NFL Combine 2013 40 Times: Top 5 Fastest Players at Every Position

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIFebruary 26, 2013

NFL Combine 2013 40 Times: Top 5 Fastest Players at Every Position

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    One of the most highly anticipated events in the NFL offseason is the NFL Scouting Combine. And perhaps no event is quite as glorified as the infamous 40-yard dash.

    With the 2013 event transpiring as we speak, who has set the field ablaze with the top times in Indianapolis?

    From records nearly going down to players underwhelming coaches in attendance with their results, we've seen it all. Some players have improved their stocks as a result of their times, while others have faced a lateral move or a decline.

    So who, by position, can we label as the fastest in the 2013 draft class?

    All times and information provided by NFL.com. Defensive backs will be updated as their times come in.

Quarterbacks

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    1. Geno Smith, West Virginia Mountaineers—4.59 seconds

    Geno Smith solidified his status as the top quarterback prospect in this draft class with a strong combine performance that was highlighted by a positional-best 4.59 40-yard dash.

    Oddly, Smith has been listed as a player going anywhere from first to outside of the top 10.

     

    2. EJ Manuel, Florida State Seminoles—4.65 seconds

    EJ Manuel was outstanding at the combine with his 4.65 40-yard dash and a superb all-around outing. As a result, Manuel proved to many that he could run the read option.

    Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com reports that scouts have upgraded him from a third-round to second-round prospect.

     

    3. Matt Scott, Arizona Wildcats—4.69 seconds

    Matt Scott of the Arizona Wildcats ran a 4.69 40-yard dash at the 2013 combine. Despite playing under the run-happy Rich Rodriguez, Scott averaged 41.6 pass attempts per game.

    Scott is an under-the-radar prospect, but he could be this year's Russell Wilson if slated on the right team.

     

    4. MarQueis Gray, Minnesota Golden Gophers—4.73 seconds

    It's unclear whether or not MarQueis Gray will play quarterback or wide receiver. At 6'4" and 245 pounds, he's an impressive specimen at either spot.

    Gray worked the combine at QB, however, and ran an impressive 4.73 40-yard dash.

     

    T-5. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs—4.78 seconds

    Colby Cameron threw for 4,147 yards on a completion percentage of 68.8. He also threw 31 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

    At the combine, Cameron turned heads by proving he has the wheels to go with his passing tools, running a 4.78 40-yard dash.

     

    T-5. Collin Klein, Kansas State Wildcats—4.78 seconds

    Collin Klein is suffering from the Tim Tebow effect, as few believe he will play quarterback at the next level. With that being said, Klein put his prowess as a runner on full display.

    A 4.78 40-yard dash tied him with Cameron for fifth among quarterbacks.

Running Backs

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    1. Onterio McCalebb, Auburn Tigers—4.34 seconds

    Onterio McCalebb blew minds and raised his draft stock with a 40-yard-dash of 4.34 seconds. This comes after he nearly set the combine record with an unofficial time of 4.21.

    McCalebb is likely to be a midround selection, but his speed will be attractive to all.

     

    2. Knile Davis, Arkansas Razorbacks—4.37 seconds

    Knile Davis is one of the most underrated prospects in this draft class. Although injuries have been an issue, Davis has a rare blend of size, speed, strength and ability.

    At 6'0" and 220 pounds, Davis ran a 4.37 second 40-yard dash.

     

    3. Kerwynn Williams, Utah State Aggies—4.48 seconds

    Kerwynn Williams made a splash during his senior season, running for 1,512 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 45 passes for 697 yards and five touchdowns, which puts the 5'8" back's future into perspective.

    Williams is shaping up to be more of a slot receiver or a Darren Sproles type of player rather than an every-down back—even still, a 4.48 40-yard dash is impressive.

     

    4. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA Bruins—4.49 seconds

    Johnathan Franklin is one of the top running backs in this draft class. At the combine, he showed just how explosive he can be with a time of 4.49 in the 40-yard dash.

    Franklin also displayed strong hands.

     

    5. Michael Ford, LSU Tigers—4.50 seconds

    Despite receiving just 71 carries in 2012, Michael Ford left the LSU Tigers after his junior season. He showed scouts why by running a 4.50-second 40-yard dash.

    Ford could be the next in line of a long string of under-the-radar LSU backs.

