Wideouts Blaze At Combine

Looking for a speedy wide receiver? Here were some of the fastest 40s from the combine.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, February 27th, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Categories: 2011 NFL Combine, Ryan Mink

If the Ravens are looking to infuse speed into their wide receiver corps, they’ll have a number of burners to choose from.

A couple small-school wide receivers posted the fastest times in Sunday’s 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, followed by a few big names you may recognize.

Maryland’s Torrey Smith, who has been linked to Baltimore in multiple mock drafts, posted a 4.43 40-yard dash. It was the fourth-fastest time among wide receivers at the combine.

Smith’s first run was unofficially clocked at 4.37 seconds, but was later officially changed. He unofficially ran a 4.46 in his second crack at the event.

The time solidifies Smith’s status as one of the draft’s premier vertical threats, which he also showcased later in position drills despite reportedly having some pain.

As Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta predicted, Abilene Christian’s Edmund Gates was lightning-fast. Gates recorded the fastest time at the Combine thus far with a 4.37. He was later tied by Fort Valley State’s Ricardo Lockette.

Alabama’s Julio Jones, who lit up the Combine in several events, posted a 4.39 40-yard dash. He is widely seen as the No. 2 wideout behind A.J. Green of Georgia, who logged a 4.50.

Of note, Miami’s Leonard Hankerson ran a 4.43, which helps diffuse some of the thoughts that he was only a possession receiver. Boise State’s Titus Young, who has been touted as a poor man’s DeSean Jackson on the NFL Network telecast, unofficially also posted a 4.43.

Kentucky’s all-purpose wideout Randall Cobb notched a 4.46 and Pittsburgh’s big-man Jonathan Baldwin ran a 4.50.

Speed isn’t everything, however. Two years ago, Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey led all participants with a 4.30 40-yard dash. He was selected early in the first round, but has 35 career receptions in two seasons since for the Oakland Raiders.

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