.85 0.29
DeVonte Holloman South Carolina LB 4.76 4.5 0.26
T.J. Moe Missouri WR 4.74 4.5 0.24
D.J. Swearinger South Carolina S 4.67 4.44 0.23
Jordan Reed Florida TE 4.72 4.5 0.22
Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn TE 4.94 4.73 0.21
Kevin Minter LSU LB 4.81 4.6 0.21
Damontre Moore Texas A&M DL 4.95 4.74 0.21
Tyler Wilson Arkansas QB 4.95 4.75 0.2
Justice Cunningham South Carolina TE 4.94 4.78 0.16
Jonathan Stewart Texas A&M LB 4.68 4.52 0.16
Josh Evans Florida S 4.58 4.43 0.15
Mike Gillislee Florida RB 4.55 4.4 0.15
Alec Ogletree Georgia LB 4.7 4.55 0.15
Sean Porter Texas A&M LB 4.75 4.6 0.15
T.J. Johnson South Carolina OL 5.33 5.2 0.13
Luke Joeckel Texas A&M OL 5.3 5.2 0.1
Matt Elam Florida S 4.54 4.45 0.09
Christine Michael Texas A&M RB 4.54 4.45 0.09
Robert Lester Alabama S 4.66 4.59 0.07
Zaviar Gooden Missouri LB 4.47 4.4 0.07
Tavarres King Georgia WR 4.47 4.41 0.06
Mychal Rivera Tennessee TE 4.81 4.75 0.06
Zac Stacy Vanderbilt RB 4.55 4.5 0.05
Cornelius Washington Georgia LB 4.55 4.51 0.04
Ace Sanders South Carolina WR 4.58 4.54 0.04
Justin Hunter Tennessee WR 4.44 4.4 0.04
Barkevious Mingo LSU DL 4.58 4.55 0.03
Dee Milliner Alabama DB 4.37 4.35 0.02
Jon Bostic Florida LB 4.61 4.59 0.02
Devin Taylor South Carolina DL 4.72 4.7 0.02
Tharold Simon LSU DB 4.51 4.5 0.01
Cobi Hamilton Arkansas WR 4.56 4.56 0
Chance Warmack Alabama OL 5.49 5.5 -0.01
Darius Slay Mississippi State DB 4.36 4.37 -0.01
Shawn Williams Georgia S 4.46 4.5 -0.04
Onterio McCalebb Auburn RB 4.34 4.4 -0.06
Michael Ford LSU RB 4.5 4.56 -0.06
Eric Reid LSU S 4.53 4.6 -0.07
Ryan Swope Texas A&M WR 4.34 4.41 -0.07
Sanders Commings Georgia DB 4.41 4.5 -0.09
Chris Gragg Arkansas TE 4.5 4.6 -0.1
Lavar Edwards LSU DL 4.8 4.9 -0.1
Tyrann Mathieu LSU DB 4.5 4.62 -0.12
Knile Davis Arkansas RB 4.37 4.5 -0.13
Michael Williams Alabama TE 4.52 4.7 -0.18
Sharrif Floyd Florida DL 4.92 5.12 -0.2
Alvin Bailey Arkansas OL 4.95 5.3 -0.35
Tyler Bray Tennessee QB 5.05 5.45 -0.4
Corey Lemonier Auburn DL 4.6 5.06 -0.46

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  1. I think anything under .3 is kind of like ‘margin of error’. Playing football in high school I know that 40 times can fluctuate, of course. Some dashes you just fly by and some you don’t. Also, I know some (but not all) of these players did put on some weight when they came into college and that has a little to do with it as well. Do some players doctor their numbers? Of course.