Every Top 25 Team's Fastest 40 Time Ever Recorded at the NFL Combine

Justin Ferguson@@JFergusonBRCFB National AnalystMarch 1, 2016

Every Top 25 Team's Fastest 40 Time Ever Recorded at the NFL Combine

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    Notre Dame WR Will Fuller
    Notre Dame WR Will FullerDarron Cummings/Associated Press

    The NFL combine features plenty of workouts and drills for the draft prospects in attendance, but nothing grabs the attention of the fans as much as the 40-yard dash.

    While speed out of pads over 40 yards doesn't necessarily translate to on-field football production, the times are still major storylines in Indianapolis each year. A great 40 time can command a lot of attention for a prospect, while an underwhelming one could spell trouble.

    For the third straight year, we at Bleacher Report took a look at the best official 40-yard dash times for each program in the composite preseason top 25 that I introduced late last month. These schools and spots were determined by the average of several major national outlets, so you should take up any issues with the college football media as a whole.

    These best times were based on combine results from NFLCombineResults.com or StatisticBrain.com and were verified by the NFL's official website or some other trusted source. Since electronic timing became the official standard at the 1999 combine, those numbers get top priority.

    However, unofficial hand-timed numbers that live in combine lore—ones from some of the fastest players in football history such as Deion Sanders and Joey Galloway—have also been listed alongside the more verified electronic times. 

25. UCLA

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    Former UCLA RB Maurice Jones-Drew
    Former UCLA RB Maurice Jones-DrewDonald Miralle/Getty Images

    RB Maurice Jones-Drew

    Time: 4.39

    Year: 2006

    Drafted: Second round (60th overall) by Jacksonville

    The fastest unofficial 40-yard dash in combine history for a former UCLA Bruin was said to be set by running back Gaston Green, who ran a hand-timed 4.29 at the 1988 event. The speedy Green played six seasons in the NFL and was a Pro Bowler in 1991 as a member of the Denver Broncos.

    But since the advent of electronic timing at the combine, Maurice Jones-Drew holds the title of the fastest 40-yard dash out of UCLA. The running back and kick return specialist clocked in the sub-4.4 range at the 2006 combine, and the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to use their second round pick that year on him.

    Jones-Drew got his NFL career off to a strong start in Jacksonville as a versatile offensive weapon and later made three straight Pro Bowls with three straight 1,000-yard seasons as an every-down back. He rushed for more than 8,000 yards and 68 touchdowns in nine seasons, retiring before the 2015 season. 

    Unofficial: RB Gaston Green (4.29 seconds) in 1988—drafted first round (14th overall) by Los Angeles

24. Miami

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    Former Miami DB DeMarcus Van Dyke
    Former Miami DB DeMarcus Van DykeDarron Cummings/Associated Press

    DB DeMarcus Van Dyke

    Time: 4.28

    Year: 2011

    Drafted: Third round (81st overall) by Oakland

    A two-sport athlete at Miami, DeMarcus Van Dyke blazed the football field as well as he blazed the track. In 2011, he tied for the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash in the electronic era with a 4.28.

    According to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, Van Dyke's 40 time is tied for the fastest official time by any defensive back in NFL draft combine history. Although he was never a full-time starter with the Hurricanes, Van Dyke's athletic gifts helped him become a third-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

    However, he didn't make it to a second season with Oakland and spent almost a year in Pittsburgh before becoming a practice-squad member of the Chiefs and the Vikings in the 2014 and 2015 preseasons. He is currently a free agent.

23. Georgia

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    Former Georgia DB Champ Bailey
    Former Georgia DB Champ BaileyJOHN BAZEMORE/Associated Press

    DB Champ Bailey

    Time: 4.28

    Year: 1999

    Drafted: First round (seventh overall) by Washington

    In the first year of electronic 40 times at the NFL combine, Champ Bailey set a high standard for any athlete who came behind him. The 1998 Nagurski Trophy winner at Georgia, who was also a track standout in high school, torched the track at the combine with a time of 4.28 seconds.

    Bailey used that world-class speed to become one of the best defensive backs in NFL history. Starting with his second year in the league, he made 12 Pro Bowls in the span of 13 seasons. No other defensive back in NFL history has been named to as many Pro Bowl teams as this former Bulldog.

