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40-time NFL Draft Tracker: Who has the fastest 40-yard run in the 2021 draft class?

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.)

Rank 40 time Player Position College
1 4.26 Anthony Schwartz WR Brown
two 4.29 Rondale Moore WR Purdue
T-2 4.29 Eric stokes CB Georgia
4 4.33 Shi smith WR South Carolina
5 4.35 Elijah Moore WR Be miss
T-6 4.37 Ambry Thomas CB Michigan
T-6 4.37 Jaycee’s Horn CB South Carolina
T-6 4.37 Simi fehoko WR Stanford
T-9 4.38 Dee Eskridge WR Western michigan
T-9 4.38 Tyree gillespie DB Missouri
T-11 4.38 Nate hobbs CB Illinois
T-11 4.38 Pooka williams RB Kansas
T-11 4.38 Greg Newsome CB Northwest
T-14 4.39 Jayson oweh OF Penn State
T-14 4.39 Micah Parsons LB Penn State
T-16 4.40 Joseph Ossai OF Texas
T-16 4.40 Tre brown CB Oklahoma
18 4.41 Rachad wildgoose CB Wisconsin
T-19 4.42 Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama
T-19 4.42 Nico collins WR Michigan
T-19 4.42 Divine Deablo S Virginia Tech
T-19 4.42 Paulson Adebo CB Stanford

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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.)

Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.65 Franks of Feleipe Arkansas
two 4.78 Davis mills Stanford
3 4.79 Mac Jones Alabama
4 4.93 Colin hill South Carolina

* Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson did not complete 40-yard runs in their professional days.

Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.26 Anthony Schwartz Brown
two 4.29 Rondale Moore Purdue
3 4.33 Shi smith South Carolina
4 4.35 Elijah Moore Be miss
5 4.37 Simi fehoko Stanford
Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.6 Quintin morris Bowling green
two 4.61 Kyle granson High school
3 4.65 Hunter long Boston College
Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.38 Pooka williams Kansas
two 4.45 Travis etienne Clemson
3 4.46 Khalil herbert Virginia Tech
4 4.48 Chris Evans Michigan
5 4.51 Kylin hill Mississippi State
Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.84 Samuel Cosmi Texas
two 4.88 Rashawn slater Northwest
3 4.94 Spencer brown Northern iowa
4 4.95 Sadarius Hutcherson South Carolina
5 4.96 Quinn Meinerz Wisconsin-Whitewater
Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.39 Micah Parsons Penn State
two 4.55 Shaka toney Penn State
T-3 4.57 Derrick Barnes Purdue
T-3 4.57 Monty rice Georgia
5 4.59 Nick bolton Missouri
Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.39 Jayson oweh Penn State
two 4.4 Joseph Ossai Texas
T-3 4.62 Milton williams Louisiana Tech
T-3 4.62 Azeez Ojulari Georgia
5 4.68 Tarron Jackson Coastal Carolina
Rank 40 time Player College
1 4.29 Eric stokes Georgia
T-2 4.37 Ambry Thomas Michigan
T-3 4.37 Jaycee’s Horn South Carolina
T-4 4.38 Nate hobbs Illinois
T-4 4.38 Greg Newsome Northwest
T-4 4.38 Tyree gillespie Missouri

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