Pitt's Revis Makes Dashing Impression

By Gorman, Kevin | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 17, 2007 | Go to article overview

Pitt's Revis Makes Dashing Impression


Gorman, Kevin, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Darrelle Revis doesn't know the origin of the 4.54-second 40- yard dash time that circulated on NFL Draft sites, considering he never ran it.

Not at Aliquippa High School.

Not with the Pitt Panthers.

"I knew I was faster," Revis said. "That's just a prediction. They say you run this or that. When it's your time to shine and perform, you perform at your best."

Revis did just that Friday at Pitt's Pro Day at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex indoor facility on the South Side. Now, the only time that matters is the one recorded on stopwatches by the 40-plus NFL personnel who clocked him in the 4.36- to 4.41-second range.

Revis' exact 40 time is inconsequential. The median (4.38) would have ranked among the top 5 at the NFL Combine, a split second ahead of Michigan's Leon Hall (4.39). More importantly, Revis solidified his status as a first-round pick and, possibly, the top cornerback in the NFL Draft.

"He made money," said Neil Schwartz, Revis' agent. "The NFL teams knew (he could run). It's the gurus on the Internet that had times not reflective of his speed and ability. He never had a junior day, so I don't know where it came from, but that time has been sitting with him.

"He's the best corner in the draft class. All teams need shutdown corners, and he's a special corner."

Those in attendance to see Revis perform included Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and secondary coaches Ray Horton (Steelers), Tim Lewis (Carolina Panthers) and Teryl Austin (Arizona Cardinals), among others. Secondary coaches for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints interviewed Revis after his workout.

They came intrigued by the two-time All-Big East Conference selection and nephew of another former Pitt star and No. 1 draft pick, Sean Gilbert. "You watch tape and video of players, but you still want to see their raw speed," Smith said. "It's safe to say he's a scholarship player."

Revis is expected to be the first Pitt cornerback to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since Lewis was chosen 11th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1983. …

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