    In 2013, Bailey battled through injuries to take an important role on the Denver Broncos in their playoff run toward Super Bowl XLVIII. He was denied a Super Bowl title in what would be his last season—he retired in November 2014 as a Bronco after missing the cut as a member of the Saints—but he left a legacy as one of the game's all-time greats in the secondary.

22. Washington

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    Former Washington DB Roc Alexander (left)
    Former Washington DB Roc Alexander (left)Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    DB Roc Alexander

    Time: 4.35

    Year: 2004

    Drafted: Undrafted

    In 2004, Roc Alexander set an official 40-yard dash combine record for the Washington Huskies that still stands today—Desmond Trufant narrowly missed it with his run in the 2013 combine.

    Alexander, who was a cornerback and return specialist at Washington, had a strong outing at the 2004 combine, but his numbers weren't enough for him to hear his name called at the draft. He landed with the Denver Broncos after the draft and started one game in the 2004 season.

    His time in the NFL would be infamously remembered for a 2004 playoff game in which Colts quarterback Peyton Manning repeatedly threw at Alexander, with Reggie Wayne catching 10 passes for 221 yards and two scores, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Alexander would play in 10 games in 2005 for Denver before a short stint in Houston to end his brief pro career.

21. Louisville

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    Former Louisville DB Charles Gaines
    Former Louisville DB Charles GainesJulio Cortez/Associated Press

    DB Charles Gaines

    Time: 4.44

    Year: 2015

    Drafted: Sixth round (189th overall) by Cleveland

    Louisville is starting to send more and more players to the professional ranks. Last year, Charles Gaines joined the growing group of former Cardinals in the NFL after running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

    The speedy wide receiver-turned-defensive back had the best time at his position in the 2015 combine, and the Cleveland Browns decided to use a late pick on him in the draft. Pat McManamon of ESPN.com called the high-potential Gaines' selection "another in a stretch of logical, sound picks by the Browns" in last year's draft.

    In the 2015 season, Gaines played in six games and started his last four after missing a large chunk of the season on the short-term injured reserve.

20. North Carolina

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    Former North Carolina DB Michael Waddell
    Former North Carolina DB Michael WaddellGREGORY SMITH/Associated Press

    DB Michael Waddell

    Time: 4.31

    Year: 2004

    Drafted: Fourth round (124th overall) by Tennessee

    Former North Carolina cornerback Michael "Rabbit" Waddell flashed his famous speed at the 2004 combine by running a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash. The regular starter for the Tar Heels was a fourth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans later that year, and he picked up four starts at the end of his rookie season in place of the injured Samari Rolle.

    Waddell was more of a special teams player and nickelback in the 2005 season, picking up one more start at the latter position. He missed all of 2006 with a knee injury suffered off the field, and he didn't play a single game in the 2007 season.

    After appearing once for Oakland in 2008, Waddell was picked up by the Florida Tuskers of the short-lived United Football League. The team released him before the 2009 season.

19. Oklahoma State

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    Former Oklahoma State DB Darrent Williams (right)
    Former Oklahoma State DB Darrent Williams (right)BRODY SCHMIDT/Associated Press

    DB Darrent Williams

    Time: 4.30

    Year: 2005

    Drafted: Second round (56th overall) by Denver

    The late Darrent Williams made a name for himself at the college level for his ability to turn any interception into a possible touchdown. He had five pick-sixes in his career, which is tied for sixth-most all-time in college football history.

    Williams turned heads again at the 2005 NFL combine, where he ran a 4.3 flat in the 40-yard dash after a senior season in which he missed several games due to injury. He was drafted in the second round by the Denver Broncos, and he took his first career NFL interception back for a touchdown in the 2005 campaign.

    He was a regular starter by his second season in the league. Williams' bright young career was tragically cut short on New Year's Day of 2007 when he died as a result of a drive-by shooting. He was 24 years old.

18. Oregon

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    Former Oregon RB Allen Amundson (right)
    Former Oregon RB Allen Amundson (right)DON RYAN/Associated Press

    RB Allen Amundson

    Time: 4.34

    Year: 2003

    Drafted: Undrafted

    Oregon's football program is built on blinding speed, and its fastest player at an NFL combine was someone who the average college football fan probably wouldn't know. 

