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20 Bad NFL Players With Amazing 40-Yard Dash Times

In the course of the NFL Mix, after virtually each NFL season, there are many prospects who report eye-popping occasions whereas operating the forty-yard sprint. Those that do have elite occasions haven’t all the time panned out, nevertheless. Many prospects have used their forty-yard sprint numbers to skyrocket into early spherical choices that might have been unthinkable simply months earlier than the draft. Whereas some speedsters do pan out, akin to Chris Johnson, Bo Jackson, and Deion Sanders, many don’t.

It is a lure that many groups fall into, as they’re all on the lookout for velocity in at the moment’s NFL. Whereas a larger emphasis was positioned on soccer smarts, and maybe power, the main target has shifted to hurry, particularly on the talent positions. Even in terms of protection, increasingly groups are in search of velocity on the perimeter, and even at linebacker, the place they need their LBs to have the ability to cowl the entire area and match up with numerous positions on the opposing offense.

There’s one easy cause why NFL groups overreact to hurry; you possibly can’t train velocity, however that does not imply you possibly can soccer to those that occur to be quick. These are a number of the quickest forty-yard sprint performers that could not rise up to hurry with the sport as soon as they entered the NFL. Velocity obtained them their ticket to the NFL, however lots of them quickly proved groups improper, as they merely could not decide up the opposite sides wanted to develop into a star within the NFL.

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20 Matt Jones – four.37

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As a star quarterback in Arkansas, Matt Jones confirmed off a variety of athleticism. When he was transitioning right into a wideout with a purpose to improve his probabilities of contributing to a staff, he confirmed the identical factor. Matt Jones put collectively one of the crucial spectacular combines in NFL historical past. His four.37 forty yard sprint time confirmed many scouts he might simply make the transition to large receiver. He additionally had a 39.5 inch vertical and a 10.75-foot lengthy leap recorded in the course of the mix as nicely.

The Jaguars took Jones with the twenty-first general decide in 2005. He wasn’t capable of make the change from QB to WR, and in addition could not keep out of hassle. In 2009, he was launched from the workforce for a number of drug arrest expenses.

19 Tavon Austin – four.34

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Austin continues to be within the league regardless of solely having 1,829 receiving yards throughout six seasons. The Rams made an enormous mistake in taking the wideout eighth general. He confirmed the power to be an enormous issue within the school ranks. His fast ft lead him to excel as a member of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Throughout his senior season, he had 1,289 yards with 12 touchdowns. He additionally rushed for 643 yards and getting three touchdowns on the bottom.

His unofficial time on the mix was four.25, placing his identify in mild with different elite speedsters. Later, it was adjusted to four.34 formally. Nonetheless, Austin was one of many quicker gamers to ever enter the league though he has by no means turned that into significant manufacturing.

18 DeMarcus Van Dyke – four.28

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Right here is one participant who might be undoubtedly be labeled a wasted decide. Within the 2011 draft, the Raiders chosen DeMarcus Van Dyke to fill in holes within the secondary. Van Dyke was coming off of a mix efficiency that was spectacular. He ran the fourth quickest forty-yard sprint ever on the time, four.28 seconds.

He was not often used throughout his rookie season with the Raiders. At first of subsequent season, the brand new regime in Oakland waived Van Dyke with a view to rebuild and transfer on from earlier basic supervisor failed picks. He bounced round for a pair seasons afterward for 4 different groups and was out of the league in 2016.

17 Phillip Dorsett – four.33

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Phillip Dorsett enjoying for the Colts ought to have by no means occurred within the first place. Through the 2015 draft, followers of the group have been all clamoring for Alabama security Landon Collins. The protection was a multitude on the time, and the group had an honest vast receiving corps. Ryan Grigson as an alternative drafted the speedster out of Miami due to him being one of many quickest gamers on the mix.

Dorsett ran a four.33 second time that impressed Grigson a lot that he was primary on the group’s draft board. Dorsett was off the staff in 2017, whereas Landon Collins, who went 4 picks later, has develop into one of many higher safeties within the NFL.

16 Keith Marshall – four.31

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Marshall and his highschool good friend Todd Gurley paired up at Georgia to develop into probably the most fearsome operating again tandems within the nation. The Washington Redskins chosen Marshall within the seventh spherical of the 2016 NFL Draft. Marshall was a borderline undrafted free agent however shot up many draft boards as a sleeper choice as a result of his four.31 second forty-yard sprint time.

He has but to take a snap within the NFL nevertheless, as he has been positioned on damage reserve every of the final two seasons. This result in him getting minimize earlier than the beginning of the 2018 coaching camps. It’s unknown whether or not Marshall is eyeing a comeback after the final two years of coping with robust accidents.