Wide Receivers

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    1. Marquise Goodwin, Texas Longhorns—4.27 seconds

    Unofficially, Marquise Goodwin ran a 4.21 40-yard dash. That would have been the fastest in combine history.

    Unfortunately, Goodwin was bumped down to 4.27 seconds on his official time. Fortunately, that was the fastest at the combine.

     

    T-2. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M Aggies—4.34 seconds

    Ryan Swope came in and shocked everyone in attendance by running the second-fastest 40-yard dash of the day at 4.34 seconds. This tied another burner who was expected to fare this well.

    Swope improved his draft stock significantly with his NFL slot receiver speed.

     

    T-2. Tavon Austin, West Virginia Mountaineers—4.34 seconds

    Coming in to the NFL combine, all eyes were on Tavon Austin to put up blazing numbers during the 40-yard dash. Austin did just that, running a marvelous 4.34-second sprint.

    He ran the second-fastest 20-yard shuttle as well.

     

    T-4. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma Sooners—4.38 seconds

    Kenny Stills isn't the high-profile name that teammate Landry Jones has proven to be. With that being said, Stills is a legitimately intriguing prospect as a slot receiver.

    Running a 4.38-second dash helps him there.

     

    T-4. Josh Boyce, TCU Horned Frogs—4.38 seconds

    Josh Boyce was superb at the 2013 NFL combine. He ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and finished in the top five in five events total.

    That includes the broad jump and 60-yard shuttle.

Tight Ends

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    1. Chris Gragg, Arkansas Razorbacks—4.50 seconds

    Chris Gragg ran like a wide receiver and thus recorded a 4.50-second 40-yard dash time. Gragg also finished in the top five by position in the vertical jump, broad jump and three cone drill.

    A major draft stock boost for the Arkansas alum.

     

    2. Matt Furstenburg, Maryland Terrapins—4.62 seconds

    Matt Furstenburg finished with the second-best 40-yard dash time by position at 4.62 seconds. He also finished in the top five of the vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.

    A quality performance by a player looking to raise his draft stock.

     

    3. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State Buckeyes—4.65 seconds

    Jake Stoneburner finished in the top five of five separate drills. That includes a 4.65 40-yard dash.

    A strong performance that is certain to raise his draft stock.

     

    4. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame Fighting Irish—4.68 seconds

    According to Mel Kiper of ESPN Insider, Tyler Eifert is the top tight end in this year's draft class. Eifert put that on full display at the combine.

    Eifert finished in the top five in all seven drills that he participated in.

     

    5. Vance McDonald, Rice Owls—4.69 seconds

    Vance McDonald is 6'4" and 267 pounds. He's viewed in a positive light by scouts and general managers and did nothing but solidify his status as a quality prospect with his performance.

    McDonald finished in the top five of five of his seven drills.

Offensive Guard

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    1. Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks—4.94 seconds

    Kyle Long ran a 4.94 40-yard dash. He's also the son of NFL legend Howie Long and the brother of current NFL defensive end Chris Long.

    With football in his blood and a quality outing at the combine, Long could go on the first or second day of the draft.

     

    2. Alvin Bailey, Arkansas Razorbacks—4.95 seconds

    Alvin Bailey ran a 4.95 40-yard dash. He's capable of playing both guard positions.

    The question is, can Bailey overcome a lackluster and limited remainder of the combine?

     

    3. Jeff Baca, UCLA Bruins—5.03 seconds

    Jeff Baca performed very well during the speed and agility drills. That includes the 40-yard dash, three cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

    This should improve his stock rather significantly.

     

    4. Earl Watford, James Madison Dukes—5.06 seconds

    Earl Watford is an under-the-radar prospect from James Madison. He's also 6'3" and 300 pounds.

    A quality outing here could have made him a mid-to-late round selection.

     

    5. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina Tar Heels—5.07 seconds

    Jonathan Cooper is the second-ranked guard, per Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN Insider. He performed very well during the 40-yard dash, recording a time of 5.07.

    Cooper also performed 35 reps during the bench press—the second-most by position.

Offensive Tackle

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    1. Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions—4.71 seconds

    Terron Armstead turned heads by running a sensational 4.71-second 40-yard dash. Unfortunately, the world erupted with one common question.

    When will he be running 40 yards downfield? Even still, it was an impressive day.