    Allen Amundson was a reserve running back for the Ducks who rushed for only 569 yards and four touchdowns in his entire college career. As Bleacher Report's Brian Pedersen noted in his countdown of best combine times last season, Amundson's best season came as a sophomore when he was the No. 2 back behind Maurice Morris.

    While Amundson's 4.34 time at the 2003 combine garnered the relative unknown some more attention, he didn't get drafted. He never played a down in the NFL after signing as an undrafted free-agent defensive back with the San Francisco 49ers.

17. USC

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    Former USC WR R. Jay Soward
    Former USC WR R. Jay SowardTodd Warshaw/Getty Images

    WR R. Jay Soward and RB Justin Fargas 

    Time: 4.35

    Year: 2000 [Soward] and 2003 [Fargas]

    Drafted: First round (29th overall) by Jacksonville [Soward] and third round (96th overall) by Oakland [Fargas]

    USC's place on this list was almost taken by safety Taylor Mays, who was originally timed at a 4.24 in the 40-yard dash at the 2010 combine. His time was later officially ruled to be 4.43 seconds—still a great time but not enough to be the best for a former Trojan.

    Two Trojans, wide receiver R. Jay Soward and running back Justin Fargas, are tied for USC's best official times at the combine. Soward, who never lived up to his huge hype at USC, had his 4.35 in 2000, while former Michigan transfer running back Fargas posted his time three years later.

    Soward's excellent combine led the Jaguars to draft him with their first-round selection, but he only lasted a lone NFL season that included multiple substance-abuse suspensions. He later played in the Canadian Football League. Fargas, on the other hand, played seven seasons for the Raiders and made 32 career starts.

16. Iowa

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    Former Iowa DB Bob Sanders
    Former Iowa DB Bob SandersAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images

    DB Bob Sanders

    Time: 4.35

    Year: 2004

    Drafted: Second round (44th overall) by Indianapolis

    While Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn posted a jaw-dropping 40 time this year, he was still a couple of tenths behind the best former Hawkeye at the combine. That distinction belongs to Bob Sanders, the hard-hitting safety who spent most of his time starring for the Colts.

    According to Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com, there were plenty of questions surrounding Sanders' physical gifts heading into the 2004 combine. That changed, though, after he posted a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash and a 41 ½" vertical jump.

    The Colts pulled the trigger on the 5'8" Sanders in the second round of the draft, and he became a two-time Pro Bowler, 2007 Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl champion in Indianapolis. The later years of his career were marked by injury, and he retired after his eighth season in the league.

15. TCU

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    Former TCU DB Jason Verrett
    Former TCU DB Jason VerrettBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

    WR Josh Boyce and DB Jason Verrett

    Time: 4.38

    Year: 2013 [Boyce] and 2014 [Verrett]

    Drafted: Fourth round (102nd overall) by New England [Boyce] and first round (25th overall) by San Diego [Verrett]

    More of a new-school power in college football, TCU is starting to pump more players into the NFL ranks in the Gary Patterson era. In 2013 and 2014, two of the Horned Frogs' most recent stars posted school-record 40-yard dash times.

    Former standout wide receiver Josh Boyce ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, and he was later drafted in the fourth round by the Patriots. Boyce has only recorded nine career receptions, spending a large amount of time on injured reserve lists and the Patriots' practice squads.

    Ball-hawking defensive back Jason Verrett, who was an All-American at TCU, had a strong combine performance and went in the first round to the Chargers. After his rookie season was cut short due to injury, he came on strong with a Pro Bowl campaign in 2015.

14. Ole Miss

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    Former Ole Miss WR Mike Wallace (right)
    Former Ole Miss WR Mike Wallace (right)Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images

    WR Mike Wallace

    Time: 4.33

    Year: 2009

    Drafted: Third round (84th overall) by Pittsburgh

    Mike Wallace exploded onto the national scene in 2009 when he ran a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, which was the second-fastest time of any player that year behind Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey. 

    After becoming a third-round selection by the Steelers, Wallace used that speed in a huge way, leading the entire NFL in yards per catch in his rookie campaign. Two years later, he was a Pro Bowler.

