Golden Tate expects to run under 4.5

Yes, the forty is overrated.  And yes, it still is a piece to the puzzle that can change draft stock for players, especially cornerbacks and wide receivers.

Notre Dame’s Golden Tate has heard the concerns about his straight-line speed.

“I’m not really sure what scouts are looking for. I’m hoping that my film speaks for itself.  As far as the forty, I expect to run sub-4.5.  Not too good of a time, but not too bad,” Tate said.

Other notes from Tate’s talk:

* While Tate sounded defensive about his timed speed, he said his ball
skills would more than make up for it.  He compared himself to
Carolina’s Steve Smith, with a little Devin Hester thrown in.

* He defended Jimmy Clausen’s leadership skills and said he was “great in the huddle” and consistent as a leader.

* Tate said it would be a dream to play for Charlie Weis at the next level.

6 responses to “Golden Tate expects to run under 4.5

  1. * While Tate sounded defensive about his timed speed, he said his ball skills would more than make up for it. He compared himself to Carolina’s Steve Smith, with a little Devin Hester thrown in.
    Uh, last I checked, those two guys were fast as hell.
    And I wouldn’t compare to Hester’s ball skills if I were him, that’s not a good thing.

  2. “He compared himself to Carolina’s Steve Smith, with a little Devin Hester thrown in.”
    That’s good enough for Crazy Al to take this kid with their first pick.

  3. “Hey, I know I can’t beat a 50-year-old Darrell Green, but look at my ball skills!” Even at 4.5 I think he will make a better pro than his QB.

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