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
2. Kalon Barnes, CB, Baylor (2022): 4.23 seconds
3. Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina (2008): 4.24 seconds (Tied)
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)
7. Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton (2005): 4.26 seconds (Tied)
8. Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas (2013): 4.27 seconds (Tied)
9. Stanford Routt, CB, Houston (2005): 4.27 seconds (Tied)
10. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama (2020): 4.27 seconds (Tied)
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