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Old 02-24-2013   #66
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Originally Posted by IDEXAN View Post
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.
Nope. NFL Network uses a single source for unofficial times, and it's not agents/college coaches/relatives.

"Official" times are started on first movement -- any movement, even if it it not forward. Some guys move their off hand first, or rock backward. That is why "official" times are typically higher, very rarely lower.

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Want to know what NFL teams consider an official 40 time? The one their guy with their stopwatch brings back to them. Many teams use the exact same scout for 40 times year in and year out and trust his index finger more than anyone in the business. They go through pains to keep the same stopwatch in working condition and make sure he's standing in the same spot every year.

Teams could care less what an "official" time from the combine is.
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Those who participate in the 40 run twice, and on each run they are timed by two hand-held stopwatches and one electronic timer (that is actually initiated by hand on the player's first movement). Combine data put together for NFL teams by National Scouting includes all six of those times for each player, but no single official time.
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