The NFL’s pre-draft process, especially the Combine, is a unique opportunity for the nation’s top college athletes to show their abilities. NFL scouts watch on as coaches put the best players from the previous collegiate season through a rigorous series of tests. The 40-yard dash is often the most-watched test of all. A great performance can provide a boost to an outsider’s stock and the fastest players often see meteoric rises in stocks.
Today, we’ll look at the fastest 40-yard dash times at the Combine. The classic 40-yard dash tests the players’ speed in a straight line. Of course, this doesn’t translate perfectly to football, but it’s still a decent indicator of at least a player’s speed. Check out the best displays here via Sporting News.
30. Chris Olave – 4.39
Olave is already a collegiate legend because he holds the record for the most receptions in Buckeyes’ program history. The wideout is a phenomenal athlete as he proved at the NFL combine. He was one of 31 players to post sub-4.40 40-yard dash times (via USA Today).
Analysts predict that the Ohio star will be a top-20 draft pick. Some people think that he’ll be a good fit for the Cardinals because they need a receiver. Also, the Packers traded Davante Adams away so they are needy too. Olave appears to have the world waiting for him. His stellar 40-yard dash time only added to that.