The 2017 NFL Combine workouts rank among the best of the century

The popular physical events at this year’s NFL Indianapolis Combine returned dramatic results in several areas and are viewable and sortable on the CBS Sports combine results pages.

Led by a record 40-yard time of 4.22 seconds by Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross, 10 marks were good enough to rank among the best combine results of the century in data maintained only by NFLDraftScout.com, which has covered the draft since 1987.

Ross’ 4.22 bested the mark of former East Carolina running back Chris Johnson , who was clocked in 4.24 seconds at the 2008 combine.

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John Ross is now the NFL Combine’s fastest man. USATSI

Also added to the list of the century’s top 40-yard combine times: Minnesota Golden Gophers cornerback Jalen Myrick (4.28 seconds, tied for fifth) and Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Curtis Samuel (4.31 seconds, tied for seventh).

Connecticut Huskies safety Obi Melifonwu literally exploded into the notebooks of combine scouts with a vertical jump of 44 inches (fifth-best of century) and a broad jump of 11 feet, 8 inches, second behind only the record mark of 12 feet, 3 inches by cornerback Byron Jones , a Connecticut alum who soared into international record books at the 2015 combine. Two more jumping onto this list of best were Texas A&M wide receiver Speedy Noil andUtah safety Marcus Williams  (both tied for sixth best of century).

Joining Melifonwu this year among the best broad jumpers in combine history were three others who each recorded an 11-foot, 3 inch leap (tied for sixth best of the century) -- Georgia State wide receiver Robert Davis, LSU Tigers wide receiver Malachi Dupre and UCLA Bruins cornerback Fabian Moreau.

NFLDraftScout.com has covered the draft since 1987 and tracks more than 11,000 pre-draft players at any one time each year. It currently lists more than 3,800 players who are technically eligible for the 2017 draft, and rates the top 1,000. NFLDraftScout.com is the only draft media service, including NFL.com, that annually logged and analyzed draft and combine workout data back into the 1990s. 

Best combine workouts this century


Fastest 40-yard dash (ET-Electronic times)          
4.22: *John Ross, (WR), Washington - 2017
4.24: Chris Johnson, (RB), East Carolina - 2008
4.26: Dri Archer , (WR), Kent State - 2014
4.27: Marquise Goodwin , (WR), Texas - 2013
4.28: Jacoby Ford , (WR), Clemson - 2010
4.28: J.J. Nelson , (WR), Alabama-Birmingham - 2015
4.28: Jalen Myrick, (CB), Minnesota - 2017
4.30: Triandos Luke, (WR), Alabama - 2004
4.30: *Darrius Heyward-Bey, (WR), Maryland - 2009
4.31: Carlos Francis, (WR), Texas Tech - 2004
4.31: *Curtis Samuel, (WR), Ohio State - 2017
4.31: Tyvon Branch , (CB), Connecticut - 2008
4.31: *Trae Waynes, (CB), Michigan State - 2015
4.31: *Keith Marshall, (RB), Georgia - 2016
4.31: *Justin King, (CB), Penn State - 2008
4.32: *Will Fuller, (WR), Notre Dame - 2016
4.32: Jerome Mathis, (WR), Hampton - 2005
4.32: *Orlando Scandrick, (CB), Boise State - 2008
4.32: *Johnathan Joseph, (CB), South Carolina - 2006
4.33: Jerious Norwood , (RB), Mississippi State Bulldogs - 2006
4.33: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie , (CB), Tennessee State - 2008
4.33: *Brandin Cooks, (WR), Oregon State - 2014
4.33: Phillip Dorsett , (WR), Miami (FL) - 2015
4.33: *Darren McFadden, (RB), Arkansas - 2008
4.33: Mike Wallace , (WR), Mississippi - 2009

