- (According to Jamie Newberg, a college recruiting analyst for Rivals.com): "I think too much emphasis is placed on it. There are a lot of kids who look like Tarzan, but they play like Jane."
There are also cases where it's the other way around. The histories of the NFL and college football are full of examples of players who excelled despite slow 40 times. The two biggest examples are Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, both of whom were generally credited with times of about 4.7, slow for an NFL receiver or running back.
Smith, of course, is the NFL's all-time leading rusher, and Rice owns most of the league's receiving records.