15 Justin King – four.31

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After declaring for the draft a yr sooner than many anticipated, Justin King was capable of get drafted by the St. Louis Rams within the fourth spherical of the 2008 Draft. King was simply .01 seconds shy of becoming a member of an elite class of NFL gamers. His four.31 second time in the course of the mix was virtually ok to hitch the 18 gamers who’ve registered a four.three or decrease time.

His profession acquired off to a nasty begin that it by no means recovered from. Throughout his very first preseason recreation, he tore a ligament in his huge toe. This damage erased his complete rookie season. He did have the chance to start out 12 video games for the staff in 2011 however was given the prospect to return to the group in 2012 following his efficiency. He tried to proceed his profession with the Colts, however simply performed three video games.

14 J.J. Nelson – four.28

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It looks like Nelson was going to be a breakout receiver in Arizona, however that was earlier than Carson Palmer retired and the staff began to rebuild. With Josh Rosen at quarterback and rookie large receiver Christian Kirk within the combine, Nelson’s worth to the squad has evaporated. He had simply seven catches for Arizona whereas enjoying 14 video games this yr.

Nelson had an opportunity throughout Week four to haul in an enormous 52-yard catch towards the Seahawks however sadly dropped the broad open ball after burning the protection together with his velocity. In school, and in a reliable offense, he has been capable of present a few of his four.28 forty-yard sprint velocity.  He hopes to take care of a task with the staff subsequent season.

13 Josh Robinson – four.29

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Robinson is a former cornerback for the again to again common season nationwide champions, the College of Central Florida Knights. After his time in school was executed, the Vikings chosen him within the third spherical (66th general) in 2012. Robinson impressed the staff after threes yr with the Knights, and his mix numbers supported that he would transition properly into the NFL. He ran four.29 forty-yard sprint time which ranks 14th all-time in official occasions.

When he was in Minnesota he wasn’t capable of make an enormous impression, however did serve a task because the group’s backup cornerback for 4 seasons. In 2013, he began 10 video games for the Vikings and had 48 solo tackles on the season. Two years later, he was sixth on the workforce’s depth chart at cornerback.

12 Darrius Heyward-Bey – four.three

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The Raiders fell in love with speedsters in the course of the first few rounds of NFL drafts all through the 2000s. Nobody is a higher instance then Darrius Heyward-Bey. When he got here out of Maryland, he was presupposed to be a big-time stud vast receiver who additionally possessed otherworldly velocity. His four.three forty-yard sprint time put his NFL potential excessive. Scouts have been throughout Heyward-Bey as being a primary main broad receiver. The Raiders drafted Heyward-Bey with the No. 7 decide in 2009 over future Professional Bowlers Maclin, Percy Harvin, and Mike Wallace.

11 Taylor Mays – four.43

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When Taylor Mays was a participant within the NFL mix, there was a cloud of controversy. After his forty-yard sprint time clocked in at four.24 seconds, tying Chris Johnson’s document on the time, it was adjusted like most occasions are. When his official time was introduced, it was almost two tenths slower, clocking in at four.43 seconds. This was peculiar. There was a aspect by aspect video made displaying Mays and Jacoby Ford operating at nearly equivalent speeds whereas being timed, however Ford’s official time was four.28 seconds. As soon as he was within the NFL, Mays was principally used because the Bengals again up security from 2011 to 2014.

10 LaMichael James – four.45

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When the 49ers drafted the Oregon prospect in 2012, they have been anticipating him to imitate the kind of numbers he produced in school. At Oregon, he totaled over 1,800 dashing yards and 18 touchdowns his ultimate season. As soon as within the league, his capacity to point out off his game-breaking velocity decreased drastically. His five-year profession solely introduced him 44 carries within the NFL. James was touted as a excessive prospect primarily resulting from his efficiency at Oregon, however his mix numbers definitely helped his trigger. There he ran a four.45 forty yard sprint time. That was one of many quickest for his place on the 2011 Mix, however James did not translate that into NFL success, sadly.

9 Kevin White – four.35

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Who is aware of if Kevin White is sweet or dangerous, we’ve not seen him on the sector sufficient to offer an accurate evaluation. He has performed 14 video games in three full seasons with the Chicago Bears. White being an element for the Bears is so uncommon that when he registered a catch towards the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17, social media blew up speaking about it. His one catch that Sunday is simply one of many 25 catches he has had in his brief profession.

White was drafted seventh general in 2015 and has been a bust. If he was capable of maintain a wholesome season, he might exhibit a number of the velocity that he displayed earlier than the draft. White ran a four.35-second forty-yard sprint, skyrocketing him up draft boards earlier than getting into the league.

eight Jalen Myrick – four.28

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Myrick is among the gamers who have been borderline undrafted free brokers earlier than getting chosen within the later rounds of the draft. After a four-year profession at Minnesota, he had 93 tackles, 5 picks, with two of them being returned touchdowns. In 2017 his four.28 second forty-yard sprint time was the quickest of any defensive again in his class. This was sufficient for the Jaguars to take a seventh-round flyer on Myrick.

