Watch: Huskies’ John Ross runs fastest 40 ever at NFL combine
Mar 4, 2017, 11:44 AM | Updated: 2:11 pm
We always knew John Ross was fast. Now we now he is literally the fastest player to ever run the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
The Washington Huskies wide receiver/kick returner ran the 40 in 4.22 seconds on Saturday morning in Indianapolis, surpassing Chris Johnson’s 4.24 mark set at the event in 2008.
Here’s the full video of Ross’ blazing run.
Officially the fastest 40-yard dash… EVER.
— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2017
As the NFL Network announcers mention in the video, Ross came up a little lame after his dash. That’s perhaps not all too surprising considering he bested even his own goal. Last month, Ross told 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Danny, Dave and Moore” that he was aiming for a time of 4.3 seconds at the combine. Turns out he may have been selling himself a little short.
Ross said after his dash that he felt good but “got tight at the end,” according to the Associated Press.
The record 40 time will no doubt help the draft stock of Ross, who already has been projected as a first round pick by most NFL experts.
Returning to the Huskies after missing the 2015 season due to a torn ACL, he had a huge junior season in which he earned All-American honors, catching 81 passes for 1,150 yards (26th in the FBS) and 17 touchdowns (tied for third). The Long Beach, Calif., native is set to undergo shoulder surgery after the combine, though he told “Danny, Dave and Moore” it shouldn’t impact him on the field.
“I played on a torn labrum this season. … I didn’t even known it was torn, I found out after the season,“ he said. “I played on it and I think I was still pretty productive, so once I get it fixed I think it will be much better.”