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NFL Draft 40 times tracker: Who has the fastest 40-yard dash in 2021 draft class?

Every year in the lead-up to the NFL Draft, there is a fascination with the 40-yard dash of various prospects. Though the metric has little to do with the success of players at the pro level, football fans love speed and fast players. As such, 40 times are a big-time topic of conversation every year during the NFL Combine.

However, during the 2021 NFL offseason, there is no combine. The league decided not to host one this year due to concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event will likely be back next year, but with the event canceled, the 40-yard dash hasn’t been on center stage as much as it has been in the past.

Still, prospects are performing the drill at their pro days and while the spotlight may not be as bright at those events, there certainly will be a certain element of pride for the fastest players in the 2021 NFL Draft. And needless to say, those top-gear competitors will want to outdo one another to earn more attention ahead of the draft.

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Clocking a fast 40-yard dash doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a successful NFL career. Just ask John Ross, who famously logged a 4.19-second 40-yard dash and went on to be the No. 9 pick for the Cincinnati Bengals. In four NFL seasons, Ross has played in 27 games and has just 51 catches for 733 yards. He does have 10 touchdowns, but he hasn’t been the dynamic, Tyreek Hill-type deep threat that the Bengals hoped they were getting.

But hey, Ross still holds the NFL Combine record for the 40-yard dash, so he’ll always have that. This offseason, the likes of Anthony Schwartz, Rondale Moore and Jaycee Horn will try to beat that record at their pro days. But will they succeed?

Below is a tracker of the fastest players as quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs run their 40s throughout the 2021 NFL offseason.

2021 NFL Draft 40 times

Below are the 20 fastest 40-yard dash times recorded during the 2021 NFL pro day circuit.

(The table will be updated as 40 times are recorded over the weeks leading up to the draft. Not all prospects will run a 40-yard dash).

Rank
40 Time
Player
Position
School
1
4.26
Anthony Schwartz
WR
Auburn
2
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
Ole Miss
T-6
4.37
Ambry Thomas
CB
Michigan
T-6
4.37
Jaycee 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
Northwestern
T-14
4.39
Jayson Oweh
DE
Penn State
T-14
4.39
Micah Parsons
LB
Penn State
T-16
4.40
Joseph Ossai
DE
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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Additionally, here are the five fastest 40 times for each position group from the 2021 NFL pro days.

(The tables will be updated as 40 times are recorded over the weeks leading up to the draft.)

Rank
40 Time
Player
School
1
4.65
Feleipe Franks
Arkansas
2
4.78
Davis Mills
Stanford
3
4.79
Mac Jones
Alabama
4
4.93
Colin Hill
South Carolina

* Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson didn’t complete 40-yard dashes at their pro days.

Rank
40 Time
Player
School
1
4.26
Anthony Schwartz
Auburn
2
4.29
Rondale Moore
Purdue
3
4.33
Shi Smith
South Carolina
4
4.35
Elijah Moore
Ole Miss
5
4.37
Simi Fehoko
Stanford
Rank
40 Time
Player
School
1
4.6
Quintin Morris
Bowling Green
2
4.61
Kyle Granson
SMU
3
4.65
Hunter Long
Boston College
Rank
40 Time
Player
School
1
4.38
Pooka Williams
Kansas
2
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
School
1
4.84
Samuel Cosmi
Texas
2
4.88
Rashawn Slater
Northwestern
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
School
1
4.39
Micah Parsons
Penn State
2
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
School
1
4.39
Jayson Oweh
Penn State
2
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
School
1
4.29
Eric Stokes
Georgia
T-2
4.37
Ambry Thomas
Michigan
T-3
4.37
Jaycee Horn
South Carolina
T-4
4.38
Nate Hobbs
Illinois
T-4
4.38
Greg Newsome
Northwestern
T-4
4.38
Tyree Gillespie
Missouri

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