Mike Mayock: Three WRs could push Chris Johnson’s 40 record

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THE NFL Scouting Combine is largely a convention, where a bunch of kids take physicals in the same place for the convenience of their bosses.

But there are a few fascinating things happening there, things we can see and latch onto.

Former Titans and Jets running back Chris Johnson went from good prospect to a certified thing by running his 40-yard dash in 4.24 seconds, the fastest time measured in Indy.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated asked NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock if any of this year’s players might be able to touch that mark.

Three wide receivers have a different gear,” Mayock said.

Those three include Miami’s Phillip Dorsett (5-10, 183), Ohio State’s Devin Smith (6-3, 190) and Auburn’s Sammie Coates (6-2, 213).

A player of Coates’ size running that way will guarantee attention, but all three have something special about them. Smith averaged 28.2 yards per catch last year, scoring 12 touchdowns.

Mayock said Dorsett was a bit under the radar, until running for scouts at the Senior Bowl.

If he goes to Indianapolis this week and beats a 4.24 40, that won’t last.

38 responses to “Mike Mayock: Three WRs could push Chris Johnson’s 40 record

  1. And some Vikings radio host guys said they would trade AP for Chris Johnson during his first couple years. That’s crap, look who’s talking now. AP is a future HOF and CJ is who? Done!!!!

  2. I wish there was video of Deion Sanders’ 40. I think someone said it was a 4.18. I think the story was that he just showed up, ran the 40 and left lol.

  3. I wish there was video of Deion Sanders’ 40. I think someone said it was a 4.18. I think the story was that he just showed up, ran the 40 and left lol.

    Deion’s fasted 40 time is actually 4.21 though it wasn’t actually at the combine. I got to meet him years ago at an autograph signing an asked him that question. I don’t think anybody is going to get into the 4.1 anythings.

  4. If The U had an even remotely capable OC Dorsett would be in talks to be the best WR right behind Cooper and White. I hope he tests well and get’s his name climbing up boards. 24.2 yards a catch and 10 td’s on only 36 catches! 36!!

    Olson had Duke, Phillip, Clive and a possible top 10 pick at LT in Flowers and could barely get this offense looking functional. I know this is PFT but dammit how does that guy have a job!? He leaves FSU and they go to a title game and get 1 game from another! Ahhhh!!!

  5. Very interesting stat from Nfl.com (although for some reason they did omit the 4.39 40 times of both Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas – although Thomas’ was post in a later workout due to injury) “Since 2003, 46 wide receivers have run the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds-or-faster. Of those, 4 have recorded at least one 1,000-yard receiving season: Mike Wallace, DeSean Jackson, Lee Evans, and Calvin Johnson. In that same span, 129 wide receivers have run the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds-or-slower. Of those, 5 have recorded a 1,000-yard receiving season: Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd, Hakeem Nicks, Kendall Wright, and Michael Clayton.”

  6. If speed made you a great football player, Donte Stallworth would be in the HOF.
    He ran a 4.19 40. It wasn’t at the combine though, it was at his pro day.

  7. Ted Ginn jr. probably ran a 4.2 and Jerry Rice probably about 4.6. Probably better to throw the stop watch in the trash before heading to Indy.

  8. Nothing really exciting about a sub 6 foot mini WR being fast. They all have to be fast or they are not worth anything in the league. Devin Smith and Sammie Coates though if they show they are that fast…? Yup, they should get a lot of interest because they are potential Split Ends/Flankers. If we could get a guy 6’4 or above running a sub 4.4 though….that would be much more exciting. Size at that position is critical.

    But the “record”? Who the hell cares. Not like that means anything once the pads are on and the guys running the routes can’t start in a sprinters starting position.

  9. Speed is not everything. Jarvis Landry had better production at LSU than ODell Beckham, but had a bad hip at the Combine and ran a mediocre 40 and his stock slipped. He was the steal of the Draft last year for the Dolphins. Both these LSU guys are going to be great NFL players. Heck, they already were as Rookies. Hands and Route quickness mean much more. Wes Welker is not that fast, but he had some career!

  10. The more of Chris Johnson’s few records that fall, the better. And that’s coming from a Titans fan. Even before he lost his initial burst and willingness to play aggressively (2010), his out of control ego used to drive me nuts. This kid came into the NFL claiming he ran a faster 40 yard dash than Darrell Green and Mercury Morris. I mean, seriously? Darrell Green was the fastest defensive player in NFL history (regularly clocking 4.1 forties) and Mercury Morris? Um … just the fastest human being on earth at the time.

  11. The NFL should show some respect for Al Davis.

    They should allow a one-time draft-from-the-grave.

    Whoever runs the best 40 time, but can’t play NFL football…That is automatically Al’s pick.

  12. Devon Smith has been under the radar for awhile now. I like him more than all of the guys rated to go in the first round.

  13. tonebones says:
    Feb 16, 2015 11:12 AM
    Ted Ginn jr. probably ran a 4.2 and Jerry Rice probably about 4.6. Probably better to throw the stop watch in the trash before heading to Indy.
    ………………….
    But I bet Ginn didn’t have illegal sticky substances on his body am I right? Haha

    I agree, 40 is a joke. Take th body of work any time. It may help fringe players, but that’s about it

  14. Nothing really exciting about a sub 6 foot mini WR being fast. They all have to be fast or they are not worth anything in the league.

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    Wes Welker isn’t big. And he isn’t particularly fast either. He had a pretty good career.

  15. Correction to previous post regarding Darrell Green and Mercury Morris … Apparently, Chris Johnson gets me so bent out of shape (and he does!) that I typed Mercury Morris and meant to type “Bullet” Bob Hayes, who was the Olympic gold-medal sprinter and Dallas Cowboys star. HE was the fastest human on the planet at the time. And no CJ, you were never faster than the Bullet.

  16. Whoever runs the best 40 time, but can’t play NFL football…That is automatically Al’s pick.

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    If you win super bowl MVP and are a nobody you are on Al’s team the next year. Malcolm Butler must be relieved, Al would have offered him 100 million.

  17. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 16, 2015 2:34 PM
    Whoever runs the best 40 time, but can’t play NFL football…That is automatically Al’s pick.

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    If you win super bowl MVP and are a nobody you are on Al’s team the next year. Malcolm Butler must be relieved, Al would have offered him 100 million.

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    Yeah I bet Malcolm is pumped no one is gonna offer him $100 million dollars. Who needs that kind of burden?

  18. If any of these 3 also has really good lateral quickness, then you have potential for really perfecting route running and a potential superstar WR. I imagine a decent vertical is a given with them……

    They need several more attributes than just straight line speed to be great receivers.

  19. Wow, reminds me of the play in the super bowl when the guy ran 40 yards down the field really fast and won the game for the Pats, yea what a great play that was.

    Undrafted Malcolm Butler says what’s up…

    Go Pats!

  20. raiderufan says:Feb 16, 2015 3:28 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 16, 2015 2:34 PM
    Whoever runs the best 40 time, but can’t play NFL football…That is automatically Al’s pick.

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    If you win super bowl MVP and are a nobody you are on Al’s team the next year. Malcolm Butler must be relieved, Al would have offered him 100 million.

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    Yeah I bet Malcolm is pumped no one is gonna offer him $100 million dollars. Who needs that kind of burden?

    Leave the poor guy alone he was so happy to troll the raiders he couldn’t think straight!!!

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