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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I haven't talked w/ a scout yet who doesn't think Oregon States WR Brandin Cooks is not a 1st rounder. He KILLED Indy</p>— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) <a href="

">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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^ See national championship- Dee Ford was damn near unblockable the entire time at the most important juncture of the season.

Jeffcoat did not reach his full potential at Texas until late this year, although him weighing in under 250 is worrisome.


Jeffcoat was injured MOST of his career at Texas douche. He's fragile and as you've already admitted in your uninformed opinion, he's undersized. Go away ag

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rice CB Philip Gaines ran a 4.38 40 at combine today. He won $10K from <a href="https://twitter.com/adidas">@adidas</a> for being fastest DB in adidas cleats. <a href="http://t.co/VGWTc8o3wy">http://t.co/VGWTc8o3wy</a></p>— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) <a href="

">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Here is the updated fastest 40 times list (the sub-4.3s), shown above, with this years' fastest player added.

I also included some of the text from the guy who put this together



After much research a few things have come up over and over and over. These things plus my own two eyes would lead me to believe that Darrell Green, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were the fastest football players to ever play the game.


It has been said consistently that Darrell Green recorded a time of 4.09 at the Washington Redskins’ training camp in 1986. That’s a hard time to swallow but Green’s obvious speed has been put on display many times while he was in the NFL. Green ran down from significant distances two of the fastest running backs to play in the NFL (Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson). Green has said in interviews that the fastest time he has ever been aware of running is 4.15. To his credit, Green does have a verifiable and official time of 10.08 in the 100 meters while he was a college student at Texas A&I University. If anyone could run a sub 4.1 forty, it was Darrell Green.


Many sources report a 4.12 forty yard dash time for Bo Jackson and if you watched him turn the corner and run down the sidelines in 1987 versus the Seattle Seahawks, you would not doubt any time reported by this freak of nature. Repetition does not make it a fact but if enough sources have reported this time to make me believe it. Jackson has an official 10.39 time in the 100 meter dash in college.


Deion Sanders has the closest thing of the three as a verifiable 40 yard dash time. Sanders ran a 4.21 forty yard dash at the 1989 NFL combine and kept right on going through the finish line into the first round of that year’s NFL draft. Like Green and Jackson, anyone who watched Sanders play would have little trouble believing that Sanders pulled off this feat. Sanders recorded a 10.21 100 meter mark while at Florida St.


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In my personal experiences, I have seen some sub 4.3 forty yard dashes in my time. Kevin Williams of the University of Miami (1989-92) ran a 4.28 forty yard dash before my own eyes. Former Hurricanes Tremain Mack (4.25) and Al Shipman (4.27) ran sub 4.3 forties before my own eyes. Track star Henry Neal recorded a 4.20 forty yard dash before my own eyes in a workout for the Miami Dolphins in 1996. The Dolphins did not sign Neal since his football background was quite limited. I never watched him run an actual 40 yard dash but after having to cover him in training camp, I am inclined to believe every second of Joey Galloway’s reported 4.18 forty yard dash.


One player that is not on the list is Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys. No doubt, Hayes was one of the fastest men, if not

the fastest man to put on an NFL uniform. However, as it relates to the 40 yard dash, I could find no time recorded for this Olympic Gold medalist. Hayes has the fastest 100 meter time for an NFL player at 10.05. Should current Florida Gator Jeffery Demps make it to the NFL for any significant amount of time, he will own the fastest time at 10.01. Demps ran this as a high schooler and owns the national prep record for the event.


The fastest recorded 40 yard split on record belongs to Olympian Maurice Greene. During his World Record 60 meter run of 6.33, a mark that still exists, Green crossed the 40 yard mark at 4.18. Remembering that .25 seconds must be subtracted from that time due to Accu-track timing and you come up with a 40 yard dash time of 3.93 seconds. What’s the problem with that time? It was run on an indoor track with spikes on giving the runner an advantage over the football players who have run on grass with cleats.




1 Bo Jackson Auburn Tigers 4.12

2 Michael Bennett Minnesota Vikings 4.13

3 Alexander Wright Dallas Cowboys 4.14

4 Darrell Green Washington Redskins 4.15

5 Ahman Green Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.17

6 Joey Galloway Ohio St. Buckeyes 4.18

7 Terrell Sinkfield Northern Iowa 4.19

8 Henry Neal Blinn JC 4.2

9 Onterio McCalebb Auburn Tigers 4.21

10 Deion Sanders Florida St. Seminoles 4.21

11 Kevin Curtis Utah St. Aggies 4.21

12 Don Beebe Buffalo Bills 4.21

13 Donte Stallworth Tennessee Volunteers 4.22

14 Willie Parker North Carolina Tar Heels 4.23

15 Clayton Holmes Dallas Cowboys 4.23

16 Rondel Melendez Eastern Kentucky (1999) 4.24

17 Chris Johnson East Carolina Pirates 4.24

18 Taylor Mays USC 4.24

19 Marquis Goodwin Texas Longhorns 4.25

20 Tavon Austin West Virginia 4.25

21 Steve Williams California 4.25

22 Ike Taylor Pittsburgh Steelers 4.25

23 Randy Moss Marshall University 4.25

24 Michael Vick Virginia Tech Hokies 4.25

25 Jerome Mathis Hampton 4.25

26 Sam Shields University of Miami (Packers) 4.25

27 Dri Archer Kent St. 4.26 added 2/26/14

28 Devin Hester University of Miami 4.27

29 Darren McFadden Arkansas Razorbacks 4.27

30 James Jett West Virginia 4.27

31 Jacoby Ford Clemson Tigers 4.27

32 Trindon Holliday LSU 4.27

33 DeMarcus Van Dyke University of Miami 4.28

34 Kevin Williams University of Miami 4.28

35 Champ Bailey Georgia Bulldogs 4.28

36 CJ Spiller Clemson Tigers 4.28

37 Raghib Ismail Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4.28

38 Walter Sutton SW Minnesota St. 4.28

39 Rod Woodson Purdue Boilermakers 4.28

40 Standord Routt University of Houston (2005) 4.29

41 Fabian Washington Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.29

42 Laveranues Coles Florida St. Seminoles 4.29

43 James Williams Fresno St. 4.29

44 Gaston Green UCLA 4.29

45 Johnny Knox Abiliene Christian (Chi. Bears) 4.29



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I think Jeffcoat and Dee Ford will have more productive pro careers than Anthony Barr or Clowney.


The Dolphins shopping 2013 first-round pick Dion Jordan for a draft pick. He is an OLB in a 3-4.

I wonder if Houston would consider offering a 3rd?


Here are some Indy OLB 3-Cone Drill numbers -

Trent Murphy – 6.78

Anthony Barr – 6.82

Kony Ealy – 6.83

Kyle Van Noy – 7.22


Jordan might be better than all these guys.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>While this draft is clearly better than 2013 - Miami OLB Dion Jordan wld still be a top 10 player this year IMO</p>— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) <a href="

">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Multiple NFL scouts told me if Anthony Barr & Jordan were in the same draft they'd all have Jordan ahead of Barr</p>— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) <a href="

">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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