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Old 06-02-2007, 01:51 PM    (permalink
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Default Floyd Reese's take on Devin Hester's speed

Said in this article, in comparing Hester and his switch to WR to Derrick Mason, that he did not have world class speed.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/column...oyd&id=2885758

I'm at a loss for an explanation. Hester runs a sub 4.3 and looks every bit that fast on the field. His ability to explode through a tight crease is second to none.
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Hester obviously has elite speed, but where does this "sub-4.3" stuff come from?

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he ran a 4.27 at pro day..
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i thought he ran 4.5's at the combine, and later said he was nervous, then had a great pro day
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yea, i remember dg saying a few times he ran a 4.27 at his proday.
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That's weird cause Reese wanted to drafted Hester at 37 (or something like that) and was talked out of it by Jeff Fisher who wanted to take Lendale White. He never fails to mention that when either Hester or White's name is brought up.
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He never fails to mention that when either Hester or White's name is brought up.
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A last-second plea by the coaches stopped the selection. Not once in my career had I ever taken a name off the board on draft day and not made the selection. Four issues affected my decision:

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4. We had a Pro Bowl-caliber returner in Pacman Jones.
Hmm. He sounds defensive.
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Hester is like Steve Smith, he's no where near the fastest runner in a straight line and probably not even top 10.

Its Smith's lateral movement which is faster than anyone else in the league that makes him special. No one can keep pace with him when he's moving laterally or accelerating.

Hester is the same type of speed, where he's ridiculously quick, but not rediculously fast.
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Hester is like Steve Smith, he's no where near the fastest runner in a straight line and probably not even top 10.

Its Smith's lateral movement which is faster than anyone else in the league that makes him special. No one can keep pace with him when he's moving laterally or accelerating.

Hester is the same type of speed, where he's ridiculously quick, but not rediculously fast.
Yep.

Marvin Harrison has it too. But he makes it look a LOT easier then Smith and Hester do. They make multiple cuts and then lose the guy. Then they turn on the afterburners and the guys won't catch up.

Meanwhile, Harrison goes vertical, makes one deceptive double-move and makes the corner look like a damn fool, and doesn't HAVE to turn on the afterburners.
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Hester is like Steve Smith, he's no where near the fastest runner in a straight line and probably not even top 10.

Its Smith's lateral movement which is faster than anyone else in the league that makes him special. No one can keep pace with him when he's moving laterally or accelerating.

Hester is the same type of speed, where he's ridiculously quick, but not rediculously fast.
Except for the fact that Hester is also ridiculously fast in a line, as well as laterally.
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Hester is like Steve Smith, he's no where near the fastest runner in a straight line and probably not even top 10.

Its Smith's lateral movement which is faster than anyone else in the league that makes him special. No one can keep pace with him when he's moving laterally or accelerating.

Hester is the same type of speed, where he's ridiculously quick, but not rediculously fast.
well that is just straight up stupid

hester is very fast in a straight line and laterally and it would be hard for me to think of 5 people that could beat hester in a foot race.

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well that is just straight up stupid

hester is very fast in a straight line and laterally and it would be hard for me to think of 5 people that could beat hester in a foot race.

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Fabian Washington, Michael Vick, DeAngelo hall, Allen Rossum, Reggie Bush. That's 5.
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Vick isn't faster than Devin Hester.
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Vick has been recorded as running a 4.25 Last I checked 4.25 was lower than 4.27 therefore faster...
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The 40 yard dash has to do with technique too. It's not all speed.
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Michael Bennett was faster than Hester coming out of college. Not sure how fast he is now though.
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Either way, Reese was essentially equating Hester's speed with Mason's. Mason, in his prime, probably was in the high 4.48-4.52 range. He was an effective return man and receiver because he had a quick burst, was shifty and good at finding space to operate in. Hester is shifty too, but his top gear is much, much better.
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Aint that the truth, a few former track coaches have made millions training footballers to run better over 40 yards.
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Maybe some Miami fans can correct me, but wasn't Hester pretty much terrible at wideout for the Hurricanes? I know he wasn't at the position for long, but I heard some pretty bad things about him after making the switch from defense.

I don't know, I'd be surprised if he ever has more offensive impact than Dante Hall ever had.
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He was pretty useless, he could possibly convert but it would take a godlike coach and if Chicago's other WRs are any indication they're not exactly the best coaches in that area.
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The 4.25 was at Virginia Tech. Add maybe .10 to it or more, and you would get a legit time.
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I don't know, I'd be surprised if he ever has more offensive impact than Daunte Hall ever had.
You must be absolutely stunned right now then. Hester's 2006 was superior to any season Dante Hall put together.
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Actually he was referring to receiving...
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