2012 NFL Combine: A Look Inside Tight End 40 Times

February 26, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

40-yard dash times have become an extremely important stat for NFL teams evaluating tight ends at the 2012 NFL combine.
The position is drastically evolving in the NFL, so much so that tight ends nowadays have essentially become wide receivers who just happen to be good blockers.
Being fast is important, as is being able to run crisp, clean routes.
Just look at some of the best tight ends in the league—Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski, Jermichael Finley, Jimmy Graham—they essentially have the speed and catching abilities of elite wide receivers, but they just so happen to be in the bodies of elite tight ends.
That makes them arguably the most explosive players on offense. They are too big for corners and safeties to handle, and far too quick for linebackers.
Speed is going to be key for this years batch of tight ends, so let's take a look at their 40 times to see who really stood out and impressed at the combine:
40 times via NFL.com:
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