- Oddsmakers are offering over/under props on the 40-yard dash times for several top 2020 NFL Draft prospects at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine
- Will Alabama speedster Henry Ruggs III make a run at the all-time 40 record time of 4.22 seconds?
- Who’s going over? Who’s going under? All of the over/under odds on every player is listed in the story below
Stop the clock. Oddsmakers are out with total wagers on 40-yard dash times at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine for a number of the leading prospects eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Who will post the best of times? Who will post the worst of times? Can speed merchant Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III better the all-time 40-yard dash record for the NFL Combine? Will Ohio State defensive end Chase Young post a faster 40 time than some wide receivers?
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is one of the wild cards for the NFL Draft. Is his 40 time going to positively or negatively impact his draft status?
Check out all the 40-yard dash lines for these and other top NFL Draft contenders right here.
2020 NFL Scouting Combine 40 Time Total Odds
|Player||40 Time||Faster Odds||Slower Odds|
|CeeDee Lamb||4.54 Seconds||-120||-120|
|Chase Young||4.65 seconds||-500||+300|
|D’Andre Swift||4.47 seconds||-500||+300|
|Henry Ruggs III||4.38 seconds||-400||+250|
|Jalen Hurts||4.58 seconds||-400||+250|
|Jerry Jeudy||4.44 seconds||-120||-120|
|JK Dobbins||4.49 seconds||-300||+200|
|Joe Burrow||4.81 seconds||-120||-120|
|Jonathan Taylor||4.51 seconds||-200||+150|
|Justin Herbert||4.71 seconds||-400||+250|
|Justin Jefferson||4.51 seconds||-400||+250|
|Tee Higgins||4.57 seconds||-120||-120|
Odds taken Feb. 17th
The NFL Scouting Combine is slated for Feb. 23rd-March 2nd at Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the Indianapolis Colts.
Pulling For Ruggs
Ruggs was playing at Alabama in the shadow of Jerry Jeudy, projected to be the first wide receiver selected in the draft. Regardless, he can’t be overlooked when it comes to burning up the track. He’s expected to turn in the fastest 40-yard dash time during the NFL Scouting Combine.
In fact, oddsmakers are offering a separate prop involving Ruggs. That bet is asking who will run the fastest 40 between Ruggs and TCU wide receiver and fellow speed demon Jalen Reagor. Ruggs is the -400 chalk in this wager.
My WR3 of the 2020 class: Henry Ruggs III. He has that elite 4.2-speed that Al Davis would have traded the house for. Very impressive hands at the point of attack and he can really elevate for the football. Think he’ll be a star at the combine. #Raiders pic.twitter.com/GuViYcGVbu
— Kris Wysong (@KrisWysong) February 9, 2020
The Crimson Tide held a junior pro day for NFL scouts a year ago. Ruggs produced a 4.25-second 40. Jeudy indicated later that Ruggs hit that time despite a bad start. On the track, Ruggs has run a 10.42-second 100-meter sprint.
Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network projected that Ruggs will turn in a sub 4.3-second 40. There’s some speculation that he could make a serious run at the NFL Combine 40 record of 4.22 seconds set by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross in 2017.
4.22 I’m calling it !!! https://t.co/preFV8TFJ8
— JW (@D1__JW) February 10, 2020
Ole Miss safety Zedrick Woods ran the fastest 40 at last year’s combine. He turned in a 4.29-second 40, the fastest ever by an SEC player.
Ruggs is expected to shatter that mark but how low can he go?
Pick: Henry Ruggs III under 4.38 seconds (-400).
Pursuing Is Chase’s Best Times
Football scouts describe Buckeyes weak-side defensive end Young as a freak of nature. They insist that he’s so quick off the ball that he moves before the offensive linemen are out of their stance.
Former Ohio State teammate Nick Bosa compares Young to NFL edge rushers Khalil Mack and Von Miller. He’s viewed as a generational talent. Young’s so quick afoot that he can drop off the defensive line and into pass coverage on a receiver.
It’s his explosiveness off the ball that makes Young such a dangerous defender. That’s also why many scouts believe that his 40 time at the combine will be faster than some who play offensive skill positions.
He’s been clocked in the 40 at 4.57 seconds.
Pick: Chase Young under 4.65 seconds (-500).
Jalen Hurts Must Be So Good
Players on the bubble can make or break their draft status via a strong combine performance. One of the guys who falls into that category this year is Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The 2019 Heisman Trophy runner-up ran a 4.48-second 40 while at Alabama prior to transferring to Oklahoma but that time is believed to have been hand timed.
Viewed as a mid-round pick in the NFL Draft, Hurts could improve his status with an impressive performance at the combine.
Pick: Jalen Hurts over 4.58 seconds (+250).
Play The Slowdown Game With These Guys
Every player at the combine will feel the need for speed. But they all won’t find it.
Here are a few value bets on the board on whom you should bet the over for their 40 times.
Oklahoma wideout CeeDee Lamb is a 4.55-4.6 type of 40 guy. Take the over and the -120 odds on him.
Georgia running back D’Andre Swift shows a 4.57 on his resume for the 40. He’s a solid pick at +300 for over 4.47 seconds.
Ohio State RB JK Dobbins owns a 4.50 in the 40. He’ll need to go under that on combine day. You’ll get +200 on over 4.49 with Dobbins. It’s worth the play.