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February 28, 2010

Clemson WR Ford betters 4.3 in 40 at combine

INDIANAPOLIS -- Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford ran a pair of blazing 40-yard dash times in testing this morning at the NFL combine. He was timed unofficially at 4.28 and 4.27 seconds, respectfully, according to the NFL Network.

Later today, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller will take his turn at the 40.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 28, 2010 at 09:48 AM | Permalink


we should take a look at him

Posted by: truthbtold4 | Feb 28, 2010 10:23:19 AM

For the Staff Writers and Expecially The Carolina Panthers Braintrust, I recognize that most of the fanbase doesn't get to see what goes on behind the scenes, BUT, the impression that most are left with is that the team negotiates with no one, the team discloses no information, the team does not speak with the media. THERE IS A HUGE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!!!! I don't believe that the team should conduct their business in the media. That is good business. Stonewalling an entire fanbase is terrible business. Just Saying!

Posted by: Steve C | Feb 28, 2010 10:29:43 AM

Steve C- shut up

Posted by: rico | Feb 28, 2010 12:02:38 PM

Smith said he wanted a faster reciever than him on the other side. But speed isn't everything.

Posted by: raising kane | Feb 28, 2010 2:17:19 PM

4.27---dang, that's impressive.

But...can he be a true receiver?

Posted by: TP | Feb 28, 2010 2:40:59 PM

Mwahaha! Knew it! :D

See, this is news I like! The Panthers need a good receiver, and I've been singing Jacoby Ford's praises since he first came to Clemson

This kid is going to be something special! He's one of those players that can play on day one and be a deep throw threat down the field. I love the way he plays. I love the attitude that he brings to the football field. He's a true football player.

Posted by: Revshawn | Feb 28, 2010 3:05:19 PM

Been saying for the last 2 months. Jacoby is our receiver along side Smith..

Posted by: PantherFanD | Feb 28, 2010 3:38:08 PM

Ford has track speed. Ford wasn't even that impressive as a WR overall at the college level......too many look at speed.

Posted by: aguynamedguy | Feb 28, 2010 6:25:47 PM

Maybe in the third-fifth round we can take a look at dezmon briscoe from KU. He's got pretty good strength and looks like an NFL type body, not quite the 4.3 speed but still a good value pick.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Feb 28, 2010 6:46:23 PM

No way Ford is not that good at all. Maybe for a fifth rounder.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 1, 2010 12:00:56 AM

Fast does not necessarily equal good. Case in point, 2008 top 40 times are listed:

1. Branch, Tyvon - 4.24 seconds
2. King, Justin - 4.29
3. Bowman, Zackary - 4.34
4. McKelvin, Leodis - 4.35
5. Franklin, Will - 4.37
6. Jackson, Dexter - 4.37
7. Godfrey, Charles - 4.45
8. Grice-Mullen, Ryan - 4.46
9. Simpson, Jerome - 4.47
10. Reynaud, Darius - 4.47
11. Stewart, Jonathan - 4.48
12. Choice, Tashard - 4.52
13. Purify, Maurice - 4.53
14. Groves, Quentin - 4.57
15. Keglar, Stanford - 4.58

So where are they now? Other than JStew of course.

Posted by: Chunkylover519 | Mar 1, 2010 7:58:29 AM

speed is not everything ,BUT, it is a big part of being a wideout. you can teach route running,etc but you cannot teach speed.i would not even look at a receiver who runs a 4.6 or worse. briscoe ran a 4.6 and hes only 200 lbs. the only guys who were at the combine who might be available when we draft and are fast are...

1.arrelius benn 215 lbs 4.48 forty
2.marty gilyard 180 4.55
3.jacoby ford 180 4.28
4.carlton mitchell 205 4.44
5.brandon shipley 4.57
6. mike williams 4.49 char issues
7. damian williams ( u.s.c) ? 4.53
id rather stay away from u.s.c wideouts.

eric decker,shay hodge and dem thomas didnt work out.

