Henry Ruggs favored to run fastest Combine 40

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With the NFL moving Scouting Combine workouts into prime time, the league is hoping for increased interest — which of course comes with betting on the Combine.

Some sports books have started taking bets on the player who will run the fastest 40-yard dash, and the favorite is Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III.

Ruggs is a deep threat who had 40 catches for 746 yards last season, an average of 18.6 yards per catch. Ruggs has also returned punts and kickoffs, and he had a 75-yard touchdown run last season as well.

Multiple Alabama teammates have predicted that Ruggs will run the 40 faster than 4.3 seconds, and Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs even picked Ruggs to run it in 4.19 seconds, which would be the fastest ever.

That’s highly unlikely, but he’ll surely post a blazing fast time in Indianapolis.

31 responses to “Henry Ruggs favored to run fastest Combine 40

  1. Chase Young’s draft pages have previously suggested that he has 4.3 speed. Will be interesting to see if he even sniffs that or is closer to the 4.8 average from defensive ends.

    A brief look at the top 40 times dating back to 1999 has Chris Johnson, Champ Bailey, and a secondary group of guys who weren’t that good or couldn’t stay on the field. In JJ Nelson’s case, he can stay on the field but it took him three years to learn how to run a clean route.

  2. Bo never ran a 4.13
    He has never been clocked at a 4.2

    Some say, Bo never even showed up at the combine, 1986 which started in 1985. Experts break down his previously NCAA records and they wouldn’t come close to 4.13. That would mean his times are as fast as Usain Bolt. That’s not even close. Bolt is by far the fastest man, ever. They broke down bolts time and he would run a 4.10

    Bo was great,but he wasn’t that great when it comes to the fastest man ever

  3. I know that i would love to see darrell green, moss, deon, cj, gault, nehemia, lofton, bob hayes, cliff branch, tyreke hill & bo in a hundred yard dash. Can anybody think of anyone else.

  4. “I know that i would love to see darrell green, moss, deon, cj, gault, nehemia, lofton, bob hayes, cliff branch, tyreke hill & bo in a hundred yard dash. Can anybody think of anyone else.”

    This is a great list. I think Gault or Bob Hayes would take it. I recall Hayes saying he got faster when he got older, in his prime.

  5. Darius Heywood-Bey had a great 40 time, as did John Ross. How did they do as 1st round picks again? Those picks are why teams like the Rams and Broncos are not sending scouts to the combine this year and are telling them to keep watching film. Too many hollow measurements that don’t indicate if a guy can actually play football or not.

  6. cakesw says:
    February 18, 2020 at 9:23 am
    The NFL Combine 40 is trash. .

    Signed

    Every Track Athlete ever.

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    And I’m sure combine participants are hurt by that thought from track athletes.

  7. Some say, Bo never even showed up at the combine, 1986 which started in 1985. Experts break down his previously NCAA records and they wouldn’t come close to 4.13. That would mean his times are as fast as Usain Bolt. That’s not even close. Bolt is by far the fastest man, ever. They broke down bolts time and he would run a 4.10

    Bo was great,but he wasn’t that great when it comes to the fastest man ever
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    I don’t know whether Bo ran a 4.13 or not, but there are a couple of reasons why Bolt may not be the best comparison. First, iirc Bolt was known for actually being pretty slow out of the block, but having a top speed that blew everyone away. There may be many other sprinters whose 40 times would be better than Bolt’s. Second, it’s a different race. If you are optimizing for the best 40 time, you may do things slightly different than if you are optimizing for the best 100 meter time (e.g. shortening or lengthening strides). And I’m pretty sure in both cases every last body movement is scientifically optimized for that particular event given what’s at stake. You don’t just show up and run however you feel like it.

  8. Ok, first thing is I am the one who decided the Combine will be in Prime Time. It took me a few days to educate these weenies who think they’re in charge of things, but when I set my mind to it, it gets done, period. And you’re welcome, no thanks needed from the likes of you.

    As for this Henry Ruggs fellow, well, let me just say he’s one impressive young man. And I hope I didn’t use the wrong pronoun there, because well… you know. Was “you” ok there? I hope so. And yes, “I” is cool.

  9. Unlike Heyward-Bey and Ross, Ruggs can catch, though. With the 19th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders select…

  10. If those receivers can’t track a ball in the air and catch it with their hands like Moss, their speed alone isn’t going to make them valuable additions.

  11. Darrell Green may not have been the fastest at the combine, but he definitely had the most god gifted speed of any NFL athlete, he was still running 4.3 at 40 years old, and 4.4 at 50 years old!

  12. Stop comparing this guy to john Ross. Ross had a lot of question marks coming out of the draft, including durability. And most people thought ross was drafted way too high, considering those question marks. Sounds like ruggs is a way more polished wr coming out of college.

  13. cb2gbequalssb says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:37 pm
    Combine is a joke… Want to test skills of these guys.. Put on full pads and helmets. Not running around on the football field in shorts and a T-Shirt.
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    I disagree. If a team is evaluating a player strictly from their combine performance, then yes, thatd be a joke. But it’s just another step in their interview process. If a player shows up to the combine overweight and out of shape, that says a lot about that player and teams will take note. There’s other scenarios too, but this is just one.

  14. NFL combine is Trash.

    The sprinters aren’t reacting to a gun…

    The Timer is reacting to the Athlete… who can start whenever he wants.

    It adds a whole ton of randomness to the times..

    Fast guys are still fast…but might not be as fast or as slow as there times indicate.

    Its Trash

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