Add Oklahoma to the teams that do not believe Johnny Manziel when he says he probably runs a 4.5 or 4.6 40-yard dash. He may join Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks to break the list of the fastest 40 players to be legitimate NFL and FBS football players, and when he beat the Oklahoma defense with a 34-yard touchdown pass, the Cotton Bowl was over at 41-13. He finished with 287 yards on 34 passes (8.4 yards per attempt) to add to his 229 yards on 17 rushes (13.5 yards per carry). Manziel broke the Cotton Bowl record for most total yards. He also broke former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer’s record for most total yards in a season by a Heisman winner.
|?||Johnny Manziel||?||Texas A&M||Quarterback||2012|
|1||Bo Jackson||4.12||Auburn||Running back||1986|
|2||Michael Bennett||4.13||Wisconsin||Running back||2000|
|3||Alexander Wright||4.14||Auburn||Wide receiver||1989|
|4||Darrell Green||4.15||Texas A&M||Cornerback||1982|
|5||Ahman Green||4.17||Nebraska||Running back||1997|
|6||Joey Galloway||4.18||Ohio St.||Wide receiver||1994|
|7||Deion Sanders||4.21||Florida St.||Cornerback||1989|
|8||Kevin Curtis||4.21||Utah St.||Wide receiver||2002|
|9||Donte Stallworth||4.22||Tennessee||Wide receiver||2001|
|10||Willie Parker||4.23||UNC||Running back||2003|
|11||Chris Johnson||4.24||East Carolina||Running back||2006|
|14||Michael Vick||4.25||Virginia Tech||Quarterback||2000|
|15||Randy Moss||4.25||Marshall||Wide receiver||1997|
|17||Jeffrey Demps||4.26||Florida||Running back||2007|
|18||Darren McFadden||4.27||Arkansas||Running back||2007|
|19||Devin Hester||4.27||Miami||Wide receiver||2005|
|20||Jacoby Ford||4.27||Clemson||Wide receiver||2008|
|21||James Jett||4.27||West Virginia||Wide receiver||1992|
|23||Trindon Holliday||4.27||LSU||Wide receiver||2008|
|25||DeMarcus Van Dyke||4.28||Miami||Cornerback||2009|
|26||Kevin Williams||4.28||Miami||Wide receiver||1992|
|27||Raghib Ismail||4.28||Notre Dame||Wide receiver||1990|
|28||Rod Woodson||4.28||Purdue||Defensive Back||1986|
|30||Gaston Green||4.29||UCLA||Running back||1987|
|31||Josh Robinson||4.29||Central Florida||Cornerback||2010|
|32||Laveranues Coles||4.29||Florida St.||Wide receiver||1999|
|33||Darrent Williams||4.3||Oklahoma St.||Cornerback||2003|
|34||Darrius Heyward-Bey||4.3||Maryland||Wide receiver||2007|
|36||Yamon Figurs||4.3||Kansas St.||Wide receiver||2005|
|37||Robert Griffin III||4.34||Baylor||Quarterback||2011|
|38||Marquise Goodwin||4.34||Texas||Wide receiver||2012|
|39||Corey Brown||4.37||Ohio St.||Wide receiver||2012|
Rumors have placed him as fast as a 4.2, but many at least believe he will join Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III as the only quarterbacks to ever break the fastest 40 players of all time.
Breitbart News compiled the list of the fastest 40 NFL/FBS players by reviewing NFL combine results and other third-party reports.This club is almost exclusively composed of wide receivers, the corner backs that cover them, and small running backs. The two biggest players have mixed results.
Taylor Mays, the 230-pound safety and former USC standout (Mays is a now a third-string safety for the Cincinnati Bengals) was No. 12. But 230-pound Bo Jackson, the Auburn legend, still reigns as the fastest football player ever.
Once in a while, one of the speedsters can throw the football as well. Michael Vick is the 14th fastest player ever, and he transformed the game by making teams draft smaller defensive players for years. Cam Newton dominated college with size and 4.59 speed, but that is not quite quick enough to make this list.And now there is Johnny Manziel. Like the wide receiver who runs in 2nd gear to fool opponents before exploding, Manziel tells reporters he probably runs a “4.5 or 4.6 40,” but conveniently is waiting to have himself clocked until he finishes running past defenders who run 4.4 40s.
In the Clinton war room in 1992, James Carville reminded his team that “speed kills your opponent.” This is just as true on the football field.