Hello Ravens/Other football fans. Speed on offense can help in many ways but in the end does it really matter? Is it the key to solve every problem? And is it the main reason why a player is so good? The NFL seems to value speed a whole lot and in most cases for a young rookie whom trying to enter into professional football through NFL draft can see his stock rise or fall depending on his 40 time.
Jerry Rice whom is now recognize as the greatest wide receiver of all time had a 40 time of 4.71 and there were definitely teams that were wary of his speed and some were skeptical in thinking he was worthy of being drafted in the first round because of it but the 49ers still took a chance on him by trading up in the first round to draft him. Jerry Rice didn’t have blazing speed like Torrey Smith, Randy Moss, and etc. but was still able to be dominate for many years in the NFL but what was the reason for this? How was a receiver that was consider to be slow able to beat so many good cornerbacks in the NFL?
The NFL has definitely changed since Jerry Rice has played in it but can the need for speed be contributed to an idea that maybe receivers are not as smart route runners/hard workers as they were in the past? which may lead to teams needing receivers to beat opposing defenses due to speed/physique alone a lot more or is it just that Speed is just great to have?. Anquan Boldin whom ran 4.72 4O yard time turn out to be a dominate wide receiver and also became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 600 receptions.
In 2013 NFL Draft two very fast wideouts such as Tavon Austin( 40 time 4.34) and Cordarrelle Patterson (40 time 4.33) were drafted in the first round but does their speed mean they will be great receivers in the future or become an instant force for their team right away in their rookie year? Speed does kills but it can’t be everything because a young wide receiver by the name of Deonte Thompson ran a 40 time of 4.29 was not drafted at all last year during the 2012 NFL Draft. Deonte Thompson is currently in the mix to become The Baltimore Ravens # 3 wide receiver and he's competition is mostly against Tandon Doss. Tandon Doss is a receiver that had a 40 time of 4.62 and it's something to keep in mind as Ravens Fans look forward towards this year preseason/regular season because in the end Tandon vs Deonte may answer everything but any way is speed the only thing that matters?