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The Fastest Players From the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine

by Bo McBrayer | @Bo_McBigTime | Featured Writer
Mar 7, 2022

The rookie prospects who were invited to work out in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine were given a choice: become a part of the hyper-commercialized spectacle and run the 40-yard dash or be subjugated to discontented murmuring from fans and fantasy football analysts online. For some positions, the 40 is wholly unnecessary or not indicative of the “play speed” a player might have. For others, it’s a way to show how much track and field training a guy went through after he played his last snap of college football. Either way, watching some of the best athletes in the world run as fast as they can get us buzzing like cicadas.

The fastest official 40-yard dash at the Combine was Washington’s John Ross’ 4.22-second scamper in 2017. Before him was East Carolina’s Chris Johnson with a blazing 4.24 in 2008. For those nine years between and now five years after, every NFL prospect to ever garner the nickname “Speedy” has been gunning to put his name at the top of that list.

The rookie class of 2022 proved to be the fastest class in Combine history as a whole. Here are the fastest players by position to run the 40 this year. All times are official.

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Quarterback

Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati): 4.52 seconds

*note: Malik Willis of Liberty did not run this week, opting instead to run at his pro day.

Running Back

Pierre Strong Jr. (South Dakota State): 4.37 seconds

Isiah Pacheco (Rutgers): 4.37 seconds

Ty Chandler (North Carolina): 4.38 seconds

Kenneth Walker III (Michigan State): 4.38 seconds

D’Vonte Price (Florida International): 4.38 seconds

Breece Hall (Iowa State): 4.39 seconds

Zamir White (Georgia): 4.40 seconds

James Cook (Georgia): 4.42 seconds

Tyler Goodson (Iowa): 4.42 seconds

Trestan Ebner (Baylor): 4.43 seconds

Wide Receiver

Tyquan Thornton (Baylor): 4.28 seconds

Velus Jones (Tennessee): 4.31 seconds

Calvin Austin III (Memphis): 4.32 seconds

Danny Gray (SMU): 4.33 seconds

Bo Melton (Rutgers): 4.34 seconds

Christian Watson (North Dakota State): 4.36 seconds

Garrett Wilson (Ohio State): 4.38 seconds

Chris Olave (Ohio State): 4.39 seconds

Alec Pierce (Cincinnati): 4.41 seconds

Skyy Moore (Western Michigan): 4.41 seconds

Tight End

Chig Okonkwo (Maryland): 4.52 seconds

Jelani Woods (Virginia): 4.61 seconds

Grant Calcaterra (SMU): 4.62 seconds

Daniel Bellinger (San Diego State): 4.63 seconds

Greg Dulcich (UCLA): 4.69 seconds

Offensive Line

Dare Rosenthal (Kentucky): 4.88 seconds

Kellen Diesch (Arizona State): 4.89 seconds

Chris Paul (Tulsa): 4.89 seconds

Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa): 4.89 seconds

Cam Jurgens (Nebraska): 4.92 seconds

Abraham Lucas (Washington): 4.92 seconds

Ikem Ekwonu (NC State): 4.93 seconds

Dylan Parham (Memphis): 4.93 seconds

Zach Tom (Wake Forest): 4.94 seconds

Charles Cross (Mississippi State): 4.95 seconds

Defensive End

Amaré Barno (Virginia Tech): 4.36 seconds

Sam Williams (Mississippi): 4.46 seconds

Travon Walker (Georgia): 4.51 seconds

Boye Mafe (Minnesota): 4.53 seconds

Nik Bonitto (Oklahoma): 4.54 seconds

David Ojabo (Michigan): 4.55 seconds

Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon): 4.58 seconds

Jermaine Johnson II (Florida State): 4.58 seconds

Defensive Tackle

Devonte Wyatt (Georgia): 4.77 seconds

Jordan Davis (Georgia): 4.78 seconds

Linebacker

Troy Andersen (Montana State): 4.42 seconds

Christian Harris (Alabama): 4.44 seconds

Channing Tindall (Georgia): 4.47 seconds

Cornerback

Kalon Barnes (Baylor): 4.23 seconds (fastest time by a defensive player in combine history)

Tariq Woolen (Texas-San Antonio): 4.26 seconds

Zyon McCollum (Sam Houston State): 4.33 seconds

Alontae Taylor (Tennessee): 4.36 seconds

Cobie Durant (South Carolina State): 4.38 seconds

Tariq Castro-Fields (Penn State): 4.38 seconds

Cam Taylor-Britt (Nebraska): 4.38 seconds

Damarri Mathis (Pittsburgh): 4.39 seconds

Jalyn Armour-Davis (Alabama): 4.39 seconds

Kaiir Elam (Florida): 4.39 seconds

Josh Thompson (Texas): 4.40 seconds

Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati): 4.41 seconds

Isaac Taylor-Stuart (USC): 4.42 seconds

Trent McDuffie (Washington): 4.44 seconds

Safety

Nick Cross (Maryland): 4.34 seconds

Percy Butler (Louisiana): 4.36 seconds

JT Woods (Baylor): 4.36 seconds

Tycen Anderson (Toledo): 4.36 seconds

Lewis Cine (Georgia): 4.37 seconds

Dax Hill (Michigan): 4.38 seconds

Markquese Bell (Florida A&M): 4.41 seconds

Dane Belton (Iowa): 4.43 seconds

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All in all, 31 prospects ran faster than 4.40. This is by far the most of any class since the modern Combine started tracking this data in 2003. The average 40 time was also a record low of 4.71 seconds.

The Matt Rhule track-and-field pipeline at Baylor is still alive and well. The boys from Waco put forth a dazzling spectacle of speed.

The same can be said for the legendary defensive front seven from Georgia. The National Champions put forth an impressive array of athletes, most notably the monstrous Jordan Davis. Not only did Davis send every jaw into a free fall with his 4.78 40, but his 10’3″ broad jump was also the best by any player over 300 pounds in combine history (he weighed in at 341).

Despite some controversy about the vast differences between the unofficial and official 40 times this week, it was wholly enjoyable. The fastest players might not be the best players on Sundays, but the NFL product will remain bulletproof as long as prodigious athletes continue to pour into the league every year.

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