I think I am opening a can of worms with my question. I have been watching the Als for several years, and I have also been reading the papers and these boards.
I am not sure how to start on the topic, so I will do the best I can.
On TV the last 2 years, Etienne Boulay looked like a rocket. It was clear to me that he had special speed. He gave me the impression that he could cover and run with any receiver (Canadian or American). According to the "Journal de Montréal", when Etienne had a tryout with the New York jets, he ran a 4.3 second 40 yard dash. If true, that is AMAZING!
Most of the US recruits from US colleges at the cornerback or receiver position (the fastest players) do not run that fast. 4.3 speed is the holy grail of speed in football. I beleive Etienne can do this, because I have seen him run. He is a rare physical specimen. Remember when Matheiu Proulx replaced him at safety when EB was injured... Proulx has good skills and instincts, but he cannot run like EB.
But, despite that, I read (I think in these forums) that Andrew Hamilton was the fastest player at the Als camp last season. OK, so how fast was he? And if he was that fast (better than a 4.3) howcome he never played a single down last season?
Another player that looked to fast to be true was Richard Karikari. I remember 2 or 3 years ago, Jason Tucker (who is a speed demon himself) in a game against the Als, catching a pass along the sidelines and running for half a mile, but not scoring a TD. Karikari, came up behind him, caught him (it was a straight sprint) and grabbing his shirt for the tackle. Karikari closed the gap and stopped him! I also thought Karikari had freak speed.
Then again, the RDS guys said Watkins was faster that season...
Do any of you guys have an opinion on this, or a stopwatch?