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10 Fastest 40-Yard Dash Times in NFL Combine History

Larry Rupp
A look at the 10 fastest 40-yard dash times in NFL combine history.
A look at the 10 fastest 40-yard dash times in NFL combine history. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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It's safe to say there is no shortage of speed when it comes to the 2022 NFL Draft class. This year's combine saw more players post a 40-yard dash time faster than 4.4 seconds than ever before and featured the speediest groups at six different positions since 2003. That is a lot of quick players.

The expression "speed kills" is still relevant in today's league. In fact, 11 different teams finished with 10 or more 40-yard passing plays during the 2021 season. It begs the question of whether or not these players are truly a cut above the rest.

With that being said, let's take a look at the 10 fastest 40-yard dash times in NFL combine history.

Fastest 40-Yard Dash Times

1. John Ross, WR, Washington (2017): 4.22 seconds

John Ross holds the record for the fastest 40-yard dash time.
John Ross holds the record for the fastest 40-yard dash time. / Sam Greene, The Northwestern via Imagn

2. Kalon Barnes, CB, Baylor (2022): 4.23 seconds

Kalon Barnes nearly beat the record during the 2022 NFL combine.
Kalon Barnes nearly beat the record during the 2022 NFL combine. / Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

3. Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina (2008): 4.24 seconds (Tied)

Chris Johnson owns the fastest 40-yard dash time by a running back.
Chris Johnson owns the fastest 40-yard dash time by a running back. / Sanford Myers / The Tennessean via Imagn

4. Rondel Menedez, WR, Eastern Kentucky (1999): 4.24 seconds (Tied)

5. Dri Archer, RB, Kent State (2014): 4.26 seconds (Tied)

6. Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA (2022): 4.26 seconds (Tied)

Tariq Woolen showed some impressive speed at the 2022 NFL combine.
Tariq Woolen showed some impressive speed at the 2022 NFL combine. / GABY VELASQUEZ/ EL PASO TIMES / USA

7. Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton (2005): 4.26 seconds (Tied)

8. Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas (2013): 4.27 seconds (Tied)

Marquise Goodwin has become a deep threat at the NFL level.
Marquise Goodwin has become a deep threat at the NFL level. / Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

9. Stanford Routt, CB, Houston (2005): 4.27 seconds (Tied)

10. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama (2020): 4.27 seconds (Tied)

Henry Ruggs' speed helped him get selected in the first round.
Henry Ruggs' speed helped him get selected in the first round. / Gary Cosby Jr. / USA TODAY NETWORK

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