Final season, he was capable of register a block on an additional level try that was returned for a rating. After the season, he was reduce by the staff. He’s presently again in Minnesota, now as a member of the Vikings follow squad.

7 Mike Thomas – four.four

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After catching extra passes at Arizona than anybody beforehand, Mike Thomas hoped to make bigger contributions to the NFL. Perhaps the kind of contributions a participant with an analogous identify is at present doing in New Orleans. The Jaguars chosen him within the fourth spherical of the NFL draft, hoping he would present a few of his four.four velocity as an important member of the workforce’s vast receiver corps. After 4 seasons with the staff, he tallied up 171 catches, 1,772 yards, and 7 touchdowns. He was then traded to the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round decide within the 2014 draft.

In 2017, he bumped into some off-field troubles and hasn’t seen an NFL area since.

6 Dri Archer – four.26

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Going into the 2014 NFL Mix, Archer was making claims that he can be the one to unseat Chris Johnson because the forty-yard sprint king. It wasn’t all speak both. Throughout an unofficial timing, he apparently ran a four.18 second time. That might put him forward of the fabled numbers that Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders have beforehand claimed. As an alternative, Archer got here simply .02 seconds behind CJ2K’s legendary time at four.26 seconds.

Scouts already knew he was lightning quick, so his spectacular efficiency did not assist his draft inventory. Archer had quite a lot of points that stored him from being good within the NFL. He was a 5’7″ operating again who weighed in at about 173 kilos. He by no means made the transition successfully, even making an attempt to garner a task because the Steelers kick returner at occasions.

5 Tye Hill – four.three

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The St. Louis Rams took Hill 15th general within the 2006 NFL Draft after 4 seasons of top-tier play at Clemson. He appeared to be a shutdown nook who might sustain with anybody. In the course of the 2006 mix Hill beat out each participant with a four.three seconds time.

His first recreation as a professional he picked off Jake Plummer of the Denver Broncos. After a promising rookie yr, Hill caught the damage bug. In 2007 and 2008, he discovered himself ending each seasons on damage reserve. He tried to determine roles with the Falcons, Titans, and Lions earlier than ending his profession. That was a nasty state of affairs for Hill, who seemed to be a promising prospect for the Rams, he was voted the groups rookie of the yr throughout his first season.

four John Ross – four.22

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It is too early to say whether or not John Ross can be a profitable NFL participant or not, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly wanting just like the Bengals overreacted to his forty-yard sprint time once they chosen him ninth general in 2017. Ross broke Chris Johnson’s 40-yard sprint report, clocking in at an official time of four.22. His first season in Cincinnati resulted in zero catches. His 2018 season confirmed some enchancment, as he caught 21 passes, with a shocking seven of them being landing receptions. Ross might show to be a task participant, however he is clearly not a participant that ought to’ve been drafted excessive.

three Tyrone Calico – four.32

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The New York Occasions ran an article about how Tyrone Calico was impressing numerous scouts on the 2000 NFL Mix. Within the article, it mentions how Calico is corresponding to Terrell Owens, on account of them each attending small faculties and utilizing the mix to vault up draft boards. Calico wasn’t Terrell Owens. Calico ran a four.32 forty-yard sprint time and that was an enormous issue within the Tennessee Titans choosing him within the second spherical. Throughout his rookie season, he was capable of catch 4 touchdowns.

Two issues ended Calico’s profession prematurely. The primary being a horse-collar deal with by Roy Williams in 2005. That following offseason he bumped into off-field points and was later reduce by the staff.

2 Yamon Figurs – four.three

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Need to discover ways to run identical to Yamon Figurs did main as much as the NFL draft? He’ll personally practice you ways right here.

Figurs ran a four.three second sprint time in 2007, first at his place. The Baltimore Ravens spent a third-round decide on the Kansas State star. Figurs had a chance to carve out a task his rookie season when B.J. Sams suffered a season-ending damage. He served as one of many groups kick returners and because the staff’s punt returner for the remainder of the yr. The next season he didn’t get the prospect to get common alternatives on particular groups and solely caught one move, a 43-yard landing catch.

After unsuccessful comebacks at making a roster, Figurs went on to start out a health coaching enterprise that appears to be going properly.

1 Trindon Holliday – four.34

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Is Trindon Holliday solely on this listing as a result of it permits us to deliver up Pat McAfee with the ability to lay this forceful hit? Sure. Vacation ran an unofficial forty-yard sprint time of four.21 seconds (four.34 formally) on the NFL Mix, however that is not stopping him from getting previous the previous Colts punter on this play.

Holilday by no means contributed to a staff’s vast receiver unit however did discover a area of interest as a return specialist. Through the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he was an important a part of the group’s playoff runs. Within the 2013 AFC Championship recreation, he recorded the longest punt return in postseason historical past together with his 90-yard return towards the Baltimore Ravens.

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