     

    2. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma Sooners—4.72 seconds

    Lane Johnson was very impressive at the combine. He finished in the top five by position in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

    A potential first-round prospect improved his positioning.

     

    3. Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech Hokies—4.95 seconds

    Vinston Painter performed quite well at the 2013 combine. Although limited in draft interest, Painter finished in the top five by position in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump.

    He also ripped off 32 reps during the bench press.

     

    4. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan Chippewas—5.05 seconds

    Eric Fisher is ranked by Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN Insider as the second-best offensive tackle available. With a very high quality outing at the combine, that spot is safe.

    The Central Michigan lineman could be a top-10 pick.

     

    5. Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas Jayhawks—5.07 seconds

    Tanner Hawkinson of the Kansas Jayhawks isn't the strongest lineman, but he performed well at the combine. By finishing in the top five in the 40-yard dash, he could have improved his stock.

    Hawkinson also finished in the top five of the broad jump and 20-yard shuttle.

Centers

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    1. Brian Schwenke, California Golden Bears—4.99 seconds

    Brian Schwenke is one of the top centers in this draft class. While this drill is not the most telling sign of a center's future, Schwenke did not disappoint.

    He led all centers with a 4.99 40-yard dash.

     

    2. Joe Madsen, West Virginia Mountaineers—5.20 seconds

    Joe Madsen needed an impressive showing at the 2013 combine. Madsen ran well enough, finishing second among centers with a 5.20 40-yard dash.

     

    T-3. T.J. Johnson, South Carolina Gamecocks—5.33 seconds

    T.J. Johnson was in need of a good outing and he had one in this workout. With the third-best 40-yard dash among centers, Johnson left scouts with something to study.

    How important it is to his draft stock, however, is minimal.

     

    T-3. Braxston Cave, Notre Dame Fighting Irish—5.33 seconds

    Braxston Cave is yet another center that isn't too high on the average big board. With that being said, he ran quite well at the combine.

    Unfortunately, Cave was average in all other areas.


    5. P.J. Lonergan, LSU Tigers—5.38 seconds

    P.J. Lonergan has significant collegiate experience and quality size. Unfortunately, he's not as high as one might expect on the average draft board.

    A quality showing at the 40-yard dash could be of minimal aid.

Defensive Ends

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    1. Trevardo Williams, Connecticut Huskies—4.57 seconds

    Trevardo Williams ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash time of any defensive player on Monday. That includes every defensive lineman and linebacker.

    He also finished in the top five by position in the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump.

     

    2. Barkevious Mingo, LSU Tigers—4.58 seconds

    Barkevious Mingo has long been heralded as one of the position's elite athletes. He proved such by ranking in the top five by position on the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump.

    Mingo's stock remains high.

     

    T-3. Margus Hunt, SMU Mustangs—4.60 seconds

    Margus Hunt is a 6'8"—not a typo—and 277-pound defensive end. At the combine, he may have been the best performer at his position.

    Hunt ranked third in the 40-yard dash and led all ends in the bench press.

     

    T-3. Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks—4.60 seconds

    Dion Jordan is a 6'6" and 248-pound defensive end. He originally played tight end, but now displays superb burst off of the edge.

    After running a 4.60 40-yard dash, talks of his potential move to outside linebacker will increase.

     

    T-3. Corey Lemonier, Auburn Tigers—4.60 seconds

    Corey Lemonier is a 6'3" and 255-pound defensive end. At the combine, he ran a 4.60 40-yard dash.

    Lemonier put on an impressive display in this individual event.

Defensive Tackles

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    1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida Gators—4.92 seconds

    Sharrif Floyd is widely considered to be one of the top two defensive tackles available. With Star Lotulelei suffering from a heart condition, Floyd had a chance to rise to the top.

    Floyd stepped up with a 4.92 40-yard dash to lead all interior lineman.

     

    2. Nick Williams, Samford Bulldogs—4.94 seconds

    At 6'4" and 309 pounds, Nick Williams has the size to make an impact at the next level. After running the second-best 40 time by position, Williams displayed the athleticism to do the same.

    His 28 reps during the bench press fell just outside of the top five as well.

     

    3. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri Tigers—5.02 seconds

    Sheldon Richardson is widely believed to be a potential first-round draft choice. After running a 5.02 40-yard dash and finishing fifth in the bench press, he did what he needed to solidify that status.

