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Fastest 40-yard dash times for RBs at the NFL Scouting Combine

We take a look back at which running back holds the record for fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine ... and who finished just behind him.

Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Titans defeated the Raiders 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 NFL Combine provides an opportunity for scouting personnel and fans to observe some of the best collegiate prospects to soon transition into the NFL. It also opens the door for potential record-setting performances to be on display, as some of the fastest players in college football partake in the 40-yard dash, which has become a must-watch event that has evolved in popularity over the years.

While wide receivers are often regarded as some of the fastest players in the NFL, it would be unwise to write off the prospects that work primarily in the backfield. The combine has witnessed some extraordinary 40-yard dash performances from running backs over the years, including one future Pro Bowler that would hold onto the record for the fastest time for nearly 10 years.

Before this year’s newest class of prospects look to rewrite the history books, let’s take a look back at some of the fastest finishes by a running back in the NFL Combine.

Fastest 40-yard dashes by a RB

  1. Chris Johnson, 2008 NFL Combine - 4.24 seconds
  2. Dri Archer, 2014 NFL Combine - 4.26 seconds
  3. Keith Marshall, 2016 NFL Combine - 4.31 seconds
  4. Darren McFadden, 2008 NFL Combine - 4.33 seconds
  5. Jahvid Best, 2010 NFL Combine - 4.35 seconds
  6. Knile Davis, 2013 NFL Combine - 4.37 seconds
  7. CJ Spiller, 2010 NFL Combine - 4.37 seconds