Originally Posted by Playoffs
I've heard the official times are always slow and not used by scouts. Supposedly unofficial are more realistic, but hand times by scouts are the standard and often lower. So I go by "unofficial" times.
We'll get pro day times that'll tell the tale.
Unofficial times are just that, times recorded by the participants agents, college coachs, and friends & relatives with an agenda to elevate the players Draft stock as much as possible. And they are also hand-timed which means they almost always overstate performace, a favorite ploy by NFL Network personnel to hype the performances and thereby stimulate cable viewership.
On the other hand, official times are electronically recorded which means they are objective and consistent and therefor more reliable and fair than the unofficial versions.