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Tavon Austin, Marquise Goodwin run blistering 40 times

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West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin proclaimed himself the best player in this year’s draft. He’s also one of the fastest players ever to enter any NFL draft.

But he’s not necessarily the fastest player in this draft.

Austin ran a 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.25 seconds. If that holds up when all of the official times come in, it will be the second-fastest in the history of the NFL Scouting Combine, second only to Chris Johnson’s 4.24.

Except that just a couple minutes after Austin turned in his 40 time, Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin equaled it with a 4.25-second 40-yard dash of his own. Goodwin, who was in the Olympics last year as a long jumper, said before the Combine that he thought he could break Johnson’s record.

The NFL releases the official times after all of the receivers have run their 40-yard dashes. Austin and Goodwin will prove to be among the fastest ever to run in Indianapolis.

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28 Responses to “Tavon Austin, Marquise Goodwin run blistering 40 times”
  1. bbrophy1 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:42 AM

    in their 2nd attempts Austin ran a 4.31 and Goodwin ran a 4.29

  2. wimperd says: Feb 24, 2013 9:42 AM

    Lets have one of those two in NE :)

  3. wingshater21 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    if Al Davis was still alive the Raiders would trade their entire draft for these two guys… with no QB top throw it to them Haha

  4. luthierjr says: Feb 24, 2013 9:51 AM

    I wish they would have broken the record. Now I’m sure we will have to listen to the incoherent babble of one Chris Johnson talk about how he is so fast. If we can understand him, or if he makes any sense at all. Both are unlikely.

  5. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:52 AM

    I’m happy for them. When they’re out of the league in two years they might be able to make some money running track.

  6. gator2006 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:52 AM

    Well I’m sold

  7. jimbo75025 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:57 AM

    Speed is a great thing-after all you cannot teach it. The problem with a lot of these speed guy though is that when the speed slips a little, they have nothing more to lean on ala CJ2K. Would also be more interesting to see these guys have to run in more of a football setting-pads and possibly a moving target or something like that.

  8. jagsfan1 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    Probably like the “4.65” run by Armstead that was actually a 4.71…still very fast but a HUGE difference.

    I think these 4.2 “somethings” will be in the same category.

  9. patriotsdefense says: Feb 24, 2013 10:08 AM

    Wes Welker who? Percy Harvin what? I want the new toy. Wow.

  10. mojodoa says: Feb 24, 2013 10:14 AM

    What was Bo Jackson’s 40 time?

  11. mojodoa says: Feb 24, 2013 10:19 AM

    Fastest time also using an electronic timer is Melendez’s (first time it was used at the combine).

    4.24 – Rondel Melendez, (WR), Eastern Kentucky – 1999

  12. gamecheck1 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:26 AM

    and this is impressive because………????

  13. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 24, 2013 10:29 AM

    Damn that is fast.. Austin to the Pats after Welker is gone.

  14. titans12thman says: Feb 24, 2013 10:34 AM

    And still not faster than Sandcastle

  15. objectivenflfan says: Feb 24, 2013 11:00 AM

    Fastest 40 since 2000 was Trindon Holliday.

    4.21

    Still can’t believe the Texans waived this guy. He had 4 return TD’s for Denver.

  16. cmehustle says: Feb 24, 2013 11:04 AM

    I wonder how far down the list of fastest 40 times you have to go to find someone who was/is a decent player in the league.

  17. tdubdizzle says: Feb 24, 2013 11:05 AM

    “if Al Davis was still alive the Raiders would trade their entire draft for these two guys… with no QB top throw it to them Haha” just another Raider hater…The Raiders drafted Juron Criner in the 5th round last year, he ran
    a 4.8 Forty….Looks like they draft talent too…

  18. jerrygray721 says: Feb 24, 2013 11:43 AM

    speed is great but it is not the only thing if you look at the best wr’s to ever play the game few were the fastest. you need to be able to catch and more importantly make plays.again speed is great but speed alone is not enough to make it in the nfl

  19. baymac408 says: Feb 24, 2013 11:54 AM

    I would love tavon Austin in a niner uniform! He is a BALLER….playmaker

  20. JackLeone says: Feb 24, 2013 12:03 PM

    Will they both get contracts from Adidas?

  21. chucksports says: Feb 24, 2013 12:11 PM

    Raiders now have their board set both these guys will likely go there

  22. abel660 says: Feb 24, 2013 12:24 PM

    Jackleon they will not both get Adidas contracts it comes down to who has the faster 4.25 time if that makes sense they do a side by side video view to see who was a hair faster

  23. djpugh23 says: Feb 24, 2013 12:56 PM

    What’s the chances of the Vikings going after Austin as a Percy replacement? (or compliment if we can somehow keep him?)

  24. jessethegreat says: Feb 24, 2013 1:04 PM

    You can’t teach speed… Or hands, so I’d take Tavon. He’s more polished and less risk to be a one trick pony…. Cough Desean Jackson…. Cough T-Rex hands Troy Williamson.

  25. katopete16 says: Feb 24, 2013 1:37 PM

    Vikings could sure use some fire power to help Ponder out. Gotta keep Percy and hope to snatch up one of these guys with AP to boot. Let’s Play!!!

  26. mjkelly77 says: Feb 24, 2013 1:47 PM

    I think they’d better check the calibration of these stopwatches.

  27. undraftedstar says: Feb 24, 2013 2:10 PM

    Coming from a Redskins Fan. DARRELL GREEN ran a 4.09 and 4.125 although both are unofficial and poorly documented . In Darrell Green’s defense he’s the only person ever to go undefeated in the NFL’s fastest man competition, he won it 4 times. The competition though took place only at the pro bowl and between players that had made it to the pro bowl so not all of the fastest players in the NFL were represented. HTTR

  28. fredsingleton says: Feb 24, 2013 2:43 PM

    Vikings won’t draft either Austin. They just drafted Wright last year, who is a slot receiver who’s shown some promising play. They’ll draft DL, WR, or LB with their first round pick in my opinion.

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