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2014 NFL combine results: 40-Yard Dash (Running Backs)

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Kent State's Dri Archer had the fastest 40 time among running backs. (USATSI)
Kent State's Dri Archer had the fastest 40 time among running backs. (USATSI)

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2014 NFL combine results: 40-Yard Dash (Running Backs)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dri Archer came up short of the combine record, but left no debate as to who the fastest running back is at the 2014 Scouting Combine, posting a 4.26-second 40-yard dash on Sunday. The former Kent St. speeders was a full 0.15 faster than Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon.

While the NFL credits Chris Johnson with the combine record with a 4.24 clocking in 2008, NFLDraftScout.com records list Trindon Holliday (2010) and Marquise Goodwin (2013) with 4.21 times. Archer's 4.26 ranks in a tie for seventh-fastest since 2000.

Everyone knew Archer was fast. The bigger question entering the combine was the straight-line speed of some of the elite running backs in this class. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated running back entering the week, turned in a highly disappointing 4.70 time that could certainly affect his draft stock.

With little separating the top group of running backs, Tre Mason (4.50), Carlos Hyde (4.66 with a hamstring injury at the end of his run) and Bishop Sankey (4.49) could have closed that gap a bit Sunday.

Two of the running backs expected to push Archer for the top spot, Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas (4.50) and Baylor's Lache Seastrunk (4.51) failed to display the elite speed they have been known for.

(u) denotes unofficial

Dri Archer, Kent St. - 4.26 (4.28 u)

Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern - 4.41 (4.35 u)

Henry Josey, Missouri - 4.43 (4.40 u)

Damien Williams, Oklahoma - 4.45 (4.40 u)

LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi St. - 4.46 (4.40 u)

George Atkinson, Notre Dame - 4.48 (4.39 u)

Tim Cornett, UNLV - 4.48 (4.45 u)

Charles Sims, West Virginia 4.48 (4.47 u)

Tyler Gaffney, Stanford - 4.49 (4.43 u)

Bishop Sankey, Washington - 4.49 (4.47 u)

De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon - 4.50 (4.34 u)

Tre Mason, Auburn - 4.50 (4.44 u)

Lache Seastrunk, Baylor - 4.51 (4.45 u)

Terrance West, Towson - 4.54 (4.56 u)

Andre Williams, Boston College - 4.56 (4.53 u)

Isaiah Crowell, Alabama St. - 4.57 (4.50 u)

James White, Wisconsin - 4.57 (4.52 u)

Devonta Freeman, Florida St. - 4.58 (4.50 u)

Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina - 4.58 (4.53 u)

Storm Johnson, Central Florida - 4.60 (4.50 u)

Alfred Blue, LSU - 4.63 (4.63 u)

Jeremy Hill, LSU - 4.66 (4.63 u)

Carlos Hyde, Ohio St. - 4.66 (4.62 u)

Kapri Bibbs, Colorado St. - 4.67 (4.60 u)

Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona - 4.70 (4.62 u)

Silas Redd, USC - 4.70 (4.68 u)

David Fluellen, Toledo - 4.72 (4.66 u)

Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston St. - 4.75 (4.65 u)

Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky - 4.82 (4.69 u)

Jerome Smith, Syracuse - 4.84 (4.77 u)

James Wilder, Florida St. - 4.86 (4.78 u)

Ryan Hewitt, Stanford - 4.87 (4.70 u)

J.C. Copeland, LSU - 4.95 (4.93 u)

Marion Grice, Arizona State (-)

Trey Millard, Oklahoma (-)

Adam Muema, San Diego St. (-

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