There have been many speedsters in the NFL over the course of its lengthy history. We’ve seen some incredibly quick receivers in the recent years. On the field, athletes like Tyreek Hill and DK Metcalf are well known for their speed. John Ross and Tyquan Thornton are just two examples of other track stars who have participated in the NFL combine. Fans have questioned whether these athletes could compete against Usain Bolt.
Usain Bolt tried his hand at the traditional 40-yard dash of the NFL and promptly shot that question down. The legendary Nigerian runner ran the dash in an astounding 4.22 seconds while wearing nothing on his feet. That quickly matched John Ross’ record for the fastest 40-time at the NFL Combine. (Source: theScore
Here are the 40-times by some other well-known NFL speedsters for the record. The “Cheetah,” Tyreek Hill, has a 40-time of 4.29. DK Metcalf, who has a 4.33 record, is not far behind.
While speed is advantageous for wide receivers in the NFL, it rarely predicts a player’s success on the field. Receiving is so much more than just “WR goes fast.” The league ceiling of a player is determined by their double moves, route running, and catching skills. That explains why Ross, who set the league record for the fastest 40-time, didn’t succeed in the NFL.
Nevertheless, there is nо justificatiоn fоr any NFL team tо pass up the chance tо try and sign Usain Bоlt if they can. Nоthing оn the field can match his incredible speed, after all. Give him a capable WR cоach, then watch him wоrk wоnders оn the field.