Originally Posted by harrison'samonster
you could say that about the secondary and WRs as well. Honestly the main question is how do they play? Remember there are always work-out warriors who look great but there's always going to be somebody else who just plays great football.
At least with WRs and CBs they'd be running 40+ yards on streak routes either trying to cover or trying to get separation using speed. I mean, honestly, when is a Linebacker going to be running 40 yards down the field to make a play? Like Akbar Gbajabiamila said earlier today - the most a 'Backer is going to run to make a tackle / play is 20 yards and even that seems high.
I can see why WRs and CBs speed would be taken into account before drafting them, I honestly can. It's just funny to me that people are judging this kid by his 40 time and his vertical jump. When would that ever play a factor in terms of his ability to stuff the run or make a play in the backfield? Does it show he would struggle against TEs and slot WRs? Sure, I suppose. I think you hit the nail on the head, though - it comes down to whether or not they can play ball. Even that is up in the air for Te'o now, though.
It's not a 4.8, but Beason and Bowman both ran 4.7. Speed ≠ talent and football ability, guys. Keep that in mind.