    Could Richardson benefit from Lotulelei's reported heart condition and move into the top 10?

     

    4. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina Tar Heels—5.03 seconds

    Sylvester Williams is the latest in a long line of quality North Carolina defensive prospects. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN has him as the fourth-ranked defensive tackle.

    After a quality showing at the combine, Williams could be one of the numerous to benefit from Lotulelei's potential fall down the draft board. Even if he doesn't, he'll fare just fine on draft day.

     

    5. Everett Dawkins, Florida State Seminoles—5.06 seconds

    No one has doubted Everett Dawkins' ability to explode off of the line. After running a 5.06 40-yard dash, even less are questioning his straight-line speed.

    The question is, does Dawkins have the strength necessary to excel at the next level?

Outside Linebackers

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    1. Zaviar Gooden, Missouri Tigers—4.47 seconds

    Zaviar Gooden ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash. That was .08 better than any other linebacker at the combine.

    That's a statement.

     

    2. Cornelius Washington, Georgia Bulldogs—4.55 seconds

    As Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree garner the headlines, Cornelius Washington showed up with the second-best 40 time among all linebackers. Washington ran the dash in 4.55 seconds.

    He's not a first-round draft choice, but Washington's speed and ability to come off of the edge will attract scouts.

     

    3. Jamie Collins, Southern Miss Golden Eagles—4.64 seconds

    Jamie Collins possesses extraordinary size at 6'3" and 250 pounds. He also ran a 4.64 40-yard dash to round out that resume of superb physical ability.

    The question is, how much will this impact his landing spot come draft day?

     

    4. Sio Moore, Connecticut Huskies—4.65 seconds

    Sio Moore was one of two Connecticut Huskies to step up and impress at the NFL combine. Moore ran a 4.65 40-yard dash and solidified his status as a promising prospect.

    Moore also ranked in the top five by position in terms of the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump.

     

    T-5. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers Scarlet Knights—4.71 seconds

    Khaseem Greene is known as a player who excels in chasing down backs and making open-field tackles. By running a 4.71-second 40-yard dash, Greene proved to scouts that he fits the billing.

    Greene was also top five in the 20- and 60-yard shuttles.

     

    T-5. Nick Moody, Florida State Seminoles—4.71 seconds

    During his career at Florida State, Nick Moody dealt with a number of different injuries. Fortunately, Moody fared well with a 4.71-second 40-yard dash to prove the athleticism is still intact.

    Keep in mind, Moody is a former safety.

Inside Linebackers

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    1. Jon Bostic, Florida Gators—4.61 seconds

    Jon Bostic is one of the many Florida Gators who are looking to go from an elite college defense to one in the NFL. At the combine, Bostic showed just how impressive an athlete he is with a 4.61 40-yard dash.

    Inside linebackers don't run straight very often—Bostic's burst, however, is enticing.

     

    2. A.J. Klein, Iowa State Cyclones—4.66 seconds

    A.J. Klein is likely to be a midround selection, but that didn't stop him from outrunning the stars. He tallied a 4.66-second 40-yard dash and finished second among inside linebackers.

    For what it's worth, Klein had 19 tackles during his final college game.

     

    T-3. Jonathan Stewart, Texas A&M Aggies—4.68 seconds

    Jonathan Stewart of Texas A&M is a 6'4" and 242-pound inside linebacker who ran a 4.68 40-yard dash. This combination of size and speed could lead to his being drafted higher than expected.

    If not, this was one heck of a performance to watch and witness.

     

    T-3. Brandon Hepburn, Florida A&M Rattlers—4.68 seconds

    Brandon Hepburn of Florida A&M is a 6'2" and 240-pound inside linebacker. He ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash and finished in the top five during the broad jump as well.

    Athletically, Hepburn made a statement.

     

    5. Alec Ogletree, Georgia Bulldogs—4.70 seconds

    Alec Ogletree is considered by many to be the top inside linebacker in this draft class. His athleticism was on display during a 4.70 40-yard dash.

    No one doubted this young man's physical ability entering or exiting this day.

Cornerbacks

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    1. Darius Slay, Mississippi State Bulldogs—4.36 seconds

    Darius Slay is a 6'0" cornerback coming out of Mississippi State. He's viewed by most scouts as a player that could go somewhere between the second and fourth round.

