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Projected 40-Yard Dash Times at 2019 NFL Combine: DK Metcalf Set at 4.59

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Feb 22, 2019 · 3:07 PM PST

DK Metcalf WR Ole Miss catching a pass
Former Ole Miss WR DK Metcalf has stunned the football world with his size this winter. Will he continue to impress when he runs at the 2019 NFL Combine? Photo from @HogsHaven (Twitter)
  • Prop wagers are open on the 40-yard dash times for various players at the NFL Combine
  • LSU CB Donte Jackson (4.32 seconds) posted the fastest 40 at last year’s combine
  • The top five finishers were all cornerbacks

It’s said that speed kills. And in football, tradition benchmark for testing speed has always been the 40-yard dash. “What was his 40 time?” is the commonly-asked question when referencing any football skill position player.

No wonder it is the marquee event each year at the NFL Combine. Post the fastest 40 and the NFL Draft will become your oyster.

Over/Under 40-Yard Dash Times

Player Pos School Time Over Odds Under Odds
Kyler Murray QB OU 4.37 -200 +110
Bryce Love RB STAN 4.38 -120 -120
Josh Jacobs RB ALA 4.50 -120 -120
DK Metcalf WR MISS 4.59 +300 -500
Hunter Renfrow WR CLEM 4.60 +150 -200
Trace McSorley QB PSU 4.65 +200 -300
Dwayne Haskins QB OSU 4.71 -500 +200

*All odds taken 2/22

The fastest 40-yard dash by an offensive player at last year’s NFL Combine was the 4.38 turned in by North Carolina State running back Nyheim Hynes.

How Fast Will They Go?

At the 2017 NFL Combine, University of Washington wide receiver John Ross set the record for the 40 with a time of 4.22 seconds. He was then selected ninth overall in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom he still plays.

Chris Johnson holds down second spot on the all-time list. The former Arizona Cardinals RB and three-time Pro Bowl player posted a 4.24 40 in 2008.

Of the 10 fastest 40 times in NFL Combine history, just two were turned in by running backs and four each by wide receivers and defensive backs.

Some interesting times to keep in mind from last year’s combine.

  • Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, who went on to capture the NFL OROY Award with the New York Giants, stopped the clock at 4.40 seconds
  • Alabama WR Calvin Ridley, now of the Atlanta Falcons, was clocked in 4.43 seconds
  • San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny, today a Seattle Seahawk, ran a 4.46

You have to go all the way down to 97th to find the fastest QB. Ohio State’s JT Barrett posed a 4.70 and was not drafted.

Every player clocked in 4.42 seconds or faster was selected in the NFL Draft.

Will Love Conquer All?

The speed of Stanford Cardinal RB Bryce Love is well documented. He set an FBS record by posting 11 straight games with a rush of 50+ yards. He’s a breakaway threat at any spot on the field.

He was a track star in high school who ran a 4.30 40-yard dash at that level. Love set national age-group records with USA Track and Field in the 100 meters  – 11.64 seconds in 11-12 age group and 10.73 seconds in the 13-14 age group.

Normally, you’d say under 4.38 seconds at -120  for Love is a gift to you.

But there’s a caveat. He’s coming back from a torn ACL. Does he push it to impress the scouts that he’s fully recovered, or back off and play it safe?

We don’t think he beats Barkley’s time. Play the over.

Pick: Bryce Love OVER 4.38 (-120)

The Under On Metcalf’s 40 Is A Gift

Ole Miss WR DK Metcalf is a physical monster at 6-4 and 230 pounds, but he runs like a gazelle. He’s been clocked at 4.46 seconds for the 40-yard dash, and sportsbooks are giving you a total of 4.59 seconds on Metcalf.

You should sprint faster to get that bet down than Metcalf can run.

Pick: DK Metcalf UNDER 4.59 (-500)

QBs Or Not QBs?

Traditionally, the men who throw the ball don’t throw down impressive 40 times. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins is known more for his passing arm than for being fleet of foot.

Okay, maybe Haskins isn’t that slow, but the over seems the logical play on both him and Penn State’s Trace McSorley. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, though, is known for his footspeed, but can he get under 4.37 seconds?

That could prove a tall order. Michael Vick posted the fastest 40-yard dash ever by a QB on Pro Day at 4.33 seconds. Murray claims to have run a 4.30 40 two or three years ago. Regardless, we’d play the over on him as well.

Picks: Dwayne Haskins, Trace McSorley, Kyler Murray OVER

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