One of the main events watched, and discussed, during the NFL Scouting Combine every year is the 40-yard dash. Is a player fast enough for the NFL? Can a receiver blow past coverage and get deep? Today, some receivers put up some incredible times.
The top receiver at the Combine this year, in terms of 40-times, was Texas' Marquise Goodwin, with an official time of 4.27 second. Goodwin competed in the 2012 Olympics as a long jumper, and also runs track for the Longhorns. He's just 5', 9" tall, weighing in at 183 pounds.
The second fastest wide receiver is a player who has links to the Miami Dolphins. Texas A&M's Ryan Swope, who played with Miami's quarterback Ryan Tannehill and receicer Jeff Fuller, as well as under several of the coaches to include offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, ran a 4.34, and could be a plug and play type of prospect for the Dolphins, coming to the team already familiar with Sherman's offense.
Swope was tied with West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, at 4.34. Austin is small, just 5', 9", 174 pounds by the Combine's weigh in, but his speed could make him a late first round or second round pick.
Fourth and fifth place taken up with another tie. Oklahoma's Kenny Stills and TCU's Josh Bryce, who both ran 4.38 seconds.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock described the sixth fastest Cordarrelle Patterson as "officially a freak" after he ran a 4.42 second 40. Added to Patterson's size of 6', 2", 216 pounds, Mayock's description seems appropriate. Several mock drafts around the internet have the Dolphins selecting Patterson with their first round pick, despite him having only been at Tennessee for one season after two years in junior college. Patterson has the potential to be great at the NFL level, but he's still raw.
Right behind Patterson is Michigan quarterback-turned-wide-receiver Denard Robinson, who is trying to show that he can be an asset at the professional level. Robinson ran a 4.43 second 40, which tied him with Virginia Tech wide receiver Corey Fuller.
The top ten fastest receivers are rounded out by Tennessee's Justin Hunter at 4.44 and Oregon State's Markus Wheaton at 4.45 seconds.
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