    After running a 4.36 40-yard dash, his stock may have improved.

     

    2. Dee Milliner, Alabama Crimson Tide—4.37 seconds

    The number one concern surrounding Dee Milliner of the Alabama Crimson Tide was his lack of top-end speed. Well, so much for that.

    The potential Top 10 draft choice ran a 4.37 second 40-yard dash. How do you like him now?

     

    3. Desmond Trufant, Washington Huskies—4.38 seconds

    Desmond Trufant is the younger brother of 10-year veteran Marcus Trufant. At the NFL Combine, Desmond did his best to escape Marcus' shadow.

    Trufant ran a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash—good for third amongst defensive backs.

     

    T-4. Jamar Taylor, Boise State Broncos—4.39 seconds

    Jamar Taylor is a 5'11" cornerback from Boise State University. At the NFL Combine, he raised his stock by finishing in the Top 5 by position in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and bench press.

    A 4.39 40 was good for fourth amongst all defensive backs.

     

    T-4. Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana Lions—4.39 seconds

    Robert Alford is a relative unknown amongst the average fan, but he's high on most scouts' respective radars. He did nothing but boost his stock with a 4.39 40-yard dash time.

    Alford also finished in the Top 5 by position in the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump.

Free Safeties

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    1. Eric Reid, LSU Tigers—4.53 seconds

    Eric Reid ran the top 40-yard dash time amongst all free safeties at 4.53 seconds. He also had the highest vertical and broad jump.

    It's safe to say that Reid dominated the NFL Combine.

     

    2. Matt Elam, Florida Gators—4.54 seconds

    Matt Elam is widely believed to be one of the top free safeties available. He backed the hype up at the Combine, running a 4.54 40-yard dash which ranked second by position.

    A quality performance by a quality player.

     

    3. Micah Hyde, Iowa Hawkeyes—4.56 seconds

    Micah Hyde is a 6'0" and 197 pound safety out of Iowa. At the NFL Combine, Hyde proved what type of value he could have on defense by running a 4.56 second 40-yard dash.

    As a zone defender, Hyde could be a valuable draft choice.

     

    4. J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern Eagles—4.57 seconds

    According to NFL.com, J.J. Wilcox was one of the biggest winners of the Senior Bowl. Running a 4.57 second 40-yard dash at the Combien is a great way to pad that budding resume.

    Wilcox also ranked in the Top 5 by position in the 20-yard shuttle.

     

    5. Josh Evans, Florida Gators—4.58 seconds

    Matt Elam isn't the only Florida free safety that impressed at the Combine. In fact, Josh Evans turned just as many heads.

    Evans ran a 4.58 40-yard dash and ranked in the Top 5 by position in the three cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

Strong Safeties

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    1. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse Orange—4.42 seconds

    Shamarko Thomas put on an extraordinary NFL Combine performance. The 5'9" corner out of Syracuse ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, which led all safeties.

    He also finished in the Top 5 by position in the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump. Unfortunately, his performance is likely be remembered for the moment in which he fell on his face after the 40.

    By fans, not scouts.

     

    2. Earl Wolff, North Carolina State Wolfpack—4.44 seconds

    Earl Wolff had a lot to prove entering the Combine as an under the radar safety from North Carolina State. Wolff succeeded in doing such, ranking in the Top 5 in every drill he completed.

    That includes the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and 20-yard shuttle.

     

    3. Shawn WIlliams, Georgia Bulldogs—4.46 seconds

    Shawn Williams is one of numerous Georgia defenders to shine at the Draft Combine. He's also one of the many Bulldogs to run a Top 5 time by position in the 40-yard dash.

    At 4.46, Williams displayed excellent burst and top-end speed.

     

    4. Keelan Johnson, Arizona State Sun Devils—4.54 seconds

    In terms of pure speed and agility, Keelan Johnson is one of the best in this class. He finished in the Top 5 by position in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and three-cone drill.

    Johnson had 88 tackles, 13 passes defensed and five interceptions as a senior.

     

    5. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas Longhorns—4.63 seconds

    Kenny Vaccaro is viewed as one of the top strong safeties in this draft class. After tallying 92 tackles as a senior, you can see why.

    Vaccaro padded his stock with a 4.63 40-yard dash.