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Who Ran the Fastest 40-yard Dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine?

Now that the dust has settled from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, it's time to see who can claim they're the fastest prospect in this year's draft class.

The 40-yard dash is always the most high-profile workout of the NFL Scouting Combine. No player makes it through their media session without being asked, "What time are you hoping to run in the 40?"

With that, here are this year's top speedsters.


  1. Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia - 4.31 seconds
  1. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame - 4.32
  1. Jonathan Jones, DB, Auburn - 4.33

Note: Marshall's time would have placed him tied for second in 2015 with cornerback Trae Waynes, behind only wide receiver J.J. Nelson (4.28).


  1. Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech - 4.56

T-2. Trevone Boykin, TCU - 4.77

T-2. Carson Wentz, North Dakota State - 4.77

Note: Driskel would have placed second among quarterback's in last year's class after Marcus Mariota (4.52).

Running Backs

  1. Marshall, Georgia - 4.31
  1. Tyler Ervin, San Jose St. - 4.41
  1. Kenyan Drake, Alabama - 4.45

Note: Both Marshall and Ervin topped every running back in 2015. Drake would have finished fourth with Jeremy Langford finishing third (4.42).

Tight Ends

  1. Jerrell Adams, South Carolina - 4.64
  1. Temarrick Hemingway, South Carolina St. - 4.71

T-3. Thomas Duarte, UCLA - 4.72

T-3. Austin Hooper, Stanford - 4.72

Note: Adams is behind only Mycole Pruitt (4.58) among tight end prospects the last two years.

Wide Receivers

  1. Fuller, Notre Dame - 4.32
  1. Kolby Listenbee, TCU - 4.39
  1. Trevor Davis, California - 4.42

Note: Fuller (second) is the only receiver to rank in the top five among wide receivers the last two years.

Offensive Linemen

  1. Jason Spriggs, Indiana - 4.94
  1. Joe Thuney, N.C. State - 4.95
  1. Caleb Benenoch, UCLA - 4.98

Note: All three linemen would have beaten every offensive lineman from last year's class. Ali Marpet (4.98) posted the fastest time in 2015 and was the only player to run a sub 5.00-second time.

Defensive Linemen

  1. Charles Tapper, Oklahoma - 4.59
  1. Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma St. - 4.63
  1. Kamalei Correa, Boise St. - 4.69

Note: Tapper was just slower than last year's top defensive lineman, Danielle Hunter (4.57).


  1. Darron Lee, Ohio St. - 4.47
  1. Travis Feeney, Washington - 4.50
  1. De'Vondre Campbell, Minnesota - 4.58

Note: Lee and Feeny were both faster than any linebacker at last year's combine.

Defensive Backs

  1. Jones, Auburn - 4.33
  1. Anthony Brown, Purdue - 4.35

T-3. William Jackson III, Houston - 4.37

T-3. Brandon Williams, Texas A&M - 4.37

Note: Waynes (4.31) was the only player to top Jones and Brown over the last two years.

Other Notable 40-times

  • Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State - 4.41

Note: Ramsey's impressive 40-yard dash likely cemented his value as one of the top defensive players in the draft and a potential top-5 pick.

  • Shaq Lawson, DL, Clemson - 4.70

Note: Lawson ranked fourth among defensive linemen and is one of the top pass-rushing prospects in this class.

  • Noah Spence, DL, Eastern Kentucky - 4.80

Note: Spence built himself plenty of buzz following the Senior Bowl, but most draft analysts were hoping he'd run faster in Indianapolis.

  • Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State - 4.47

Note: Elliott appears to be the consensus favorite for the best running back this year. This time only improves his stock.

  • Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama - 4.54

Note: The reigning Heisman winner was the heaviest running back at the combine at 247 pounds. That makes his 40-time extremely impressive. There's talk he could enter the first-round conversation. Henry also posted a ridiculous 47-inch vertical and 130-inch broad jump.

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