    The former Ole Miss wide receiver then signed a huge deal with the Miami Dolphins, where he would play for two seasons before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings. Last season, his first with the Vikings, Wallace only had 473 receiving yards and two touchdowns—both career lows.

13. Michigan State

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    Former Michigan State DB Trae Waynes
    Former Michigan State DB Trae WaynesJulio Cortez/Associated Press

    DB Trae Waynes

    Time: 4.31

    Year: 2015

    Drafted: First round (11th overall) by Minnesota

    Trae Waynes made Michigan State history last year by posting a lightning-fast 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which was the second-best mark among all prospects and the all-time best for a former Spartan.

    The star of the "No-Fly Zone" Spartans secondary nailed down his high first-round status at the combine, and Minnesota chose him with the No. 11 overall pick of the draft. According to Tim Yotter of Scout, Waynes was mostly used in spot situations in his first year with the Vikings, only getting one start after the team went through a rough patch of injuries.

    Waynes finished his first season on a strong note, though, coming up with a couple of big defensive plays in Minnesota's loss to Seattle in the Wild Card Round. He had his first career interception in that game, and he'll look to ride that momentum into a stronger 2016 season.

12. Houston

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    Former Houston DB Stanford Routt
    Former Houston DB Stanford RouttNFL Photos/Getty Images /Getty Images

    DB Stanford Routt

    Time: 4.27

    Year: 2005

    Drafted: Second round (38th overall) by Oakland

    Houston cornerback William Jackson III posted one of the best 40 times of the 2016 combine, but his 4.37 was a full tenth of a second behind the best-ever by a former Cougar—fellow defensive back Stanford Routt.

    A little more than a decade ago, Routt starred in both football and track for Houston. When he ran a 4.27 in 2005, he set the NFL's new official mark for fastest time in combine history. His record only stood for three years, though, when Chris Johnson put up a 4.24 in 2008.

    In the NFL, the second-round pick broke into the starting lineup by his third season. After starting almost every game in 2010 and 2011 for Oakland, he was released and later picked up by Kansas City. He was cut by the Chiefs midway through the 2012 season and didn't make a team in 2013.

11. Tennessee

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    Former Tennessee WR Donte' Stallworth
    Former Tennessee WR Donte' StallworthAssociated Press

    WR Donte' Stallworth

    Time: 4.22 (unofficial)

    Year: 2002

    Drafted: First round (13th overall) by New Orleans

    A pure burner at the college level with an impressive set of hands, Donte' Stallworth put extra effort into his 40-yard training before the 2002 combine. According to Judy Battista of NFL.com, he hadn't been timed in the drill since posting a 4.38 as a freshman. The NFL clocked him at a jaw-dropping 4.22 at the combine.

    "I looked at him like 'That's wrong,'" Stallworth said, per Battista. "Then, as I started walking back, I saw all my friends and teammates and scouts looking at me in disbelief, like 'Wow.'"

    Stallworth, a first-round pick for the Saints, had a career-high eight touchdowns in his rookie season. He played 10 total years in the league, playing on five different teams in his final six seasons. Stallworth finished with just less than 5,000 career receiving yards.

10. Stanford

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    Former Stanford WR Chris Owusu
    Former Stanford WR Chris OwusuDave Martin/Associated Press

    WR Chris Owusu

    Time: 4.36

    Year: 2012

    Drafted: Undrafted

    Stanford might not be known first and foremost for its speed, but Chris Owusu brought plenty of it to the 2012 combine, where he ran a sub-4.4 in the 40-yard dash. That time was tied for the best among receivers that year, and his other combine numbers were quite impressive.

    However, according to Eric Branch of SFGate.com, Owusu's three concussions during his Stanford career limited his draft prospects. He went undrafted and bounced around a couple of practice squads before landing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    To date, Owusu has started six games in four seasons, most recently serving as a spot starter for the New York Jets. He has recorded 296 receiving yards and one TD so far in his career.

9. Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame WR Will Fuller
    Notre Dame WR Will FullerDarron Cummings/Associated Press

    WR Will Fuller

    Time: 4.32

    Year: 2016

    Drafted: TBD

    The best unofficial predraft 40 time in Notre Dame's long football history belongs to the aptly named Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, the all-purpose speed demon for the Fighting Irish in the late 1980s and 1990. However, Ismail's reported 4.28 came in a workout other than the combine, which he didn't attend in 1991.

