Feel the need for speed? Then you’ll want to keep close watch on the 40-yard dash times at the upcoming NFL combine.
On Monday, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah broke down the top 5 candidates to set the 40-yard dash record at the NFL combine, which takes place Feb. 27-March 5. Chris Johnson’s nine-year-old record of 4.24 seconds in the drill was broken last year, when John Ross finished the event with a time of 4.22 seconds.
Looking for some names who could threaten Ross’ mark? Jeremiah writes that two former SEC players, former LSU cornerback Donte Jackson and former Alabama cornerback Tony Brown, are possibilities to make history. Jackson comes in as the top choice, followed by former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward, Brown, former North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hines and former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
In reading Jeremiah’s analysis for each player, it’s clear he’s optimistic about Jackson’s chances to break the record. Here’s how Jeremiah analyzes the player’s prospects:
Jackson is one of the most talented cornerback prospects in the 2018 draft even though he lacks ideal size (listed at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds). He makes up for that lack of size with blazing speed. He’s a legitimate track star — he’s run 100 meters in 10.22 seconds. LSU coaches have timed him at 4.24 in the 40-yard dash. He’s clearly this year’s top candidate to break the 40 record.
Jackson’s speedy history has been well-documented. It stands to reason that he won’t slow down soon, and he should be a real threat to set the 40-yard dash record with so many NFL officials watching.
If he breaks the record, those would be some bragging rights to enjoy, for sure.