* A year ago, Tennessee's Christian Coleman had some fun and ran the fastest 40-yard dash ever recorded with FAT
It's the age-old track question: What does my 60 meter time convert to in a 40 yard dash?
For as long as football players have been plying their trade in the short sprint at regional and national combines, track athletes have scoffed at their perceived "fast" times, noting that their fast isn't really that fast. And once again, as the NFL Draft Combine enters our radars on Saturday, we'll start to contextualize football speed versus track speed. But let's start with what we know.
A year ago, Tennessee's Christian Coleman, the recent NCAA record holder in the 100m and world leader in the 60m, silenced critics when, on a lark, he went out and ran an easy 4.12 effort in the 40 yard dash (above).
That was in response to the fastest 40 yard dash time ever record at the NFL combine -- a 4.22 second effort by John Ross, a wide receiver prospect who was promptly drafted ninth in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals and followed with zero catches in his rookie season.
Fortunately, we've tried to answer this question ourselves. What could our national leaders in the high school 60m dash run in the 40 yard dash?
For a reference point, FloTrack's Gordon Mack recapped what Ross' 4.22 meant last year (Answer: Not that fast.) We've used some of his variables in this conversion, taking into account only half automatic timing for most 40 yard dash times (+0.12) and reaction time (+0.149). We also have to account for speed longevity. Ross' final 25.61 yards was estimated at 2.135 seconds, and his 60m conversion was 6.62 seconds.
Using Ross' conversion as a barometer for ours, we've compiled a list of the top 500 60m sprinters in the nation this year, and their converted 40 yard times with a multiplier of (0.638). This is obviously an inexact science, so comments are welcome.
But just for reference, our conversion does translate to past times. In 2013, Marquise Goodwin ran 4.27 seconds at the NFL combine. Just a year earlier, he ran a 60m best of 6.70 seconds, which equate to 4.27 in our exercise.
From a high school standpoint, American Heritage (FL) High senior Anthony Schwartz, the world youth record holder in the 100m (10.15), ran a hand-timed 4.27 40 yard dash at the Nike Opening a year ago. Based on video evidence, it looks like there was an FAT clock at the finish, which would convert his time to a 4.39 seconds. On his Nike recruiting page, Schwartz reportedly owns a best of 4.34 seconds.
According to our conversions below, nine runners would have Schwartz beat in a 40yD.
What about Christian Coleman's recent world record in the 60m of 6.34 seconds at the USA Indoor Championships?
Using our conversion, that would equate to a 40yD time of 4.04 seconds.
So enough with the words. What are the conversions? (Also, it would help if someone on this list gave the 40yD a real go! #milesplit40)