    Therefore the fastest official 40 time in combine history for Notre Dame came just a few days ago, when standout receiver Will Fuller ran a 4.32. Fuller, a popular pick to have one of the best times of the event, finished just behind Georgia's Keith Marshall for the 40-yard dash title.

    Bleacher Report lead NFL draft writer Matt Miller has Fuller, who caught 29 touchdown passes in the past two seasons for Notre Dame, going No. 34 overall to the Dallas Cowboys in this year's draft.

    Will Fuller's game is a trade-off. He's gonna drop one a game, but he might score two. Great deep threat.

    — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 27, 2016

8. Ohio State

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    Former Ohio State DB Chimdi Chekwa
    Former Ohio State DB Chimdi ChekwaDarron Cummings/Associated Press

    DB Chimdi Chekwa

    Time: 4.38

    Year: 2011

    Drafted: Fourth round (119th overall) by Oakland

    Ohio State is another powerhouse program that has an older 40-yard combine time that had to be shared here, even though it's not officially recognized by the NFL. In 1995, star wide receiver Joey Galloway reportedly ran a 4.18 before being drafted eighth overall and playing 17 seasons for six different franchises.

    In the official, electronically timed era of the combine, the top Ohio State time goes to defensive back Chimdi Chekwa, who ran a 4.38 at the 2011 event. The former All-American corner was a fourth-round pick for the Oakland Raiders, where he played for four seasons and picked up four total starts.

    Chekwa signed with the Patriots before the 2015 season but didn't make roster cuts, eventually landing with the Raiders again. The Miami Dolphins picked him up as a free agent last month after he did not appear in a single game last year.

    Unofficial: WR Joey Galloway (4.18 seconds) in 1995—drafted first round (eighth overall) by Seattle

7. Baylor

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    Former Baylor QB Robert Griffin III
    Former Baylor QB Robert Griffin IIIJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    QB Robert Griffin III

    Time: 4.41

    Year: 2012

    Drafted: First round (second overall) by Washington

    Baylor's warp-speed offense should continue to put plenty of quick talents into the NFL in the next few years under head coach Art Briles. Right now, the time to beat at the combine belongs to Briles' first star with the Bears—former Heisman-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

    Griffin's stock soared ahead of the 2012 draft by posting an official 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, which was the second-best time for a quarterback in event history. The prolific dual-threat talent was drafted No. 2 overall by Washington, won the 2012 Rookie of the Year Award and became a Pro Bowler.

    Injuries robbed him of his effectiveness in 2013 and 2014, and he found himself third on the depth chart for Washington behind Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy last season. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (h/t Will Brinson of CBS Sports), Washington would reportedly "take anything" in a trade for Griffin.

6. LSU

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    Former LSU KR/PR Trindon Holliday
    Former LSU KR/PR Trindon HollidayAssociated Press

    KR/PR Trindon Holliday and DB Patrick Peterson

    Time: 4.34

    Year: 2010 [Holliday] and 2011 [Peterson]

    Drafted: Sixth round (197th overall) by Houston [Holliday] and first round (fifth overall) by Arizona [Peterson]

    LSU has had no shortage of speed in recent years, and two of its fastest former Tigers posted the exact same time of 4.34 seconds in back-to-back combines.

    Trindon Holliday, a legitimate track star at LSU and a versatile offensive weapon on the football field, publicly said he was going after Chris Johnson's combine record but fell short. The Texans took a chance on him late in the 2010 NFL draft, but he's failed to stick long term as a return specialist after some early flashes. He was released by the Raiders last September.

    A much higher-ranked draft prospect from LSU, Patrick Peterson, matched Holliday the next year. He was a top-five pick in 2011 by the Arizona Cardinals, where he's been a Pro Bowler for all five of his professional seasons and a three-time All-Pro selection.

5. Florida State

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    Former Florida State WR Willie Reid
    Former Florida State WR Willie ReidBRANDON GOODMAN/Associated Press

    WR Willie Reid

    Time: 4.34

    Year: 2006

    Drafted: Third round (95th overall) by Pittsburgh

    In the famed unofficial times from past NFL combines, Deion Sanders is definitely worth mentioning. The Florida State star reportedly ran a hand-timed 4.21 in 1989, which would be the seventh-fastest reported time in the event's history.

