NFL Combine 2013: 15 Fastest 40-Yard Dash Times for Running Backs

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Montee Ball of Wisconsin works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Records are made to be broken.

However, not many are broken on a year-to-year basis at the NFL Scouting Combine. At the running back position, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson's 4.24 40-yard dash has topped the charts since 2008.

On Sunday in Indianapolis, that record almost came crashing down—courtesy of a fellow running back.

Auburn RB/KR Onterio McCalebb unoffically shattered CJ2K's mark with an impressive 4.21 time in the event, making him one of this year's fastest men at the combine so far. It didn't quite stand the test of the official time, but it's crazy to think about nonetheless.

Knile Davis came in second with a time of 4.37, quite good considering he fell out of favor with the Arkansas coaching staff this season for a lack of explosiveness coming off of a 2011 ACL injury. We've got you covered with the Top 15 RB 40 times at the 2013 combine, complete with profiles and other players of note that ran (and didn't run) on Sunday.


2013 Running Back 40-Yard Dash Times

Finish Player School Ht/Wt Best 40 Time
1 Onterrio McCalebb Auburn 5'11", 173 4.34
2 Knile Davis Arkansas 6'0", 226 4.37
3 Kerwynn Williams Utah State 5'8", 189 4.48
4 Johnathan Franklin
UCLA 5'11", 195
5 Michael Ford LSU 5'10", 216 4.50
6 Kenjon Barner Oregon 5'11", 195 4.52
6 D.J. Harper
Boise State
5'9", 205 4.52
8 Mike James
Miami 5'11", 220 4.53
8 Giovani Bernard North Carolina 5'10", 205 4.53
10 Christine Michael
Texas A&M 5'11", 213 4.54
11 Mike Gillislee Florida 5'11", 209 4.55
11 Zac Stacy
Vanderbilt 5'11", 210 4.55
11 Matthew Tucker
TCU 6'1", 227 4.55
14 Cierre Wood
Notre Dame
6'0", 215 4.56
15 C.J. Anderson
California 5'11", 210



McCalebb stole the show with his 4.21 unofficial 40 time, but it turns out Chris Johnson's record is safe.

Davis got the second-best time. After a brilliant season as a sophomore with QB Ryan Mallett in tow, the bruising back was poised to be one of the best RBs in his class. An ACL injury cost him the 2011 season, and John L. Smith didn't find him to be of the same value that Bobby Petrino did at Arkansas. He could be an interesting sleeper pick in the middle rounds.

The rest of the list is littered with talent. UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin had a strong showing, as did Texas A&M's Christine Michael. Those college studs cracked the Top 15, but some of the best RBs from the 2012 season did not.

Those names include the following players:

  • Stanford's Stepfan Taylor (4.76)
  • Wisconsin's Montee Ball (4.66)
  • Pittsburgh's Ray Graham (4.80)
  • SMU's Zach Line (4.77)

One of the big storylines from this year's combine will end up being the RBs that didn't run. Here's a list of the highly-touted rushers who didn't grace the track in Indianapolis:

  • Alabama's Eddie Lacy
  • South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore
  • Florida State's Chris Thompson
  • LSU's Spencer Ware

Overall, it was a great day for the position in Indianapolis. Not only were records broken, but several players posted sub 4.4 times and put themselves in position to be heavily scouted over the next few weeks.

Running back is a position that requires extreme depth in today's NFL, and that makes these combine workouts even more important for former collegiate running backs. We'll continue to keep you updated on all the results from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine as the final two days commence this week.


Note: Information from was used to compile this report.