The likes that teams are looking for these days are the Freeneys, Kearses, Peppers', Taylors, Suggs', Baja-Biamilia(sp), etc...etc...
Yes, but those players are all special. My point was to illustrate that you don't have to have "special" speed to be a quality pass rusher on the NFL. That's why names like Kerney, Wistrom, Brown, Schobel, and the Ellises were put on the list.
The question now becomes if Hali goes into Indy and runs a 4.63, will your opinion change of him? Or will you just say the elevated 40 time was due to focused training on it?
My point was to say that most DEs in the NFL run between 4.7 and 4.9. Hali is in that range. But you seem to be thinking negatively of him for not having exceptional speed for his position. That's like saying a WR sucks because he runs a 4.5 rather than having 4.35 speed. Most WRs in the NFL have 4.45 to 4.6 speed. Now you have guys like Donte Stallworth and Lee Evans being in the 4.25 range. That shoudln't become the foundation of being a "speed WR" just like running a 4.5 shouldn't be the new benchmark for a speed rusher. Until the majority of the players that go to the combine run under 4.65 and we have DEs in the league running 4.3s, then and only then should having a 4.5 40 be considered anything other than exceptional.
Jimmy Williams may be like Sean Taylor, but Tye Hill IMO is like Antoine Winfield. And Taylor is a freak and has the much greater upside, I'm going to take the more consistent player that is less likely to get ejected from a game that plays a much more important position. But if Jimmy Williams was Polamalu, Dawkins, or Bob Sanders, I'd be much more excited about him.