I'm curious how much weight some of you put into these numbers. Like I said, I really like them and feel they are very valuable.
I think the numbers like this may only really apply at the LB and DE positions. I wouldn't say it takes "skills" to be J.J. Watt. No one talks about his technique. When you talk about Watt it basically is he is a beast, freak of nature, and good luck stopping him. If he's a little too upright off the line, oh well. He's still gonna run someone over.
Whereas you can be a 4.3 40-WR, but if you can't catch (Perriman) what are you? You can throw the ball 70 yards but if it's not on target (Boller) what are you? I think if you applied "explosion numbers" to QBs, Brady Quinn probably tops the list. Didn't he bench like 33 reps or something?
At these positions where your job is simply out muscle blockers, get to the football, whether it's in the QBs hands, or chasing down RBs, how strong and agile you are plays a much larger role in your ability to do that.
Most of these guys aren't Garrett strong. Or Watt or Beasley strong. So there is technique that needs to be there to overcome what they lack in strength.
I guess what I mean is, someone with the combine numbers Garrett put up warants 1st overall selection status. John Ross running 4.22 would not because there are other things you need to do well to excel at his position. If Garrett lacks hip bend or something, I think he'll still be ok.