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We Have A New Champ: Washington’s Ross Breaks 40 Yard Dash Record

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John Ross Breaks Chris Johnson’s 2008 40 Yard Dash Record

4.22 seconds: the amount of time it took University of Washington receiver John Ross to complete the NFL Combine’s 40 yard dash.  Ross broke the record that was set by Arizona Cardinal’s running back Chris Johnson in 2008.  Johnson’s 4.24 second performance helped the former East Carolina standout secure a first round draft spot.

Like Johnson, John Ross will likely hear his name called on the first night of the 2017 NFL Draft.  While many have Ross ranked as their third receiver, this performance could elevate his draft stock.

The two receivers generally ranked higher than Ross are Clemson’s Mike Williams and Eastern Carolina’s Corey Davis.  However, neither Williams nor Davis elected to run the 40 yard dash in Indianapolis.  Neither would have likely matched the numbers Ross put up.

It’s clear that Ross is the number one speed receiver in the draft, and he has drawn comparisons to players like Brandin Cooks and DeSean Jackson.

Ross also added a broad jump of just over 11 feet, and a vertical of 37 inches, further displaying his explosive ability.