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John Ross sets Combine speed record, unofficially

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Step aside, Chris Johnson. Possibly.

Washington receiver John Ross unofficially ran a 4.22-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. If that number stands, it becomes the fastest 40 time in the history of the Indianapolis gathering of incoming prospects. Nine years ago, Johnson (who has played running back for the Titans, Jets, and Cardinals) cranked out a 4.24-second 40.

The effort, if it becomes official, would have qualified Ross for a free island from Adidas. Alas, Ross accomplished the feat with Nike shoes on his feet.

So the good news for Ross is that he may have set the record. The better news is that he may not have to worry about what to do with a freaking island.

The possible bad news is that Ross appeared to pull up with an injury. Michael Irvin of NFL Network says Ross is merely suffering from cramps, and that he may still run a second time.

Steve Smith of NFL Network believes that Ross should simply exit the building. Which reminds me of the story former NFL coach Kevin Gilbride told earlier this week on PFT Live about a prospect who did just that.

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34 Responses to “John Ross sets Combine speed record, unofficially”
  1. bigdog2372 says: Mar 4, 2017 12:47 PM

    With the 19th pick in the NFL draft…

  2. jjpt4540 says: Mar 4, 2017 12:47 PM

    If its stands he’s got an island now

  3. grogansheroes says: Mar 4, 2017 12:51 PM

    Welcome to Oakland!

  4. fiddlinred says: Mar 4, 2017 12:54 PM


  5. kcchefs58 says: Mar 4, 2017 12:57 PM

    Classless move by Adidas if they don’t give him the island. There’s no “do the right thing” anymore. #smdh

  6. faithful49er707 says: Mar 4, 2017 12:59 PM

    I’ve seen beers at tailgate party’s slammed faster

  7. squinn21 says: Mar 4, 2017 12:59 PM

    Guy is going to get paid

  8. bettis3636 says: Mar 4, 2017 1:03 PM

    Yea well Dri Archer and Chris Rainey were fast too and look where that got them!!

  9. darcrequiem says: Mar 4, 2017 1:03 PM

    Al Davis is looking down on Indy with smile right now.

  10. walker1191 says: Mar 4, 2017 1:05 PM

    Jerry Rice, the greatest WR of all time, ran a 4.71.

    Does any of this matter?

  11. raiderinva says: Mar 4, 2017 1:07 PM

    I thought Bo Jackson had the record running the 40 in 4.12?

  12. seatownballers says: Mar 4, 2017 1:07 PM

    Forget the deal the nfl team gives him. Every shoe company and under armour company will give him hundred million. +
    Don’t be surprised if he comes to draft holding a sprite or a new energy drink in hand.

  13. descendency says: Mar 4, 2017 1:13 PM

    jjpt4540 says:
    Mar 4, 2017 12:47 PM
    If its stands he’s got an island now


    The agreement was with Adidas, not Nike. He was wearing Nikes.

  14. suncawy says: Mar 4, 2017 1:17 PM

    Let’s see him race Usain Bolt.

  15. waynefontesismyfather says: Mar 4, 2017 1:27 PM

    Smart move wearing Nike. Adidas is sub-standard across the board. The shoes are laughable and the polo shirts are as comfortable as wearing sand paper.

    They’re trying to stay releivant with this stupid island gimmick. Just quit now and go back to Germany.

  16. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 4, 2017 1:34 PM

    The whole adidas thing was scammy anyways. You can google: adidas island fine print or just search adidas on deadspin for a funny breakdown of fine print details.

    It sounds like Adidas could make you return the island if they felt like it at their discretion at any time in the first year. A lot of other things too. They got their name out there but hopefully people realize that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

  17. lingsun54 says: Mar 4, 2017 1:34 PM

    JR must be proud of his son.

  18. murphyslaw40 says: Mar 4, 2017 1:42 PM

    raiderinva says:
    I thought Bo Jackson had the record running the 40 in 4.12?

    Unofficially. Deion had a 4.21, but not electronically timed.

  19. 3wordanswers says: Mar 4, 2017 1:45 PM

    walker1191 says:
    Jerry Rice, the greatest WR of all time, ran a 4.71.
    Does any of this matter?


    Jerry only ran a 4.71, because he spilt some of that stickum on his cleats……..


  20. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 4, 2017 2:08 PM

    Randy moss had unofficial times of 4.1…watch his rookie year touchdown against the Cowboys if you want to see what that speed looks like.

  21. gauchosporlife says: Mar 4, 2017 2:10 PM

    It must’ve been the shoes.

  22. fmckenney says: Mar 4, 2017 2:12 PM

    Aside from the speed..J Ross is an excellent receiver..congrats on the record.

  23. lurkerkerker says: Mar 4, 2017 2:20 PM

    Trindon Holiday logged a 4.28 in high tops.

  24. milkcan44 says: Mar 4, 2017 2:33 PM

    But can he catch?

  25. magikskillz says: Mar 4, 2017 2:37 PM

    John Ross setting the 40 yard dash record is cool and all but let’s not get carried away here. Speed can be helpful but it does not guarantee success. Route Running is arguably much more important. And players like Anquan Boldin have shown that speed isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  26. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Mar 4, 2017 5:00 PM

    If Al Davis were still alive, he’d find a way to trade up and draft this guy in the 1st round. He loved speed.

  27. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 4, 2017 5:06 PM

    Cowboy players run faster alluding the cops. Fact.

  28. buffalosunshine says: Mar 4, 2017 5:13 PM

    i know it is way out here on the west coast but he is a pretty good football player as is. Neither Dri Archer or Chris Rainey is near the football player that he is. Running this fast just got him into the first round.. maybe 3rd receiver to come off the board.

  29. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 4, 2017 5:17 PM


    Did Al Davis love speed. Hell yes. He was an addict. Running backs and corners. But I will never forget what John Madden said, you build a team with your lines. John was right, AL was a speed freak. May life have slowed down for him.

  30. bassplucker says: Mar 4, 2017 5:38 PM

    He made himself a nice extra chunk of money today. His long jump was pretty impressive too from what I hear. ANd he stopped while he was ahead so that shows me intelligence too.

  31. 1phillyphan says: Mar 4, 2017 7:16 PM

    Nailed it. He really is. He runs great routes has good hands and tracks the ball. He’s DeSean Jackson with better hands, better routes and less attitude. This guy will dominate the slot in the right system.

  32. tqaztec says: Mar 4, 2017 10:53 PM

    Someone must have told him the Browns were interested in him. I’d run as fast as I could away also

  33. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Mar 5, 2017 5:53 AM

    Darrius Heyward-Bey and Troy Williamson were pretty fast too…just sayin’

  34. nflrule says: Mar 5, 2017 5:54 AM

    He cant stay healthy…even hurt himself at the end of the run!

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