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Old 03-22-2006, 10:21 PM   #1
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Quarterback Vince Young was timed in 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash Wednesday on what is considered a fast track at the University of Texas in Austin, one NFL scout told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The scout said Young's time was slower than anticipated.

QB 40-yard dash times
Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M, 4.35
Marcus Vick, Va. Tech, 4.42
Brad Smith, Missouri, 4.46
D.J. Shockley, Georgia, 4.56
Barrick Nealy, Texas St., 4.57
Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo, 4.59
Ingle Martin, Furman, 4.68
Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama St., 4.75
Brett Basanez, Northwestern, 4.75
Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt, 4.77
-- Vince Young's time of 4.58 would put him in sixth place among QBs

According to the same scout, Young's overall workout was "fairly impressive," but the scout said that Young was not asked to make certain drops and throws that he would have to perform in a private team workout.

While Young completed all but five of more than 50 passes, a scout told Mortensen, "That wasn't a remarkable achievement because he wasn't asked to make many tough throws and he waited a lot on his receivers to get out of their breaks. Teams that are curious about the guy are going to want to see more when they work him out."

One of those teams is the Tennessee Titans, who will give Young a private workout on Thursday in Austin, site of Wednesday's pro workout day for Young his his Longhorn teammates.

Other teams that have scheduled private workouts include the Houston Texans and New York Jets.

Asked to compare Young's workout to one given last Friday by Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler in cold weather and swirling winds, one scout said told Mortensen, "There was no comparison. Cutler made all the throws in tough conditions while Young limited his range of throws and he was indoors."

USC quarterback Matt Leinart, the consensus top passer available for the April 29 NFL draft, will work out on April 2 on the Southern Cal campus.

Young, the former Texas quarterback, worked out for 30 minutes in front of more than 100 NFL scouts, coaches and executives who are paying close attention to the quirky throwing motion that still raises questions despite delivering a national championship.

"Very impressed," said new Texans coach Gary Kubiak, whose team owns the No. 1 pick. "The kid put on a show."

Texas officials said Washington was the only team not to have someone watching the workout.

One owner, the Texans' Bob McNair, introduced himself to Young before the throwing session. Young is from Houston and has said he'd like to play for his hometown fans.

"I think he had a good workout," McNair said.

The Texans, who were 2-14 last season, are expected to lean toward drafting USC tailback and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush after extending quarterback David Carr's contract for three years.

McNair said he hopes to attend Bush's workout early next month. But he also indicated the Texans haven't decided who to draft or whether to keep or trade the pick.

As a quarterback who can run or throw, Young is the most intriguing player in the draft, scheduled for April 29-30 in New York. He may also be the most scrutinized as teams try to decide whether his Rose Bowl performance of 467 total yards and three rushing touchdowns will translate into the NFL.

"It's a very valuable pick," McNair said. "We all want to make a good decision."

According to NFL.com, Young measured 6-foot-4 5/8 and 228 pounds. He ran one 40-yard dash, timing 4.57 seconds, although Young said he was told he timed between 4.4 and 4.5.

Although Young wasn't scheduled to run Wednesday, he said he wanted to after watching some of his teammates do it.

"They wanted to see me run, so I ran," he said.

The change of heart impressed Kubiak.

"He's very competitive and got in an environment where everybody wanted to see him operate," Kubiak said. "He did a great job."

Young spent most of the last two seasons operating out of the shotgun. Wednesday's drills had him taking simulated snaps under center and working with five- and seven-step drops in the pocket.

"I showed them everything they wanted to see," Young said, adding he'll do individual workouts for teams that ask.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report

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Old 03-22-2006, 10:43 PM   #2
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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......................... ppl on fsn said he did great, and this is saying he did aight. i know the haters are loving that he isn't doing that good. and vince isn't super fast, he has long has legs and takes long has strides, a two stepper if you will, so his 40 time is pointless cause well he doesn't use speed, he uses his long ass strides to do what he does

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What i find interesting is that the Texans have scheduled a workout with him, while they have given David Carr that extension. If they end up drafting Young, that puts them in quite a dilemma, doesnt it?
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Originally Posted by TasmanianTroy271
What i find interesting is that the Texans have scheduled a workout with him, while they have given David Carr that extension. If they end up drafting Young, that puts them in quite a dilemma, doesnt it?
Not really.
I don't think Young's quite ready to be a starting QB in the NFL. The Texans could draft him and give him a year or two behind Carr to develop. If he does well, bench Carr for a season then ask him to restructure for the last year of his contract. Like most everyone else, I think he's a heck of an athlete, but I don't see him having a big impact in the NFL. He'll make the highlight film about every other week with an amazing play or two, but I don't think he'll develop into a consistent passer. And we all know how nervous coaches and owners get when their QB runs the ball. Great athlete...won't live up to the hype though.
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The absolute worst thing that can happen to Vince Young is for a team to draft him and start him. He needs at least a year, maybe two of NFL seasoning. If he can sit and learn for a couple years, he may be able to make the transition...So Texas isn't a bad place for him to land (although I'm still trying to figure out the repercussions of the Texans reneging on Pete Carrol and the Reggie Bush "Promise").
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