2016 Proves to be a Historically Slow Receiver Class
We just witnessed the slowest group of wide receiver 40-yard dashes at the Scouting Combine in over a decade.
Average 40-yard dash time of WRs at Combine was 4.56 seconds – slowest average time for WRs at a Combine in 11 years the data has been kept.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2016
Marino’s Take: Wow! Speed has always been valuable in the NFL and there isn’t much of it to be had in this years receiver class. If you are a team that is in the market to add speed to your offense, this year’s draft does not offer many options. There are numerous examples over the past several years of teams taking a receiver in the first round whose all-around skill set was lacking but they had top-end speed which lead to a team investing a high asset in them. Phillip Dorsett, Tavon Austin and Darius Heyward-Bey immediately come to mind.
On the flipside, this could bode well for Notre Dame WR Will Fuller and Baylor’s Corey Coleman. Fuller was the fastest receiver at the Combine as he clocked a 4.32 official 40-yard dash. Coleman, who did not run due to injury, figures to clock an impressive time at his Pro Day. Both Fuller and Coleman have serious holes in their game but they provide speed that is rare, especially in this class.
After a few good years of athletic, speedy receivers entering the league, the 2016 class is severely lacking.