    But in the current era, Florida State's top time came from wide receiver and return man Willie Reid in the 2006 combine. The Steelers took him in the third round of the draft after his impressive combine, but he only appeared in one game as a rookie.

    In 2007, he had the only four catches of his NFL career. He was released in 2008 and was a member of the Eagles and Cowboys' practice squads before ending his playing days.

    Unofficial: DB Deion Sanders (4.21 seconds) in 1989—drafted first round (fifth overall) by Atlanta

4. Michigan

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    Former Michigan DB Leon Hall
    Former Michigan DB Leon HallNed Dishman/Getty Images

    DB Leon Hall

    Time: 4.39

    Year: 2007

    Drafted: First round (18th overall) by Cincinnati

    Michigan's best official 40-yard dash time in NFL combine history came from defensive back Leon Hall, who was an All-American during his time with the Wolverines. His time of 4.39 seconds turned enough heads at the 2007 combine that the Bengals used a first-round pick on him.

    Hall started 10 games in his first season with the Bengals, nabbing five interceptions along the way. He started every game he played in for Cincinnati from 2008 to 2014, although he had to miss time on several occasions due to injury.

    According to Joe Goodberry of Cincy Jungle, Hall will be a free agent for the first time in his career this offseason after transitioning into a role player for the Bengals. Even after the injuries, he's a great nickelback and still has the speed to be one of better defensive backs on any roster.

3. Oklahoma

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    Former Oklahoma WR Mark Bradley (left)
    Former Oklahoma WR Mark Bradley (left)Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    WR Mark Bradley

    Time: 4.37

    Year: 2005

    Drafted: Second round (39th overall) by Chicago

    When Mark Bradley hit the NFL draft class in 2005, his stock rose almost as fast as his feet did in the 40-yard dash. Although Bradley only had 685 total receiving yards in two seasons with the Sooners, his time of a 4.37 played a big role in getting him drafted in the second round by the Bears.

    Bradley's rookie season was cut short by an injury, and he had to earn his way back into the rotation in the 2006 campaign. After his production dropped to a career low in 2007, the Bears cut ties with Bradley, who landed at Kansas City.

    He would have 700 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons of work with the Chiefs before a second cut. He didn't record any playing time for the Buccaneers in 2009 or the Saints in 2010, which ended an NFL career that started with a good deal of promise.

2. Alabama

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    Former Alabama DB Dee Milliner
    Former Alabama DB Dee MillinerDave Martin/Associated Press

    DB Dee Milliner

    Time: 4.37

    Year: 2013

    Drafted: First round (9th overall) by New York Jets

    Dee Milliner was a surefire star of Alabama's elite defenses on back-to-back national championship squads, and he didn't disappoint in his NFL combine workout in 2013. He posted a 4.37 in the 40, which was the best in school history and one of the best overall for a defensive back that year.

    Milliner got off to a strong start in his NFL career with the Jets, starting 12 of 13 games and picking off three passes. A preseason Achilles injury in 2014 later led to a serious in-season one, knocking him out after just three contests played.

    Last year, he was only active in five games thanks to another injury—this time for his wrist. Now, Milliner is the subject of possible trade talks as the Jets look ahead to the 2016 season, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com.

1. Clemson

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    Former Clemson WR Jacoby Ford
    Former Clemson WR Jacoby FordMary Ann Chastain/Associated Press

    WR Jacoby Ford

    Time: 4.28

    Year: 2010

    Drafted: Fourth round (108th overall) by Oakland

    Clemson's most recent surge of putting players into the league has featured a lot of athletically gifted former Tigers, and Jacoby Ford was the fastest of them all at the combine.

    A bona fide track star for Clemson, Ford took that speed to Indianapolis, where he posted an official time of 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His blistering time tempted Oakland enough to take him with a fourth-round pick, which was higher than he was originally predicted during his Clemson days.

    While Ford never materialized as a consistent receiving threat, he scored three kick-return touchdowns as a rookie and another in 2011. He didn't re-sign with the Raiders in 2014 and joined the Jets and then the Titans, never playing for either of them. Last month, Ford signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.

    Justin Ferguson is a national college football analyst at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.

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