2022 NFL Draft Mix: Quickest 40-yard sprint time in Indianapolis annually since 1986, with a brand new second finest


It is NFL Mix season, which suggests it is time to watch some former faculty children attempt to run, carry, leap and catch their approach into the hearts of scouts with the hopes of incomes the best to have one of many league’s 32 groups draft them onto the roster. Among the many many occasions at this soccer conference that takes place in Indianapolis is the 40-yard sprint — and we noticed the second-fastest 40 time within the historical past of the occasion in 2022. Whereas removed from the best indicator of NFL expertise, the 40 is on the very least an entertaining spectacle because it showcases elite athletes performing elite athletics.

Lately, the usual for the height pace on the 40-yard sprint was eventual Titans working again Chris Johnson ending at 4.24 seconds in 2008. It was simply the second 12 months after NFL.com began holding observe of each main mix stat for each participant, and nearly a decade after the league adopted the laser airplane that electronically marks when a participant has completed working the required 120 toes. 

Earlier than that, it was all hand measured with stopwatches, creating not simply unusual discrepancies in stories, but additionally creating a number of the most fantastical city legends about an athlete’s greatness. Consequently, there at the moment are loads of debates as to only how nice a few of these gamers carried out throughout their mix day. Did Deion Sanders actually run a 4.27, or, as he advised Invoice Belichick on the NFL Community, was it “quicker than that”? Did Bo Jackson really run a 4.13, or was simply one other one of many many city legends about him — and if that is not true, it makes one ponder whether he actually was in a position to throw rocks so arduous that it might kill a boar?

Regardless, these legendary instances, or a minimum of one thing near it, had been utilized in that second and handed down for future generations to dissect. Listed below are the highest verifiable (or, as verifiable as doable) 40-yard sprint time of each NFL Mix from 1986 (all apocryphal/unverifiable numbers have been hit with an asterisk; professional days had been excluded; there was no mix in 2021):

1987: Rod Woodson, 4.33
1988: Gaston Inexperienced, 4.29
1989: Deion Sanders, 4.27*
1990: James Williams 4.34
1991: Randal Hill, 4.34
1992: Rico Smith, 4.33
1993: John Morton, 4.39
1994: Andre Coleman, 4.41
1995: Joe Aska, 4.42
1996: Leeland Mcelroy, 4.35
1997: Yatil Inexperienced, 4.35
1998: Tony Simmons, 4.35
1999: Rondel Melendez, 4.24
2000: R. Jay Soward and Antwan Harris, 4.34
2001: Santana Moss, 4.31
2002: Aaron Lockett, 4.31
2003: Kevin Garrett, 4.31
2004: Carlos Francis, 4.31
2005: Jerome Mathis, 4.26
2006: Tye Hill, 4.30
2007: Yamon Figurs, 4.30
2008: Chris Johnson, 4.24
2009: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 4.30
2010: Jacoby Ford, 4.28
2011: Demarcus van Dyke, 4.28
2012: Josh Robinson, 4.33
2013: Marquise Goodwin, 4.27
2014: Dri Archer, 4.26
2015: J.J. Nelson, 4.28
2016: Keith Marshall, 4.31
2017: John Ross, 4.22
2018: Donte Jackson, 4.32
2019: Zedrick Woods, 4.29
2020: Henry Ruggs, 4.27
2021: No mix
2022: Kalon Barnes, 4.23



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