Every year in the run-up to the NFL Draft, there is a fascination for the 40-yard rush of various prospects. Although the metric has little to do with the success of players at the professional level, soccer fans love speed and fast players. As such, 40 times are a major talking point each year during the NFL Combine.
However, during the 2021 NFL offseason, there is no combination. The league decided not to host one this year due to concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event is likely to return next year, but with the event canceled, the 40-yard dash hasn’t been on center stage as much as it has in the past.
Still, prospects are doing the exercise in their pro days and while the spotlight may not be as bright at those events, there will certainly be a certain element of pride for the fastest players in the 2021 NFL Draft. And it goes without saying that those high-speed competitors will want to outmaneuver each other to gain more attention before the draft.
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Running a quick 40-yard run does not guarantee that you will have a successful NFL career. Ask John Ross, who posted a 4.19-second 40-yard rush and became the Cincinnati Bengals’ No. 9 pick. In four NFL seasons, Ross has played in 27 games and has only 51 receptions for 733 yards. He has 10 touchdowns, but he hasn’t been the deep dynamic Tyreek Hill threat the Bengals had hoped to receive.
But hey, Ross still holds the NFL Combine record for the 40-yard dash, so he always will. This offseason, players like Anthony Schwartz, Rondale Moore and Jaycee Horn will try to break that record in their professional days. But will they succeed?
Below is a tracker of the fastest players like quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs in their 40s during the 2021 NFL offseason.
2021 NFL Draft 40 times
Below are the 20 fastest 40-yard race times recorded during the 2021 NFL Pro Day Circuit.
(The table will update as they sign up 40 times in the weeks leading up to the draft. Not all prospects will run a 40-yard dash.)
|4||4.33||Shi smith||WR||South Carolina|
|5||4.35||Elijah Moore||WR||Be miss|
|T-6||4.37||Jaycee’s Horn||CB||South Carolina|
|T-9||4.38||Dee Eskridge||WR||Western michigan|
|T-14||4.39||Jayson oweh||OF||Penn State|
|T-14||4.39||Micah Parsons||LB||Penn State|
|T-19||4.42||Patrick Surtain II||CB||Alabama|
|T-19||4.42||Divine Deablo||S||Virginia Tech|
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Plus, here are the five fastest 40 times for each position group from the 2021 NFL pro days.
(Tables will be updated as they are posted 40 times in the weeks leading up to draft.)
|1||4.65||Franks of Feleipe||Arkansas|
|4||4.93||Colin hill||South Carolina|
* Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson did not complete 40-yard runs in their professional days.
|3||4.33||Shi smith||South Carolina|
|4||4.35||Elijah Moore||Be miss|
|1||4.6||Quintin morris||Bowling green|
|two||4.61||Kyle granson||High school|
|3||4.65||Hunter long||Boston College|
|3||4.46||Khalil herbert||Virginia Tech|
|5||4.51||Kylin hill||Mississippi State|
|3||4.94||Spencer brown||Northern iowa|
|4||4.95||Sadarius Hutcherson||South Carolina|
|1||4.39||Micah Parsons||Penn State|
|two||4.55||Shaka toney||Penn State|
|1||4.39||Jayson oweh||Penn State|
|T-3||4.62||Milton williams||Louisiana Tech|
|5||4.68||Tarron Jackson||Coastal Carolina|
|T-3||4.37||Jaycee’s Horn||South Carolina|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.