While it’s always interesting — and entertaining — to see offensive linemen and quarterbacks run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, the test of speed is far more important for some other positions. It’s hard to believe a scout will significantly color his opinions of, say, an offensive tackle based on a fast or slow time in the 40-yard dash, but for positions like wide receiver and running back, the notion isn’t exactly “out there.”
Typically, the fastest positions are running back, wide receiver and defensive back. Judging by the early looks at the running back position though, they’re not exactly pushing the receivers for the top spot. None of the running backs came close to the top receiver, J.J. Nelson. He managed to put up a time of 4.29 seconds.
Ginn joined the Cardinals last offseason as a free agent, signing a three-year, $9.75 million deal. Though he did not factor significantly on offense, Ginn became the team’s primary punt returner, averaging 10.7 yards per return and scoring the seventh return touchdown of his career. He also returned 22 kickoffs for an average of 19 yards per attempt.
While Ginn finds himself on the street, he shouldn’t stay there for long. Since entering the league with the Miami Dolphins in 2007, he has established himself as one of the league’s most consistent return men and a capable reserve receiver. He later played for the San Francisco 49ers and had a career season with the Carolina Panthers in 2013. As for the Cardinals, they are left with Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown and Jaron Brown at wideout.
By cutting Ginn, the team saves $2.5 million in cap space for the 2015 season and avoids $6.5 million in future compensation. The Cardinals entered the offseason with around $5 million worth of cap space.
The biggest mover in McShay’s Mock Draft 3.0 was Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who jumped up from No. 13 to being taken third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former Gator put on an impressive performance at the Combine, displaying the elite speed and athleticism necessary to be a stud edge rusher in the NFL. Fowler’s rise up the draft board caused McShay to drop defensive ends Randy Gregory and Shane Ray to the No. 5 and No. 8 picks.