NFL Combine 40 times tracker: Who has the fastest 40-yard dash in 2020 draft?

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Generally, an NFL Draft prospect's 40-yard dash time tells pro teams little about his potential to succeed as a player at football's highest level. But NFL Combine 40 times sure are fun to track.

The 300-plus players at the 2020 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, after all, treat their drills and on-field workouts as a competition. So the player who leaves the Combine with the fastest 40 time will rightfully wear such an accomplishment as a badge of honor regardless of where he eventually gets selected in the NFL Draft.

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Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, for example, is a potential first-round pick in April's draft. But his focus at the Combine, he admitted earlier in the week, was breaking John Ross' 40-yard dash record. Ross was selected ninth overall by the Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft a couple of months after he recorded a 4.22-second 40 at the Combine.

"My goal is to be the fastest ever," Ruggs told CBS Sports on Tuesday.

Ruggs III didn't become the fastest ever, but he did get close. He officially ran the 40 in 4.27 seconds, tied for the fourth fastest by a receiver in Combine history. Quez Watkins of Southern Miss had the second fastest 40 time among wide receivers in 2020 at 4.35 seconds.

Of course, balancing out the pride a player might experience after a fast 40 time is the sobering reality that, for most prospects, it means nothing. Keep in mind Tom Brady was the second slowest quarterback at the NFL Combine 20 years ago. Turns out simply being good at football matters just a tad more.

As for the rest of the top 40 times from the 2020 NFL Combine, below is a tracker of the fastest players as quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, offensive linemen, specialists, defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs run their 40s on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

NFL Combine 40 times

Below are the fastest 40-yard dash times recorded at the 2020 NFL Combine.

(The table will be updated as 40 times are recorded over the four-day period of on-field workouts).

Rank

40 time

Player

Position

College

1.

4.27

Henry Ruggs III

WR

Alabama

2.

4.29

Javelin Guidry

DB

Utah

3.

4.35

Quez Watkins

WR

So. Miss

4.

4.37

L'Jarius Sneed

DB

Lousiana Tech

T-5.

4.38

Darnell Mooney

WR

Tulane

T-5.

4.38

Denzel Mims

WR

Baylor

T-7.

4.39

Isaiah Simmons

LB

Clemson

T-7.

4.39

Antonio Gibson

WR

Memphis

T-7.

4.39

Devin Duvernay

WR

Texas

T-7.

4.39

Jonathan Taylor

RB

Wisconsin

T-11.

4.41

Darrynton Evans

RB

App. State

T-11.

4.41

Tanner Muse

DB

Clemson

T-13.

4.42

Chase Claypool

WR

Notre Dame

T-13.

4.42

Raymond Calais

RB

Louisiana Lafayette

T-15.

4.43

Justin Jefferson

WR

LSU

T-15.

4.43

John Hightower

WR

Boise State

17.

4.44

Anthony McFarland Jr.

RB

Maryland

T-18.

4.45

Isaiah Coulter

WR

Rhode Island

T-18.

4.45

Jerry Jeudy

WR

Alabama

T-18.

4.45

Jeff Thomas

WR

Miami

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Additionally, here are the five fastest 40 times for each position group from the 2020 NFL Combine.

(The tables will be updated as 40 times are recorded over the four-day period of on-field workouts.)

  • Quarterbacks:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.58

Cole McDonald

Hawaii

2.

4.59

Jalen Hurts

Oklahoma

T-3.

4.68

Justin Herbert

Oregon

T-3

4.68

Steven Montez

Colorado

5.

4.69

Kelly Bryant

Missouri

(Complete QB results)

  • Wide receivers:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.27

Henry Ruggs III

Alabama

2.

4.35

Quez Watkins

Southern Miss

T-3.

4.38

Darnell Mooney

Tulane

T-3.

4.38

Denzel Mims

Baylor

T-4.

4.39

Devin Duvernay

Texas

T-4.

4.39

Antonio Gibson

Memphis

(Complete WR results)

  • Tight ends:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.49

Albert Okwuegbunam

Missouri

T-2.

4.66

Stephen Sullivan

LSU

T-2.

4.66

Brycen Hopkins

Purdue

4.

4.70

Cole Kmet

Notre Dame

5.

4.71

Dalton Keene

Virginia Tech

(Complete TE results)

  • Running backs:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.39

Jonathan Taylor

Wisconsin

2.

4.41

Darrynton Evans

Appalachian State

3.

4.42

Raymond Calais

Louisiana

4.

4.44

Anthony McFarland Jr.

Maryland

5.

4.47

Cam Akers

Florida State

(Complete RB results)

  • Offensive linemen:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.85

Tristan Wirfs

Iowa

2.

4.91

Danny Pinter

Ball State

3.

4.93

Ezra Cleveland

Boise State

4.

5.02

Jack Driscoll

Auburn

5.

5.03

Terence Steele

Texas Tech

(Complete OL results)

  • Specialists:

Rank

Position

40 time

Player

College

1.

Punter

4.69

Alex Penchin

Bucknell

2.

Punter

4.75

Tommy Townsend

Florida

3.

Long Snapper

4.76

Steven Wirtell

Iowa State

4.

Punter

4.79

Michael Turk

Arizona State

5.

Punter

4.83

Braden Mann

Texas A&M

(Complete ST results)

  • Linebackers:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.39

Isaiah Simmons

Clemson

2.

4.46

Willie Gay Jr.

Mississippi State

3.

4.49

Davion Taylor

Colorado

4.

4.50

Patrick Queen

LSU

5.

4.51

Shaun Bradley

Temple

(Complete LB results)

  • Defensive linemen:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.60

James Smith-Willaims

N.C. State

2.

4.64

Jabari Zuniga

Florida

3.

4.69

Alton Robinson

Syracuse

T-4.

4.70

Alex Highsmith

Charlotte

T-4.

4.73u

D.J. Wonnum

South Carolina

(Complete DL results)

  • Defensive backs:

Rank

40 time

Player

College

1.

4.29

Javelin Guidry

Utah

2.

4.37

L'Jarius Sneed

Lousiana Tech

3.

4.39

CJ Henderson

Florida

4.

4.40

Javaris Davis

Auburn

5.

4.41

Tanner Muse

Clemson

(Complete DB results)

NFL Combine 40-yard dash schedule

  • Thursday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends

  • Friday: Running backs, offensive linemen and special teams

  • Saturday: Linebackers and Defensive linemen

  • Sunday: Defensive backs

The schedule for the NFL Combine in 2020 was adjusted to satisfy the league's perpetual thirst for prime-time TV viewers and ratings. The on-field workout portion of the NFL Draft scouting event traditionally had taken place through the mornings and early afternoons of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Combine week.

In 2020, those workouts will begin at 4 p.m. ET and end at 11 p.m. ET on the same days, with the exception being Sunday (2-7 p.m. ET).

The complete TV schedule for the 2020 NFL Combine can be viewed here.

Contributing: Austin Anderson, Tom Gatto

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