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10 Yard Split

There has been much discussion of adding a pass rushing OLB in the first or second round of the upcoming draft.  Further to that discussion, I found an interesting article from The National Football Post regarding 10 yard split times for the various pass rushing prospects.  Here is the article: http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/03/behind-the-times-the-10-yard-split/

The article notes the importance of speed off the line for pass rushers and indicates that a "great"  time is 1.55 and under, a "good" time is under 1.6, and a "below average" time is anything over 1.63

The article also provides the following times for some of the top OLB prospects (supplemented with some info on other players from NFL Draftscout):

Clay Matthews, USC (6-3, 240), 10-yard split: 1.49
Lawrence Sidbury = 1.53
Aaron Curry = 1.53
Aaron Maybin, Penn State (6-4, 249), 10-yard split: 1.55
Michael Johnson = 1.56
Connor Barwin, Cincinnati (6-4, 256), 10-yard split: 1.57
Everette Brown, Florida State (6-2, 256), 10-yard split: 1.58
Clint Sintim = 1.58
Brian Cushing = 1.58
Brian Orakpo = 1.58
Clint Sintim, Virginia (6-3, 256), 10-yard split: 1.59
Victor Butler = 1.62
Larry English, Northern Illinois (6-2, 255), 10-yard split: 1.64
Robert Ayers = 1.66

I find these numbers a bit reassuring as Brown, Maybin and Orakpo all seem to have 10 yard split times commensurate with the quickness that we were told they had before the draft, whatever their 40 time may be. 

Does this info change anyone's mind about which of these players we should be targeting as a pass rusher? 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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