Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin thrilled NFL scouts on Sunday when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds, just shy of Chris Johnson’s all-time dash record. Goodwin fell short of the 2006 posted record by just three-hundredths of a second.
Goodwin was the only NFL hopeful to run the 40-yard dash in under 4.3 seconds, although he had some close competition from his fellow college athletes.
The closest dashes following Goodwin were running back Onterio McCalebb, wide receiver Tavon Austin, and wide receiver Ryan Swope. All three men posted a respectable time of 4.34 seconds.
Originally, McCalebb’s posted time displayed as 4.21 seconds, which led Johnson to tweet:
“Listen 4.21 thats childish.”
Eventually, the running back’s time was officially listed at 4.34 seconds. Following the official posted time, Chris Johnson joked on Twitter:
“Can’t lie that one scared me.”
Also posting decent 40-yard dash times were Arkansas running back Knile Davis (4.37), TCU wideout Josh Boyce (4.38), and Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills (4.38). The 4.3-second mark is typically observed as an optimal run time for NFL Combine participants.
Top rated running-back Cordarrelle Patterson ran the dash in 4.42 seconds.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson entered the combine as a receiver and also posted a still impressive 4.43 seconds.
Geno Smith stayed at his QB position and led available quarterbacks with a 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds.
Are you impressed with this season’s NFL Combine participants based on their 40-yard dash times? Based on current NFL combine results, who do you think will rank at the top of the NFL draft?