Bolting for the NFL?

25 Aug 2009

Usain Bolt is without a doubt the fastest man on earth. He established that by shattering the 100m and 200m world records in impressive victories over the next 9 fastest people in the world. This type of speed is incredibly intriguing to the NFL because it could translate into a new deep threat or kick returner.

Larry Rawson of ESPN predicts that Bolt would run the 40 yard dash in under 4 seconds, which is unheard of at the NFL combine. For reference, Darius Heyward- Bey got 38 million dollars from the Raiders and he runs a 4.3 40. Bolt not only has exceptional speed but also size, 6’5” 190 lbs. He is a little skinny but I’m sure he could bulk up 10 lbs and not lose much speed. So the last remaining hurdle in Bolt’s potential is his ability to catch. I remember when i played football, we would always try to recruit a track runner to play for us. He was fast but the ball could not find his hands. The kid got hit in the face every time, so there is a chance of that for Bolt but lets hope not.

We need to start a Draft Bolt movement.