There is more to the game of football than just speed, but those who run faster than everyone else certainly have an advantage. With that in mind, the 40-yard dash is the marquee workout at the NFL Scouting Combine on a yearly basis.
Many players have improved their draft stock significantly with blazing-fast dashes over the years, while just as many have seen their value plummet with poor times.
With on-field workouts beginning on Feb. 22, the bulk of the talk surrounding the combine will undoubtedly focus on 40 times in the coming days.
There are even some interesting 40-yard dash subplots worth tracking, including Adidas' promise that the fastest runner wearing Adidas products will win a cool $100,000, according to Tim Newcomb of SI.com.
The 40-yard dash is so important that many of the prospects go through special training regimens to shave time off their runs. Strength and conditioning coach Ryan Flaherty is an expert in that area, and while he admits that the 40 isn't the be-all, end-all, he fully understands what a good 40 time means to these prospects, per Anahad O'Connor of The New York Times.
"Every team is going to be there to watch these guys work out and to see how fast they can run and how high they can jump," Flaherty said. "It's kind of a dog-and-pony show. But you have to do it."
With that in mind, here is a full listing of every prospect taking part in the combine. As their 40 times become available, this slideshow will be updated to reflect how the prospective draftees fared.
All prospects and 40 times courtesy of NFL.com.