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Fastest 40-yard dash times for WRs at the NFL Combine

We take a look back at which wide receiver holds the record for fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Washington wide receiver John Ross answers questions to members of the press during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 3, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As the 2023 NFL Combine descends upon Lucas Oil Stadium and its host city of Indianapolis, Indiana, scouting personnel and fans alike will be tuned in for a number of reasons. Perhaps it's to find a franchise quarterback or a disruptive defensive anchor. Or just maybe there are some who will tune in and watch some of the fastest collegiate players attempt to etch their names into the history books.

The 40-yard dash event has evolved far beyond its function of assessing a prospect’s physical performance, it has quite literally become a cultural event. The wide receiver position has historically been one of, if not the fastest position in the NFL, so naturally, there must be some past wideouts with record 40-yard dash times.

Let’s break down the top 10 40-yard dash finishes by a wide receiver in the history of the NFL Combine.

Fastest 40-yard dash finishes by a WR

  1. John Ross, 2017 NFL Combine - 4.22 seconds
  2. Rondel Menendez, 1999 NFL Combine - 4.24 seconds
  3. Jerome Mathis, 2005 NFL Combine - 4.26 seconds
  4. Henry Ruggs III, 2020 NFL Combine - 4.27 seconds
  5. Marquise Goodwin, 2013 NFL Combine - 4.27 seconds
  6. Jacoby Ford, 2010 NFL Combine - 4.28 seconds
  7. J.J. Nelson, 2015 NFL Combine - 4.28 seconds
  8. Tyquan Thornton, 2022 NFL Combine - 4.28 seconds
  9. Yamon Figurs, 2007 NFL Combine - 4.30 seconds
  10. Darrius Heyward-Bey, 2009 NFL Combine - 4.30 seconds