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Straightline speed not always a good measure

Fast 40 times have earned some NFL prospects more money, but are a subjective measure of one's ability.

Updated: March 10, 2004, 11:54 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

During four seasons at the University of Alabama, wide receiver Triandos Luke totaled 90 catches, 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns. But in one afternoon at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis last month, he was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.30 seconds, the fastest time for any of the three dozen wide receiver prospects who participated in the event.

That lightning-fast time, along with a 38-inch vertical jump and solid performances in all of the athletic ability drills, certainly commanded the ...

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