Most 225-pound bench reps
49: Stephen Paea , (DT), Oregon State - 2011
45: Mike Kudla, (DE), Ohio State - 2006
45: Mitch Petrus , (OG), Arkansas - 2010
45: Leif Larsen, (DT), Texas-El Paso - 2000
44: *Dontari Poe, (DT), Memphis Tigers - 2012
44: Jeff Owens , (DT), Georgia - 2010
44: Brodrick Bunkley , (DT), Florida State - 2006
43: Scott Young, (OG), Brigham Young - 2005
42: Tank Tyler , (DT), North Carolina State - 2007
42: *Russell Bodine, (OG), North Carolina - 2014
42: Isaac Sopoaga, (DT), Hawaii - 2004
41: Terna Nande , (OLB), Miami (OH) - 2006
41: *Igor Olshansky, (DT), Oregon - 2004
41: David Molk , (C), Michigan - 2012
40: Manny Ramirez , (OG), Baylor Bears - 2007
40: Justin Blalock, (OG), Texas - 2007
39: *Linval Joseph, (DT), East Carolina - 2010
39: Louis Vasquez , (OG), Texas Tech - 2009
38: Marvin Austin , (DT), North Carolina - 2011
38: Brandon Williams , (DT), Missouri Southern - 2013
38: Margus Hunt , (DE), Southern Methodist - 2013
38: Tony Pashos, (OT), Illinois - 2003
38: Russell Okung , (OT), Oklahoma State - 2010
37: *Haloti Ngata, (DT), Oregon - 2006
37: Terrance Taylor , (DT), Michigan - 2009

Highest vertical jump  
46: Gerald Sensabaugh , (FS), North Carolina - 2005
45 1/2: Cameron Wake , (OLB), Penn State - 2005
45: Chris McKenzie, (CB), Arizona State - 2005
45: *Donald Washington, (CB), Ohio State - 2009
45: Chris Chambers, (WR), Wisconsin - 2001
45: Chris Conley , (WR), Georgia - 2015
44 1/2: Byron Jones, (CB), Connecticut - 2015
44: A.J. Jefferson , (CB), Fresno State - 2010
44: Obi Melifonwu , (SS), Connecticut - 2017
43 1/2: *Speedy Noil, (WR), Texas AM - 2017
43 1/2: Dorin Dickerson , (TE), Pittsburgh - 2010
43 1/2: Kashif Moore , (WR), Connecticut - 2012
43 1/2: Dustin Fox , (FS), Ohio State - 2005
43 1/2: Kevin Kasper, (WR), Iowa - 2001
43 1/2: *Marcus Williams, (FS), Utah Utes - 2017
43: Cedric James, (WR), Texas Christian - 2001
43: *Eric Berry, (FS), Tennessee - 2010
43: Darius Butler , (CB), Connecticut - 2009
43: Christine Michael , (RB), Texas AM - 2013
43: Scott Starks , (CB), Wisconsin - 2005
42 1/2: Jarett Dillard , (WR), Rice - 2009
42 1/2: Davis Tull , (OLB), Chattanooga - 2015
42 1/2: Nate Burleson, (WR), Nevada - 2003
42 1/2: Brock Williams, (CB), Notre Dame - 2001
42 1/2: Virgil Green , (TE), Nevada - 2011

Longest broad jump
12’03”: Byron Jones, (CB), Connecticut - 2015
11’08”: Obi Melifonwu, (SS), Connecticut - 2017
11’07”: Jamie Collins , (OLB), Southern Miss - 2013
11’07”: Chris Conley, (WR), Georgia - 2015
11’06”: Alvin Dupree, (DE), Kentucky - 2015
11’05”: Scott Starks, (CB), Wisconsin - 2005
11’05”: Justin Fargas, (RB), Southern California - 2003
11’04”: Jerome Simpson , (WR), Coastal Carolina - 2008
11’04”: *Justin Hunter, (WR), Tennessee - 2013
11’04”: Chris McKenzie, (CB), Arizona State - 2005
11’04”: Terence Newman , (CB), Kansas State - 2003
11’03”: *Jalen Ramsey, (FS), Florida State - 2016
11’03”: Daniel Lasco , (RB), California Golden Bears - 2016
11’03”: Robert Davis , (WR), Georgia State Panthers - 2017
11’03”: Boss Bailey, (OLB), Georgia - 2003
11’03”: *Donald Washington, (CB), Ohio State - 2009
11’03”: Hilton Alexander, (WR), Morris Brown - 2001
11’03”: *Julio Jones, (WR), Alabama - 2011
11’03”: *Malachi Dupre, (WR), LSU - 2017
11’03”: Fabian Moreau , (CB), UCLA - 2017
11’02”: Earl Wolff , (SS), North Carolina State - 2013
11’02”: Cedric James, (WR), Texas Christian - 2001
11’02”: Chris Chambers, (WR), Wisconsin - 2001
11’02”: Dekoda Watson , (OLB), Florida State - 2010
11’02”: *Lache Seastrunk, (RB), Baylor - 2014

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