Legendary NFL wide receiver, Jerry Rice has hit out against the 40-yard dash drill at the NFL scouting combine saying that it does not equate to real football.
Speaking on his twitter account, Rice said: "All this focus on running the infamous 40 yd dash doesn't mean Sh*t! It doesn't equate to football speed with pads!"
The tweet was later removed from his account.
The 40-yard dash is viewed as the primary test of acceleration and speed at the combine and is attempted by nearly everyone who attends.
Top quarterback draft prospects Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles recorded times of 4.68 and 4.93 respectively. Jadeveon Clowney wowed analysts today with a time of 4.53.
Another projected first round quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater did not participate in the drill which is shown live on the NFL Network and NFL.com.
According to Sports Illustrated, Rice ran a 4.60 at his combine in 1985. The time was considered a little slow for wide receivers and was selected 16th overall in that year's draft.
Speed is not necessarily a guarantee of future success in the NFL and coaches will of course take into account other drills and player's tape when making their final decision on potential rookies.