Posted by: raydaz | Mar 1, 2010 12:06:46 PM

Speed is good, but can this guy run good routes, separate and catch the food on a consistent basis? Without those elements, speed doesn't mean anything.

Posted by: Kevin | Mar 1, 2010 12:18:49 PM

like i said ,you can teach route running,blocking technique etc they can interview coaches and give i.q tests. we dont have access to that info and nobody knows what is inside your heart as far as desire. if a player does o.k in those areas i would look at his level of competition that he played against and his speed .

Posted by: raydaz | Mar 1, 2010 12:42:28 PM

It doesn't matter because once Al Davis has his say he will be long gone by the second round.

Posted by: Jake | Mar 1, 2010 4:00:52 PM

If you are only going for a productive WR, who impressed at the Combine with Speed und Agility ... you dont have to go far.
We got Dexter Jackson on our practice squad. He ran a 4.37 (as listed above) in 2008 and showed alot of potential. The only difference between Ford and Jackson is the level of competition they played in. I wouldnt take Ford with the 2nd Round Pick, since there are other, similar types of players available in the later rounds.

Posted by: Krueger | Mar 1, 2010 5:46:57 PM

Um, Anquan Boldin and Jerry Rice both ran 4.6's.

The fact is, while every advantage matters, your talking about a freaking split second that makes the difference, in a 40 yard dash you run TWO TIMES.

Briscoe may not look good on paper but he does have a muscular build and performed very well at the collegiate level unlike For. Wouldn't be unhappy with Gilyard but why do we need another small guy? I'd rather get a big tall player.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 1, 2010 6:42:53 PM

Charles Godfrey went to the Panthers. I think he's a starting safety lol.

Posted by: Virman | Mar 1, 2010 6:48:39 PM

The problem with this is that anyone who has a good combine, want be around when the Panthers get to there first pick.

Posted by: sawdusttv | Mar 1, 2010 7:30:54 PM

We should consider Gilyard in the 2nd round considering we have ABSOLUTELY NO ONE that can return a punt or kickoff. That is definitely a position that has to be addressed this offseason. I think we should entertain Shipley from Texas which could be a great value if he slides to the 4th round.

As much as we need a 2nd receiver we need a returner more if we continue to play Fox's field position game...

Posted by: RHackney | Mar 1, 2010 10:56:41 PM

Trade D. Williams for a 1st round pick and grab CJ Spiller in the draft.

Posted by: T sto | Mar 2, 2010 12:29:26 AM

Trade D. Williams for a 1st round pick and grab CJ Spiller in the draft.

Posted by: T sto | Mar 2, 2010 12:29:26 AM

Are you retarded?

Posted by: Mr Bernz | Mar 2, 2010 2:42:10 AM

@ T sto

Thats has to be the most retarded statement of all time.

We have the best damn RB tandem in the league, but u want to trade 1 of them to get Spiller. Get the f##k out of here.

If they were to trade Williams, they want a 1st,3rd, and a 6th round. We have 2 good quality RB in Goodson/Sutton. Why draft another u idiot?

Posted by: josh smith | Mar 2, 2010 1:19:43 PM

We actually have 3 of those guys in your 15 top 40's on our team.Charles Godfrey, Stewart and Dexter Jackson. So it's obvious that carolina is addicted to speed just as much as al davis. Our top need is kr/pr/wr. And Jacoby Ford can fill all three of those positions. I'm just afraid of getting a wr as much as anyone who has realized how there are so many wr busts in the first couple of rounds. But even if he doesn't become a great wr, there is no doubt in my mind, he won't make our special teams better than it was last year and that is a positive draft in my book. 2nd round pick this year- Jacoby Ford if he is still there, 3rd pick- Linebacker to back up davis and nail diggs, 4th round- Guard, other rounds, qb and and a ot or cb

Posted by: steve w | Mar 2, 2010 3:42:49 PM

the panthers will probably cross us all up and draft a center from slippery rock state#1.

Posted by: raydaz | Mar 2, 2010 5:43:56 PM

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