It’s official: John Ross is the new Combine speed king

AP

Chris Jones may be the sausage king of Indianapolis, but John Ross officially is the king of speed at the Scouting Combine.

The former Washington receiver’s unofficial 4.22-second 40-yard dash has become official, giving Ross the distinction of being the fastest man to ever cover 120 feet in the stadium where the Colts play. Ross broke the record set nine years ago by Chris Johnson, who parlayed a 4.24-second 40 time into a first-round selection in the draft.

Adidas had concocted a goofy “free island” contest for any player who set the all-time record, but Ross was wearing Nike shoes. Which means that he wasn’t eligible for the more-trouble-than-it-would-have-been-worth award.

Ross suffered cramps during the run and participated in no further drills. There’s really nothing more he needs to do to prove his speed.

The bigger question is whether Ross can play. Of the players with the five fastest times in Combine history — Ross, Johnson, Dri Archer (4.26 seconds), Jerome Mathis (4.26 seconds), Marquise Goodwin (4.27 seconds), Stanford Routt (4.27 seconds), and Tyrone Calico (4.27 seconds) — only Johnson’s play was ever as impressive as his wheels.

44 responses to “It’s official: John Ross is the new Combine speed king

  1. It’s not fastball it’s football. Give me “proven” Christian McCaffery as a slot receiver, or a receiver out of the backfield or even a wide out, over a pure speedster.

  2. “The bigger question is whether Ross can play. Of the players with the five fastest times in Combine history . . . only (Chris) Johnson’s play was ever as impressive as his wheels.”
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    That’s a fair question, especially for a guy that’s not all that big and has had knee surgeries. History doesn’t seem to be on is side.
    However, Ross wasn’t just a straight-line guy at Washington. He ran good routes, had good hands, was elusive after the catch, was explosive in the return game, and worked very hard to return quickly after his injuries.
    I think he’s more of a fast football player than a sprinter, and therefore has at least a fair shot to succeed in the NFL if he stays healthy and lands with a good QB.

  3. To be fair to Ross, he isn’t a random player who ran an incredible 40 time. He was already rated unanimously as a first round player, with plenty of great tape to backup his measurables. This isn’t a Darius Heyward-Bey situation where a 4th or 5th round guy jumps into the top 10 because of a single run. This is a very good college player with pro potential who now apparently also has generational speed.

  4. When will teams learn that the combine is worthless. Obviously players running in shorts vs pads us night and day. Most of the best combine players didn’t parlay the skills to the field. Most of the best players in the NFL had average or bad combines. Brady, Antonio Brown, Richard Sherman, ( can go on and on)..All late round players who are the best at their position in the NFL. Philly’s Lt more then likely a HOFer..Not even drafted.

  5. One can only wonder how quickly Bob Hayes would have run the 40 yard dash, and he did pretty well for the Cowboys.

  6. When the coach says, “Come to my office and bring your playbook,” he’ll be able to get there quicker than the other players who were cut.

  7. beedubyatoo says:
    Mar 4, 2017 3:37 PM
    When the coach says, “Come to my office and bring your playbook,” he’ll be able to get there quicker than the other players who were cut
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    Do you even watch College Football? He is easily in the top 3 of all WR’s in the Draft. I personally would rank only Mike Williams above him only because of his size. He is a 1st rounder for sure! Seriously, doubt a team would cut him.

  8. denverdave3 says:
    It’s not fastball it’s football. Give me “proven” Christian McCaffery as a slot receiver, or a receiver out of the backfield or even a wide out, over a pure speedster.

    What in the hell do you consider to be a “proven” receiver? You have to be a Heisman candidate?
    Despite playing with a substandard QB as a freshman, and having to rebound from a serious knee injury, in three seasons at Washington John Ross caught 114 balls for 1,729 yards (15.2 average) and 22 touchdowns. Many of those catches, yards and scores did not come on long bombs whre he ran past people.
    He also had 2,064 kick return yards (24.1 average) with four returns for touchdowns.
    That’s unproven? ALL players are unproven in the NFL until they get there and prove something, Christian McCaffery included.

  9. bigbill8517 says:

    One can only wonder how quickly Bob Hayes would have run the 40 yard dash, and he did pretty well for the Cowboys.

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    Bullet Bob was fast, but never recorded a 40. He had a 5.28 on a brick track 60 yard dash, and won a gold medal in Tokyo with a 10.06 on a dirt track.

    Safe so say he would be in the 4.20’s.

  10. I can tell by some of the knucklehead comments above that some of you haven’t seen him play except in the Bama game where he was double covered all game with a quarterback that had no time to throw. That 4.22 speed is legit and he easily takes full advantage of it. Watch his highlights from last season. 17 touchdowns. Great hands. Hard to get your hands on. He’s a freak. Only knock is injury history.

  11. Rout was actually a pretty decent CB. Hard to tell because he played for those awful Raider teams near the end of Al Davis’ life, but with Asomugha opposite him, he got tested plenty and held his own.

  12. oh wow. look at this guy’s injury history! two meniscus tears, torn acl, a recent labrum injury, and microfracture surgery.

    Sorry, but this guy should just go to the olympics. He won’t survive in the NFL.

  13. The combine is good for one thing, and one thing only- telling us who should fall or be out of the draft. No one should move up due to physicality alone. The game tape determines a player’s football value; the draft exposes red flags. Ross has good game tape and, so far, no red flags about his physical ability. Teams should be comfortable keeping him where they already had him on their boards (unless someone ahead of him slides).

  14. That was an impressive run, but his ACL injury worries me. I would like to see what he can do with the ball in space, I hope he lands somewhere with a coaching staff that will help him succeed.

    also Adidas sucks

  15. P.S. Translation: The two fastest men in NFL history are both in the Hall of Fame.

  16. Heyward-bey was talked about as a late first rd pick too, not a 4th 5th rder. Not expecting you to know football being you’re a jets fan and all.

  17. “bigbill8517 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 3:32 PM
    One can only wonder how quickly Bob Hayes would have run the 40 yard dash, and he did pretty well for the Cowboys.”

    I like that. Bob said he got faster when he got older. Look up his Olympic dash in the 400 relay in 1964.

  18. Al Davis would draft him #1 overall. Even if he caught the ball like Clifford Franklin, changed direction like the Titanic and had the instincts of a Jackalope.

  19. Nike should put out a commercial with him that says “They say I lost an island worth almost a million dollars because I wore the wrong shoes while setting a record…. I say I would have never set the record if I was wearing their shoes”. And just slap the crap out of that nonsense promotion. Turn the tables. He’s a record setter without the gimmick. Congratulations young man.
    Now go dominate.

  20. Adidas also offered one million dollars if they didn’t want the island. How’s that more trouble than it’s worth?

  21. Here’s how much a combine speed wearing almost nothing means:

    They should have to run it in full pads and helmet.

  22. When will the combine have a run and catch drill with the player in full pads with an NFL DB covering him..Fact: some guys lose speed in pads. Some ( Jerry Rice) play better in pads. I never seen anybody catch Rice ( 4.71) from behind.

  23. Regardless of what happens in the draft, it was a good day for him. Breaking a running record that has stood for 9 years clearly indicates he is something special. Congratulations and I hope your obvious hard work translates into a solid opportunity for you.

  24. Here’s the the two things that are going to separate Ross from other “speedsters”.

    1) He’s a football player not a converted track star.

    2) He works hard…AND he is very coachable.

  25. He ran 40 yards and then had to shut it down for the day. This does not bode well for his NFL durability.

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