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The Fastest Giant this Year?

CJ in AZ : 8/6/2019 3:51 pm
The Giants have not had much speed to brag about in recent years (Odell ran a 4.43 40 at the combine, but who else fast got on the field before Saquon?). Seemingly, Darius Slayton is the fastest one on the team at this time based on his Combine 40 time of 4.39 (and his high school and college track background), with Saquon right behind him at 4.41. If he makes the final 53, Corey Ballentine may be in "the fastest man" discussion as well after his 4.47 Combine time and track records:

[quote] [Ballentine [was] a college track star, recording the nine fastest times in the 60m in school history and the six fastest times in the indoor 200m. He also holds the school record in the outdoor 100m (10.51), outdoor 200m (21.25) and has eight of the 10 fastest times in the 100m and the top six times in the outdoor 200m in school history. [quoted text]

After about 50 yards, only Slayton is likely to edge Ballentine out (I believe Saquon's size and build will work against him in a longer sprint). Both are really fast for collegiate track men, and much more so for NFL players.

I am excited to see Ballentine catch someone from behind on a long gain just as much as seeing Slayton take the top off the defense on a long pass. Nothing beats Saquon breaking a long run of course.

We are lucky to have found so much upside in 5th and 6th round picks. Hats off to the Giants' scouting department and GM Gettleman.
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Saquon  
Nine-Tails : 8/6/2019 3:59 pm : link
is my pick, He's just on a different level athletically from guys. Once he gets going, I don't think many could catch him.
Ballentine  
Rong5611 : 8/6/2019 4:21 pm : link
Is having an excellent camp. 6th Round pick with alot of upside. Looking forward to seeing him play, especially after all he has been through.
ZoCart is 4.4  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 8/6/2019 4:26 pm : link
Tremendous for a man his size.

And 340 lb DLaw ran nearly a 5.0.
My fear is Slayton . . . .  
TC : 8/6/2019 5:07 pm : link
may not see much action, or even wind up on IR. Hamstrings tend to linger, and he's missing an awful lot of practice that he needed.

Hope I'm wrong, he has exciting potential, and he's really good with the ball in his hands.
RE: My fear is Slayton . . . .  
nzyme : 8/6/2019 5:18 pm : link
In comment 14520559 TC said:
Quote:
may not see much action, or even wind up on IR. Hamstrings tend to linger, and he's missing an awful lot of practice that he needed.

Hope I'm wrong, he has exciting potential, and he's really good with the ball in his hands.


Was going to post the exact same thing. Hopefully he doesn't have anymore flare ups before the season starts. I was counting on him to be the guy to be able to take the top off a defense even if he's a decoy.
Evan Engram Ran  
Captplanet : 8/6/2019 5:34 pm : link
a 4.42 40 yard dash. You may want to add him to your list.
WR Alex Wesley also should be in the conversation  
Four Aces : 8/6/2019 5:50 pm : link
Ran a 4.45 40 at this yearís combine.
New additions  
CJ in AZ : 8/6/2019 9:53 pm : link
Evan Engram and Alex Wesley are now on the "fastest" list, both could win a "fastest Giant" race or come very close. I didn't know Wesley is that fast.

Any other nominations?
Beal  
CMicks3110 : 8/6/2019 10:02 pm : link
is supposed to be a phenomenal athlete
Corey Coleman  
CMicks3110 : 8/6/2019 10:03 pm : link
before injury too
RE: My fear is Slayton . . . .  
darren in pdx : 8/7/2019 1:22 am : link
In comment 14520559 TC said:
Quote:
may not see much action, or even wind up on IR. Hamstrings tend to linger, and he's missing an awful lot of practice that he needed.

Hope I'm wrong, he has exciting potential, and he's really good with the ball in his hands.


On the flip-side, there are also recent examples of rookies having hamstring injuries and having a fine season. OBJ and Barkley come to mind, though they are obviously elite talents. As long as he isnít rushed back and lets it heal fully, he should be fine.
Sterling Shepherd, Corey Coleman  
CJ in AZ : 8/7/2019 12:05 pm : link
Sterling Shepherd ran a 2016 Combine 40 of 4.48 (plus an outstanding 41 inch vertical), so he is faster that he is being given credit for by some of us.

Corey Coleman chose not to run the 40 at the Combine, then ran an unofficial 4.37 at Baylor's pro day. Now, after his ACL, we will have to wait and see if he can recover his outstanding speed.

Evan Engram ran a smokin' 4.42 at the Combine, faster than anyone on the offense not named Saquon.

Lorenzo Carter ran a 4.46 at the NFL Combine, making him the fastest guy on the defense.

Anyone else?
Barkley has football speed rather than straight line track speed.  
TMS : 8/8/2019 6:45 pm : link
Even if some guys could run with him (which they can't) they could not tackle him. His cutting ability, jump explosion and size with power sets him apart. Very special RB that should be compared with Sanders and OJ even this early in his career. He is going to get better as well. MO.
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