College coaches and fans like to toss around the mind-blowing speed of Player A or B. The reality is that they often are blowing smoke up your backside. That's what makes the NFL combine unique. You actually know how fast a player is in the 40-yard dash, or how many reps of 225 pounds he can do in the bench press.
Clemson won nine games last season, and one has to think the Tigers will be pressed to get to that number in 2010 after the loss of speedy running back C.J. Spiller, left, and receiver Jacoby Ford.
Spiller ran a 4.37-second 40 and Ford clocked 4.28, the fastest time at the combine. Ford's time tied for the second-fastest in combine history with Jerome Mathis in 2005. Only Chris Johnson's 4.24 in 2008 is better.